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Halo 2: Beat the par score on The Great Journey.

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Update: The par score for The Great Journey is now a measly 8,000 points. So play on Normal with a handful of skulls or Heroic with a couple skulls and you shouldn't have much of an issue.

I did this on Heroic with 7 active scoring skulls: Anger, Catch, Famine, Fog, Jacked, That's Just... Wrong, and Thunderstorm. I completed it in 15:55, which is 55 seconds over par time and I finished with a score of 45,355. The run before this I did not have the thunderstorm skull on and finished the level with 24,168 points :( You can probably do this with one less skull, but it would have to be a near flawless run.

I uploaded my Twitch broadcast to YouTube here. Apologies for overlaying my face on the scoring UI... You can skip to 20:01 to see my final score.

From the start, you'll need to hijack a ghost because the jacked skull is active. This can be a real pain. Try to use your camo to get close to the brutes in the ghost, but since the That's Just... Wrong skull is active, they will know you're there anyways. In my video, I cut out about 6 minutes of me failing to hijack a ghost.

Near the beginning of the level, you can de-spawn the two wraiths guarding the doorway by backtracking far enough.

After you meet Johnson in the scarab, you can de-spawn the three wraiths you would have to kill by going back into the room you came from and hitting a loading zone.

At the end, I shot the wings off my banshee so that I could fly it inside the room. You'll need to exit the banshee in order for the door to open, but then you hop right back in.

You can find commentary and more explanations of these tricks in Naked Eli's speed run.
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AbsolutioN IX Pretty good solution, I saved this one until the very last and I managed to get it on my first try with a handful of skulls. I used Iron instead of Anger. I thought I'd mention that you don't actually need to shoot the banshee's wings off to fit it through the charred section. I also like using the banshee for the boss fight, you can take Tartarus down pretty quick with the fuel rod cannon.
Posted by AbsolutioN IX on 07 Dec 14 at 11:43
KANEFAN84 I have done this level 5 times now and it is not registering my score therefore not unlocking the achievement. Doing my head in.
Posted by KANEFAN84 on 06 Feb 15 at 18:40
Mr Fiddler @MyStErIoNxRiSeS - are you doing a save,quit+reload during the run? I've had loads of problems with the par score/time achievements not unlocking but since I stopped doing that it's unlocked each one I've tried. I've also heard that you should watch the entire end of level cutscene rather than skipping it though that might just be for H4.
Posted by Mr Fiddler on 06 Feb 15 at 23:05
Kennyannydenny Just did this on normal without any skulls on. Just went through the level taking my time and even dying once. Just killed every enemy in the level on a normal pace and got it easily enough. It doesn't look like these are a problem since the update.
Posted by Kennyannydenny on 04 Mar 15 at 22:32
REJECt444 unlocked my 2nd time through on normal with 0 skulls active. was just playing for playlist achievements and got this during the playlist run (which does not allow skulls to be active)
Posted by REJECt444 on 17 Mar 15 at 03:31