Real Life Halo Players: BlAcKjAk
, or as he's known in real life, "Cody," is one of those players on Xbox Live that you kinda hope you don't run into and luckily, unless you're really, really good, it's likely you won't. He's currently a level 27 player and number two in the overall Rumble Pit standings. He plays for fun and he plays competitively, with the MLG. In the first of an ongoing series of chats with real-life Halo 2 players, Cody was kind enough to let us in on a few of his secrets, likes and dislikes.
Did you play Halo before, or start with Halo 2?
I played the original Halo for two-and-a-half years
What things do you like and what do you dislike about the new game?
Dislikes? When you have the sword, or you melee someone else and they kill you and it shows that you swiped at then with your gun or your sword, but that it doesn’t stun
. In Halo 1 you would both die if the melee was done at the same time and you both had low shields.
Likes? Well there are a lot of things I like about the new game, such as when you jump and melee someone it does more damage, somewhat like a headshot with a bullet - that is very nice. And the lack of fall damage makes the levels so much better; there are so many more possibilities when you have no fall damage such as on Colossus. I also really enjoy the new grenades, they act as if they are heavier, it makes the game more realistic and also you can take huge advantage of the plasma grenades in Halo 2. I love the function of the new levels and how they are so interactive. It’s amazing; you have all kinds of things to do that trigger a new event or reaction. The Xbox Live functions are great, the headset and in-game proximity voice make the game even more realistic.
What’s the most annoying problem you encounter while playing on Xbox Live?
When you shoot someone in the face with a shotgun and it doesn’t even stun them.
What’s the most satisfying, enjoyable thing about playing on Live?
Being able to talk to your teammates and practice against other good people easily.
What’s your favorite weapon combo, and how do you tend to use it?
Mine is what anyone else uses - Plasma Pistol and Battle Rifle combo. I will dual-wield occasionally but that’s about it.
Which map would you say was your favorite?
And of course, least favorite?
Is there any game type that makes you groan when it appears after you choose QuickMatch?
That game type would probably be Invisibility, King of the Hill, on Foundation, that is, if it's still on there! I haven’t played matchmaking in a while, but for the most part I get a kick out of the weird game types you put on there.
What weapons and combos do you have the toughest time defending against?
That would probably be the Plasma Pistol and Battle Rifle combo or the SMG, Plasma Rifle combo.
How many matches do you play in a day?
That depends if I am practicing with my MLG team, probably two-and-a-half to three hours a day, if not more. Sometimes I don’t have the time to play, sometimes I do.