As we get closer and closer to the end of the game, Roy finally finds his squad's Xbox free and does several quick run-throughs of the remaining two levels to refresh his memory. Before continuing, be sure to check out part VIII of the series, where we discussed Two Betrayals. And now, on to Keyes!
Please note that the intent of this article is not bash Halo or Bungie. It is merely a view on realism to video gamers. --Ed
skseifer: To give our readers a better grasp of what you do, Roy, what was a typical day in Iraq while you were there?
Capt. Luthan: In the mornings, we geared up and headed to the briefing room for updates on friendly positions and possible enemy positions. After that, on some days we did escorts for conveys or on rare occasions, air strikes. If we weren't scheduled to do anything then we just worked out or checked out the Harriers to make sure they were in good shape. When night time came and if we weren't out doing a mission, then everyone would basically just take a load off or if we had time, head to the game room to kill time. Then lights out, and a new day of the same thing.
skseifer: Here we go on Keyes. You teleport in upside down and after Cortana's comedic relief, you move down the hallway and hear Keyes telling you to leave him.
Capt. Luthan: I would have picked up the pace since we have confirmation that he's conscious. I definitely would have noticed the metal grating in wall that showed the bridge where Keyes was. I would have used every suggestion from Cortana to get through the grating or door. I first would have tried using a plasma weapon on the grating to see if I could melt if off. If I couldn't pry open the door with a grenade, then I would just try to find a different route.
skseifer: You reach the hangar and find the big hole in the floor. Behind you the Flood start to mass and you're forced to jump down into the coolant. Now what?
Capt. Luthan: I would have crawled out of the coolant immediately and checked my weapon to see if it was still working. I wouldn't immediately start moving out, I'd crouch down and let my eyes adjust to the darkness. After a couple seconds, I'd put my weapon at ready position and keep my pace at a fast walk, listening out for footsteps or any movement.
skseifer: You go farther into the narrow canyon and Cortana tells you to head to the gravity lift up ahead. After battling the waves of Flood, you exit the path and reach the bottom of the gravity lift. Now what?
Capt. Luthan: After a quick surveillance of the area, I would run up the path and fight off any Flood tailing me. After climbing the little hill and seeing the Elites guarding the lift, a well-timed grenade would kill them or at the very least, make them dive out of the way.
skseifer: You take the gravity lift and find yourself in the cargo area.
Capt. Luthan: First, I would run up against the wall and quickly secure the room. After finding one door working, I would enter the hallway and corner peek at each corner so I don't run into a mess of Flood or Covenant.
skseifer: You reach the cargo bay and find some Flood on the bottom floor.
Capt. Luthan: First I would secure the floor that I was on and then go into a prone position on the edge of the ledge. After careful aiming, I'd start firing and pick off as many Flood as I could. When I cleared the bottom floor, I'd go on the ledge and carefully drop myself onto the lower floor. I'd carefully secure the room and mop up any remaining Flood.
skseifer: You leave and reach the shuttle bay.
Capt. Luthan: I'd first find some cover. After surveying the room for any enemy movement, I'd pick out a next area of cover and quickly run over to that spot. If I got into a firefight I'd just sit tight where I was and exchange fire until I killed the enemy.
skseifer: You finally get to the door on the 3rd level and get the transmission of Keyes screaming. What do you do?
Capt. Luthan: I would be going as fast as I could right now. I wouldn't be ignoring my close-combat and corner-peeking rules, though. After tossing a few grenades into the fight outside the bridge of the cruiser, I'd quickly enter the bridge and secure the room while moving towards the platform in the middle of the room.
skseifer: The Captain is a Flood monstronsity by the time you get there. You punch the Captain in the head to get out the implants and begin to leave. Anything special you would have done?
Capt. Luthan: If we were on a battlefield and Keyes was killed that way, I would have buried him and marked his grave with dog tags. But in this case, a military salute would have to do. If they included this in the game, it would have been a very powerful image.
skseifer: You head back to the shuttle bay and see the two Banshee's fly in.
Capt. Luthan: If I wasn't so high up I'd rappel down, but I couldn't take the risk since there's three floors and anyone below me would have a good shot.
skseifer: You exit the door on the bottom floor into the shuttle bay. How do you take the Banshee?
Capt. Luthan: If I entered unnoticed, I would have snuck around using the pillars and walls to conceal myself. Then I would have snuck up behind a waiting Elite and snapped his neck or put a whole clip into his back since the 'rifle butt behind the back' only works sometimes in real life -- then finished off the second Elite. However, if I entered and was noticed, I would have ran behind a pillar and quickly taken out the first Elite as fast as I could, then I would have went looking for the second Elite. After securing the room, I'd commandeer the Banshee and leave the shuttle bay. When I was fired upon when I left the bay doors, I'd strafe left and right until I was out of range. Now it's off to the Maw!
skseifer: And there it is, Keyes from the viewpoint of a real US Marine. Join us next time as we discuss *gasp* the final level of Halo and consequently, the end of our series, the Maw.
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