Halo 2’s $ 20,000 “Impossible” challenge finally conquered

Master Chief is next to Sergeant Johnson in Halo 2.

Screenshot: Bungie / IGDB

They said it was impossible and, for nearly two decades, it seemed to be so. But last night, a streamer named Jervalin beat Halo 2the “LASO without death” challenge, earning a whopping $ 20,000 in the process. Talk about finishing the fight.

Let’s go back. Earlier this summer, the YouTuber Charles “Cr1tikal” White Jr. posted a $ 5,000 bounty to beat Halo 2 at the highest difficulty level, with each bonus challenge modifier activated, without dying. In the 18 years since then Halo 2In the 2004 version on Xbox, no one had ever published evidence of the completion of the challenge. White’s challenge is for the entire race to be streamed, on YouTube or Twitch. In July, no one had successfully stepped forward, so last month White added $ 15,000 more on bounty.

Most of the observers keeping an eye on the challenge had their money Jervalin—A relatively private streamer who has garnered a modest following for setting world records on a variety of Alone challenges: be the first person to complete it. Sure enough, late last night, he crossed the finish line. (Here is the archived stream.)

Bungie / Jervalin

Neither White nor Jervalin were contacted for comment in time for publication.

Jervalin was extraordinarily cold for completing what some people, including White Jr., have called the “hardest challenge of all games”, addressing viewers with the impartial tone you would have used as you progressed to the next addendum in a mostly empty city council meeting way.

“Okay, chat,” he said. “I think we made it. I think we fucking did. Imagine that. Two years ago, I said: ‘I think this is impossible.’ Imagine the fuck.

Whether or not Halo 2The “LASO without death” challenge is really the “hardest … in games” is, of course, a subjective measure. But it’s definitely up there. You must activate all the skulls in the game or game modifiers which generally increase the difficulty. The Skull Catch, for example, causes enemies to throw grenades more frequently. Famine, meanwhile, means enemies drop half as much ammo as they normally would. Mythic doubles the health of all enemies, while Angry increases the enemy’s rate of fire. Blind removes your HUD. Assassins make enemies invisible. (It’s not technically everything skulls, however. For the challenge Envy is left out, because that also grants you invisibility, which it does not Halo 2 harder, for obvious reasons.) All together, when you light up all the skulls and play Legendary, the game’s highest difficulty setting, you more or less create a series of conditions that ensure you die instantly if you take damage .

Jervalin had to rely on some exploits to complete the challenge. Namely: he brought a banshee, a purple air vehicle with a powerful cannon, to the final boss against Tartarus in the “Great Journey” level. That final fight takes place on a series of circumferential platforms poised over an abyss. With extreme precision, he used the banshee’s cannon to send waves of enemies that strayed from the edge as they spawned, before they had a chance to actually fight.

I covered the Alone community for some time now, and I can’t recall a time when I’ve seen players fairly unanimous in one opinion, let alone a positive one. Safe, Infinite halothe latest game in the series, has its problems, which players are not afraid to criticize. But it remains a reverence among even the biggest names for original Bungie games of the mid-2000s, and the incredibly impressive feats that players are capable of accomplishing.

The race collected praise from Alone streamers like Remy “Mint Blitz” and Luc “HiddenXperia”. Emanuel Lovejoy, the coach of Cloud 9, probably the best professional Alone team on the planet right now, called Jervalin a “legend”. So I did UberNick from Spacestation Gaming. The Alone pro Kyle Elam noticed like yesterday’s scrim, basically, matches between professional players who don’t count towards the official season record, were paused so that players could collectively watch Jervalin do it. “I’m going to need Jervalin to set up a Twitter so I can really @ this legend [clapping hands emoji]” Alone Esports analyst and caster Alexander “Shyway” Hope She said. It was a real pleasure to witness such universal acclamation from all corners of the community.

But the most moving moment, the kind of moment that shows itself this, not the toxicity that inhales so much oxygen from the room, that’s what video games are about, it happened in the last seconds of the flow: Jervalin’s family runs into the flow, hugging him in an almost suffocating bear hug. $ 20,000 is nice. It is more beautiful.

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