I’m not ashamed to admit it, I love gaming and I am a complete achievement whore.
I will happily spend hours running in a circle to get achievements for covering certain distances, I could not be happier than when earning 100 headshots for a meaty gamerscore boost, the only thing I won’t do is the Avatar GS bump up, because I EARN my score.

So, being a ScoreWhore and Bungie’s bitch, imagine my excitement when Halo Reach hit stores, 1000 Spartan related gamer points just ripe for the picking.

Campaign, obliterated, level specific achievements, destroyed, and then…hello? What’s this?

The “If They Came To Hear Me Beg” achievement reads a little puzzling…

“Performed an Assassination against an Elite to survive a fall that would’ve been fatal.”

I figured this would mean either grabbing an Elite from a balcony whilst falling, thereby pulling yourself back up, or landing on one and performing the assassination then, to survive the fall.

A quick check online and sure enough ’twas the latter option, so away I go.

Now, I realise many of you out there are struggling somewhat with this achievement so, to help y’all out, here is my definitive guide to the “If They came To Hear Me Beg” achievement.

Warning folks, spoilers lurk in this y’ere post.


Step 1 – Load “Pillar Of Autumn”, on Legendary (just to be safe)

Step 2 – Go to the cliff edge and, as Emille says “Pillar Of Autumn, race you to her”, sprint toward the edge.

Step 3 – Leap from the cliff’s edge and then de-activate sprint (else the fall may not prove fatal and the achievement will not unlock)

Step 4 – Guide your fall to land on top of the Elite

Step 5 – Smash into the ground behind the Elite, suffering a painful death

Step 6 – Checkpoint reload, repeat steps 2 to 4

Step 7 – Glance off the Elites back having performed a standard melee, sigh, allow Covenant forces to gun you down, reload checkpoint

Step 8 – Repeat steps 2 to 4

Step 9 – Land on top of Elite, performing perfect assassination animation, screaming with triumph

Step 10 – As remaining Covenant troops fill your body with needles and plasma rounds, wonder why achievement has failed to unlock, meet your grisly end and reload from checkpoint

Step 11 – Pause game

Step 12 – Google “If They Came To Hear Me Beg” achievement, watch various videos showing you how to perform the assassination, read a thousand forum entries with conflicting opinions, curse Bungie, return to Reach

Step 13 – Repeat step 2

Step 14 – Plow into the ground having failed to hit jump at the cliff’s edge

Step 15 – Fling controller across the room in a fit of rage

Step 16 – Turn X-Box off

Step 17 – Drive to nearest game store, purchase new X-Box controller, mumbling about Elites and achievements

Step 18 – Return home, fire up X-Box, load Reach

Step 19 – Repeat steps 1 to 4

Step 20 – Land seemingly perfect assassination, once again fail to unlock achievement

Step 21 – Repeat steps 2 to 4

Step 22 – Repeat step 20

Step 23 – Realise it is now 3am, turn X-Box off and cry yourself to sleep

Step 24 – Wake up, drink several litres of highly caffeinated beverage, fire up X-Box

Step 25 – Control caffeine jitters long enough to load Reach

Step 26 – Repeat steps 1 to 4

Step 27 – Suffer near mental breakdown as Noble 6 once again dashes against the rocks below

Step 28 – Repeat steps 1 to 4

Step 29 – Once again, land atop the Elite, driving him to the ground and snapping his lizard neck, feel your heart skip a beat as the achievement “bloop” sounds, realise it was a friend signing in, scream with rage and send abusive message to your friend

Step 30 – Send apologetic message to friend

Step 31 – Repeat steps 1 to 4

Step 32 – Land the assassination, hear the “bloop” but, due to stress and Reach induced insanity, fail to realise that the achievement has, in fact, FINALLY unlocked

Step 33 – Repeat steps 1 to 4

Step 34 – Continue in this general vain until friends discover you some time later, emaciated and covered in own drool

Step 35 – Enjoy relaxing break in mental institution

So there you have it, follow this simple method and you will unlock the accursed achievement and get a free “padded cell” vacation to boot. Bargain.

One thought on “If they came to see me cry…”

  1. descibes it completely, now wandering if i should buy a new copy of halo reach is another step when the chevo never unlocks lol still trying quite some time later and no achievement:(

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