Listen up Spartans. There are 117 days from the end of the Halo Reach beta until September 14th when all you greenhorns get your mitts on a full copy of the game. You've already wasted some of that time, so let's get to business. If you don't have your Recon armor already, you've got a lot of work to do to complete your Road to Recon. Lucky for you, I've got all the intel you need to make that happen.
The Road to Recon consists of seven achievements Bungie likes to call "Vidmasters." Most of them require immense teamwork, so they're perfect objectives for Co-Optimus to tackle. We'll even cover the solo and multiplayer achievements just to be thorough.
Team work is key, but if your friend gets stuck, it's time to run.
Let's start with the Halo 3 achievements. First up, is an easy one, 7 on 7. There has been a lot of confusion about this achievement so read carefully. To get this achievement, you need exactly 7 EXP total in a multiplayer playlist on the 7th day of any month. That does NOT mean you can start at 20 EXP and earn the achievement at 27 EXP. Just pick a playlist where you have less than 7 EXP, and play until you have 7 EXP. Of course, we all know gaming is more fun with friends, so pick a team based playlist, like Social Big Team, and find some teammates. With a tight-knit team, you'll pull this off in no time. We even have a thread in our forums devoted to this achievement.
Next up is Lightswitch. You simply need to earn the rank of Lieutenant on a playlist, which means you must earn 50 EXP on a single playlist. Once again, you'll reach your goal much faster if you pick a team based playlist and fill your party with friends who work well together.
In the Halo universe, we honor the dead by shoving our thumbs in their eye sockets.
Brainpan is probably the most rewarding achievement since you'll net 265 points in the process. To get this achievement, you must collect all nine skulls hidden in the campaign of Halo 3 (which each grant you 10 points each), and six skulls in the Mythic multiplayer maps (25 points each). Find yourself some teammates, print off this excellent guide from Halopedia, and go hunting! Just remember, you must start the appropriate mission from the beginning (not at a rally point) at Normal difficulty or higher. I would also recommend keeping Halopedia's Terminals page handy as well since you'll be passing several terminals along the way. Some of the skulls are very difficult to get to so be patient and read the guides carefully.