Halo 4

Halo 4 Achievements

Digging up the Past

Found and accessed Chief's record in mission 1.  

Campaign Mission 1 'Dawn' specific. Online not required. Can be obtained on Easy+.
Use 'Mission Select' after initial Campaign playthrough if missed.

The Chief's record can be found down a ramp on your left after Cortana uploads herself into the chip that you insert into your helmet.  Press  to access it.

Glitchy: Do NOT head into the next room to touch the control panel before finding the record. It glitches the achievement for some reason.
The Fix: Restart the level. Next time don't touch the control panel and it should unlock.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Revoltation
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 05:32:36 PM

Whoo, backstory :)

Comment #2 by SPARTAN 465
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 07:43:12 AM

This will be interesting to see.

Comment #3 by Jester 343i
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 03:15:53 PM

Adding some history right at the start? This will be something to lol cor straight away!!!

Comment #4 by AfterTheFire
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 01:40:19 PM

This sounds awesome

Comment #5 by HIRUDORA
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 06:18:23 PM

Guys im sorry to burst your bubble but its not whatit seems, its just a small graphic, easiest 20g ever though

Comment #6 by HIRUDORA
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 06:23:13 PM

Just kidding guys it has quite a bit of backstory

Comment #7 by killing smile26
Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 04:13:17 AM


Comment #8 by scotty666sniper
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 05:03:16 AM

Pretty simple guys, in the first mission as you leave the cryotube the next room will have some stairs to the right instead of going forward like you're supposed to, go down the stairs. You'll have to press X on a database when prompted and *bleep-bloop* 20 gamerscore. Happy Hunting.

Comment #9 by scotty666sniper
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 05:13:22 AM

Sorry about that I meant to say to the left.

Comment #10 by MasterfulMoose
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 06:33:54 AM

Is this glitched? I found and accessed Chief's record, but no achievement pop. ;_;

Comment #11 by P4ndAK1l7a
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 12:34:58 PM

Achievement Guide:

Comment #12 by remedy916nos
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 03:01:27 PM

hey there, dummy proof achievement guide! i shit you not our videos are better! please support us! we worked hard to get these!

Comment #13 by DOMAN127
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 08:38:35 PM

The achievement picture that came up hen I unlocked this was the one that I listed for "Terminus" on this list.

Comment #14 by eulatoski3
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 10:45:40 PM

DOMAIN127 is right, they have the wrong image for this achievement.

Comment #15 by stevgant
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 11:45:08 PM

Didn't pop on Heroic the first time I played. I didn't look at the achievement list to see it was one and so I didn't try watching the video again. I just thought is was an easter egg, not an actual terminal. Guess I'll try again.

Comment #16 by zctSIXstring
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 12:55:42 AM

I too had trouble with this. I finally got it to pop while playing on legendary and playing the terminal 3 times.

Comment #17 by SevenDead1ySinz
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 01:58:28 AM

Seems glitched, watched it 3 times on Normal and nothing popped.

Comment #18 by MasterfulMoose
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 02:24:50 AM

Well the videos confirm I was in the right spot, but I tried it twice on Heroic and it still did nothing. Frustration. I might just come back to this one once I finish the rest of the Campaign.

Comment #19 by Akinokaze
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 01:55:23 PM

Worked for me and I did it on Easy [doing a storyline playthrough then onto legendary.]

Comment #20 by TealPavelski
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 01:56:44 PM

Same trouble here. I missed this first time around on co-op Legendary. I just tried on solo easy and nothing. Gonna keep trying to see if it pops.

Comment #21 by TealPavelski
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 02:09:30 PM

It took me 4 tries to get this to unlock. After pressing X to view records the 4th time it unlocked.

Comment #22 by Armor Knight
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 03:08:05 PM

if anyone needs help :)

Comment #23 by Youtubethebiohazardgames
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 10:58:24 PM

Here is how to get this achievement the easy way

Comment #24 by PendiRulz
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 03:38:44 AM

popped (on normal) after watching it 2 times and started it for a third time ...

Comment #25 by TealPavelski
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 02:17:18 PM

Two of my friends got this first try. So the glitch seems random.

Comment #26 by dfulton110
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 04:13:04 PM

I had no problem what so ever. Bought the game, threw it in. Selected campaign and legendary diffuculty. Found the terminal without any help and got the achievement first try. Not that hard guys cmon

Comment #27 by Miss Tracey
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 05:27:46 PM

Its not that its hard, Its glitched! I tried 3 times and no luck..

Comment #28 by Miss Tracey
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 05:28:55 PM

Oh never mind, got it at the start of the fourth try.

Comment #29 by LiquidControls
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 03:19:30 AM

Found it pretty easy, but it didn't pop for me.

Comment #30 by Jay4370
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 07:50:10 AM

it sucks that this is glitched; but i'm glad i'm not the only one having trouble getting this to pop

Comment #31 by Hitomis Freund
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 08:21:35 PM

Just tested: This achievement can be obtained on the difficulty level "Easy" in Solo mode!

Comment #32 by iTz WaffleS v2
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 11:20:14 AM

Popped for me on first try, completed campaign on legendary, then went back to grab the achievo. the difficulty was on legendary as well, mostly cuz i didnt feel like changing it, since there aren't any enemies.

Comment #33 by MegsonGrove
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 05:35:23 PM

Had to restart the mission several times before getting this!

Comment #34 by Sol76
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 07:48:27 PM

Comment #35 by colos swarez
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 06:06:14 PM

I also had to try at least 3 times to get this. I don't know if it actually makes a difference, but the time it popped, I deliberately let Cortana finish speaking before activating the terminal, and I didn't touch the terminal upstairs first.

Comment #36 by HellsDelight
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 08:23:46 AM

Didn't pop for me the first time on Normal too.

Comment #37 by Duffman TM
Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 04:03:21 PM

I found the terminal on my first play on heroic and tried it 4 times and got no achievement. Went back to dashboard and started on legendary and popped up as soon as i pressed it first time!

Comment #38 by Lostjay82
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 07:02:26 PM

First try on legendary. My friend said it took him four times..

Comment #39 by gabwe
Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 09:39:23 PM

Restarted the level 3 times. That glitchy bitch won't pop. Dammit.

Comment #40 by PainKi11er 2109
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 04:31:40 AM

If you're not getting this one, do it on legendary. I did it four times on easy, didnt pop. Then tried it on legendary and got it first time.

Comment #41 by DeadllyDeath
Sunday, May 05, 2013 @ 05:41:00 AM

Doesn't work for me either. Tried all difficulties.

Comment #42 by sainted75
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 03:05:55 PM

Got it first time through, seems inconsistant.

Comment #43 by Chaosity
Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 06:04:21 AM

Played on normal and didnt pop for me. Any reasons why?

Comment #44 by goldbergsdragon
Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 05:56:15 AM

*Achievement/Trophy Hunters*

Comment #45 by SmoothAsEgg5
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 @ 03:40:56 AM

stupid glitch achievement. missed it first playthrough on legendary. restarted on easy, didn't work first time, but worked second time

Comment #46 by Djjeckl65
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 02:40:56 AM

I tolatly missed it the first time found it in co op helped a friend

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343 Industries


US November 06, 2012

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