Rumor has it that Halloween is when the veil between worlds becomes thin, and our spectral ancestors loom around us. Whether you believe in such things or not, you cannot deny that this holiday represents everything fiendish and frightening. Here at HaloCustoms, we're embracing Halloween with warm hands...and a spooky rendition of our Xenforo theme! You can spookify your theme by selecting "Halo-ween" in the style chooser below.
Halo-ween Username Changes!
There's a tradition here at HaloCustoms that involves the spookification of our usernames. To commemorate Hallows' Eve, Psychoduck, FlyingShoeILR, and I are offering username changes until the end of October. The fun part is that you can change yours to anything you'd like! Keep in mind, however, that your request must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a play on your current name
- Must be related to Halloween
- Must be less than 20 characters
Happy October and remember to Thank Mr. Skeltal!
Day late, Dollar short. If that statement doesn't mean anything to you, this post was meant to appear yesterday. Let's just say I kinda spent the entire of yesterday evening watching a pre-launch stream of a non-Halo title that I'm personally excited for. I know that's a terrible excuse, but I'm sticking with it.
One could say that my sudden 'laziness' could be a part of a theme. You may have noticed that my name has changed to "Badderrson" over the last few days, I assure you for my sake that it's only temporary. Experienced HC users might have already cottoned on to why it has changed at such a time, but if you're left wondering we have some Spooky goings on around here to explain tomorrow. So stay tuned for that.
Back on topic with Deals with Gold this week there are a wide array of titles on both platforms.
On Xbox One this week however I'll be recommending the Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass at 40% off. Forza DLC for newer titles doesn't tend to go on sale often and who doesn't like having more cars to tour Europe in a ludicrously flamboyant fashion? If you enjoy racing games Horizon 2 is a pretty fun title, so if you don't already have it, why not find a used copy to play until the release of Halo 5 in just 27 MORE SLEEPS!! I'm so excited and I just can't hide it.
Over on 360 at first I thought it would be difficult to find a recommendation this week, but then I noticed that Skate 3 was on sale and who doesn't love that glitch-ridden bug-fest? Seriously the game has the worlds most wacky physics...
UnearthedThere was a lot of debate between the judges on what would make a map worthy of first prize. Uniqueness? Best use of vehicles? Best pure CTF experience? In the end it came down to this question: Which map delivers the Squad experience at the highest level? That is to say, what map would produce the best vehicle/ infantry interaction while also delivering on great CTF gameplay?
In the end, Unearthed was what truly shone for these qualifications. The hillside layout of Unearthed creates an incredible amount of verticality for a map featuring vehicles, and yet it creates one of the best Warthog/ infantry dynamics that I have ever experienced. While the actual vehicle route is simple, a U shape with a middle cut through and jumps, it allows the warthogs very powerful lines of sight. Making a push is very dangerous, but can also be rewarding if coordinated with the rest of ones team. Vehicle usage on Unearthed tends therefore to be more methodical and cautious, only becoming aggressive when there is a major opening. This has resulted in very intense standoffs where both teams are constantly pushing back and forth for control of key weapons and positions.
The flag gameplay is also superb. There are three main lanes for pushing the bases: a dangerous but powerful high route, the fast but open middle route, and the stealthier low route which features and over shield. With the flag sitting up at the top of the base it takes a lot of work to both grab the flag and to capture it at your own base. The middle structure provides a lot of nerdy spots to put shots on the enemy base from, provided your team can keep...
BlockusBlockus was one of the most unique One-Flag CTF maps that I have seen. The infantry-trenches that allow players on foot to seamlessly dip out of/ rise into a vehicle path are genius in allowing fluid infantry/ vehicle intermingling. The ability to toss the flag up a hole in an otherwise 1-way drop down creates risky and exciting flag runs. The arch stretching over mid is an amazing vertical element that entirely changes the way defense base is assaulted. Finally, the simple yet well designed vehicle circuit allows for both defensive warthog usage as well as more aggressive assaults on the enemy base. Blockus was one of the most improved maps in the contest, with the amount of major changes blowing us away each lobby. A lot of work went into this one, and it most certainly payed off!
A round of applause for MartianMallCop for a seriously unique CTF experience. I still don't know what a Blockus is, but it's a fantastic map nonetheless! Your 2nd prize Elgato HD60 Capture Card can be redeemed from the judges.
EntrenchedEntrenched uses natural terrain in unique ways to create a space that is both very drivable and packed with vertical overlap. The higher attacker base compared to the lower defense base creates an interesting dynamic where flag pulls are often contested over long periods of time on the way back to the base. The long, open platform at offense base serves to prevent easy captures, requiring that defense team has control of the major power positions to be able to score.
Congratulations to SixteenthMatt, and well down for producing such an excellent One-Flag map! For third place you will receive a 1 year subscription to Xbox Live. Tomorrow we will announce the winner of the 2nd place map.
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