Concealed

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Concealed is a map from 2004 with no author listed on HaloMaps. Whoever made it, it is a solid design with balanced gameplay. The bases are connected to tunnel networks, which are then connected to several teleporters. The weapons and vehicles are not custom, but their placement makes the map function well with any gametype. Turrets, tanks, and banshees are available at both bases, and they can be used to counter the numerous sniping points in the map.

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The terrain of this map is incredible. The snowy sky sets an ominous tone for the battlefield, and the frozen waterfall and tall cliffs make the danger of the battle unavoidable. Even the tunnels have a bottomless pit to watch out for. The battlefields of this map are varied, and the obstacles will make any confrontation a challenge. There are twisting pathways and awesome jumps, which are filled with rocks and trees that enemies could easily hide behind, so don’t assume that you’re safe in a tank.

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Total Rating: 7.6/10

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H3MT-Narrows

H3MT-Narrows is a map created by, quite obviously, H3MT. It is a medium-sized map inspired by Halo 3. It is called Narrows, because the entire map consists of a symmetrical bridge that hangs over a massive gorge.

Other than the bridge itself, the scenery of the map is fairly plain. The bases are seemingly empty, except for various weapons. The backdrop is of a rocky cliff-face.

This map includes no vehicles.

This map includes several custom weapons from Halo 3. These include an assault rifle, rocket launcher, needler, battle rifle, sniper rifle, white SMG and shotgun, plasma pistol, Brute Mauler, Brute Rocket Launcher, and Brute Spiker.

The main drawback for this map is the slow rendering of the map’s scenery. In the image below, you can see that many of the map’s structures are not rendered until you get very close to them.

Due to the complex pathways that run underneath the bridge, this map works best with Zombies, CTF, and King of the Hill.

The most interesting features of this map are the H3 Shield Drainer and Shield Bubble. These custom gadgets can be used to guard various point on the map in the midst of a tough battle. They spawn infrequently, so as to prevent camping, and they add a very dynamic aspect to any game.

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Bubble Shield

Total Rating: 8.1/10

Red Feather Ranch

A sign that reads “Red Feather Ranch.”

Red Feather Ranch is a custom map created by DocOctavius. Based on a real place, the map is heavily forested and mountainous.

The scenery is exquisite in every way. No detail was spared in the creation of the realistic forest and river. A tall waterfall leads to a large river that divides the map. The steep mountain creates logistical issues for the player. Both bases are on the side of this steep mountain, with Red Base located above Blue Base. Both bases have sniper posts at the top.

A steep path down the mountain

There are Banshees, Ghosts, and Warthogs at both bases. A single Scorpion is located in a far-corner of the map; this gives neither team a large advantage. The vehicles’ placement is one of the major attributes of this map.

The default weapons in this map are basic. There are assault rifles, pistols, shotguns, sniper rifles, and needlers at the bases. Fuel rod guns and rocket launchers are hidden in various places in the map. Hiding the rocket launchers helps to prevent their overuse.

There are only a couple issues with this map. First of all, the Banshee at Red Base is completely inaccessible. Secondly, Red Base has an overwhelming strategic advantage. Not only does Red Base have a height advantage, but they also have a defense wall and a tower. However, a secret passageway and Blue Team’s vehicles advantage seem to counter this.

There is no ladder to reach the Banshee

The defense tower at Red Base

This map is great for Assault, King, Slayer, and Zombies. It could work for CTF and Team Slayer, but this depends on how much of an advantage Red gets.

Lastly, this map includes several interesting features. A series of secret passageways make strategy more complex and help Blue Team counter Red Team’s advantages. The fuel rod guns are hidden in the river and an inescapable pit. So be careful, because you literally cannot escape this pit without killing yourself.

A strange structure in the underground pathway.

The inescapable pit

Total Rating: 9.5

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