In the last year or so, I've become a bit more interested in expanding my collection of gaming goods beyond the digital realm; a few posters, shirts, and hoodies as well as an adorable Elcor plushie have joined my library of collectibles. So, when I was contacted by Loot Crate and offered a pair of free Halo Crates, it wasn't a tough sell.

In return for the free goodies, I was asked to share my Loot Crate experience with all of you. As I hope most of you are aware, I wouldn't agree to vouch for anything besides a quality product. So, I hope you treat this review-of-sorts as genuine.

My first Halo Legendary crate arrived yesterday. The crate's interior sports a nifty grey-scale image of an ODST, this month's theme.


Inside lay an assortment of goodies which you can see below. These included a matching ODST-themed tee and sweatpants, a concept art poster, a Buck figure, a pin, a Superintendent-themed refrigerator magnet, an ONI briefing packet, and a Halo 5 Req code.


The req pack contained a handful of items of various rarities as well as a unique Apollo player emblem.

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The verdict? Everything here is pretty high-quality. The clothing is comfortable and doesn't feel cheap; the Buck figure and poster are already making my co-workers jealous as office decorations; the briefing packet contains some cool ODST-themed lore which is sure to please superfans. The magnet and pin are the only things here that really feel gimmicky, but that's not exactly a bad thing. I won't be retiring my Compass Rose emblem for the Apollo one anytime soon, but it's definitely a shnazzy one to add to the collection.

I hope you've enjoyed this look...

A month into the release of Forza Horizon 3 (A fun open world driving game set in Australia with a selection of included Halo themed content) is the first Halo themed community event. The Halo Weekender #Forzathon.

If you don't know much about the game or if you want to find out more about our car club, you can do so here.


This weekend event gives users the chance to earn 3 alternate Halo themed horns in game, as well as the chance to add another Warthog to your garage. Puma Power!

This event is live now until 9PM(EST) on Sunday 30th and contains the following challenges/rewards:


As you can see, completing these challenges also give you exclusive commemorative achievements. They're worth zero gamerscore but are still pretty cool, nevertheless.

So gents and ladies, start your engines. Why not come and join us in the Outback? :)

Not so long ago, we proposed to you the beginning of a bright new future of HaloCustoms with exclusive Xbox sign in. You can read more about this change here.

For those of you that aren't currently signed in and are an existing member of HaloCustoms, here's a quick reminder/tutorial on how to easily migrate your legacy account:

Step 1: Select the option to sign in with Xbox Live. An example of this button as it currently stands can be found below (there will also be a replacement for the current Login/Sign Up options on the top bar if this change goes ahead).


Step 2: Select the option to "Associate Existing Account" and simply log into HC with your existing legacy username and password as demonstrated below;

Btw I used a fake password for this screenshot, "superlongfakepassword" in case you're curious.

If you haven't joined the HC community yet, it's now quicker an easier to create a user account. All you need to do is sign in via Xbox Live and pick an available username on the "Create New Account" tab. It's as simple as that! :)

Keeping on the subject of our initial roll-out of Xbox integration, we've updated the friends list on the Xbox tab. You can find this at the top right of the page.


Not only can you see what friends are currently online or in a party, you can easily distinguish which of your Xbox friends also use HaloCustoms by the blue HC button to the right of their Gamertag (demonstrated above). Clicking on this also gives you easy access to that user's HC profile page. Pretty nifty, huh?

In the future we plan to expand this further with what we're calling Xbox Live Quick...
Recently, a particularly dark image released a comprehensive guide on setting forge maps up for matchmaking integration in Halo 5. From spawn placement, to weapon timers, the guide covers all of the nitty-gritty details requires to fine-tune maps to matchmaking standards.

black picture also teamed up with his fellow members of Creative Force to bring updated versions of Basin and Boulevard (originally created by 343 Industries and alex quit respectively) to the big team battle playlist.

I sat down with Mr. Picture as well as Randy 355 and MythicFritz (the new custodians of Basin and Boulevard) to chat about all three of these recent projects.

Psychoduck: Hello, and thanks for joining us. Can you tell us a bit about the process of compiling this guide? Where did you gather information from? How long did it take?

Black Picture: Hey thanks for having us! I started gathering information for the guide because of Orion II, I got alot of useful requirements for the map in the development, also I have been going through the Dev maps on disc and dissecting them. To be honest on the time I'm not quite sure but it did take some time to cross reference maps.

Duck: While compiling the guide, did you stumble across any tidbits of information that surprised you? Did you find any strange inconsistencies on the dev maps you were pulling from?

Black Picture: Any information that is surprising to me? Well that is a hard one to answer because I found majority of this interesting. I will say the spawn zones and the Cameras was interesting to learn. The other thing I will say is in one of the dev breakout map one of the strong hold had weapon pad properties, did...

A few weeks ago on September 27th, the latest iteration of the Forza Horizon series launched worldwide on both Xbox One and Windows 10. Complete with cross-platform multiplayer. Following in the footsteps of the GTA Crew back on 360 and the Minecraft server; Forza Horizon 3 is the next non-Halo title to have an official HC presence.


"But why a car game?", I hear many of you cry... Well it just so happens that this particular car game lets you race Warthogs across the Outback and beyond in a digital representation of Australia. Frankly, this really is as fun as it sounds.

After unlocking and upgrading your third festival site in the game, you gain access to a feature called "Clubs". On the surface these look to operate like many other clan-esque systems out there like the Halo 5 Spartan Company, for example.

Some of the benefits to joining the car club are as follows:

  • Global Club vs Club rankings based upon combined banked XP from all members.
  • An inter-club weekly leaderboard for friendly competition.
  • The Club works like an extended friends list, meaning HC members will appear in your game more frequently as Drivatars and allows you to seamlessly share your Exhibitions, Championships and Bucket List Challenges. You can even employ club members to your lineup!
  • Rising through the Club Tiers each week gives players monetary rewards (Free Credits).
Etc. Etc.


Joining our proposed Domination of the Outback is simple. Once you've unlocked "Clubs" in-game, go to the Club tab in the pause menu and select the option to join a club. From here you can find us by searching for the club's name "HaloCustoms" or it's tag "-HC-". At the time of writing we currently have 10 members and are...

Update: I'm proud to announce that after the week-long poll, 81.8% of those that voted to share our ongoing vision for the future of HaloCustoms. I'll keep you posted on when these changes will take place along with a fairly substantial site update which is on track for next week.

For those enquiring about the inner workings of this new integration, I wanted to mention that we have been working on this functionality behind the scenes since November 2015 along with a roadmap of changes to the site which we hope you'll enjoy.

All the "Xbox" related features available now and into the future have been built from the ground up, specifically for HaloCustoms. This functionality is very much myself and TACTICS' digital baby and we're both very proud of what we have achieved and plan to in the future. For those simply interested in the API level of things we simply can't disclose anything of that nature due to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

These are exciting times and can't wait to share more with you on what we have planned for HC in the coming weeks and months.

If you haven't read up on the changes to user authentication yet, do please continue to read below. :)


Greetings fellow HaloCustoms dwellers: past, present and future (we see you guests lurking; hogging all the popcorn). Today, the future of how we handle user accounts here on HC lies in your hands.

TACTICS and myself are spearheading this venture into new functionality aimed at further bridging the gap between HaloCustoms and the games that our community so sorely loves.

To reach the full potential of our vision, however, we want to do away with "Legacy" sign-ins and registration in place of direct Xbox Account integration. Now, before you grab your pitchforks and torches, hear me out. The point of this thread is to inform you of the...
Last Friday, Halo 5's Big Team Battle playlist got a refresh. All 12 of the maps already in the playlist saw updates of varying sizes and four new Forge maps were added. Three of these maps were submissions to the recent Meet Your Maker contest hosted here with help from our friends at BigTeamBattle.net, 343industries.org, and several YouTube outlets.

This update was a huge undertaking for 343's multiplayer team as well as the group of community members who helped make it a reality and was arguably the largest jump forward within a single matchmaking playlist since Halo 5's launch last fall.

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Hopefully the playlist will be to your liking with the wide variety of maps on offer, from big to small; symmetrical to asymmetrical; modern to classic. In addition to great maps, new and old, you'll also find a few new toys throughout the playlist including the Tactical Magnum, Wicked Grasp, and Wasp.

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We'd love to hear your thoughts on the refresh below. Also, don't forget to get squads together to throw down in the playlist using our lobby system and to add your streams on our streams portal!

Boulevard, originally by alex quit with updates from MythicFritz & Creative Force

In addition to hearing your thoughts on the maps, we'd also love to know what you think about the playlist's starting weapon. We've included a poll...

It is finally September 8th! The start of the 2016 American Football season is here Halo 5: Forge and Anvil's Legacy for Halo 5: Guardians (5.57GB update) have now officially dropped and you can download both RIGHT NOW! At this time we would like to welcome all new guests & members to HaloCustoms and we hope everybody, new and old alike, enjoys their time here! If you have any questions, please absolutely do not hesitate to contact myself and other staff members through use of the shoutbox or by private message.

Similarly, we have also recently launched a tutorial video which you can view below on how to use HaloCustoms and its many features on our official channel. Big thanks to Yeti for helping put it together!

We don't actually recommend the use of Twitch-botting :rofl:

Welcome back everyone! After weeks of deliberation, discussion, and rigorous testing, we are excited to finally reveal the winners of the Meet Your Maker: Big Team Battle Forge Contest! With over 50 submissions from a wide variety of forgers we had our work cut out for us in picking just three to showcase. The three winners listed below are in no particular order, and are considered to be on equal footing with one another. Without further ado, here are the top three maps...

My fellow community members, as we enter the eventful month of September, we want each and every one of you reading this to look at yourself for a good minute. We are 110% serious. We encourage everybody to get a mirror, stimulate your mind and soul, suit up and ready your bodies for what's to come soon™. In this address, we will go over the recent changes to HaloCustoms, the Meet Your Maker Forge Contest and upcoming updates & additions to Halo 5. Welcome to this HaloCustoms State of the Union address.

State of HaloCustoms and Staff

Staff Changes
In the past month and a half since our last site update, some of you may have noticed a few changes have taken place behind-the-scenes and to the face of HaloCustoms. To begin, our very own British Rockband rockstar, adderrson has recently been pushed through the fruit transformation machine and has moved up to the ranks of site admin to assist us in technical upgrades to the site (more on that later). In sadder news, our favorite Irishman Potato, SOLIDSNAKEee has left the ranks of staff and became a blueberry once more. He has understandably left on his own terms for personal reasons, but do not fret! He is still very much active and you can probably speak to him in the shoutbox at this moment. As with many departures, we have a new arrival to the staff team! Many of you may know him after winning the Best Forge Map of All Time Awards* of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 with his map, Stigma. Give it up for our newest staff member, Squally...