- Minimum Players
- Maximum Players
- Forge Island
- DLC Required
- Forge Island
- Supported Gametypes
- Custom Gametype Name
- On the Move V2
- Custom Gametype Link
When Running Fails
They left the city with dozens, in the hope of hitting the road to salvation. Only few made it out. A small group of latecomers finally reached the highways, now in such a sad state of affairs that all chances of escaping seemed lost - leave alone any chances of survival. Or is there still hope? Team up with a buddy or two, board one of the remaining Warthogs and outgun the chasing undead. Prepare for a joyride.
"When Running Fails" is my attempt at a Drive or Die map, which you'd used to see a lot in previous Halo titels. Drive or Die maps, for those are not familiar with the name, typically consist of a large driveable area, which can vary from a huge desert to a long road, where the sole purpose of the game is to get in a vehicle and keep driving away from the zombies pursuing you. I myself am a huge fan of Warthog usage in Infection maps, so you can imagine I loved playing on these kinds of maps. Unfortunately, much to my regret, I have not seen any good Driving maps in Halo 4 yet due to the difficult-to-work-around-with layout of all 4 of the forge canvases.
It was therefore that I decided to give it a try myself. And now you're here to see the outcome.
Here are some self explanatory pictures for nom.
There are two things you really have to keep in mind when playing this map if you want to get the greatest of pleasure when playing the map.
1. There is a huge trait zone just above the surface of the ground level. This trait zone only applies for humans and massively takes down their health, while also decreasing the damage they can deal to enemy players. In other words: this effectively dismantles attempts at camping. Because of the fact that all players have trait zones above their heads, zombies will quickly find you and take you down with ease if you're trying to break the game. So yeah, just get in a vehicle instead of walking around. It's more fun for everyone, including you.
2. I have used a modded gametype that allows zombies to sprint. This will come in handy when trying to keep up with the Warthog, so make sure to use this function all the way: you'll even have unlimited sprint.
3. There are some bumps in the road that couldn't possibly be smoothened out. These bumps don't effect Warthogs but they can slow down zombies walking into them. It is possible to keep running around the whole track without running into any of these bumps, though. Make sure to keep an eye on where you're running and you should be fine.
Finally, I'll give you some tips to apply on this map if you either want to increase your chances of survival or if you'd like to get some extra Infection on those nasty humans.
- Keep driving circles on the outer ring of the map. You'll be able to keep your speed at best, making it harder for zombies to chase you down. Also, generally you'll have great sightlines on the side, so zombies will have a harder time ambushing you.
- Form a convoy together with other Warthogs. Not only will you be able to guard each other, you will also prevent unfortunate collisions from happening, which usually tend to screw you over... and those not infrequently tend to result in your demise.
- If you happen to be riding shotgun, it is recommend to grab your sniper rifle and try to go for some no scopes on zombie players passing by. The auto aim makes it rather easy to pick up some kills, and it will also help out your buddy wielding the turret on the back, who in the crucial phase of survival will likely not be able to take on all zombies all by himself.
- If you're playing as a zombie; Make sure to keep sight on any humans (accidently) driving or walking around on the ground level. As mentioned before, they are now easy one hit kills and they also deal less damage, providing you a good chance of getting one or more sweet Infections and making the horde grow.
- If you're playing as a zombie; Try and flank the Warthogs driving around. This is usually accomplished best by cutting the humans off by estimating where they'll be driving next, and then hitting them from the side by surprise. This will likely slow them down or even turn them over, or in the best scenario even flip them on the side, making for a nice opportunity to leap upon this new gained meat together with your fellow undead.
How to set up your Drive or Die map
The gametype that accompanies When Running Fails, named "On the Move V2", can function as a universal gametype which you may also use if you decided to create your own Drive or Die map. I will quickly give you a few instructions on how to properly create a map of your own if you want this gametype to support it.
1. Zombies are a lot faster than humans in this gametype. Make sure you put the initial human spawns close to the Warthogs and to move the initial zombie spawns further away.
2. On the Move allows zombies to jump very high. Therefore, it is recommended to have multiple layers of roadways overlapping each other, so zombies can quickly traverse between the several levels by jumping on top of them.
3. Put a player trait zone just above the lowest surface of your map, that decreases the humans's health down to 10% and removes their motion sensor. That way you will prevent them from camping down there.
4. Both humans and zombies have waypoints above their heads, but this doesn't mean that you cannot add sightline blockers to prevent the zombies from dying all the time before they can even reach the Warthogs. Having multiple levels of roadways on your map will automatically function as a sightline blocker on its own so that's another reason to apply it.
5. The zombies are very fast and therefore are more likely to run into bumps in the road, making them fly into the air. This can be quite annoying when you're trying to chase down a Warthog so make sure to create a track as smooth as you can.
That should be all! I hope you will have give this map and gametype a download and enjoy playing it. Whether you're a great fan of driving the Warthog in Halo or killing off zombies/infection survivors, you're bound to have a great time.
Likes: Buddy and Z3MAST3R