News Halo 5 BTB Community Playlist

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Greetings fellow Halocustomians! At long last the BTB playlist has gotten a much-needed injection of new content. Starting this week, there are six brand SPNKrn' new forge maps available to be played in Matchmaking. Alongside the other maps already in the playlist, there are now 12 options in rotation, ensuring variety every time you play! Check out the new additions in the video above, and happy 'hogging!

Deals Deals with Gold: Spring Sale 2016

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So what happened to the Spring Sale starting on Sunday? Turns out Microsoft simply started a sale on it's Microsoft Store on Xbox One hardware in a sale that appears to be US exclusive. How anti-climactic.

However now that Tuesday has passed, the real Spring Sale has emerged in all it's glory offering a range of discounts although nothing we haven't seen before. I maintain that the best offers right now are the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility titles.

Overall there are so many titles on offer that I'm going to avoid any real reconsiderations other than the cheap Xbox 360 titles that can bolster up your Xbox One library.

There has been no confirmation of any daily deals this time around and instead it seems likely that they'll be some weekend discounts to round off the sale. Only time...

Deals Deals with Gold: March 15th

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And here lies the calm before the storm. This week's sale is very much a mild warm up for the Spring Sale that lands on Sunday. So you'll be next week's deals early, with another potential post on Tuesday.

With no backwards compatible content on this week's sale and no real "must haves" on the Xbox One side of things. My main recommendation this week is to simply wait until Sunday and see what offers 'spring' up as they are likely saving the good stuff for then.

As per the usual though, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below...

Cool Time Marches On

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Where did February go? It seems to have passed before my very eyes and as a result there are few things I wanted to cover last month but thanks to a lack of free time due to other real world commitments, I simply didn't find the time and for that I can only apologise. #WhatIsRealLife?
Of the two things I wanted to cover the most prevalent is the results for the Be Mine Valentine Weekend which have now been delayed for nearly a month. Sorry about that. The idea behind it was to show off how well you and a friend could operate as a unified killing machine. Highlighted by Game DVR clips.

You can read more about the event here. But more importantly let's move onto the results! Just to recap the top 3 most liked clips in the event's submission thread win along with the 6 HC members featured in those clips. The three winning clips...

Deals Deals with Gold: March 8th

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Another week of Deals with Gold is here and once again the offerings are rather lame. This may have something to do with the Spring Sale that is on the 20th of the month, so it might be worth hanging on for that.

If you really need something new to play this week on Xbox One however I'd likely recommend the Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) at 50% off. I personally haven't played it but have heard only good things about how it's quite a unique title.

Over on Xbox 360 there is no Back Compat supported titles on sale this week, but those of you still using their Xbox 360's can pick up L.A...

Deals Deals with Gold: March 1st

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Another week of deals with gold is here and it's certainly much weaker than last week's offerings. 'Dem bundles were pretty sweet, yo.

Over on Xbox One however Star Wars fans get another chance to pick up Star Wars Battlefront at 50% off. Other than that most of the other sale items are discounts on microtransactions or things we've previously had in Games with Gold.

On Xbox 360 there is no Backwards Compatible content on offer other than the DLC for the current Games with Gold title Supreme Commander 2 at 50% off. If you still regularly use your 360 it...

Deals Deals with Gold: February 23rd

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Apologies for this being a day late this week but trust me, it's worth it.

There are some really good deals this week across both platforms, so prepare your wallets folks.

The highlight on Xbox One this week is certainly the Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell Bundle and Metro Redux Bundle, both of which are 75% off. To put this into perspective if you purchased both of these you'd get a total of 4 high quality retail titles for only $15/£12! auburn

Over on Xbox 360 my recommendation lies with Saints Row and...

Srs Bzns A Call to Arms (and Keyboards)

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With the increasing prominence of Forge in Halo 5, the potential for awesome Custom Games has also grown. Many forgers are creating new maps every day and we've now reached the point where enough content exists that a steady flow of customs and lobbies can come to fruition.

Forgers yield a varied harvest. Some sow the seeds of entirely new Halo experiences while others strive to perfect the core Halo formula. Similarly, our members have come to love different types of maps and modes. We would like to provide the best possible avenue for users to experience the kinds of forge content they enjoy playing.

A Call to Arms
At HaloCustoms, we've always been a community founded on the principle of playing user created content. Our main goal is to provide a service that allows the community to organize and interact with each other in playing Customs...

Deals Deals with Gold: February 16th

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Alas the return of meh. Another week of savings that are mostly poor and not very enticing.

There is a diamond in the rough, however! This week I whole heartedly recommend Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, a fantastic HD remaster of the classic PS1 era puzzle platformer "Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee" at 60% off.

Over on the 360, there are some Dragon Ball Z titles on sale for those of you that only have the older generation of hardware and are into fighting games. Unfortunately there is no Backwards Compatible content on sale this week, so no real recommendations this week.

As per the usual, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below...

Srs Bzns Monday Map Testing

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Members of HaloCustoms enjoy attending many different types of lobbies. Some enjoy cracking heads in Warzone. Others prefer wacky mini games. Map testing and feedback lobbies are some of the most important but perhaps underrepresented types here at HaloCustoms. I've been running such lobbies at my own convenience, but I've been asked on several occasions about scheduling them at a recurring interval and I'm happy to say that I will now be doing just that!

Monday Map Testing is a way for forgers to test their maps and get detailed and actionable feedback on them. This lobby will also house testing for ForgeHub map features as well as for Community Forge matchmaking playlists. You can read up on all of the details including how to sign up below. You can also see a sample of the sort of feedback that's been given in past lobbies for this testing group...

Event Be Mine Valentine Weekend

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Love is in the air, apparently everywhere I look around or so the song goes. This weekend on HaloCustoms we'll be celebrating this "togetherness" in an slightly alternate context by how well as a pair you can operate as a singular hyper lethal vector and cause others much pain as you team shot and jointly teabag their remains for the ultimate humiliation.

So in honour of all this we want you to aquire your very own HC Valentine and show us all what an effective duo you really are this weekend by submitting your best clip of you both in action in this here submission thread. Instructions on how to record and submit your clip will be all be included there, so check it out once your done here. :)

So how do I aquire a HC Valentine?

As well as simply asking someone you play Halo...

Deals Deals with Gold: February 9th

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Following up last week's selection of deals with plenty of enticing offers available and backwards compatible titles on offer, this week in comparison can be only described as "meh".

On both platforms this week there really isn't much to shout home about and in all honesty there's no discount this week that I'm willing to recommend (there are a few interesting titles at a discount on Xbox 360 but at this point I only recommend titles that are backwards compatible or have been confirmed to be in the future).

The focus this week certainly seems to be indie games and micro-transaction based content. *yawn*

But hey, there might be something this week that might tickle your fancy. So as per the usual, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below...

Deals Deals with Gold: February 2nd

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This week's Deals are primarily an EA published affair. On Xbox One this week the discount I would be most likely to recommend is Battlefield 4 Premium at 60% off, for those of you out there whom may have an EA Access subscription.

The highlight of this week's offerings however is the selection of backwards compatible Xbox 360 content on offer. What stands out most to me is Skate 3 at 75% off. This game may not be available yet, but it has been confirmed to be available soon™ and is arguably one of the best games of the last console generation. Many I'm sure would agree that it certainly has the wackiest physics. :p

It's also worth mentioning that there will be daily EA deals...

Srs Bzns The Quest for Achilles

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Here at HaloCustoms, we're all about getting together to enjoy unique experiences in custom games. However, we also like to go up against the rest of the Haloverse in matchmaking from time to time and doing either tends to be more exciting if done while rocking some really cool looking Spartan armor.

A few of these interests converge in our effort to obtain the new Achilles armor set. For those unaware, this armor and helmet are unlocked by reaching rank 3 and 5 respectively in Spartan Company kill commendations. This is no mean feat and achieving this goal will require a Company full of active members who enjoy pwning n00bs in matchmaking with relative frequency.


To facilitate this pwnage, we intend to begin hosting matchmaking game nights more regularly. We're still working on locking down dates, but we hope that some of you will...

Deals Deals with Gold: January 26th

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Another week of Deals with Gold is upon us. The highlights of this week seem to be in the Far Cry and Grand Theft Auto franchises.

Over on Xbox One my primary commendation would certainly be Far Cry 4, which is currently 60% off on the store (the Gold Edition is 67% off if you're interested in having the DLC also). I hear it has some pretty fun online Co-Op. It's also worth noting that the 'Megalodon' bundle for GTA V is 50% off. At this price it's about the same price as the game usually is, but also comes with $8,000,000 to spend on GTA...

News Community Breakout Playlist is Live!

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Through the end of the January ranking season in Halo 5 (about two weeks), the first Community Forge playlist is available in Halo 5 matchmaking. This first playlist features Breakout maps created by some familiar names. Starting on January 28th, you'll have the opportunity to vote for your favorites on HaloWaypoint. The most popular maps will then be integrated permanently into the main Breakout playlist. For now, though, let's see which maps are enjoyed most by the HaloCustoms community. Feel free to select multiple maps in the poll above and weigh in with your thoughts on these maps and Community Forge playlists in general below.


Deals Deals with Gold: January 19th

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Just like last week was great for race fans, this week focus is certainly on those of you out that like to duke it out in the classic fighting game genre. I might just be a casual clueless button masher when it comes to these but I'm sure many of you out there handle these titles with more finesse.

The game is question is of course Killer Instinct. Season One is currently free on Games with Gold, so make sure to check that out! If you've been playing the game and have an itch for more fighters and other content for the game, the season 2 expansions are all 50% off this week.

Across both platforms this week, the KI expansions are really all that's worth mentioning. Unless of course...

Map Mystic

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Mystic is an asymmetrical, interior map forged within the deep reaches of Parallax. Sgt x Slaphead has graced us once again with this classic design originally seen in [REDACTED] under the name Cryptic. Similar to its counterpart, a series of arches defines the focal corridor of Mystic. Keep in mind that maintaining control of this line of sight is crucial as it not only runs through the entire map, but it also acts as the hub for several interconnecting rooms. In the case that you are forced from the upper level, Mystic features both a teleporter and lift that offer players a dangerous, albeit rewarding, method of quickly regaining top control. I would recommend grabbing three friends for some steamy doubles matches on this classic design...

SvC Staff vs Community #10 Recap

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Yesterday, we held the tenth HaloCustoms Staff vs Community game night. In years past, the brave staff team has valiantly defended against the community's ravenous horde. Each time, the community has mobilized their destructive engines of war and, each time, we have bravely quashed their pathetic rebellion through the use of superior tactics and better coffee. We wish we could paint the same rosy picture to convey the outcome of this event, but sadly we cannot.

On January fifteenth, 2016, a band of dastardly blue barbarians led an all-out assault against the beleaguered forces of the staff team. With unparalleled bravery, we defended our values of honor and fairness as well as the coveted fruit transformation machine. With equal ferocity, the community team lashed out and destroyed all that we hold dear. Our cunning and benevolence were no match for their destructive...

SvC Staff vs. Community #10

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Man oh man, how long it has been since we last hosted one of these. Continuing the celebration of HaloCustoms's 3rd Anniversary, we have decided to go ahead and revive a fond memory of the somewhat distant past: Staff vs. Community.

Since the last SvC, the Staff team has gotten some fresh meat, as well thrown out some long forgotten cuts still sitting in the back of the freezer. We think the community actually has a fair shot this time around, but that's all on you guys now isn't it?

Since I'm sure you're all leaning off of your seats in curiosity, let me introduce you to the staff team roster you'll be playing against this time around, along with some fighting words from each of them:

The Staff Team:
The staff lineup will include Psychoduck, SOLIDSNAKEee, Jesus in Malibu, Flying Shoe and myself. There may be guest appearances from other staffers throughout the...

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