Halo 3: 8 tips for using Forge

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O Forge is an iconic map builder that will likely appear on Halo Infinite. Here's what you need to know to make amazing maps using Forge.



Forge is one of the most recognized map creators of all time within gaming. When it was first released in Halo 3, everyone knew it was there to stay. 

Since then, Forge has been used in five more games; Halo: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo 4Halo 2: birthday and Halo 5 . It was officially launched for PC, and we hope to see Forge em Halo: Infinite, as it was co-developed by Skybox Labs (who also made Forge for PC).

8 | UNLIMITED MONEY EXPLOITATION – MONEY IS NO ISSUE

Source: Halo 3

As the name suggests, it is really possible to spend more money on Forge than your budget allows. This is an exclusive tip for the Halo 3 .

Start by buying at least one of each object you want to use on your map (it must be an empty map). Then, one by one, press X while facing each object and set the “Maximum runtime” to a number greater than the amount of these objects you placed on the map. Now, if you've done it right, you'll be able to have an unlimited budget.



7 | OBJETOS FLUTUANTES – FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE

Source: Halo 3

Ever wanted to build rain fusion coils or build an entire structure in the air? The floating object method allows you to do just that and can be used to build unusual maps. This is also a tip exclusive to Halo 3.

To make an object float until you touch it, create a pile of other objects and place the object you want to float right on top. Once your item stops moving, delete the entire stack below it. 

If you want your object to float permanently, place a teleporter on top of the pile, because teleporters will not fall down every time they are touched. Then you can just place your items on that teleporter.

6 | PLAY ON OTHERS MAPS - LEARN FROM OTHERS

Source: Halo 5

People have made so many unique maps that you can play, choose and be inspired by. As the game changes, people build much more complex maps and you are privileged to learn from most of them.

The user Reddit Mojoswoptops2020 drew a lot of attention when he posted the Tatooine sunset scene in Star Wars, which he built in the Halo 5 Forge. This is just an example of things you can create these days, so play with other people's maps and dissect them until you find out exactly how they were made.


5 | PLAY TEST MAPS WITH OTHER PLAYERS TO AVOID UNFINISHED MAPS

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Building a map can be a lot of fun and engaging, but if your purpose is for other players to play it, you have to test it for exactly that same purpose. Because if you try the map yourself, you can easily miss important details, allowing players to have an unfair advantage when finding loopholes or tricks.


Or your map might not really be what you envisioned in your head, so player insights and feedback from an outside perspective might be the best.


4 | TRY DIFFERENT TEXTURES – FOR VISUAL BEAUTY

Object textures or themes might not be a valid option yet in the Halo franchise, but it's possible to make your own, in a way. If you start to combine different objects, walls or items, it may very well look like entirely new things.

This will make your players appreciate your map more, because it's not the same usual environment they're used to. You can make walls with certain patterns or a staircase with a handrail. Almost anything is possible when you combine things.

3 | FASTER WORKFLOW – A FAST ACCESS METHOD

Sometimes when looking for an object we want for a build, we can spend 5-10 minutes just scrolling through the menu to get what we want.

A quick way to save time is to place one unit of each item on the map; this makes it so you can see everything in front of you and just copy what you want. This is also a great method to get new ideas for your builds; you see something that you think would be suitable for your build, instead of remembering your name.

2 | FORGE MORE – THE MORE, THE MORE FUN

It is often said that the more you do something, the better you will become at it. And with Forge, that same lesson applies. But if you are new to creating maps, you may find that many functions and tools are confusing.

However, once you start experimenting and playing around with it, you'll soon get used to everything Forge has to offer. Once you've done that, you'll be amazed at how much you can actually build and accomplish. and whenever Halo: Infinite launches, there are sure to be even more amazing features, probably . So just throw yourself out there, experiment and have fun.

1 | HAVE FUN, BECAUSE IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

Just “forging more” and “having fun” might seem like vague hints, but that's all if you want to be great at map building in Forge. If we want to be great at something, we have to enjoy something that has to do with the process. Otherwise, we'll probably give up halfway through.

Just have as much fun as you can. Whether you want to make cool maps for your friends or upload them to social media like Mojoswoptops2020 did, as long as you have fun with it, you'll end up learning Forge like the back of your hand.

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