At long last, Forge has finally come to Halo Infinite. This has been without a doubt one of the most highly requested features for the game, and 343 Industries has finally managed to deliver on it. With Forge come some of the best fan-made maps. Never before have Halo players had access to such a powerful tool kit at their disposal, and never before have we seen such amazing maps!
Speaking of these maps, what are some of the best ones released so far? Which ones are the coolest and most interesting? What ones are great for hosting custom games on? We’ll be sharing with you what we think are the top 10 best Halo Infinite Forge map creations so far in today’s article!
Our 10 Favorite Forge Maps, Ranked in No Particular Order
With that introduction out of the way, let’s get right into the article!
1. “Bespin Platforms” – StarWarsHQ
Let’s kick off this list with my personal favorite Forge map out of all the ones on this list… Bespin Platforms by StarWarsHQ! This is a recreation of the classic map from the original Star Wars: Battlefront, which released all the way back in 2004. I’m incredibly biased here, as this is my favorite map from the very first shooter I ever played.
This is a very faithful recreation of the map. It’s a (mostly) symmetrical map that places two teams spawning on either side. On the edges of the map, you have several floating platforms interconnected with bridges. Areal vehicles spawn here, and you can pick one up to get into a dogfight or flank the enemy! There’s also one big platform in the center of the map where teams can battle it out for ground control.
The map plays very well, and it’s incredibly fun to revisit this awesome location from one of the best Star Wars games of all time. I’ll definitely be playing this one a lot in the future. If you’re interested, the creator of this map has released his trailer. It does a good job of showing off how the map looks and plays with other people.
2. Sandtrap — WAKAFLAKACLOWN9, BOZOW
Up next, we have a remake of the classic map Sandtrap from Halo 3! One of the most beloved maps returns via Forge and showcases how it would look and play like in Halo Infinite. I absolutely love this map and have very fond memories from my high school days of getting in the banshee and flying around the map, splattering everyone in sight. Many others will agree that this is one of the best Halo 3 maps.
For the most part, this is a mostly accurate re-creation of the one in Halo 3. As you can see by the images, it features two bases on opposing ends of the playable area. Right next to these bases are some vehicles. The map creators added wraiths to the mix, which weren’t there in the original map. There are also banshees that you can pick up and fly around, as well.
In the center of the map, you can find a very interesting structure half-buried beneath the sand. You’ll find plenty of power weapons to pick up and use on your opponents. This map is just as fun to play with on Halo Infinite as it was in Halo 3. While some may dislike the creative liberties taken with the map, I personally enjoy seeing wraiths get added to the vehicle pool, as it shakes up matches.
3. Space Combat — FrostMear
Our next pick on this list of 10 of our favorite Forge maps in Halo Infinite is Space Combat, made by FrostMear! This is a mostly areal-based map set in an incredibly dense and dangerous asteroid field. Two teams spawn on opposing frigates and will have access to several banshees that they can pilot around the map. If you love the dogfights in Halo, you’ll love this map!
Just make sure you be careful when you’re flying around in your banshee! The map creator added several explosions throughout the asteroid field that act as hazards. I flew too close to one and my ship got EMPed, causing me to fall out of the sky!
If flying around in space isn’t your thing, you can also hop into the back of some rocket hogs that have been placed on the frigates to act as manual turrets. You can climb into the vehicles to begin shooting down any enemy ships that fly past you.
Overall, this is a really well-made map with lots of features on it that make it feel unique. You can tell the creator was passionate about this and went out of his way to add lots of detail to it and to make it feel special. I do wish he had added a few WASPs to fly around to give some variety to the vehicles you can fly. But he probably didn’t include them for balancing reasons, which makes perfect sense.
4. Final Destination | 20XX — MadmanEpic, th0nking, Surasia
Next up, we have one of the more popular Forge maps to come out since the new tools were released in Halo Infinite. Final Destination sees you and several other players spawn in a free-for-all battle arena that takes design inspiration from the Super Smash Bros. series. You’re only able to use a grappling hook, a repulsor, and your fists.
This puts you into a melee-based brawling match that can get really intense. You’ll spend most of your game trying to fling the other players off the match and over the edge into the abyss below. However, if you do happen to fall off, you can always save yourself with a quick swing from your grappling hook!
While many people may prefer a more traditional map built for slayer matches, having special game modes like this one is what makes Forge — and Halo as a whole — such a great experience. This is the perfect game mode to add to a custom playlist that you can play with your friends on a Friday night. Be sure to download this map the next time you get the chance — it’s a blast to play on!
5. Block Fort – Mario Kart 64 — BOMBAROLOX, NIKK0DEMUS
Halfway down our list, we have Block Fort – Mario Kart 64. This is a special battle arena-type map that takes place on the Block Fort map. All players will spawn into the map on rocket hogs and will need to race around the area, blasting one another with missiles while trying to avoid the hellfire from enemy opponents.
You can ride around the many ramps found across the map to get a higher vantage point and sneak up on your enemies. You can also drive across the many different sky bridges connecting each of the four blocks to quickly get around. There are no pickups on this map like there were in Mario Kart 64, but that doesn’t make this game mode any less fun to play, especially with all of your friends.
This is a wonderfully made re-creation that looks almost exactly like the original map for the Nintendo 64. You can tell that the creators really tried to re-create it as best as they could, and their efforts most certainly paid off. The map itself feels fun to play, and it’s a testament to Nintendo’s good game design. If you love vehicle-based combat, be sure to download this fantastic map!
6. MW2 Highrise — H0LLYW00D II, SURASIA
Taking spot number six, we have another re-creation of a previously existing map. This time it is from the game Modern Warfare 2. MW2 Highrise is a very well-done and highly-detailed remake of one of the most nostalgic Call of Duty maps out there. This is a slayer map that spawns players on the very top of a tall skyscraper in the middle of a modern cityscape.
The map offers plenty of close-quarters engagements for you and other players. It features all the bells and whistles that made the original map so fun to play on. Highrise keeps as true to the original as possible with Halo Infinite’s Forge mode. I like how the creators even included an areal craft in the center of the map. This time, instead of a helicopter, it’s a Sabre!
While many players may not like the more modern feeling that this map offers, it’s still a very fun map to play slayer on. Once Halo Infinite gets a custom games browser (in the same vein as Halo: Master Chief Collection), I can see this being one of the more popular Forge maps for custom slayer games. If you’re interested in touring it around to check out all of the little details, make sure to download it today!
7. Bot Attack! — LILIAMAM2, HELIUM724195
Now onto our next pick, we have a PVE game mode perfect for those of you with no friends. I’m talking about Bot Attack! This is a dark and spooky-looking map with very low lighting and little ways to see more than a few feet in front of you. You spawn into the map with very little in terms of ammo. You’ll need to explore ahead and pick up the weapons scattered along the map to make sure you can survive what’s ahead…
Shortly after spawning in, slow-moving but highly deadly NPCs will spawn in wielding energy swords! These AIs are not so intimidating on their own, but combine their big numbers with the tight corridors and you have a pretty intense experience. This is a really fun game mode to play, and it was one that I found myself enjoying for a long while after my first round of playing it.
As much as I do love it, it isn’t perfect. The AI can get stuck in some of the areas on the map, which can make killing them easy. And once you figure out where all the weapons spawns are, running low on ammo isn’t a problem. Still, even with these issues, it’s very cool to see what is for all intents and purposes a firefight mode come to Halo Infinite. I can’t wait to see what similar maps we’ll get in the future!
8. Duck Run — MKCASH2845, FAM2845, NEXTGENLEVI, NERDYDREW
And now for spot number eight on our list, we have the absolutely classic game mode returning to Halo Infinite for the first time — Duck Run! For those of you who are unaware, Duck Run is a game mode where one person — the “hunter” — spawns at a vantage point with a sniper rifle (and usually some explosive weapons). Every other player is a “duck,” and spawns at the start of a linear map.
They will need to navigate through this obstacle course and reach the very end without dying at the hands of the player shooting them. It’s a very hectic game mode and one that a lot of people, myself included, really enjoy playing. It’s a really great party game that has been beloved in the Halo community for a very long time. Everyone who plays Halo needs to try this mode at least one time.
As for the actual map itself, it stays true to what we’ve gotten in past games and doesn’t change the formula too much. And that’s perfectly fine. The map is fun to navigate, and avoiding the sniper fire of the hunter is still just as enjoyable as ever. I think that as Halo Infinite’s Forge gets older, more and more variations of this map will come out and we’ll get even more exciting ways to play our favorite game mode.
9. Minecraft Village 4V4 — KILLERZONE2468
For our next pick, we have the Forge map Minecraft Village 4V4. The true measurement of a level editor has always depended on whether or not you can make Minecraft in it. This is a really good re-creation of a classic NPC village in Minecraft! You may recognize this type of map from playing Gary’s Mod, which commonly had similar-looking maps.
This is a really cool asymmetrical map that is perfect for a game of arena slayer. It features several weapon pickups scattered all around the map, most notably in the center. This gives both teams plenty of incentive to duke it out for the best tools. And you can get into some close-quarter battles inside one of the several buildings scattered around the area.
I really like how well the map creator replicated the game’s familiar blocky art style. The textures aren’t spot on, but that’s only because of limitations with Forge. For something made in Halo Infinite, it’s a pretty impressive creation and one that I think all players should check out if they’re in the mood for some slayer.
10. Nuketown — RPGALLAGHER
Last but not least on our list of the best Forge maps, we have the classic map Nuketown, re-made in Halo Infinite! This is based on one of the most popular maps ever made in Call of Duty history. The map was released for the first Black Ops game, which came out back in late 2010. Even after all these years later, the map still manages to play incredibly well.
This is a faithful recreation with very few creative liberties taken. I’m glad it was modeled after the original Nuketown, rather than the remakes from other Call of Duty games. Nothing against those, of course, but you can’t beat a classic. The map offers plenty of ways to engage in close fights, as well as a few vantage points for snipers. Due to its small size, it’s very easy to find other players to kill.
Nuketown is a great map to do a 4v4 slayer match in over a Discord call. Alternatively, this is the perfect map to play on if you are looking to 1v1 someone. Even if you don’t need to settle a score, this map is still worth the download. Exploring around and seeing how well it stacks up to the original is incredibly fun.
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