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Phoenix 3

Mod of a Map

Phoenix 3 is a mod of the map Death Island for Halo Custom Edition, featuring unique weaponry, visual effects (including fluids!), and a heavily redefined flow to better balance infantry and vehicular engagements.

The Sandbox

Mechanics of the weaponry you spawn with are similar to their stock counterparts, while the rest consists of new concepts balanced together over 3 years of development, with 2 of those including public gameplay on Halo MD.

Weapons

Assault Rifle

Rifle features better accuracy, marginally slower rate of fire, and a magazine reduced to 40 rounds, making it much more effective up to medium ranges.

Pistol

Pistol retains the original rate of fire, accuracy, and damage, but now lacks a scope and kicks after each shot.

Carbine

Semi-automatic rifle for short to mid-range combat, featuring a 2x scope and firing 3 projectiles per shot (not to be confused with burst-fire). The high initial accuracy suffers greatly with increased rate of fire, dramatically changing its role to that of a close-range weapon.

Incendiary Shotgun

Shotgun that fires projectiles which burn the surface of most targets for a short period. Burn damage is limited to shielding, so only the initial damage from each shot will affect health.

Nade Launcher

Grenade launcher that with some inaccuracy, fires 3 small explosives per shot, each of which detonate instantly on impact.

Laser Cannon

Laser weapon capable of sustained fire, which while is prone to overheating, features pin-point accuracy and a 2x scope.

Rod Pistol

Short-range pistol that fires slow shield-bypassing projectiles, ideal for encounters with shield doors or low-health targets. This weapon also features an overcharge function, which releases a projectile that emits plumes dealing shield-only damage on flyby. Direct impact from this secondary projectile will instantly kill infantry, or deplete shielding if the target occupies a vehicle.

Impaler

Mid-range weapon capable of sustained fire, which releases accurate headshot-capable projectiles that shatter on impact, dealing splash damage.

Tracer

Single-fire mid-range weapon capable of firing up to 3 homing projectiles in short succession before overheating, dealing splash damage on impact, and capable of killing healthy targets with just 1 burst. The projectiles have a distinct visual and sound, but can be easily dodged with a strafe or fast-moving vehicle.

Vehicles

Fighter

Nimble fighter featuring dual machine guns and an unguided missile. Both of these weapons contribute to overheating, which should be monitored to avoid temporary weapon jams.

Carpet Bomber

Aircraft capable of sustained carpet bombing and featuring explosive countermeasures as an air-to-air defense, which is however very sluggish in maneuvers. Countermeasures will blind targets and kill in three hits, but as they are deployed aft of the aircraft and detonate after little more than a second, their use against aircraft must be well-timed.

Anti-Personnel Tank

Tank which fires high-velocity shells with a relatively high rate of fire and pin-point accuracy, at the cost of much lower damage and splash radius. A flak screen is deployable for close range engagements such as against infantry or aircraft, however the vehicle is also well armored against small arms, so that only direct hits through the driver's hatch or explosives are significant weaknesses. Both weapons contribute to overheating, which should be monitored to avoid temporary weapon jams.

30-Cal Hog

Weaponry much like the original chain-gun Warthog, but with buffed damage and weaker aim assistance. Weapon is prone to overheating, which should be monitored to avoid temporary weapon jams.

Laser Hog

Warthog featuring a fully-automatic laser with pin-point accuracy, best suited for long-range engagements. Weapon is prone to overheating, which should be monitored to avoid temporary weapon failure.

Bubbler

Stationary turret that fires three electrified bubbles per shot, which instantly depletes shielding upon impact. The projectiles are lighter than air, so they rise into the sky as their velocity lowers, making this weapon ineffective against ground units at range. Weapon is prone to overheating, which should be monitored to avoid temporary weapon jams.

Credits

Conversion to CE by Kavawuvi.

Impaler, Nade Launcher, and Fighter reticles by Sceny.

Model, shaders, textures, and animations for the Carbine and Teleporter by CMT.

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