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Mod the Halo PC Assault Rifle into the Halo 3 Version

How to mod the Halo PC Assault Rifle (MA5B ICWS) in to the Halo 3 version (MA5C ICWS) which is more accurate, has a different sized clip, and a different reticle (also known as "crosshairs"), among many other things. They are actually different guns in the Halo universe, with the Halo 3 Assault Rifle being an upgraded version. For this Instructable you will need:

Halo PC - NOT Xbox, although you can mod Xbox maps, I don't know how.
Halo Map Tools - Used for editing stuff in maps. NOT 3D stuff (you do that in other programs, not covered in this Instructable), just physics, weapon stats, etc. Can be downloaded here.
Halo Map Switcher - Backup your maps, restore maps, check if maps are modded, stuff like that. Download here.
Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 or later - You must have this or HMT will not work. Download here.

Optional: (for changing the reticle)
Photoshop - Along with the Photoshop DDS plugin, which is attached. It may be possible to use GIMP instead, but I don't use it so I wouldn't know.
Photoshop DDS Plugin - Allows you to edit DDS files (halo textures).
 
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Step 1: BACKUP YOUR MAPS

BACKUP YOUR MAPS
BACKUP YOUR MAPS
BACKUP YOUR MAPS
BACKUP YA DANG MAPS

Yes, this is important enough to have a step just for itself. It will save you from having to reinstall Halo every time you want to revert back to normal, because of errors you caused when modding or just wanting the original maps back.

Install all that stuff I told you to get in the intro, and then open up Halo Map Switcher (referred to as HMS from now on).

Click the blue Backup All Maps button. This will copy every map from your Halo program files folder and put them in a folder called mapsbackup in the Halo program files folder. When you want to restore a map to its original state the easy way (instead of re-entering weapon stats, etc.) select a map from the drop-down list and click restore.
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no sos , let me retype that . does it work with the free version?
Aeshir (author)  jabbathegut16 years ago
Yes. The Halo Trial is basically the same game, but with the rest of the maps taken out. I could be wrong, but I think there's a mod to get the rest of the maps into the trial. I myself am using a pirated version of Halo PC. I don't buy PC games because I don't want to waste money buying a game that I might not be able to play (you can't return PC games to stores either).
go to jaill
hey you seem like a HMT expert so i was wondering why it wont work on my Halo Trial version
hey ya you can if you get real mad and raise your voice and say you spent a lot of money on it that usually works (i see my mom do it sometimes) or you can say are you sure this placee really wants customer satisfaction
So, you would take money from a game developer just because you believe you might not be able to play it?? Doesn't that seem wrong? Just get a better pc!
could you possibly give me a link to the mod for all the maps? and is there a mod to play halo custom edition wihout a cd? - i downloaded halo custom edition from a friend but i dont have the disk, is here a way i can still play it? i cant borrow his disk cause he lives miles away from me, Help! Thanks, jabba PS- the image i added is the multiplayer version of the mission - silent cartographer ( the campaign 'chuk' that comes with halo trial)
halo trial modded map.bmp
found out i have halo custom edition without CD just search it like what Aeshir said its so fun i got a halo 2 map with a plasma rifle and brute plasma rifle :)
Aeshir (author)  jabbathegut16 years ago
Just use Google to search the tubes for mods, that's what I do. I think there's a cracked EXE for Halo: Custom Edition as well as the original game. Bungie just released a new version of the EXEs though so you'll have to find modded versions of the new ones if you want to play online.
You know you can be tracked to the computer that you commented from and arrested? right?
Aeshir (author)  firestormcomputers6 years ago
Yeah, because Microsoft is gonna go after some dumbass kid like me instead of a professional software pirate.
i know plenty of kids that have 100s of pirated items that are worse than internet pirates
i dident backup my maps, but still had the disk and reinstalled but the mods are still there any suggestions...?
Aeshir (author)  Psychic Master4 years ago
Suggestions for what?
to get rid of the corrupted file, whenever i open HMT it re-installs the mods that corrupted the file in the first place and i have tried to re-install halo and HMT but nothing works...
I haven't tried but what should work is if you download a program called ccleaner and use it to uninstall the game because after any program is uninstalled using ccleaner it scans your computer for files and items in the registry left over by the uninstalled program and gives you the option to delete them. After you uninstall it and then remove all left over files you should be able to reinstall it without having any of the corrupted files.
thank you i hadn't thought of that i actually already had that installed on my computer :0
jrdur72775 years ago
i'm stupid, I forgot to backup my maps back when I first started modding, and kinda lost the cd, so.. BACKUP YOUR MAPS BACKUP YOUR MAPS BACKUP YOUR MAPS BACKUP YA DANG MAPS
Aeshir (author)  jrdur72775 years ago
Just pirate the game, you already payed for it. You won't be able to play online, though.
What's the difference between halo maping tools and halo hacker tools
Aeshir (author)  Halomaster2225 years ago
Uhhhh...I can't remember. It's been so long sicne I used either.
RelaxedSoup5 years ago
If you're dumb and didn't back up your maps, there's a way to recover them without reinstalling. Just browse your Halo CD and open the folder labeled "FilesCab". In there are all the map files in small archives, open them with WinRAR and extract the map(s) you need.
Okay, it is telling me that,"Controls cannot be displayed, because a supported tag has not been selected." Any tips?
SonicX 225 years ago
look at this if u want me to post instructions just say so:
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HUD not included.
Aeshir (author)  SonicX 225 years ago
WANT. YES. NOW. PLKTHX.
SonicX 225 years ago
i found out that the clip in the ma5c assault rifle is "32" and it does shoot slower but it has more power i am sorta a halo expert. Story how halo began: Long time ago (2 years ago)on xfire i saw that most of my friends play Halo so i got Halo trial it was fun then i got a new computer and Halo came with it and the best part is it was the full version and then came across Halo 2. I dont own it but my friend has Halo 1 and 2 every saturday i go to his house and play halo 2 and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. My friends got a xbox 360 but he cant get halo 3 cuz its too violent. The End wow that was BIG!
what website ! , where can u download the mapsies =S
email me and i will send them to you feralpygmy@yahoo.com.au
Aeshir (author)  jabbathegut16 years ago
Uh...what?
I know how to do it with xbox.
Aeshir (author)  cstrike pwner6 years ago
Sweet! Make an Instructable then. I you need any help, I could help you :D
I WOULD make an instructable, but the game is so scrached NOTHING WORKS. (BTW I do have an xbox and game but the game can only load the main menu.)( yes, the coolest game of all time is scrached beyond repair)
Aeshir (author)  cstrike pwner6 years ago
FAIL.
... I don't get it.
Aeshir (author)  cstrike pwner5 years ago
Your Halo disc.
Oh, i will try to make work and get an instructable as soon as i can. BTW the clip size is still the same.
sailabill6 years ago
Im not sure what i did to get it to work, but as soon as i figure it out, ill let ya know. aslo, i dont have photoshop, but i downloaded gimp. it doesnt work for the steps given, so what should i do for that, and if you dont know. how would i change it to a different retcle, like the pistol or somehting else?
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