|Although during the day Section 14 monitors almost all harbour traffic, at night it's one of the city's most notorious hangouts.|
Headlong is set in the city of New Mombasa. This map was found mostly in Big Team Battle Matchmaking Playlists due to the size and number of vehicles, with Capture the Flag and Assault being the most common game types assigned. This map seems to be a port under construction.
Headlong is also the map in which the game "Rations", the inspiration for the infection gametype Save one Bullet in Halo 3, was played. The players starts off with a pistol and shotgun and must escape the zombies with energy swords. The weapons on the map are shotguns and they do not respawn. Some of the features are a half-assembled bridge, two teleporter systems, two floating cranes, Active camouflage, an Overshield, and a large base under construction. The default vehicles for this map are two Warthogs (either a normal Warthog or a Gauss Warthog), two Ghosts, a Banshee, and a Scorpion or Wraith.
- Gate Bridge
- Building Site
- Corner Building
- Construction Pit
The obvious tactic for this map in Slayer is to get to the high ground. The recommended weapons are usually a Sniper Rifle or a Battle Rifle, along with a short-range weapon to complement them. Just stay in the buildings and pick off the players beneath you. However, it is safe to say that you won't be alone due to the fact that the map is only found in custom games and Big Team Battles. There is no cover in the center of the map so it's better if you stay in the buildings or on the catwalks that link them together.
The best combination for this map is a mid-range and a short-range weapon, for example Battle Rifle and a Shotgun, the Battle Rifle being for open area encounters, and the Shotgun being for close-quarter combat encounters with opposing players. There are also about three areas of the map only reachable by Banshee. One of them is a large roof atop one of the buildings near where the Warthogs spawn. It is almost at the height that the game wont allow the banshee to fly above. This is a great place to snipe people from way afar and you can see a great deal of the map and if you run out of ammo, you can always jump.
The Rocket Launcher is also advisable due to the large number of vehicles on the map.
Capture The Flag Edit
This is a more direct strategy but usually works. When you go to attack the flag base, rather than making some elaborate route to attack the base, get two or three special team-mates to run through the bottom of their base and have the rest of the team go to the base through the top. The distractions from your other team mates created at the top of the base will give way for you and your other team-mates to go up to the base with no problems. Any player run into could be easily overcome by your team-mates. Then grab the flag and instead of jumping down, run towards the lift and take that way out. Have somebody ready with a Warthog outside the building with the energy sword.
When the player carrying the flag comes out he jumps in the warthog and goes to the base and returns the flag. The beauty of this technique is that you are not going to be as predictable as others you go through the airlift. You do not jump down and struggle and go on into a long battle over the flag. This is where most people either get the flag or lose it. However this tactic relies on a lot of good cooperation and communication between teammates.
- Headlong is by far the most popular map to super jump on due to all the high buildings and very high ceiling barrier.
- It's notable that the monument in the center of the map is actually an obscured image of Bungie's "Seventh Column" symbol.
- Inside the yellow paneled building, there's graffiti that says, "Part of the Solution", a doodle of a hippo, and two signs in Bungie colors (white and blue) with a picture of a man's head with glasses and a picture of boots right above that sign.
- If you can super jump onto the building behind the crane holding the piece of bridge, look at the glass. You can see the giant structure of New Mombasa shown in the Halo 2 demo in the beginning.
- If you look carefully at the ground, there are vehicle tracks.
- Above the area where the Covenant vehicles are parked, there is an advertisement for a Civilian Warthog. If you zoom in on the sign, you can read it. It says: "Hog: Drive with reckless abandon in the new 12th gen hog. Comfort, luxury, bone crushing power. It's beauty and the beast." The same advertisement can be seen in the city center in Metropolis.
- It is possible to force a way out of the map, through the invisible wall. Get in a banshee, and then have another player jump on top of your wings. Slowly fly to the very tall building with a door at the bottom, and a sloped roof. Flying towards the roof, you should hit a wall. The other player can jump off the Banshee, through the wall. Also, the Banshee can fly through the wall if flown slowly along the wall at an angle.
- Near the sea on the side with the Warthogs there is a wall, which looks just like the one from the Halo 2 E3 2003 demo at the final cut-scene before the phantom, crashes.
- There are a few large flashing red signs on the level that flash the words "Evacuation Alert." This might be an indication as to why the city of New Mombasa is so deserted in the campaign levels.
- If you drive a vehicle over the edge of the harbor and into the water, you are killed instantly. The same goes for the Banshee if you fly too low.
- In the machinima series Marlin the Elite, it is used as Marlin's hometown until he got evicted in episode 6.
- This is one of the multiplayer levels that has a ladder on it (this being located on the right side of the yellow gate).
- In the Shotgun building, you will find 2 rusty long barrels. You can shoot the tips of these off with certain weapons and they will fly around shooting gas everywhere, like propane tanks in Halo 3.
- There is not a Golden Warthog on this map without the use of Mods. Many players had been tricked into believing so, but the rumor is in fact false.
- On Page 200 of the Strategy Guide for the Game by Piggyback, there is a typo that says that Colossus is the name of the map, not Headlong.
- This is the map used as a stage for the talk-show machinima "This Spartan Life"
- If you fly out to sea and turn left you will see a glass wall and it will reflect a prototype edition of the map before it was evolved into Headlong as we know it.
- You can faintly hear a speaker at the beginning of a game you start similar to the speaker in Outskirts
- The support struts at the end of the bridge can be stood on for a view of the construction pit. You will be able to give a sniping surprise of board a vehicle.