Remote industrial sites like this one are routinely requisitioned and used as part of Spartan training exercises.
Urban fortress, Beach, Rock, Grass
Last Resort is extremely similar to Zanzibar. At one end of the map is a generator station, a larger more expanded version of the one featured in Zanzibar, offering more defensible positions and points of digress. The "prison bars" gate that once blocked the vulnerable right flank of the station is now replaced by three barriers, preventing vehicles from intruding and giving defenders more cover. There is, however, an internal switch to lower these barriers. The "flag room" of the station has also been maximized by a factor of three or four in terms of surface area, making it more spacious. The single generator from Halo 2 has been replace with nine generators inaccessible from within the map, but visible.
The two passages that allowed attackers at the "front door" of the station to enter have been widened and elongated. A secondary point of entrance for vehicles has been added to the far wall (perpendicular to the main gate entrance). The internal switch located in the “flag room” of the fortress also controls the gate here. This switch contains one of the more known Easter Eggs in Halo 2 and 3, the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) is shown on the computer after it is activated.
Camp Froman, familiar to many Zanzibar players as the sniper rifle spawn, is still mid-map, but is now more accessible. There is an open room underneath Camp Froman that is accessible from four different fronts (a drop-down from above, a door under each set of stairs, and a primary door in-between the stairs). Furthermore, a second catwalk stems from the second story of the fortress to Camp Froman, which allows base defenders to reach the sniper rifle just as quickly as attackers. In Zanzibar, players could exit the fortress on the right hand side by jumping down from the windows, or walking down a dirt ramp. This alternative catwalk replaces the dirt ramp and edges along the cement wall that walls off the map, makes a perpendicular turn midway and connects to Camp Froman.
Next to Camp Froman, there are three large transformers that provide much better cover than the rocks in Zanzibar. This is an adequate fighting spot, considering the only possible places of attack are the Fortress and the Wheel. The transformers protect players from a majority of fire from the Wheel, though. The Sea Wall is not a threat, due to the protection Camp Froman offers. These large transformers presumably convert voltages from the generators in the station. While moderate cover is provided, these transformers can easily be flanked or rushed, leaving the player vulnerable to close-range enemies that can approach from the sideways passages leading from the bridge, or Sea Wall.
At the other end of the map is the beach, next to a cinematic seashore, where the Warthog, Ghost, and two Mongooses spawn. There is a large chunk of land between the fortress and the beach, which is home to the Sea Wall. Now more easily defended, the Sea Wall runs along the length of the beach as it did in Halo 2, and moves up towards the middle of the map (opposite from Camp Froman) with a path to the fortress or wind wheel. The middle tower in between the wheel and the beach is now accessible from the beach, and an archway is formed from the water to the tower.
The iconic Wind Wheel still is placed squarely between the Sea Wall and the fortress. The Energy Sword that was present in the small wheel on the center of the windmill, has now been replaced with Active camouflage. A Bubble Shield now resides where the Active camouflage was in Zanzibar, the tower to the wind wheel via the Sea Wall.
The tower on the right hand side of the Sea Wall still allows players onto the wind wheel, although now an unknown red-colored mechanism replaces the yellow-colored fusion mechanism to stabilize (drop the bridge) the pathway from the tower to the wheel. The broken pathway from the tower to the fortress has not changed much aesthetically, but has been lengthened. There are now stairs and gratings around the base of the wind wheel giving players more mobility and freedom to move around the map.
The Wind Wheel itself can be used to get up to the Spartan Laser, which replaced the Rocket Launcher, and the Active camouflage. If you are at the bottom, you can ride the wind wheel's 'blades' and then walk on them when they are horizontal. If you try to drive a vehicle over the blades, it may kill you and count as a suicide.
- In team games, The Generators are the best place to gain and control. The team should acquire the Sniper Rifle, Battle rifle, and Brute Shot from Camp Froman. Have another player get the Battle Rifle from the Fortress. This way, the team is protected from close to long range. Then, have the Brute Shot protect the sniper, and have the Battle Rifle watch the catwalk near the Wheel. Have another Battle Rifle watch the Fortress and have the sniper take out long-range threats before they get too close to attack. In the case of a close range threat or vehicle, have your Brute Shot clean up with support fire from the Battle Rifle. Be sure to use grenades and equipment when required.
- An effective strategy for attackers is to grab the Shotgun, Bubble Shield and Active camo. Then go to the base and open the door. Once that is done, your allies will hopefully charge in with a Warthog and Ghost and distract the enemies while you plant the Shield and Shotgun anyone that tries to stop you.
- A good strategy in Big Team Slayer is to set up ambushes. Now there are several ways to do this. The best way is to get about two people to get on the very top of the sea wall, and one to the ruins of the archway at the end of the beach (the one that's half way in the water). Now when the opposing team comes to get the Warthog and the Ghost, just spring the trap and pick them off. The second place to set an ambush is at the main base. Have all your team-mates spread relatively close, but throughout the base, now when the enemy comes, they're trapped with no where to run.(Cannot be used, because Bungie's new update removed Big Team Slayer)
- Upon grabbing the flag, hide in their base, preferably behind the other entrance. The other team will then head towards your base. When they do this, escape!
- If starting from the beach grab a battle rifle, shotgun, or sniper rifle. This is vital during objective games because you can snipe, go in, cover carrier, or hunt the other team for fun and to weaken them for the main attack. If starting at the base try and grab a sniper rifle, brute shot, battle rifle, or the Spartan Laser. This can be vital for defense in objective games.
- In team snipers try to hide/snipe in Camp Froman, on the walkway (be careful here there is not a whole lot of cover), on top of the beach wall, in the building where the bubble shield spawns, and if you are a really good sniper sit where the Active Camo spawns. Although this does come at a risk, you are in a confined space and it may be hard to get out due to the wind wheel if someone starts to shoot back at you.
- On the defending side, pick up the Active camo so the attackers can't use it to stealthily take the Flag or plant the bomb
- To make it easier on your team and harder for opponents, have all teammates enter the enemy base guns blazing, it will be hard for one or two campers to eliminate all of you.
- In any Team Slayer game on this map, if you are on the team that starts at Camp Froman, you should pick up the Gravity Lift in the building go up near the shotgun spawn and use it to get straight to the Spartan Laser, this will save time and hopefully get you to the Spartan Laser before the enemy team.
- A popular sniping spot is above the sniper spawn near the beach, when up here, a player has a view of all but the defended base. This also leaves a careless sniper open to Needler fire.
- When it comes to bomb planting or flag capturing, the Sniper on the attacking will be most useful on the walkway that allows a clear view into the flag room but, as a note, the enemy can still spawn below you, although this can be used to camp and keep the rest of your team safe while they do their job.
- When defending in Capture The Flag or Assault, the first priority should be the Spartan Laser, this leaves your opponents to only a few ways to enter and exit, meaning the attackers can't risk a fast approach or exit without being slaughtered.
- This map is considered by some, to be overpowered with Power Weapons, if you have a Shotgun, Spartan Laser, Sniper Rifle, Brute shot or spike grenades then you've got a power weapon. Pair your power weapon with something like an SMG or Assault Rifle to expand your versatility.
- During a One Bomb game, when you are on defense, it is possible to use a Power Drain to flip the container into a vertical position. You can then have someone that can disarm the bomb with out being subject to enemy fire. This can also be used to block the bomb site from the attacking team.
- On most types of gameplay the inside of the wind wheel can be an interesting to set up camp with a Spartan Laser or Sniper Rifle, but only for accomplished marksmen; compensating for the movement of the wheel while aiming will be difficult for some players.
- In Assault games, the recess beside the staircase is a good place to lurk when you're defending the bomb-arming site
- On CTF games, though it may seem like the best option, you don't always need to jump on board a Warthog to make an escape with the enemy flag. If the vehicle has a good driver and an experienced gunner, they can instead run rampant inside the base, creating a distraction that enables the flag carrier to escape on foot.
- A good tactic during Team Slayer games is to have a teammate with a shotgun hold down the tower to the left of the fortress. Having a battle rifle or sniper rifle at this area will also assist in skirmishes on both sides of the windwheel.
- Using a sniper rifle, you can easily see the other sniper rifle and pick off enemy snipers until you can collect their ammo.
- By deploying a Gravity Lift onto the landing at the top of the stairs above Camp Froman (by the Fusion Coils—be careful they don't get caught in the lift), a sniper can position themselves on the pipes that run along the wall. An edge toward the front is a good hiding place. There isn't much cover, so once you are found you will probably be killed, but it usually takes quite a while for anyone to figure out where you are shooting from (less time if you have a battle rifle or Spartan laser). If your team begins in Froman you can snag the sniper rifle, drop down the hole to get the grav lift, and be out and up the stairs before the other team gets to your side of the map.
- Short after Halo 3's release a large online gaming group called Yin Yang took this island to be their own. Map variants were made in Forge and every member calls this map Yin Yang Island.
- The name Last Resort is a joking reference to Zanzibar's idyllic, island setting. Another possibility as to the time period of Last Resort, is hinted at in the description text. It is possible that this is the representation of Zanzibar during the training of the Spartan super-soldiers, before the Human-Covenant war, as Halo 3 also features The Pit, another UNSC training facility.
- Last Resort was in the Halo 3 Internal Multiplayer beta, but was not placed in the Halo 3 Public Multiplayer Beta.
- The name "Camp Froman" came from Bungie employee Luke Timmins' gamertag, as he camped and sniped from the general area regularly.
- When you go out the left entrance to the beach, look outside the map towards some trees and structures on the left side an you will see some birds, you can shoot and kill these birds making fun sniper competitions. But make sure you have extra sniper ammo.
- The area of water just in front of the beach can used to build flying bases, it is also deep enough to hide you. But not enough to hide you in plain view.
- Under Camp Froman in the small room, if you place a Portable Gravity Lift at the back wall it will allow players to go up the "chute", making snipers think twice before camping there.
- Putting a Gravity Lift under either or both of the turret spawns will allow quick access to the top level of the fortress.
- It is possible to get up on top of the roof if a Receiver Node is placed correctly.
- You can barricade off the various buildings quite easily with crates, single crates, barricades, containers, etc.. This is very useful for Infection, CTF, King of The Hill, or VIP based games.