The atmosphere was somewhere between Spartan and TM. it had the competitiveness of Spartan, but he RAHRAH fratboyness of TM. I would say not as well run as either, but not far off Spartan, definitely still a good time.
The course was very challenging, constant up and down. Many of the downs were steep enough that I couldn't recover. On the rare flat they packed as many obstacles in as they could, including a mud pit the length of a football field. Most were not very difficult at all, the challenge on this was definitely the course, and the heat (90 degrees 60% humidity). Running is normally my strong suit, but this course took it out of my legs quick.
Storm the Castle
essentially just dive through a "window" of some fake ruins while you are shot at by underpowered paintball guns, I didn't see a single person actually get hit. I am not even sure they were going fast enough to break.
your standard quick step through rows of tires
a half mile 200 ft ascent, followed by a 1/4 mile 100 ft ascent
The backside of Hamburger Hill, steep enough that they had ropes to use, but you really didn't need them.
40-50 ft of walking lunges with a tire held overhead
40-50 ft 40 lb sandbag carry
A short mud pit
Ring My bell
Rope climb with a bell at the top
Crawl under a net up an incline. A weak net though not like TM. Much easier.
Polar Bear Plunge
300 ft mud pit, in reality several mud pits of different types. Under barbed wire, deep pit, muddy incline, etc.
10 burpees with a half cinder block in each hand
Cargo Congo Climb
hop over a chainlink fence (got caught on it and ripped the crap out of my shorts and shirt) Then up and down an angled cargo net. Used your advice from TM and it went much easier.
A series of posts that you walk along. I tried 3 and figured I could do the 10 burpee penalty faster.
run through a paintball course filled with pipes and "ruins" and burnt out vehicles that you climb through and over.
an angled 14 ft wall that you climb up with a rope
jumping over some "flaming" logs, more like lightly smoldering.
Cons- As someone who likes to buy merchandise their merch tent was pretty sad, just shirts. It was not well organized for spectators. The staging area was very chaotic, and while they had a map posted, they didn't have maps for the spectators. I had four people come watch me, and they all said the same thing "We didn't really know where to go, or what to do". While people complain that TM charges spectators, it is clear they put that money to use to make it a better experience for spectators.
One of the best things there was Dr. Bronner's had a human car wash.