Halo Reach Defiant Map Pack DLC Review

Posted By | On 18th, Mar. 2011 Under Reviews


Condemned – Center Zero Gravity Room

Ok, now this is the second piece of DLC that has been released for Halo Reach which is the ‘Defiant’ Map Pack.  The map pack includes 2 new multiplayer maps and 1 new firefight map for the price of 560 Microsoft Points.  The multiplayer map ‘Condemned’, is a giant orbital station above the burning surface of the planet. This map is pretty cool as it is not too large of a map and there is a giant zero gravity lift in the middle of the map. With two levels it makes it easy to get around, get up to the second level and can also prove for some interesting combat scenarios while in the midst of its zero gravity. At the end of the day though gravity lifts are nothing new to the Halo franchise, plus the basic lay out as well as the walls and areas are all so familiar to the when playing it.  There is also space battle going on all around if you look out windows as well which was pretty cool to see, not so cool when it gets you killed though.

Highlands – Things crash into action in CTF

The other multiplayer map is ‘Highlands’ which is hidden inside the forest of a military wilderness training facility.  The idea is interesting enough and the map an open, large landscape obviously built for long range combat.  Highlands is probably one of the most beautiful and well laid out maps I have ever seen in the games franchise.  There are all sorts of paths to take, nooks, crannies and almost make it seem like an entire level can be played on this map from how large it is.  There are points for snipers to pick off enemies with a perfect view while these points are not protected from behind, balancing the gameplay out a bit.  In addition there is all this water you will be fighting in literally as well waterfalls that once again may get you killed by admiring them not to mention the Covenant ships deep in the background destroying things in there path.  There are two large sections of water as well as tunnels, bridges and rocky pathways that can make for some very interesting gameplay.  Highlands was a very well made map in a way the can’t be compared to a lot of other Halo maps.  343 Studios really did a good job with this one with the addition of vehicles like Warthogs, Ghosts and more.

Now for the final map which is only playable in Fire Fight Mode, called ‘Unearthed’.  The map puts you in the remnants of an abandoned civilian titanium mining site.  Now this is a very nice addition to Fire Fight, as the map is large and  has a sun lit land outside where all the action happens.  Although going outside in the open, you should be careful with it leaving you very exposed.  Unearthed, being so large has vehicles,  so right off the bat I was able to hold my ground inside a garage using a missile launcher attached to a Warthog while this vehicle will definitely prove helpful as when you get ambushed you can rush off with a team member shooting from a distance.

Unearthed – Firefight mode heats up

Granted the map are over all pretty well made by 343 Studios, the price is a little steep, I mean if you are some one who only plays online, you’re getting just 2 maps or maybe you only like to play firefight, then you are just getting 1 map.  Alright granted that might be a rarity in people the bottom line is that you’re are only getting 3 maps for $10 and unfortunately It cannot be blamed solely on the developers because we are just seeing a major price hike in big hit games like the Call of Duty franchise as well as the Halo games.  So what am I getting at? Nothing.. absolutely nothing, there is no way around it and the price of these DLC Packs that are being released.  The bottom line is that you have an audience that would probably pay just about anything for more content for their favorite game.  It really comes down to whether or not you can live without 2 new multiplayer maps and 1 extra Fire Fight map, not the price at this point.  If you’re a die hard Halo fan than you already bought the map pack if you’re not, I can assure you there will be sales and/or packed deals for the map packs.

Halo Reach - Highlands Map

Highlands

Halo Reach - Unearthed Firefight Map

Unearthed (Firefight)

THE GOOD

Well made maps for Halo Reach. Firefight Map is a nice change from the usual maps being dark and mostly indoors.

THE BAD

Price is a hefty one for only 3 maps. No super significant change from the Halo map style. Once again the price for 2 multiplayer maps and 1 firefight map for 800MSP ($10) is not what I would consider a fair deal.

Final Verdict

Nice maps, mostly Highlands and Unearthed are the best I think, with one being for multilayer and the other for firefight. That gives you 2 nicely made maps with the other Condemned multiplayer map for, $9.99 or 800MSP.

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  • bman128

    Do people still play reach anymore?Under the impression that people are on Black Ops still.

    • PilarVIRUS

      Alot of people still play, I’m one of those people for example.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      Im still loving Halo Reach, in fact i usually hop into a MP game every 2nd or 3rd night…as far as I’m concerned mp doesnt get much better then Halo

  • doub7

    Think the price is decent considering CoD’s 1200 pt price these days. Glad 2 decent halo maps can b made w/o Bungie.

    • PilarVIRUS

      Yeah… that’s exactly why I don’t buy any of the downloadable content for CoD, that price is just tooo… high.

  • doub7

    Think the price is decent considering CoD’s 1200 pt price these days. Glad 2 c decent halo maps can b made w/o Bungie.

    • PrivatePyle

      Ehh, $5 extra compared to this isn’t that bad. You get 4 considerably large maps in comparison to the ones black ops already has, and a pretty good zombie map.
      I won’t buy another if it’s the same price though.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      I agree doub 7, I have been using this as a yard stick for 343, i think the halo franchise is in good hands…I cant see Microsoft letting their pide an joy being butchered.

  • The Negative with the price contradicts itself with the second setence stating its price as 560 points(7$) which is a fair price as far as map packs is concerned, i remember Killzone 2 having 2 Maps for 6$.

  • PrivatePyle

    Supply and Demand, man. Demand being the key word, with an endless supply. Economics 101, and this digital media is breaking those barriers.
    I hate DLC.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      me too…i think this should be given to gamers who but the game new for free…i feel like they purposely hold back on some things so they can make a few extra million after sales die down

  • doub7

    I hate 2 admit it but as much as I whine & complain bout the CoD map packs bein 2 expensive, I still buy them. I am not alone, so that’s y they keep releasing them @ that price…lol.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      stupid supply and demand!

  • doub7

    Yeah I think Halo is well taken care of also. Its like GM, its 2 big 2 fail…lol. I am guessing they will do 1 more map pack & end @ the 1750 ach pt cap. Or they could break their own cap…again 😛

  • Musser64

    Meh, halo has gone to crap.


 

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