My vehicle always has the right of way.
My biggest complaint about Halo 4 is with the maps and how few there are for each playlist. Infinity Slayer, which is what we play the most, only has five maps available, which is the least amount of maps for regular Team Slayer in any Halo game yet. To help correct this, 343 Industries have released the Crimson Map Pack, the first of three maps packs to be released between now and April, but are the maps any good and is it worth the $10 price tag? Let’s take a look.
What You Get
The Crimson Map pack includes three new maps: Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter. All three maps are outdoor maps, so they include vehicles, but they also have inside areas as well to allow for some close quarters combat and grenade chaos. Snipers will enjoy all three maps as well, as they all feature decent sight lines and plenty of high spots to hide and wait for someone to enter your crosshairs. As far as vehicles go, Harvest and Wreckage feature the Warthog and the Ghost, and Shatter includes both of those and the mighty Mantis as well. We complained about the lack of vehicles in Halo Reach’s multiplayer and it seems like 343 Industries were disappointed with it as well and are bringing vehicles back in a big way. I’m a big fan of the Ghost and love the fact that it’s on all three maps. You know that guy who’s always splattering you with the Ghost? That’s me.
Harvest is the only map that supports regular Infinity Slayer and SWAT, with the larger maps, Wreckage and Shatter, supporting Big Team Infinity Slayer, and all three maps support the various objective-based game modes. Since we play more Infinity Slayer, it’s a bit disappointing to only get one new map in that playlist but since the other two are at least in Big Team Infinity Slayer and they all support vehicles, I can’t complain too much. All three maps are in regular rotation for their supported playlists, but if you don’t want to wait for them to show up and hope that enough people vote for them, you can play in the Crimson DLC playlist and only vote for those maps, with various game types showing up.
If you purchased the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass then the Crimson Map Pack is free for you and there’s no reason not to download it. For everyone else, if you love larger, outdoor maps that feature vehicles, then the Crimson Map Pack is right up your alley. Vehicular combat is one of the best things about Halo’s multiplayer, and it’s great to see the focus shift back to it in Halo 4.
Price: 800 MS Points ($10) or free as part of the War Games Map Pass
Release Date: December 10th, 2012
Available On: Xbox 360