Dude, where’s my Ghost?
The second map pack for Halo 4 was released today and it takes us out of the large, vehicle-based battlefields that the game has embraced and back to the days of smaller, arena styled maps that are all about close-quarters combat. Regardless of which style you prefer, Halo 4 has a good mix of both and since the Crimson Map Pack was all about vehicular combat, 343 Industries are mixing things up this time around. Let’s take a look at what we get in the Majestic Map Pack.
What You Get
The Majestic Map Pack includes three new maps: Landfall, Skyline and Monolith. Starting with Landfall, which is the biggest of the three maps (even though it’s still small compared to most of the previous Halo 4 maps) and one of the most well-rounded as well. There’s two different buildings you can enter, with multiple rooms and levels in each, with a large outdoor area connecting them. The outside space features decent sight lines and plenty of trucks, landings and shipping containers that Snipers will spend a lot of time on, but there’s also multiple entrances for the rest of us to escape through and battle it out in one of the many indoor areas, while the Snipers wait out in the cold. Being a larger map, Landfall slows the action down and gives you time collect your Ordnance, regroup with your team and stick to the plan. I rather enjoy maps that give you that luxury.
Next up is Skyline, which is the smallest of the three maps set high up on a new building that’s under construction along the Skyline of the city at night. You won’t have a lot of time to enjoy the view though, as the action is fast and furious on Skyline. Even though it has multiple levels, which is great for those that love the Jet Pack, Skyline is still a tight map and you’ll be running into the action around every corner. If you really want to see how quick Skyline plays, just load up Team SWAT and play a few rounds. Unlike Landfall, Skyline is all about keeping the action moving and taking away that luxury of time and space, but you’ll be too busy taking care of business to notice, or care.
The last map, and my favorite in the Majestic Map Pack is the medium-sized Monolith. It has a completely different look to it, but whoever designed it was definitely thinking about one of our favorite Halo maps ever, The Pit from Halo 3. It’s not an official remake, but after a few games you’ll start to see what I’m talking about. Halo 3 veterans should notice the first similarity right away as each match starts with both teams facing a hallway below that the Rocket Launcher spawns in, just like on The Pit. Monolith is set on an asteroid, where the Forerunners have created these monuments to remember their fallen warriors. The map is laid out with two bases across from each other, providing long sight lines, with a smaller base on each side as well. The pieces have a new look and it’s more open than The Pit, but they were definitely thinking about the classic map when they were creating Monolith.
Monolith may not play quite as fast as Skyline, but the action is still very intense and it quickly became my favorite map of the bunch. As much as I love vehicles, there’s something about a great close-quarters combat map that really hits the spot. Some of my all-time favorite Halo maps, including The Pit and Guardian, were too small for vehicles but were still so much fun to play on, and I think Monolith is going to quickly move up that list.
Just like previous Halo Map Packs, the Majestic Map Pack also adds 10 new Achievements that are worth an additional 250 Gamerscore points. None of them are too crazy and you should be able to complete most of them without too much effort.
If you purchased the Halo 4 War Games Season Pass then the Majestic Map Pack is included at no extra charge, so there’s no reason not to download it. For the rest of us, even if you, like us, prefer larger maps that are full of vehicles, I think you’ll enjoy the Majestic Map Pack. All three maps are so well-designed, Monolith being the highlight for me, they show us that you don’t always need a Ghost or Warthog to have a good time.
Price: 800 MS Points ($10) or free with Season Pass
Release Date: February 25th, 2013
Available On: Xbox 360