The Pit is back!
The Halo 4 Champions Bundle was released today and I’m going to make this review very easy for you: it includes a remake of the The Pit from Halo 3 and they didn’t screw it up. Go buy it. Now, for the rest of you that may be new to Halo since Halo 3 or those of you that just want a bit more info before you buy it, let’s take a look at all of the content included in the newest DLC pack.
What You Get
The Halo 4 Champions Bundle DLC includes a ton of new content and 343 Industries released in a convenient way so that you can buy individual pieces if you want, or you can buy it all in one big pack, save some money and get some bonus items. You can buy the Infinity Armor Pack for 240 MS Points and get new armor pieces such as the Mark V from Halo: Combat Evolved and ODST from, well, Halo 3: ODST. You can buy the Steel Skin Pack for 240 MS Points and get some new weapon skins, but that’s not very exciting on its own. The real DLC Pack that you’ll want is the Bullseye Pack, which includes the two new multiplayer maps and the new ricochet game mode. That one will cost you 480 MS Points, but you can save 160 MS Points by buying the Champions Bundle and getting everything I just mentioned for only 800 MS Points. Not only will save a little bit of money by buying the Champions Bundle, but you’ll also receive eight new stances, five new armor skins and five new weapon skins that are only available when you buy the full bundle.
All of the customization content is great and all, but what I was really excited for was the new maps, specifically the remake of The Pit, now called Pitfall. Before we get into that though there is one other map included in this DLC Pack and it’s called Vertigo. Set in and around massive cliffs and the ocean coast, Vertigo is another small map, but it packs a punch by including a new player-driven dynamic event in the form of shield busters on the two towers. If you shoot an opening on the opposing tower, it will create an electric field that will pop the shields of anyone unfortunate enough to be within its range. Both towers have these fields and they will regenerate every couple of minutes, so they are available multiple times each game. It’s nice to see Certain Affinity adding events like this and hopefully we’ll see more of them in future Halo maps.
I like Vertigo, but Pitfall is easily the best part about the Champions Bundle. The Pit was one of our favorite Halo 3 maps and I was glad to see that Certain Affinity were able to keep what made it so great, while also updating it with some small, but noticeable changes. For the most part, Pitfall is just as you remember it, but it now features a gravity lift under the Sword room and an escape hatch inside of it, giving you easier access in and out of everyone’s favorite room to hide in. It’s been touched up aesthetically, but the layout is other wise untouched and it returns in all of its glory. I don’t really need to go on and on about this one as you either loved The Pit and a remake is enough to make you buy the Champions Bundle (or at least just the Bullseye Pack) or you didn’t and nothing I say will change your mind. I’m sorry if you choose to live your life going down the latter path.
The last part of the Champions Bundle that’s worth talking about is the new game mode, Ricochet, which is a new competitive gravball mode. Basically, your team needs to grab the ball and score in the other team’s goal. If you run the ball in you get 50 points and if you throw it in, you get 20 points, with the team that gets to 150 points first, winning the game. It’s a fun alternative, but I don’t think it’s something that’s going to keep me coming back for more. If you enjoy competitive, sports-based Halo modes like this, you’ll more than likely love Ricochet.
If you’ve been playing Halo since the good old days of Halo 3 and The Pit was one of your favorite maps, go get the Champions Bundle (or at least the Bullseye Pack), right now. Not only do you get a great remake of one of the best Halo maps ever created, but you get another great multiplayer map and a ton of content to customize your Spartan. If The Pit wasn’t one of your favorite maps and this remake doesn’t excite you, well, sadly you’ll be missing out on some of the best Halo 4 DLC yet. Wise up and go get it.
Price: 800 MS Points ($10)
Release Date: August 20th, 2013
Available On: Xbox 360