Do you need Halo 3's newest maps?

We could’ve sworn we finished the fight after the release of Halo 3 in September 2007, but Bungie’s going to make sure we finish the fight again and again by releasing the Mythic map pack on March 3rd. But don’t get too anxious to log in to Xbox Live Marketplace to download it – this new map pack will only be available if you purchase the Limited Edition of Ensemble Studios’ Halo Wars, a new strategy game based on the Halo franchise. Unless you want to wait until later on in the spring to download the Mythic map pack for 800 Microsoft Points, be prepared to shell out 80 greenbacks for a game you might not even want (we can already see confused folks trying to return their copy of Halo Wars and asking where the hell Master Chief was). So the real question is, is it worth it? We’ve played through all three new maps included in the Mythic map pack and reveal the good, bad and the ugly.


At first glance, this map is very basic. It’s set in desert terrain and is almost symmetrical in that there is a red base at one end and a blue base directly mirroring it on the other end. The bases and surrounding structures closely resemble old Aztec-influenced pyramids. Warthogs, Choppers, and Mongooses are generously stationed in this map. However, Sandbox’s key feature is actually its definitive Forge canvas.

Sandbox’s wholly Forge-ready map is definitely a step out of the box for Bungie, offering three different levels of Forgey goodness. The first level is the deserty default level Sandbox is known as in basic matchmaking. Hilly sand dunes surround a tiled floor area with the mirroring bases on top of it. The second level is actually the underground level to this parched paradise, closed off with high-ceiling stone walls. This makes for an excellent arena for creating custom Grisball games, which we were luckily acquainted with during matchmaking. The last level is a massive, open grid dubbed the “sky bubble” that sits in the sky above the first level. It is accessible via teleporter in Forge and anything goes for Forge enthusiasts as this level allows limitless possibilities for level design.

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  • Milesaway13 - March 6, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    I'm not going to bother with it because I never liked Halo 3 in the first place.
  • Mystery514 - March 4, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    Sandbox is going to be the new Foundry....I can't wait to get all of them!
  • Clownsarescary - March 3, 2009 8:31 a.m.

    Am I the only one that things Sandbox looks like a piece of shit?
  • OldRustyDusty - March 3, 2009 6:15 a.m.

    It's funny how "good" Halo maps are merely on par with mediocre Unreal Tournament maps. And yet MS charges whatever the hell 800 "points" translates in dollars ($12ish?) for a meager 3 maps, yet Epic is releasing a FREE mini expansion for UT3 in the next week or so containing 11 NEW maps,as well as several new gameplay modes all of which look excellent. Bungie/MS only cares about your money.
  • GoldenMe - March 3, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    I told you guys inb4gaylotalk, and what did that faggot hardcore_pussy did? @Skykid- No fucking shit.
  • Skykid - March 2, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    Hi here. Here's some news for you guys. It comes with Halo 3: ODST. That is all :)
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - March 2, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    @Smeggs: another game has that dark atmosphere about it as well. It's called "Dead Space" and its a hell of a lot better than Gaylo3. Go buy/.
  • chester_spartan - March 1, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    cant wait for the maps, they have that cool halo2 feel on Orbital and assembly and sandtrap looks like a blast cant wait, and Lizzie <3 :p
  • DabilahroNinja - March 1, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    BUT I HATE NAZI ZOMBIES!!! URRRG WHY THAT EXAMPLE???? Orbital looks best and reminds me of Halo 2.
  • tyeatsairplane - February 28, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    i think they need to make like some super new game something like resisting gears of solid mortal halo gods of war, in vice city with special guests, some of the Nazi Zombies in CoD4!
  • nadrewod999 - February 28, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    I only want this map pack instead of *shudder* "ODST" (WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE AWESOME NAME TO THIS SHAME OF A WORD, BUNGIE? WHY????) because I want to see how they hide the "skulls" in a non-campaign map and I need new Halo 3 content in order to keep me occupied until better games return.
  • LordRevan111 - February 28, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    The last level, orbital, reminds me alot of the first campaign level in Halo 2
  • Reaver1892 - February 28, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    People don't just play it every now and then or collecting dust people play it every day
  • reyalejandro13 - February 28, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    well, as if i didn't already want Halo Wars, now i have another reason to get it. However, i do wish that they remade Ascension. One of my old favorite maps, and Tower of Power just doesnt work on any of Halo 3's maps.
  • m_gamer234 - February 28, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    I'm about to tear up on that assembly map! SNIPER CITY! YEAH!
  • MacGyver1138 - February 27, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    I continue to play Halo quite a bit, even though it infuriates me sometimes. I look forward to new map releases to spice things up a bit. I just wish that Bungie would incorporate more Forged maps into matchmaking.
  • bobthebuilder - March 5, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    latly i hae been playing halo 3 but only because my friends and i made this ew game type called basketball. It is actually quite fun. I is grifball but the place were you but the bomb is really high. You go off grav lifts. Messege high heat05 if you would like toplay. But back to my point. I have only been playinghalo because we have made some great custom games. Mabye the new maps will draw me andmore people in... who knows?
  • Battman17 - March 4, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    These maps are kick-ass, sandbox has tons of new forge items and the other 2 are ecellent matchmaking maps!
  • Lyrical - March 4, 2009 2 p.m.

    i bet these wont be free lol, they should we in a recession!
  • Tomsta666 - March 4, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    Do you need Halo 3's newest maps? No