Halo Reach: Defiant Map Pack launches

Back when controllers had wires and save-games came on cards, there was a videogame about a green man who came from the sky and shot aliens in the face. Since the launch of the original Halo, Microsoft/Bungie have had four subsequent games (not to mention numerous tie-ins) in which to explore the game's universe of fanatic aliens and the noble humans that immolate them... and the release of new multiplayer DLC for Halo: Reach shows they're not done.

Above: A trailer for the Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack

The Defiant map pack, created in collaboration with indie map-builders (and Halo 2 veterans) A Certain Affinity, offers three new maps for the game's Firefight and competitive multiplayer modes. The series' accumulated mythology lends orbital-platform map Condemned damaged areas and locked-off zones from past battles, whereas the obligatory forest area, Highlands, doubles as a decommissioned Spartan training facility. Unearthed is a claustrophobic refinery once used to source materials for Warthogs and Halo opening location the Pillar of Autumn.

A misty forest, spacey space-station and rusty factory level? Sure, well-worn tropes all... but what the pack lacks in brand-spanking ideas for gameplay locations, it aims to make up for with story details that'll delight Halo fans. The rest of you, of course, are paying 800 Microsoft Points for three new zones in which to bullseye online competitors, and 150 Gamerscore-worth of new Achievements, so everyone's happy. Will you be downloading the Defiant pack? Let us know.

Feb 14, 2011

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  • sickofmicrosoftBS - March 17, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Please dont buy this trash. I have been a Halo fan from the beginning... All of it. I LOVE the halo franchise, but this crap they shelled out, is awful. The maps are ugly as sin. The maps are to f'n big, and they are laid out like garbage. They appear to be using a different engine, as the graphiocs are HORRIBLE. look at the surroounding scenery. 343 had one chance to get it right, and they blew it. Online videos don't reval the TRUE scope of how bad the maps are. If you really want, go ahead and buy them. You WILL be dissapointed, I assure you. I will RENT the next 343 game, and try it before I buy. I have no faith in the studio. MS has sold out the Halo franchise, because all they wanted was to pop out map packs every 4 months, and new games every 12. They see players buying crap games like COD, which are full of glitches, and poor design. This map packs reeks of COD esqe shovel pack. Next comes perks in Halo... argue all you the end, this map pack is garbage IN MY OPINION.. goodbye Halo. MS has ruined this game.
  • Spybreak8 - February 17, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    I felt that the game was a bit shy with the maps before but I gotta say that looked cool. I'd buy this if I could play online, sadly I had to move back with my folks (satellite internet now) but I'm saving up for XBLA House Party titles. The four Spartans unanimously jet-packing upward was win though.
  • Ariaka - February 15, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    This looks awesome. =)
  • killerhi5 - February 15, 2011 3:37 a.m.

    ya im gonna get this only because i wanna support bungie/343 industries
  • D0CCON - February 15, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    Interesting that nobody brought this up. The latest COD map pack has 5 maps and costs $15, or $3 a map. This has 3 maps and costs $10, or $3.33 a map. You are technically getting less for your money with this (although I'd still say you're getting more with this than you would with the MW2 maps, those only had 3 new maps). Considering the circumstances though, I'm still getting this. Reach and BC2 are the only multiplayer games I play anymore and I love them to death. COD has fallen to the wayside. The very last map pack I could care about was the first MW2 map pack and that was a ripoff. CODBOs maps are a better deal to me, but I don't care about COD anymore. Damn does COD have bad timing. Anyways, I am excited for this. The cost per map will set me back a little bit more than some others, but I can't make myself care.
  • lionarthegreat - February 15, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    I dont agree with this, it should at least be free for people who bought the game new.
  • shadowreaper72 - February 15, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    No Halo Reachs multiplayer is horrible. Worst game in the sereis.
  • RamenChimera - February 15, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    @OUTLANDER the only time thats ever happened to me is when I move my 360 while playinh a game, then it does exactly that. Also occasionally happens when the system is vertical.
  • jaynoyce - February 15, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    Outlander- did it crack before u finished it? never heard of that happenin before but i agree with ure stance. and in my opinion u aint missed much if u never got to the end.
  • Outlander - February 15, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    I would certainly buy this if my Halo Reach disc hadn't cracked. I have this habit of looking at my game discs before I put them in my X-box and after I take them out ever since my Rock Band 1 disc cracked from playing it. And sure enough, I look at Reach no scratches, cracks, anything. Put it in my X-box, play for a while, take it out and behold. A crack in the inner ring of the disc. I don't know if the fact the disc was made in mexico is to blame, my xbox being a game eater?, or a combination of both. But either way there are too many fantastic games coming out this year for me to drop another $40 on Halo Reach. :( /rant
  • jaynoyce - February 15, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    woop de doo, more story, good, while treddin well worn paths, bad. come on peeps, give us the mind blowng experience we never got when we bought the damn thng. it was meant to b the big blow out. well done kismitty1012 for fightin the urge, first is nowt to b proud of if u aint got nuthin to say.
  • Crabhand - February 15, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    I will probably get this map pack because I'm not a jaded asshole who thinks maps don't require hours of creation, modeling, and playtesting. The more Reach the better, it's especially cool to get some new firefight maps.
  • CancerMan - February 15, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    I suppose I'll pick this up with the free Bing points I earned. Now I just need a gold subscription to actually 'em.
  • RicePuddingUK - February 15, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Should've been shipped with the game, nuff said, aint getting it.
  • Hullonotna - February 15, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    Great. About time some dlc came out. Must buy for me; if i had an xbox :)
  • Klsmitty1012 - February 15, 2011 midnight

    firrrrr...not going to do it....

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