I spent some time with the Noble Map Pack yesterday for Bungie’s Halo: Reach. For 800 MS points gamers can have the privilege of downloading 3 new maps for Reach. The maps range from good close quarters fighting to the larger big team battle type of matches. Personally, my favorite out of the 3 new maps is Anchor 9. I’m a big fan of Halo’s indoor maps. These seem to fit my style of charging blindly into danger hoping to kill some Spartans before I get shot. I really like Anchor 9’s layout and the inclusion of some low-gravity sections if you step outside the hanger. The hanger shield door also makes for interesting game play with its bullet blocking properties, which allow for some narrow escapes.
Tempest is probably my least favorite map, because it reminds me of the Halo maps where you have to sprint a considerable distance to get back to the action. Grant it, if I didn’t die all the time this wouldn’t be an issue, but it is what it is. It’s not as bland as the other map in Halo: Reach, which takes place outside and in the mountains. I just don’t like having to rely on vehicles, or incessant sprinting just to get back to the fight. Overall, Tempest is much better than some of the outdoor Halo maps, but it didn’t really wow me.
Breakpoint reminded me of Avalanche from Halo 3. It’s a snow level with lots of vehicles and hidden pathways that make for some great big team battle action. This map also suffers from some excessive sprinting to catch up, but I preferred the layout much better. There’s something about maps with wraiths that tickle my fancy. Sometimes vehicular battles are a nice change of pace from the Spartan on Spartan action (New Sexual Preference).
Finally, the best part about this map pack is that I pre-ordered it at Gamestop so I got the exclusive Halo Mark V Flaming Helmet. I was hoping the flames would be animated, but they’re not. Even without this feature I still dig the new look on my avatar’s fat little body. Look how sweet he is!
In all seriousness though, the Noble Map Pack is well worth the price, and will provide some new life to this now 2 month plus old game. Plus it brought in 250 more cheve points, so it’s a no brainer if you’re a cheve ho. You’ve been nobly updated…
E.B. “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”