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The Next Level
Aside from the fact that patient gamers will just download these new additions to Halo 2 for free soon, it's quite hard to find fault in this expansion. All 9 maps play beautifully in practice and thanks to the latest gameplay patch, Halo is even better then before both online and off. For Halo 2 fans both casual and hardcore alike, this should be considered a required purchase.
Overall I liked the expansion maps much more than the original set that came with Halo 2. Bungie did a tremendous job of creating 9 maps that represent diverse environments and game types. There is something for everyone in these maps. These maps, along with the interesting videos, and improved game play make this expansion pack well worth the price tag that sits under $20, and will give you reason to keep playing Halo 2 for at least a few more months.
By now, I shouldn’t even have to convince you go out and pick up the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack, as it is about the best bang for your buck you can find on game store shelves right now. For $19.99, gamers will get nine great new maps that will keep players hooked on the biggest selling shooter of all time long into the next-gen of Xbox gaming. We’ve been playing the original Halo 2 maps for nearly a year now and even with the Xbox 360 coming later this year, we don’t expect to see Halo 2 and the newest maps on the storage shelf anytime soon. Do yourself a favor, go to your local game store and pick up a copy of the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack, there is no way you can regret it.
This Map Pack is a must-buy. Simple as that. Each of these 9 maps are astounding to say the least. Not one of these maps can be considered bad (Though some aren’t as up-to-par as others- yeah, I’m looking at you Gemini.). Bungie really learned from their previous Halo 2 map-making experiences to bring us, the gamers, some of the funnest maps seen in any game in some time. Genius in thought, brilliant in execution, these maps won’t disappoint.
While the maps will be available for free download off of XBox Live before too long thus making it somewhat debatable for purchase now, offline gamers won’t go wrong by picking this pack up now and making the sweetest XBox multiplayer experience even sweeter.
Game Informer Magazine
The nine new battle arenas that Bungie has crafted for this console expansion pack are, without exception, phenomenal. The studio’s greatest achievement is the way that each map manages to be nearly perfect for one or two particular game types. The rock-strewn island of Relic makes for remarkable One Flag CTF games. The purple-hued Gemini board is perfect for frantic Slayer matches. Meanwhile, scrambling to control three plots on Turf is relentlessly intense. A delicate eye for balance has governed every design decision, and the effort is noticeable. Quite frankly, several of these maps play even better than the arenas that first shipped with the game, (even if good old Zanzibar remains my personal favorite).
Halo 2 for Xbox has been without a doubt one of the most succesful games of the last year and will be added to the libraries of console history. Not only did the singleplayer deliver more of the same that we knew from the original, but especially the multiplayer part left a big impression. Just over 6 months after the release, the online fights are still going on through XBox Live, the best proof that Bungie and Microsoft have delivered a digital pearl. To please the hardcore fans, they've now released 9 new maps for more shooter fun in the form of the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack.
To put it bluntly, if you consider yourself a true Halo fan, you should go to your local game store and drop a twenty spot on the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack. Sure, the levels can all be downloaded from Xbox Live, but the disc offers up enough bells and whistles to make this a worthy purchase. Best of all, Bungie just announced that all of the new maps will be introduced to their Matchmaking playlists sometime next week. You don't want to be the only kid who can't play, do you?
Game Informer Magazine
This is a must-have for fans, but if you've grown tired of Halo 2 over the months, this is a great way to get back into it.
Nachdem im November 2004 der heißersehnte Nachfolger zu Halo auf den Markt gekommen ist, gibt es nun endlich Nachschub für alle Multiplayerfans. Mit dem Multiplayer Map Pack zu Halo 2 will der Hersteller Microsoft all die hungrigen Halo Spieler bei der Stange halten. Mit einem ausgezeichneten Preis/Leistungsverhältnis wird dies auch nicht sonderlich schwer fallen.
Considering the number of copies that Halo 2 sold worldwide, it's almost appalling to realize that only a relatively small fraction of people who played the game have experienced it on Xbox Live. That explains the need for the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack, which, while only suited to a relatively small audience within the ranks of Halo fans, makes this great multiplayer content available to offline players. This collection of maps is totally first-rate, and it freshens up an extremely exciting multiplayer game, reenergizing it for what could easily amount to many more months of entertainment. However, it bears repeating that the brunt of this content is or will be freely downloadable. So there's no question you should get the content; you just don't absolutely need to purchase this product. If you do, you won't be disappointed...as long as you're aware of what exactly you're paying for.
If you’re considering the purchase but hesitating to find out whether or not it’ll live up to your expectations, we’ll go out on a limb and say that it will. If you’re considering it for a LAN, you can’t really go wrong, especially if you don’t have access to Xbox Live (one disc will install an entire LAN, remember). If you can wait for the freebies, then by all means do so. You certainly can't complain about not getting your money's worth.
There is certainly something in this collection of new levels to suit everyone’s taste whether you prefer a Warthog or a sniper rifle, CTF or Slayer, two-on-two or eight-on-eight. Dive in for a second helping of Halo 2 multiplayer. It’s a ride that should easily last until Halo 3 arrives.
Al bij al vind ik dit map pack een goede service van Bungie, want nu zijn al deze nieuwe maps ook gewoon in de winkel te koop. Bedenk wel dat dit map pack alleen leuk voor je is als je Halo 2 nog vaak multiplayer speelt. Echte Halo 2 fans met Xbox Live zouden het pakket misschien toch willen kopen in de winkels, maar dit raad ik je af, omdat de extra's gewoon niet interessant genoeg zijn. Wel vind ik dat iedereen die Halo 2 nog steeds regelmatig online speelt het maptacular map pack moet downloaden.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
A must for all Halo 2 fans, the 9 new maps are of a higher standard than the original selection while the patch fixes a lot of imbalance problems. Top stuff.
The lack of more bonus content is a bit of a letdown, especially considering just how long the game and these maps were in development. I'm sure a lot of people were dying for some sort of extension to the abrupt single player campaign ending, myself included, but this is strictly multiplayer. Even so, Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack is a mere £15 and features some of the best multiplayer maps available in any game, automatically making it a necessity for all offline Halo 2 players that indulge in multiplayer and still a desirable collectable for those that have Xbox Live.
Halo 2 multiplayer was already a one of a kind experience. But now with a total of 21 maps to play, it's that much farther ahead of the curve than anything else. All of these maps will be available for free download sooner or later, but $20 seems like a small price to pay to get into these maps as soon as possible. If your friends list is full of people who are willing to wait, obviously it's easier to sit tight. But if you find everyone you know on maps you don't have, the low cost makes expanding on one of the best online gaming experiences quite painless.