Well two, first off the planet with the rings around it near Reach is in the sky box twice on Condemned, once out the window in the Communications room, and then again outside the window in the Generator room… hey maybe it’s a different planet but they look suspiciously identical.
Now the main point of this topic.
I think that Highlands is one of the best Halo maps to date, one problem. It’s hideously ugly. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone who worked on it, but it really is. Let me rephrase that, all the natural stuff (minus the water) is hideous. The rock textures look slapped on and the valley in the sky box is really ugly for multiple reasons, the trees are not convincing at all and the water looks extremely out of place. Also the draw distance for some non-sky box trees that are in the sky box are really bad, making it look like there are giant deformed green carrots on the mountains. And speaking of the mountains, the geometry for the mountains and rocks is very jagged and just unpleasant to look at. Like I said, I love Highlands and I would pay for a new version of it that fixes the… ugly.
Compare it to Tempest, Tempest looks way better, now compare it to Forge World, which should look much worse. It doesn’t, Highlands looks worse instead. I would just like to know why you guys thought the sky box(not counting the actual sky and the ships) and the rocks looked good when really they look like a step back from Halo 3.
And to people who interpret this wrong, I am not saying Certain Affinity sucks at making maps or good looking maps, I mean Condemned is really pretty, and so is Unearthed, in fact I think with the exception of some textures that don’t line up it is one of the best looking maps ever, especially the sky box. I would also really like them to return for more map packs, I just want them to make sure that all the maps actually look beautiful next time.