Yes I realize the DLC just came out, and IMO the MP MM maps are incredible, but I’ve heard a few rumblings in different threads about Highlands & wanted to see what the majority thinks so far?
The map is fast-paced, absolute chaos because of all the power-weapons & such, and there are so many different strategies to use that it’s almost impossible for a team to camp one spot AND dominate, which apparently is the source of many of the complaints I’m seeing so far.
You SHOULDN’T be able to spend 15 minutes per match in a vehicle, but considering there is a Spartan Laser, 2 Rocket Launchers, a Plasma Launcher AND a Grenade Launcher, the Ghost and LAAG 'Hog just don’t seem like the right fit for this map. The terrain and gameplay are too vertical to allow many splatter opportunities, and the plasma cannons/ LAAG are too underpowered or have limited firing range to really be effective, so the vehicles seem like more an annoyance than a real threat. My solution? Gauss Warthogs and Banshee(s)!!
Power weapons SHOULDN’T be so limited in ammo/ spawn time that the only way to get them is beat the other team or YOUR team to them, so I’m ok with shorter weapon respawns.
Snipers SHOULDN’T be able to cover the entire map or have the relative comfort that all they have to do is take down the other team’s sniper and they can dominate the rest of the match. Yes, players CAN camp the bases with Sniper Rifles, but they have very limited fields of fire so they can’t cover the whole map from there, and there are so many ingress points to each base that they are very vulnerable to players sneaking up on them. So they trade mobility, cover and vision for limited accessibility and high ammo counts, so again- I’m ok with this but others don’t seem to be.
I posted this as a poll on BNet if you’d like to vote- http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=57937919