After playing almost a solid 12 hours of the Defiant Map Pack today, I can safely say that they are the best set of maps to hit Halo Reach, and that includes on-disk and Noble. When you make the next map pack, or hell, next Halo game, PLEASE keep up this level of quality!
Highlands is a PERFECT BTB map, and I only wish it would show up in BTB a little more. The long lines of sight mixed with mid-range base fights is just pure win. There is no dominant strategy that you can’t bust, and pushing for objectives requires real teamwork and more than a little vehicle prowess! By FAR my favorite 2-Flag map in Reach!
Condemned is a brilliant cqc/mid-range map. It’s big, not a Big Team Map, yet it doesn’t play like a tiny Arena map like Midship. The mid to close-range combat is near perfect, and I absolutely love the circular layout of the whole thing. Reminds me of Rat Race, Terminal, and Cold Storage. I love playing objective games on this, and it has to be my absolute favorite so far for 1 Flag!
Unearthed brings Firefight exactly what it needed: A map actually built for Firefight. I love the teamwork required now, whereas before you could just hole up and pretty much win. Rocket hog? Yeah, I would have preferred a chaingun or gauss, but the rockets are nice =D.
My only complaint with the two multiplayer maps is that the power weapons seem to be a little…much. Tone down the sheer amount of power weapons in an update and you’ll have it nailed. These maps are brilliant, and as a long time Halo fan I’m thrilled to have some of that old-school Halo feel back in Reach. It’s something Reach has been missing since launch, and I can’t wait to see what you guys do next.
Keep up this level of quality, 343, and you have my complete confidence in your next Halo title.