Plain and simple if all the maps are horrible green grass blue skies asymmetrical maps in Halo 4 I’m simply not going to buy the game. Let me explain…
Halo 2 had some pretty incredible maps. I rarely came to a point when I got a map and said… “What is this garbage!?” Halo 3 got a little worse. While the maps still had decent variety in themes they started getting bigger and just not suitable for any gametypes. These nice 4v4 maps and good BTB maps started to go away. 4v4 Team Slayer is basically where Halo wants to be. When you start making the maps bigger those frantic team shooting 4v4’s go out the window and you get really slow gameplay.
5v5 6v6 styled maps don’t really work for BTB so please actually make BTB maps. Reach feels like it has 3 BTB maps and they are all pretty much in Forgeworld. Don’t make a bunch of medium sized maps and plan to use them for both BTB and 4v4. Make Small maps for Slayer and Big maps for BTB.
The launch maps for Halo 4.
Don’t scare everyone right out the gates with the lack of support in one area or another. Remember what the players are playing. Halo has the biggest population in Team Slayer/Team SWAT. And if the maps were good enough we would have even more BTB population. I could tell you this by the BTB Halo 2 population. So say the game launches with 12-15 maps. Aim for like 4-5 BTB maps 7-8 Small maps and like 1-2 medium sized maps. And try to go for different styles on each section. Maybe like 3-4 Symmetrical arena style small maps. 2 or so Lockout/Guardian/Ascension style maps. Large open map or 2 like Blood Gulch/Containment/Standoff. Some unique BTB maps like Terminal/Headlong/Waterworks and a few other neat maps.
I also want varying themes. Reach’s pallette for the maps are just boring. I really liked what I seen out of the Defiant Pack so I hope you guys get CA to do a ton of work on the maps for Halo 4. I’m also diggin what I’ve been seeing with the CEA maps. Like Damnation for instance has some really beautiful scenery. Even Beaver Creek has some extra sweetness going on behind the bases. Please take what is being done themewise with the CEA maps and keep that ball rollin.
Make the multiplayer maps play good for their respective playlists and look good.