Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack fires up Xbox Live

Microsoft Store Update: Bungie's $10 map pack for sci-fi shooter drops onto download space; Unbound Saga hits XBLA; free DLC for Monday Night Combat also arrives next to Trails HD paid content.

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Last week Xbox Live was a hotbed for fresh virtual wares. New content for Mafia II and Fable III hit the download space next to an Xbox Live Arcade version of Crazy Taxi. This week follows suit, offering up new content for several titles.

Arriving this week on Xbox Live was the first map pack for the critically and financially successful Halo: Reach. The Noble Map Pack (800 MS points, or $10) is now available to download either through the newly updated Microsoft Web marketplace or via Internet-connected Xbox 360s.

This Spartan has certainly seen better days.

As for the content, the Noble Map Pack bundles three fresh environments for the game's multiplayer component. The maps--Breakpoint, Anchor 9, and Tempest--are each greatly distinct and have been built at the house of Master Chief specifically designed for certain game types.

Breakpoint is the new Invasion environment. The largest of the bunch, this map is winter-themed and complements the existing Spire and Boneyard locales. Anchor 9, a perfectly symmetrical environment set inside the human space station, is the smallest of the three fresh maps. It's geared toward Team Slayer matches and also sports small low-gravity sections, similar to that of Zealot. Finally, a map likened to Valhalla of Halo 3, Tempest takes place on terra firma and is "relatively" symmetrical and thus works well for game types like Capture the Flag.

For more on Halo: Reach's Noble Map Pack, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview with the maps and interview with Bungie's multiplayer designer, Chris Carney (below).

Who else is clapping for new content?

Microsoft added one Xbox Live Arcade title to its virtual storefront this week: Unbound Saga (800 MS points, or $10). From Vogster Entertainment, the side-scrolling brawler puts players in the shoes of Rick Ajax or Lori Machete, two fighters with unique skill sets. The title sports 10 levels, 35 unlockable abilities, and 30 enemy types and bosses to defeat.

Also debuting this week is free downloadable content for Uber Entertainment's stylized third-person shooter Monday Night Combat. The Spunky Cola DLC gives players a new environment--the Spunky Cola Arena--to battle in. Additionally, the new DLC offers a new Super Sudden Death mode, playable in Blitz mode on another new locale, the Survivitol arena. For the entire list of changes coming to Monday Night Combat in the update, check out Uber Entertainment's blog entry.

Fans of the physics-based motorcycle title Trials HD can download the game's second batch of DLC today. The add-on (400 MS points, or $5) packs in 40 new tracks, which include 10 user-created levels. Also up for grabs in the new content are three additional achievements and 50 Gamerscores to amass.

Discussion

72 comments
confusedzombie
confusedzombie

this is what its all about, new maps more sticky bombs out of no where. 10 ain't bad, but i think it should be cheaper, or at least xbox live should be free.

vvvZombievvv
vvvZombievvv

Halo is a over rated, milked, and a horrible game.

Scab
Scab

No Thanks! The marketing and being nickle and dimed sucks. $10 for 3 maps and just more of the same?

Flint247
Flint247

They need a "Noble Map pack" playlist, that way people who don't have the maps can still play like normal.

Unheard-Volume
Unheard-Volume

To those of you who already have the map pack! Is forge as indepth as in forgeworld? (can you phase/fix objects?) or is it more like the ol' fashion H3 forge?

OleanderX
OleanderX

Seriously DLC like this NEEDS to be FREE. 3 maps for 10$? Thats not a whole lot but considering I paid 60$ for this game plus xbox live each month, its ridiculous.

OleanderX
OleanderX

I miss you Halo 2, Destroy all Humans, Mech Assault, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Some of the Star Wars games. Many many more games I cant remember.

bb52700
bb52700

coylenintendo Posted Dec 1, 2010 2:33 pm CT 10 bucks for more maps..? they seriously need to just give them out for free. coylenintendo Posted Dec 1, 2010 2:57 pm CT I never said anything should be free lol

OleanderX
OleanderX

does anybody else miss Halo 2? or the old xbox original golden days? I find myself thinking of canceling my xbox live just cause its not as fun as it once was. maybe because iv grown up I don't know.

AJRiley
AJRiley

Why pay for map packs right? Why? I mean, is not like the developers need any money for their efforts or they have families, partners, goals, dreams, etc... They should make everything FREE so we, the hardworking, really focused on important things, people, get to play videogames--an important aspect of everyone's life; without bothering about who makes them... Yeah... that makes sense... so developers... my life is important; how dare you to charge for a map pack? Who cares about healthcare? Gaming is where is at... How dare you?

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

its not so bad when the maps are something completely original and awesome like these.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

XboxGuy1537 you didn't finish your sentence. I think what you wanted to say was "If you don't like them, don't buy them, but don't you dare criticize them."

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

I've always like Halo and probably won't stop playing it soon, but I'll never pay money for extra maps.

snake289
snake289

A simple thing like a map pack should be free, let alone one that got taken out of the game before launch to release and charge for later. Stop buying this crap people.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

Joke I bet they had the maps already made so they could charge us instead of putting it in the game this tactic they do makes me sick like Activision.

steelmouth
steelmouth

am still yet to play halo reach, i might just as well wait for GOTY

Chunkman
Chunkman

The whole "if you don't like them don't buy them" thing makes a lot of sense to me. I'm glad that Reach probably won't make its core MP game types DLC-required, because I actually love the game, and it would a real shame if I wouldn't be able to enjoy all of what it has to offer if I wasn't prepared to purchase DLC.In my own opinion, the best DLC is the completly optional stuff that can bolster and improve your playing experience, but should not be a mandatory payment to keep up with the rest of the MP community. I hope that is the direction Reach is heading.

frodo10
frodo10

so much commotion over one map pack, only 3 maps i think they could have done a bit better than that, well not as bad as MW2 1200 micro points

karloss01
karloss01

won't be buying these since they ripped me off for the last three packs for reach by making them all free/added into ODST. mark my words, they'll make this free to thank the fans of halo who didn't buy the map pack like they did with the first pack.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@YoshiYogurt : Not everyone enjoys new maps. Not everyone feels the uncontrollable urge to pay 10 dollars for nothing but maps. That's all, maps. I have never, and will never, pay money for DLC unless it add's to the Single player as much as Multi-Player. That meaning, I do not buy maps. Ever. I have no interest in them, for any game. It is a waste of money to me. Feel free to spend high prices for small content if you wish. No one is stopping you.

YankeeDan345
YankeeDan345

To everybody who said forge gives u player made maps: no, it doesn't. No one plays custom games in halo, and there is no forge mapmaking playlist. And the forge maps are not the same as the toolset bungie has. If you look at PC games like Unreal, that is what i'm talking about. Players can make any map they put their mind to not just some ramps on the same boring looking island. There nothing in these maps players couldn't have made themselves with a real toolset and the ability to share them properly. Forge isn't that, forge is a joke.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

i wanted to get them at first when i heard about it but i dont even play reach much anymore... ill just wait till they are all cheap or on sale in a little while cuz 10 bucks is alot too, oh well at least i got my FREE 4 new maps today for bad company 2, gotta love dice for that :)

HappyBB
HappyBB

In my opinion, $10 map pack is the next outrageous pricing to the $15 CoD2 map packs. It should be $5 or less!

okassar
okassar

What I really hate is that Bungie makes it so that eventually you can only play 1/4 of the multiplayer game modes because you didn't download any of their damn map packs. That's a slap in the face considering I paid 60 dollars for a supposedly lasting product and 60 dollars for online so I could play multiplayer on games like it. They did that with Halo 3 and pretty much the only mode I used to play was Big Team Battle, and once I couldn't play that anymore, the game's value dropped instantly for me. How annoying.

Flint247
Flint247

I think I'll wait until after Christmas for the map pack. It looks great, but I gotta save up for shopping for my family. Fortunately, I am fine with the online as it is now.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

@Chunkman dont worry about it bungie learnd from their mistakes and created a dlc grab bag option in the playlist and i thought there were only 3 halo 3 map packs - i got odst and halo 3 same time so i never checked

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

Every one ahould get MNC combat its amazing - sorta like tf2 just in 3rd person and with a lot more personality

YoshiYogurt
YoshiYogurt

@Waldkrieger You can't spend $10 on a map pack? It's worth what you pay for! I'll be spending hours playing with the new maps and playlists. Why are you so concerned about the price, Halo maps have always been $10! In fact, I hope they release more map packs! More content for me to enjoy

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

@TrapMuzik92 maybe I overreacted a little :P I mean it's worth it sometimes but it can be a ridiculous price sometimes. if we're talking a few new things but it'd be nice to get free stuff for a game once in a while, even something small.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I got the map pack and I like tempest a little bit and I really dug anchor 9 and I did not like the other one breakpoint all that much, but the map pack is ok it's not great but it's ok.

Grovilis
Grovilis

Wish I didn't sell the game -_-

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

If you don't like them, don't buy them.

Chunkman
Chunkman

To be honest, I don't have a huge problem about dropping a 10 on a map pack, especially if it's one that has quality maps. I do have a massive problem when developers seem to feel that its alright to remove content from people who do not buy it. COD map packs are indeed absurdly pricey, but at least you're still going to have access to every game mode should you decide against purchasing. Halo 3 DLC was despicable in that regard. One pays $60+ dollars to play the entirety of the multiplayer experience, and then at least half of that content is drastically stripped away if you don't continue to shell out more money on an almost regular basis. I purchased 4/5 of the H3 map packs not for the quality of the maps themselves, but because I wished to continue playing 100% of the MP content.

TheTwilightGMR
TheTwilightGMR

@Waldkrieger: No problem, buddy. Sure, the MW2 stimulus wasnt all that great I hear, but $3.33 a map is not a bad deal at all. The Noble Map Pack is great, and I hope they make more like it that is of good quality. At least they didn't release it two weeks after release or include it on the disc as unlockable content you had to pay for. DLC is not big deal if its done right. I'll gladly pay 800 points for the next one. And if you hate people who pay money for them, youll REALLY hate me...I bought a Noble Pack for my XBOX AND my wife's, so we dropped @20 for one household. Your welcome very much lol.

ckynick254
ckynick254

$10 that is too much. all the dlc in these games should be free. you buy the licence you get the dlc.

Trogeton
Trogeton

gah I'm soo far behind already I STILL don't have this game I usually have the next halo a week or so after the release and this is such a tease

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

@Miroku32 I have always been against overpriced map packs as well. 3-5 maps is too little for the asking price. Back in the old days (ugh...old) when you bought an expansion with maps, it was a heck of a lot more.

It is also why Nintendo is slow about doing anything, because people still pay top dollar for the old stuff. They just slap on a new color, or release an old game at full price, and people pay it. So confused.

Go32111
Go32111

People blow off 7 bucks for a mc donalds meal every day. I think paying a measily 10 bucks for hours of enjoyment isn't a big deal. If you can't a afford ten bucks, then don't buy it.

Miroku32
Miroku32

@YankeeDan345 Sadly that will never happen. DLCs are made for ripping off gamers with stuff like map packs, skins, etc. But gamers instead allow them to be ripped off like that.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Ten bucks is better then the $15 Activision charged for crappy maps that never seemed to come up in playlists.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@YoshiYogurt : So, the rest of us thank you for participating in why DLC is so high. Wait until they are 20, because with people like you who shell out ridiculous amounts of money for nothing but maps, it will be eventually. Thank you.

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

I don't like the new Reach maps... I wish I could get a refund and buy something else. :/

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

SO GLAD I can still play Rumble Pit and Team Slayer without having to buy these!

YoshiYogurt
YoshiYogurt

@waldkrieger The maps are worth the money. I'd gladly pay the 10$ for maps I will be playing on for hours on end..

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

No maps, for any game, are worth 10 dollars. I have no use for them. It is nothing more than a map, and you cannot use it in Single Player, so pointless. Everyone else enjoy.

Cloud567kar
Cloud567kar

@YankeeDan345 You joking right? To make balanced and fun maps takes months. If you want a map that took 5 days to make go download some maps from random peoples file share and youll see what kind of quality that is.

No_asylum
No_asylum

Would have like a seen a few more maps for that price. But I will spend my $$ on them.