Bungie’s nine new maps for Halo 2 came out between April 9th, 2005 and July 5th, 2005. They can all be downloaded through xbox live, but some have a small fee.
Some say the fee is a reasonable price but others say it is not. Even though there is a price on seven out of nine of the new maps, all maps will be free on August 30th, 2005. The Killtacular map pack cost $5.99 and contains Turf and Sanctuary. The Maptacular map pack which cost $11.99 contains Relic, Elongation, Terminal, Gemini, and Backwash. Then, you can all thank Mountain Dew and Pepsico for bringing us the Two free maps. Mountain Dew paid for Warlock and Containment.
For all you out there who are thinking, “Should i wait until all the maps are free, or should I buy them now?” this review is for you.
You’ll find these walkthroughs helpful.
Special Free Map Pack-
WARLOCK- For people who loved the original Halo on XBox or PC, Bungie re-made the map Wizard. Wizard was a map that was so small it only allowed eight people to play on it at a time. Now that it has been re-introduced to the Halo universe with a new look: old ruins. Same map layout with one difference: the center portion has a downstairs area containing just two magnums, and the upper level has an invisibility cloak. The negative feature about this map is that it is very dark. I give it a 7 out of 10.
If you liked Sidewinder from the original Halo then this is your place to be. Containment has the same feel of Sidewinder, but may be a little bigger. If you like big team battle on Xbox live or enjoy very large 16-people games, then this is the map for you. Finding weapons on the map is a little hard though. There are not many weapons on the map, so the chance that you will get a sniper is very slim. There are two gates that are opened from the outside of each base.(one at each base) These buttons to open the gates can be easily guarded by snipers and Scorpion tanks. In bigteam battle on Xbox live all vehicle are on by default. Many caves and tunnels are scattered out along the sides of this map. I give this map a 8 out of 10.
Killtacular Map Pack-
TURF- Turf is a map that takes place in the campaign level Outskirts. It has many hiding nooks for the Jugernaut gametype Hide ‘n Seek. It is an excellent map for 1 flag ctf. It has some recognizable scenery as well. If you look in the sky, just above some buildings there is the bridge that Master Chief crosses over in the level Metropolis, there is a downed Scarab at base 2, and a small human outpost for base 1. One feature that you can do is break the glass of certain shops and go inside of them. I give this map a 9 out of 10.
SANCTUARY- Sanctuary is a map that is literally the same on both sides. This map doesn’t quite come from a campaign mode, but has the same scenery as the level Regret. This map is a sure pick for the gametype Classic CTF, also free for all gametypes, and teamslayer. Sanctuary has a sniper at eachbase, along with just about every other weapon. Sanctuary is a medium sized map that does not require the help of vehicles to get to the otehr side. I give it a 8 out of 10.
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