Since Bungie has retired from the franchise, Microsoft tapped 343 Industries and Certain Affinity to deliver the second downloadable content (DLC) for the Halo Reach Xbox 360 version. The Defiant Map Pack DLC is now at Xbox Live, ready for downloading. It will cost you 800 Microsoft Points to get this DLC but its all worth it. These two new replacement developers managed to create an exciting expansion for Halo fanatics. This is simply one of the goodies given by the company to its video game subscribers after the Halo Reach Free Live Weekend on Xbox Live event last year.
The new Halo Reach Defiant Map Pack DLC delivers three new multiplayer maps. Namely, Condemned, Highlands and Unearthed. Each of these maps will bring a new exciting perspective on the downfall of the Reach. Certain Affinity and 343 Industries deserves great applause for creating visually stunning maps that are also well-designed for multiplayer combat games.
The Condemned Map takes place on the damaged orbiting station Gamma. It’s designed for 6-12 players but it will still be suitable for fewer Halo Reach players due to the circular map layout.
Next is the new Firefight Map, Unearthed. It takes place on a deserted Titanium refinery. The environment is sandy with scorched earth ambiance. Unearthed’s map layout allows players to either kill their enemies close-quarters style in the middle but they also have the option of using the outer perimeter to enjoy open ground combat. The outer area looks like a racing track which can be wisely exploited when using vehicles like a Wathog or Ghost.
The third map, Highlands, is the largest Halo Reach map and it occurs at the Top Secret Military Wilderness Training Preserve which used to train Spartan Super Soldiers. This Halo Reach Defiant map is perfect for huge team-based combat up to 16 players in Xbox 360. While Highlands is a huge map, the developers however took pains to make it easy for players to travel around. There are teleportation points and concealed tunnels to quickly access different areas of Highlands.