We all have our favourite games, be they online or singleplayer games and one of my all-time favourite online and offline shooters is Halo 4. I have spent a little bit of time… no, that’s a lie. I have spent loads of time in the game online. The issue is, I want to play more, but working on clearing out some of my backlog makes it a challenge to complete. The game has received a couple of downloadable content packs since launch, including the the Crimson Map Pack, and now more recently, the Majestic Map Pack.
The maps in Majestic are much smaller than the Crimson Map Pack, which has made for some epic close quarters battles. The DLC didn’t just bring three new maps with it, either, but also a new game mode called ‘Free for All,’ which makes the new maps so much more enjoyable.
Like the previous DLC, Majestic Map Pack for Halo 4 includes three maps, namely Landfall, Skyline and Monolith. As a way of explaining the size of these new maps, I was able to throw a grenade from one end of a level to the other end (trust me, I tried it out and it works!). Let’s go into more detail per map.
This must be one of my favourite maps in Majestic. It is based on a Forerunner structure that they used to honour their fallen warriors. The level is very open and you can easily snipe someone from either side of the map, but don’t be fooled by this as there are so many ways to get around on this map with small hidden passageways on one side and some addition cover on the other. Right in the middle of the map is a pyramid structure with a small room that is accessed from three different areas, with entrances from the side and one from above. Most of the action happens there as it is the meeting point of the map.
Seeing that this map is built on an asteroid, the amount of detail around it is just breath taking, the only issue is that you never get time to just take it all in. I decided for this review to go into each map in a custom game, just to look at the surroundings and I was truly blown away by the awesomeness.
Skyline is one of the smaller maps of the three, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as epic as the others. This is the best close-quarters combat map you will ever find and in a free-for-all match, you will always find an enemy quickly. Just a warning: Watch out for grenades because they may appear out of nowhere. For example, my Halo 4 buddy Smuroh and I were playing on this map and after randomly throwing a grenade, it went up a gravity lift and killed an unsuspecting Spartan.
This map only has two levels and like Monolith, you can move around quickly and find your ways around. Skyline also has a ‘meeting point’ in the middle, very similar to the Haven map. My favourite modes on this map are Regicide and Capture the Flag.
This is the largest map in Majestic and it has multiple buildings and open area to run around in (or to be taken out by a sniper). Landfall reminded me of Halo: Reach where you found the jetpack for the first time. The level is set high above the ground on a skyscraper with a control room, a warehouse-like area and the open section looks like a construction zone. The open areas are a sniper’s dream and if you can find a nice little spot to sit, you will then have a view of the whole area.
Landfall is one of those maps where you love it or hate it. I enjoy this map, but not as much as the others. Team Slayer works nicely on Landfall, but if you want to go free-for-all, then Slayer Pro is the recommended mode. Just to make the map more interesting, the creators dropped a rocket launcher right in the middle of the level… I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how epic the battles become when trying to control that weapon!
I personally think this is a great map pack for Halo 4. If you are into fast and epic battles, then this is something you would enjoy. While the Crimson Map Pack is great for vehicle battles, it’s not so good if you are running around trying to kill someone, but I think the developers redeemed themselves with this latest DLC. It’s fast, it’s fun, and it will have you coming back for more.
The Majestic Map Pack for Halo 4 is 800 MS pints, or free to all War Pass holders. The map pack is only 438mb in size and brings loads of fun.