Alright, so I'm going to be buying Halo Reach as I just finally re-bought an Xbox, and I'm wondering how the maps packs work... As far as I could tell in Halo 3/ODST, to play certain (several) of the modes in online matchmaking, you had to have all the DLC maps that had been released. Is it still like this? Will half of the modes in matchmaking be locked out until I buy the maps? If I buy Halo CE Anniversary, does it come with all of the maps, or just the newest map pack?
Halo Reach map packs, how do they work?
As someone who still plays Reach on a consistent basis, the way that Reach now handles DLC maps is kind of terrible. There is an entire section dedicated to the Anniversary maps, so you're covered there. But in regards to the Noble and Defiant map packs, you're basically going to run into these maps once out of 20-30 games on the regular playlists. The removal of the Premium DLC playlist has removed the only way to guarantee you'll play on DLC maps and as there are now "Defiant Achievements" that require you to be on Defiant maps to complete, it's nigh impossible to get them as your chances of getting in a game on those maps and then actually completing that task are near impossible.
@Captain_Felafel: I can confirm this. It is very annoying because I paid 1600 points in total for Defiant and Noble and I hardly ever get to play them. They're doing a much better job with Anniversary but what they need is a playlist that requires all DLC, like Halo 3 had towards the end. Some DLC discounts would go a long way to ensuring everyone has them.
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