Halo 4 – Majestic Map Pack Review

Hello everyone. Just thought I’d give my thoughts on the new Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack that was launched February 25th. In the video I talk about all things Majestic: the maps, playlists, new game variants, and the achievements. While also comparing it to the previous Crimson Map Pack.

The video features Infinity Rumble Gameplay (a new FFA variant) on one of the new maps, Skyline.

Hopefully you find this helpful as a buying decision tool. The map pack costs 800 Microsoft Points or “Free” if you own the War Games Map Pass (2000 Microsoft points or Limited Edition copy of Halo 4).

PS. There is 1 Map Pack left, the Castle Map Pack, which has a rumored release date of April 1, 2013. Hopefully that’s not a joke.

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

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Extraction, Dat Tarp, & More! The Halo Bulletin: 2.27.13

Regicide by Ryuu Katsuro

Back again with an overview of the latest Halo Waypoint Bulletin! Here’s the juicy details on Halo 4’s upcoming Matchmaking updates and fixes. You can read it in it’s entirety here but here are the highlights:

Halo Waypoint File Browser (Online File Share component) went live this week. Here’s the link http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halo4/filebrowser just sign in and begin searching for content!

It's a Tarp by Minolta1034

March 1st, 2013

  • Spartan Ops Encore: Episode 6
  • Extraction Playlist
    • 5 vs. 5
    • Extraction still available through Team Throwdown & Majestic Team DLC Playlists
  •   Capture the Flag Playlist Update
    • Add two maps: Simplex and Settler
      • Simplex: “an arena-style map from community forger SaLoT, has seen the spotlight in both the Community Forge Test and Team Throwdown playlists”
      • Settler: “a fast paced, semi-symmetrical on-disc Ravine variant that rests atop a verdant cliff side
  • Rumble Pro Fix: Motion Tracker will be turned back on
  • Majestic FFA DLC Join In Progress window will be evaluted/monitored and probably adjusted accordingly
  • Majestic Team DLC Playlist respawn times will be adjusted as well

Extraction Playlist Details

Mode Extraction
Team Setup 5 vs. 5
Score to Win 5
Loadouts Custom
Instant Respawn Disabled
Death Cam Enabled
Motion Tracker Enabled
Personal Ordnance Disabled
Active Sites Map Dependent
Site Location Sequential
Site Movement On Extraction
Arming Time 3 Seconds
Extraction Time 45 Seconds
Conversion Time 3 Seconds
Timer Pause Enabled

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack Achievement Guide

Thanks to MixMaker117 for making a complete guide to help everyone get the new Majestic Map Pack achievements added to Halo 4.

Here is a link to the list of the Majestic Map Pack Achievements added to Halo 4.

** Disclaimer: I do not condone “boosting”, these achievements were earned properly and primarily via the Majestic FFA DLC playlist where he was playing with friends along with others.

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Halo 4 Web File Share (Browser) is now Available!

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Here we have it, the final web portion to Halo 4’s File Share system. For those that don’t know, the in-game version launched not that long ago, and now the website/online version is live!

It is used to quickly scan through the huge collection of screenshots, map variants, and custom games created by the community. And in turn, download them, or queue them to download the next time you turn your Xbox console on.

As it stands right now, the File Browser is almost 100% working, there are a few issues (i.e. downloading screenshots to your computer without having the screen-cap) but these should be fixed very soon.

Bsangel, Jessica Shea, the community manager for 343 Industries dropped many hints over the past few days. Informing us that she wants “lots of #Halo4Tarp screenshots when the web file browser goes live” via twitter. And then today she dropped this hint in the Waypoint forums with this image attached.

Here’s the link so you can begin browsing the amazing community created content. Just sign in with your Xbox profile and you’re underway! https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/halo4fileshare/filebrowser

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Free 25,000 XP for Halo 4 (Waypoint Code)

Back again with another Halo Waypoint code that has been discovered. This was discovered via the Majestic Map Pack. As far as the community knows there are no requirements to be able to redeem this code (You may need the Majestic Map Pack, not 100% sure).

This code will give you 25,000 XP for Halo 4 and unlock some concept art for the Majestic Map Pack for you to view!

Here is the code

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So take the code enter it here and enjoy your free 25k XP or enter it via the Halo Waypoint App on the Xbox through the classified section.

ForgeWorldMaps has a video showing how to redeem the code and where to access the concept art

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Boltshot Nerf Breakdown – Halo 4 Title Update

For those that don’t know, the February Title Update for Halo 4 went live much earlier than expected. With one of the main focuses being patching/nerfing the Promethean Boltshot Pistol. The Nerf addressed the weapons 1-hit kill range and reducing it from a reported 20-25ft down to around 15ft.

In this video I’m breaking down the boltshot’s capabilities analyzing footage from before and after the Title Update and comparing the results.

I hope you enjoy and leave me your thoughts on the Boltshot nerf!

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack Achievements Info

achievements majesticThe Majestic Map Pack DLC achievement list was posted today by Bravo over at Halo Waypoint. There are a total of ten brand new achievements, totaling 250 gamerscore.

These achievements will be released alongside the Majestic DLC on Monday.

Callin' in the Big GunsCallin’ in the Big Guns – 40 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, call in 3 ordnance drops during the same game.

 

I Thrust at TheeI Trust at Thee – 20 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, perform a melee kill right after using Thrust Pack.

 

Didn't See It Comin'Didn’t See It Comin’ – 10 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, assassinate an enemy who’s in zoom mode.

 

Bird of PreyBird of Prey – 50 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, perform 5 ‘airsassinations’.

 

 

Bullet SpongeBullet Sponge – 30 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, get the ‘Close Call’ medal twice during one match.

 

I See You!
I See You! – 10 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, kill 5 enemies while Promethean Vision is active.

 

Clever Girl
Clever Girl – 10 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, kill 5 enemies while Active Camo is active.

 

Flash of Light
Flash of Light – 30 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, get a Double Kill or higher with one Pulse Grenade.

 

Last Man Grinning
Last Man Grinning – 20 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, get 4 kills using the SAW without dying.

 

Pigs Can Fly
Pigs Can Fly – 30 Gamerscore
In Majestic DLC matchmaking, kill 3 enemies while they are using Jet Packs.

 

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

February Title Update! The Halo Bulletin: 2.20.13

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So I decided to separate the information from this weeks bulletin to make it easy to reference to and digest. If you want the matchmaking information click here. Here’s the list of items for Halo 4’s next title update which should appear sometime next week (no official date). Please note things may be added later.

Gameplay

  • Reduced the range of the Boltshot’s damage scaling over distance. The previous effective range for 1-hit kills was around 20-25′. The range has been reduced to 15′.
  • Fixed an issue where modified loadouts were not being saved correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to sprint while crouching using “hold to crouch” would cause players to be unable to shoot for 1-1.5 seconds.
  • Fixed an issue where some players were not able to get into matches on new map/game variants after playlist updates.
  • Fixed a DLC-related Join-in-Progress issue that kicked players back to the title screen.
  • Fixed various issues regarding glitched Autosentry deployment.
  • Fixed an issue where one player per session was unable to stay scoped with the Flagnum.
  • Fixed an issue where clients playing multi-round matches were not propelled by Man Cannons after the first round on Wreckage.
  • Fixed an issue for players who had licensed content for the specialization offer, and had the free Map Pack content, but did not have the Map Pass or Map Pack license by displaying a new error message: “You have Map Pack content that requires a license. Please purchase the War Games Map Pass, purchase the Map Pack individually, or delete the Map Pack content from your console.”

Vehicles

  • Fixed issues with friendly fire against vehicles. If FF is disabled, damage/EMPs from friendly sources will no longer damage vehicles that are fully controlled by your team.
  • Fixed an issue with where the Wraith secondary turret became disabled when shot with a Plasma Pistol. The feature has been updated to be consistent with previous Halo titles.
  • Fixed a Mantis functionality exploit that allowed pilots to survive planted grenades.

Specific Game Modes

  • Friendly fire turned off in Flood to prevent exploits.
  • Fixed Flood character models to allow for Warthog and Mongoose use.
  • Fixed an inconsistency with King of the Hill deathcam.
  • Fixed an issue where the Grifball would get stuck in geometry and never respawn.
  • Fixed the issue for Extraction where players did not regain full control of their character for extended periods of time after interacting with a site.
  • Fixed multiple Extraction scoring issues, including an overtime fix that ensures that a victory will not be awarded to a team who is controlling the go-ahead extraction point when the game ends.

Custom Games

  • Fixed an issue that did not allow players to create respawn timers or disable instant respawn in custom games.
  • Fixed an issue on Shatter where players couldn’t start a custom Dominion game.
  • Fixed an issue where the Ordnance game options reset when scrolling up or down in custom games.
  • Fixed an issue where custom game descriptions did not appear in the “Settings” preview screen.
  • Fixed inconsistencies and bugs in the final death cam for custom games.

Spartan Ops

  • Fixed an issue where the “Dedicated to Crimson” Achievement could not be unlocked.
  • Fixed an issue where players in Spartan Ops Episode 6 Mission 1 were able to look around before the vignette.

Miscellaneous

  • Fixed a selection of issues where theater clips were missing map-specific audio, including ambient noise and announcer voice.
  • Fixed File Share preview images for films and map variants.
  • Fixed issues with in-game translations.
  • Fixed title screen camera clipping.
  • Fixed an issue with Forge pieces and the shadows they create.
  • Fixed aliasing split screen HUD issues.
  • Fixed an issue where some saved films of Forge games featured no Forge lighting.
  • Fixed incorrect “change description” text in File Browser.
  • Fixed assorted crashes.

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Are you ready to Rumble! The Halo Bulletin: 2.20.13

Back again with another look at this weeks Halo Waypoint Bulletin. This time we have information in regards to the Majestic Map Pack, Playlists, and the February Title Update (which I’ll post separately here). You can read the Bulletin in its entirety  here but here are the highlights!

343 has planned a week of Majestic festivities:

  • Tuesday 19th
    • Majestic Screenshot Galleries
    • Making Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Trailer
  • Wednesday 20th
    • Halo Bulletin 2.20.13
  • Thursday 21st
    • Majestic Map Pack Achievement Info
    • Welcome to Landfall – Map overview video
  • Friday 22nd
    • Welcome to Monolith – Map overview video
  • Saturday 23rd
    • Welcome to Skyline – Map overview video
  • Sunday 24th
    • Majestic Map Pack Livestream – 343 Members

Matchmaking Playlist Update:

  • February 25th
    • Spartan Ops “Designer’s Choice” missions
      • Episode 3 Mission 4 – Shootout in Valhalla
      • Episode 10 Mission 3 – Seize the Power
      • Episode 10 Mission 5 – One Last Time
      • Episode 4 Mission 3 – Random Transport
      • Episode 5 Mission 4 – The Cauldron Base
    • Majestic Map Pack Release
    • Majestic Team DLC – 4v4
    • Majestic FFA DLC – 8 Players
    • Infinity Rumble – FFA
    • Rumble Pro – like Doubles Pro
    • Doubles Pro Loadouts will update to match Rumble Pro

Read more for the settings for each playlist, map, and game variant!

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Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack Gameplay

Here we have 3 walkthroughs of the maps Landfall, Skyline, and Monolith from the Majestic Map Pack courtesy of IGN. And we also have raw gameplay from a free–lance reporter from IGN who was also invited to try out these maps.

Remember this is about “seeing” the maps, not about the gameplay. These are reporters and not MLG players. So keep that in mind.

Also take note in the new FFA game variant Infinity Rumble shown on Monolith.

Infinity Rumble is a free-for-all variant with a score to win of 250 points, 50 less than  Regicide. It also has the Infinity Multiplayer system incorporated allowing for players to earn personal ordnance.

I can’t wait to play these maps February 25th. Make sure you check out my YouTube channel where I’ll be showing some gameplay from these maps soon!

Landfall

Skyline

Monolith

 

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!