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Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Review: Getcha Motor Runnin’

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What better way to mark the last Halo 4 map pack than to go big? The Castle Map Pack does just that by providing big maps filled with a big selection of those oh so sweet vehicles that are not only deadly fun to use, but even more fun to blow the heck up. Whereas the previous DLC, Majestic Map Pack, featured small maps for intense close quarters fighting, Castle marks the return of large maps and epic vehicle battles. If you like your fights big and your vehicles plenty, then this map pack is for you. (more…)

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Halo 4: Castle Map Pack now available; Halo 4 DLC discounts coming April 12

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Microsoft has announced that Halo 4‘s “Castle Map Pack” is now available to download from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Like the previous two DLC map packs, it’s been priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10). The pack adds three new maps to the game’s multiplayer mode:

  • “Daybreak” is set in a military facility against the backdrop of an idyllic mountain range.
  • “Outcast” plunges you into the warrens, canyons and arches of an alien edifice.
  • “Perdition” takes players into the heart of an urban sprawl, with tactical speed and situational awareness its key features.

And if you haven’t completed your Halo 4 DLC collection yet, Microsoft has got a deal for you this Friday, April 12. For one day only, the War Games Map Pass and the first two individual map packs will be on sale:

  • War Games Map Pass: 1600 Microsoft Points ($20) / Regular Price: 2000 Microsoft Points ($25)
  • Crimson Map Pack: 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50) / Regular Price: 800 Microsoft Points ($10)
  • Majestic Map Pack: 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50) / Regular Price: 800 Microsoft Points ($10)
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Halo 4: Castle Map Pack to be available on April 8

Microsoft has announced that the Certain Affinity-developed Castle Map Pack for Halo 4 will be available on April 8. Like the previous two packs, the Castle Map Pack has been priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10). In addition to three new maps, the Castle Map Pack will include nine new Achievements totaling 250 Gamerscore.

The maps of the Castle Map Pack (“Daybreak,” “Outcast,” and “Perdition”) will be medium-to-large sized and “emphasize vehicular warfare and large battles over open spaces.” According to Microsoft, “team strategy is key to successfully conquering the battlefield” in these three maps.

You can check out the trailer above for a sneak peek at the Castle Map Pack or you can find more details about all three maps after the jump. Or you can head down to this year’s PAX East convention (March 22-24) and give the Castle Map Pack a try at the Microsoft booth. (more…)

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Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack Review: Close-Quarters Fun

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The Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack marks the second batch of downloadable multiplayer maps, and it is clear that 343 Industries went with the “less is more” approach – believing less space leads to more intense, frenetic action. And wow, did it work like a charm. (more…)

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Halo 4: Castle Map Pack will be playable at PAX East

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With 17 days to go before the opening of this year’s PAX East show, the panel schedule has finally been released. This year, in addition to the usual appearances by the team at Rooster Teeth, a smattering of nerdcore artists, and the Dungeons & Dragons developers, the head honchos of 343 Industries will be on hand to talk about the future of Halo 4. Oh, and they’re bringing a playable version of the final map pack, the Castle Map Pack, with them:

Halo 4 Multiplayer: Past, Present, and Future
Friday, March 22 5 PM – 6 PM
Main Theater

Halo 4 delivered a unique set of multiplayer experiences, immersing players in an episodic campaign with Spartan Ops, while delivering more breadth and depth in the expanded War Games sandbox. You’ve played the Majestic Map Pack and may even have had a chance to play Castle Map Pack on the floor here at PAX. Come prepared to hear 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor, Kevin Franklin, Dan Ayoub and David Ellis, as well as Certain Affinity’s Tom Potter discuss where we’ve been, where we are, and what is on the horizon for Halo 4 Multiplayer.

The Castle Map Pack is expected to be released sometime in April, so a March preview (PAX East runs from Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24) is a nice surprise. And you never know what other surprises the guys from 343, and map pack developer Certain Affinity, will have for the crowd.

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Halo 4: Spartan Ops Episode 10 Review: Ending With a Bang

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Well, it’s finally here: the end of Season One of the ambitious Halo 4 Spartan Ops episodic co-operative multiplayer mode. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the 10 episodes, but fortunately, it ends with a bang – literally. (more…)

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Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack will be available on February 25

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The final episode of the Spartan Ops co-op campaign may have been released yesterday, but Microsoft and 343 Industries have even more Halo 4 content on the way.

The game’s second map pack, the Majestic Map Pack, will be released next Monday, February 25. Developed by Certain Affinity, the Majestic Map Pack will include three maps designed for “tight, competitive combat in small-team and free-for-all modes.” The pack will also add two new Playlists and a new Game Type to the Halo 4 multiplayer experience.

The Majestic Map Pack has been priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), but players who purchased the War Games Map Pass or Halo 4 Limited Edition will receive a 15 percent discount on the pack.

Hit the jump for a full debrief on all three new maps, the new “Infinity Rumble” Game Type, and the new Playlists. (more…)

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Journey, The Walking Dead lead 2013 BAFTA nominations

baftagameJourney and The Walking Dead continue to rack up nominations in the remaining “Best Games of 2012″ competitions.

This time, the two titles have dominated their peers during the nominations phase of the 2013 BAFTA Awards. “The British Oscars” have been handing out their Games Awards since 2003 and thegamecompany’s Journey leads the pack this year with nine nominations. Telltale’s The Walking Dead wasn’t far behind with seven nominations.

Both games are up for the coveted “Best Game” award, along with Dishonored, Far Cry 3, FIFA Soccer 13, and Mass Effect 3.

They might not have earned a spot in the “Best Game” category, but many of 2012′s other big hitters scored multiple nominations at the BAFTAs. Borderlands 2 received four nominations while Assassin’s Creed III and Call of Duty: Black Ops II both received three.

The 2013 BAFTAs will be handed out on March 5. You can find the complete list of nominees after the break. (more…)

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