What a year for gaming! 2012 is going to go down as one of most interesting years in gaming. We had a lot of games that lived up to their hype, a couple of dark horses that came out of no-where to become media darlings and many that fell flat on their face. Then we have Mass Effect 3; which brought out ravenous love and hate at the same time. Honestly, I’ve never seen a high profile game receive such controversy.
[EDIT] I’m hearing conflicting reports that access to the Crimson Map Pack may be for a limited time, with MS shutting some out Crimson Map Pack access come the 18th of this month. Along with hearing that those that have already downloaded the pack within MS’s limited time will keep the pack. How Microsoft plans to revoke map access and take away achievements for said map pack will be interesting if nothing else. We’ll cover and update this story as it develops.
First the good news. If you picked up the Halo 4 standard edition and downloaded the specialization code that MS was sending out to early buyers, it also unlocked the new Crimson Map Pack (download it from within Halo 4). It was an accident on Microsoft’s part but now to cover their ass, as any PR is good PR, they’re now saying it’s part of their "14 Day, Buy and Play" program (which ran from Nov. 6 – Nov. 20).
Now the bad. If you purchased the Limited Edition (which included the War Games Season Pass) or just outright purchased the Season Pass from LIVE; you just got screwed out of some money. You just paid 25$ for 20$ worth of maps. As someone who picked up the LE, I find this to be complete and utter horse sh*t. Here’s to hoping that Microsoft rectifies this with something else for Season Pass and LE owners; or this will be the last time I’ll purchase a Season Pass or LE that includes one.
Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360
The rules: Take a legendary franchise and give it new life with a new studio and a more mature direction. Dip in eye blistering visuals and give Halo’s MP sandbox a speedier make-over with some mixed results.