Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Review
Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Dev: Certain Affinity
Pub: Microsoft
Release: April 8, 2013
Players: 1-6
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Violence

Just like Perdition, Outcast suffers from a color problem. Don’t worry, it isn’t gray, and if you’re a fan of 90s shooters, you’ll be right at home with the brown desert. But where it didn’t harm Perdition, it hurts Outcast. The map isn’t too big, as I’ve already mentioned, but it’s big enough to where you’ll spend time seeing nothing but brown dust.

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack Screenshot

This brings us to our final map. Can it break the mold of the single-color palette? Can it deliver an exceptional experience? Will it leave a lasting impression? Yes, yes, and yes. “Daybreak” is an absolutely exceptional map, combining the traditional Halo formula of “two bases in an asymmetrical map” with a more intimate feeling than something like Blood Gulch or Valhalla. Some have compared it to Standoff, but I don’t necessarily see it. Sure, they’re similar in size, but Standoff was filled with wide open spaces; Daybreak reminds me more of Longbow.

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Halo 4’s Castle Map Pack is a fitting end to the map DLC for Halo 4. It grabbed my attention at PAX East, it’s rekindled my Halo addiction, and it’s definitely worth your time and money. It’s only 800 Microsoft Points if you don’t have the Season Pass, so that’s not really an excuse to miss out on it. Thank you, Certain Affinity, for bringing me back to Halo 4.

By
Jake Valentine
Contributing Writer
Date: April 10, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Two of the maps are incredibly heavy on one color.
5.0
Control
It’s Halo 4. I dare you to show me a console FPS that controls better.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Each map sounds exactly like it should.
5.0
Play Value
It’s time to get reacquainted with Halo 4. A fitting way to end the game’s DLC.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The third and final installment of maps in the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass, Castle Map Pack brings players three medium-to-large, stunning maps that emphasize vehicular warfare and larger battles over open spaces, where strategizing is key to successfully manipulating each map to your team's advantage.
  • Daybreak places you amidst military facilities, against the backdrop of an idyllic mountain range.
  • Outcast plunges you into the natural tunnels and arches of a secluded rebel outpost.
  • Perdition takes players into the heart of an urban crisis, with tactical speed and situational awareness its key features.


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