This section only covers DLC information. Maps, size, weapons, vehicles, and achievements. What is Downloadable Content (DLC) you ask? You can go to the xbox live marketplace and download extra map packs for a certain price. As of now, both map packs cost 800 Microsoft Points (MSP). This is roughly $10. It is possible to get MSP for a cheaper price at some locations. Download the map pack to your hard drive to use the maps in game.
I, Hector Madrigal am the sole creator of this guide. I run and own HXCFPS.com. You may see that watermark on the map pictures. This is to prevent theft. All weapon and vehicle pick ups are based on the slayer game mode for each map. Weapons and vehicles may differ on other game modes.
Noble Map Pack
The first Map Pack for download is called the Noble Map Pack. It was released November 30, 2010. The Noble Map Pack features three maps for online multiplayer and 7 new achievements worth 250G for 800 Microsoft Points. The size of the map pack is 392.82 MB.
A small UNSC space station.
“Orbital dockyards provide rapid refueling and repairs for a variety of UNSC vessels.”
This map contains a small area outside the space station which has low gravity.
2-8 Players, Online Matchmaking.
The second Map Pack for download is called the Defiant Map Pack. It was released March 15, 2011. The Defiant Map Pack features three maps, one for firefight mode and two for online multiplayer. In addition to the new maps, 7 new achievements worth 250G were added. All of this for 800 Microsoft Points. The size of the map pack is 691.43 MB.
For a more interactive guide, you can view a video of all three maps HERE.
There have been a few bugs with the Defiant Map Pack. Bungie tried to sort them out in an FAQ of their own. They don’t have a permalink yet for the FAQ, so I will bring it to you here. You can go over to bungie.net to view it for now.
Okay, I gave you my hard earned monies in exchange for one brand spankin’ new Defiant Map Pack, but after successfully downloading and installing it, none of the maps show up in the game menu. What gives?
Turns out that there’s currently a technical issue tied to the number of Marketplace Content items you can have active for Halo: Reach at any one given time (this does not include Saved Games, Screenshots, or Saved Films). Right now, you can only have a total of three content items simultaneously active. Items that fit the bill include pre-order bonus or retailer exclusive armor, map packs, or your Bungie Pro confirmation.
Microsoft is working on a long-term solution, but for now, you’ll need to delete one of the three items you have active. Here’s how you do it:
In your Xbox 360 Dashboard, sign into your profile, and navigate to the System Settings tile in the My Xbox list. From the settings pane:
Select Hard Drive as the storage device.
Select Halo: Reach.
Select the Bungie Pro Confirmation Marketplace Content item.
Deleting the Bungie Pro confirmation item will not impact your Bungie Pro Membership in any way.
I can play the two multiplayer maps, but the Firefight map “Unearthed” gives me the error “Players failed to load content” when I select it in the lobby. This makes me sad. Bungie, you can make me happy again, right?
Yes! Well, maybe. You might have installed the Defiant Map Pack to a memory unit on a console that also has a hard drive. That won’t work. You need to install the Defiant Map Pack to the hard drive only.
Hey! I can’t render Defiant Map Pack videos on Bungie.net yet. You hate me, don’t you?
Hate is such a strong word. Bungie Pro Video Rendering requires us to write custom code to our internal systems. Like you, we’ve only just received the latest version of the Defiant Map Pack. Our programmers are coding like the wind to ensure video rendering is up and running as quickly as possible. If you do submit a file for rendering, or already have, don’t worry, we’ll queue it up and spit it out in 24-48 hours.
Non-Defiant Map Pack video rendering is unaffected.
That’s it for now. We’ll keep in touch with Microsoft and keep a watchful eye on the community in the days ahead to make sure we keep tabs on any key issues you might experience.
“The final moments aboard Orbital Gamma Station, a human communications space station.”
This map contains various small rooms, one called the Center Core which has low gravity.
8-12 Players, Online Matchmaking.
Totally Worth It (50G)
Noble 1: Earn a Double Kill from the Grave in multiplayer Matchmaking.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack. Throw a grenade or something that will kill two enemies within 4 seconds while you are waiting to respawn.)
Both Barrels (50G)
Noble 1: Earn a Double Kill with the shotgun in multiplayer Matchmaking.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack. Kill two enemies within 4 seconds using the shotgun.)
Noble 1: Kill a player at long range with the DMR in a matchmade slayer game.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack. Self Explanatory.)
You Ate All the Chips (42G)
Noble 1: Collect all of the flags in a matchmade Stockpile game.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack in a Stockpile game.)
You Blew It Up! (13G)
Noble 1: Blow up the research facility in a matchmade Invasion game on Breakpoint.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack in an Invasion game.)
Poppin’ & Lockin’ (25G)
Noble 1: Destroy a vehicle using Armor Lock in a matchmade game.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack. Wait for a vehicle to come at you, then use your armor lock ability. You must choose the ability before the match starts.)
Offensive Driver (20G)
Noble 1: Earn a kill in a matchmade Rocket Race game.
(Must be done on the Noble Map Pack in a Rocket Race game.)
Defiant Map Pack
Return to Sender (30G)
Defiant: Successfully return two flags in a matchmade CTF game.
You must play in an online multiplayer match – non custom – for this achievement. Play capture the flag. Capture two of the enemy’s flags and return them to your base to earn this achievement.
Crackin’ Skulls (45G)
Defiant: Kill 3 players with the Oddball in a matchmade Oddball game.
You must play in an online multiplayer match – non custom – for this achievement. Play oddball or some similar game. Grab the oddball/skull and melee three people with it. They should be killed instantly.
Candy from a Baby (75G)
Defiant: Capture two flags from an enemy capture zone in a matchmade Stockpile game.
You must play in an online multiplayer match – non custom – for this achievement. Play stockplile. Capture two flags to earn this achievement.