Halo 2

Platform(s): PC, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie
Release Date: May 31, 2007 (US), June 8, 2007 (EU)

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'Halo 2' (Xbox/X360) Blastacular Map Pack Now Available

by Rainier on April 17, 2007 @ 5:41 a.m. PDT

Halo 2 is a sci-fi FPS game that continues the story of the Master Chief, a genetically enhanced super soldier who is the only man who has successfully defied the Covenant, a coalition of alien races on a murderous march toward Earth.

Fans of the original Halo have long requested the addition of some of their favorite maps to the critically acclaimed multiplayer experience of Halo 2.

The two maps bring new life to ancient battlefields and legendary skirmishes, as both are new, improved and redesigned remakes of fan favorites from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. For the price of $4 for the pair, these maps bring a fresh burst of action to the seminal Halo 2 online multiplayer experience. Both of the maps will be available through the Halo 2 in-game content downloader for both Xbox and Xbox 360.

Since this is original Xbox content, it’s worth pointing out the following:

  • You can not purchase these maps with MS points because all original Xbox games have no idea what points are. Therefore, you must have a valid credit card associated with your account in order to purchase the map pack. Please read this article which will show you how to make the changes to your account to add a credit card. All set there, but getting an error when downloading? this may help.
  • Don't have a credit card? Head down to your local Visa gift card retailer (like a supermarket) and charge one up with just enough to cover the purchase.
  • The maps are original Xbox content..so when you purchase them, they are tied the console they are purchased on. You can not go to another box and re-download them for free.

The Halo 2 playlists will be updated shortly to include the new mapage.

Tombstone (Hang ’Em High)

The king of Halo maps has returned at last. Hang ’Em High, arguably the most popular multiplayer map for the original title, has been reimagined for Halo 2 as Tombstone, with all-new graphics, features and a few hidden surprises. Now fans will enjoy the dangerous catwalks and trenches that made this the most requested Halo multiplayer map ever, with a modernized Halo 2 flavor.


The second map, Desolation, is a symmetrical, Deathmatch-oriented map and a beautiful remake of the original Derelict. With new graphics and effects and a massive gameplay overhaul, the old favorite is now faster-paced and more balanced than ever — perfect for intense Halo 2 combat.

Halo 2 is the sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed “Halo: Combat Evolved” and represents the second chapter in the epic Halo trilogy. Since its launch in fall 2004, Halo 2 has maintained its place as the most popular Xbox LIVE title ever. To date, gamers have logged more than 800 million hours of Halo multiplayer action on Xbox LIVE, and they are eagerly awaiting “Halo 3,” slated for release this fall. The Halo franchise is among the biggest worldwide entertainment properties in history and continues to change the way people think about interactive entertainment.

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