Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. Bungie really has outdone itself, and better than that, it's positively ushered in a glorious new era for the greatest multiplayer shooter on the planet. [Xbox World UK]
  2. Overall I liked the expansion maps much more than the original set that came with Halo 2.
  3. This expansion excels where it needs to. I enjoyed exploring these cleverly designed arenas, and continue to relish shooting up my enemies -- and friends -- every night online. Any fan of "Halo 2" will love these new battle-happy locales.
  4. Bungie has done their homework and listened to gamer feedback as they have come up with a collection of what have turned out to be the best maps Halo fans have ever seen.
  5. 96
    A must-buy. Simple as that. Each of these 9 maps are astounding to say the least.
  6. The nine new maps are fantastic and certainly will enhance the multiplayer aspect of Halo 2, online or off.
    After all, any self-respecting Halo 2 Live player who actually misses out on these nine new maps is probably beyond help anyway.
  8. The Final Score is indicative of content quality and not the package itself.
  9. Is it possible for an expansion disc to qualify as contender for Game of the Year?
  10. Nothing short of stellar. These guys did a bang up job on the new multiplayer levels and are well deserving of your hard earned money.
  11. Solidifies its place as one of the best multiplayer experiences available.
  12. Game Informer
    Halo 2 is the undisputed king of console multiplayer, and this expansion pack only strengthens its stance. [Sept 2005, p.108]
  13. If you had any doubts that Halo 2 is the ultimate Xbox Live title, this map pack will make you a true believer.
  14. So, as the saying goes, one of the best just got better.
  15. 91
    It does everything you want to expand the life out of Halo 2, and it is not asking a lot either for just $20.
  16. Enough features and values to extend your gaming experience.
  17. 90
    It may not be possible to appease every gamer but with the release of Multiplayer Map Pack Bungie is sure making a valiant effort.
  18. After a day of intense gaming with the Coagulation Cabal, it is clear the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack is a welcome addition for the Halo 2 player and will help keep the multiplayer experience fresh for some time to come.
  19. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's the surprisingly effective tweaks to the melee and grenade damage, however, that remove any shred of doubt as to the value of this expansion. [June 2005, p.34]
  20. If you and a group of mates do enjoy blowing the sh.t out of each other, however, you'd be as misguided as 343 Guilty Spark to miss out on this. Fifteen quid to add another year's enjoyment to an already fabulous title, or eight quid for five spanking new ones over Live? Yes please to both! [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  21. With one simple gesture, Bungie has offered to even the playing field between online and off line players, allowing patches and content that they could have offered to online customers as individual downloads, in one well presented package for a reasonable price.
  22. The Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack is brimming with excellent ideas and terrific multiplayer action awaits.
  23. 90
    In the end, it's a simple situation. If you only care about the single-player portion of Halo 2, don't waste your cash. But if you're a Halo 2 multiplayer nut, you have no choice: you simply must invest in the Multiplayer Map Pack.
  24. 90
    Best of all, Bungie just announced that all of the new maps will be introduced to their Matchmaking playlists sometime next week. You don't want to be the only kid who can't play, do you?
  25. Of the videos, the one I found the most useful was the "making of" commentary, where the developers discussed a bit about the maps while showing a presentation of them.
  26. A must have for fans of multiplayer Halo 2 who do not subscribe to Xbox Live.
  27. The perfect add-on for multiplayer Halo 2 fans. The nine maps and the critical update provide a refreshing experience and complement the game's online aspect perfectly.
  28. The nine new maps themselves are outstanding, making one of the best-ever multiplayer shooters even better.
  29. Not only does the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack contain exclusive maps but it also updates your copy of Halo 2 fixing obscure problems and adding extra functionality for both online and offline multiplayer maps.
  30. Proves Bungie's dedication to making Halo 2 an ongoing success. You can really see the love and attention to detail that went into the creation of each and every level.
  31. If you're considering the purchase but hesitating to find out whether or not it'll live up to your expectations, we'll go out on a limb and say that it will.
  32. Plenty of fun, but you're better off waiting for them to become freebies.
  33. AceGamez
    Features some of the best multiplayer maps available in any game.
  34. 80
    For the money, it's hard to fault this disc. With 9 top quality maps, there's enough here to quench the thirst of all Halo fans.
  35. Larger levels featuring multiple vehicles are also hugely entertaining, but the best map is a sniper's haven with tight urban streets.
  36. The maps are completely awesome and it's great that they are being released to those of you who don't have the option of taking the game online to download them. Otherwise, it's worth just waiting until next month when you can get them for free.
  37. Halo 2 multiplayer was already a one of a kind experience. But now with a total of 21 maps to play, it's that much farther ahead of the curve than anything else.

Awards & Rankings

#34 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#18 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
  1. Jun 30, 2021
    Great extra maps the only reason it gets an 8 is because they should have been included in the game at release. This game had a hellishGreat extra maps the only reason it gets an 8 is because they should have been included in the game at release. This game had a hellish development (look into it if interested) so Bungie had to cut a lot of material and use it in 3 or make a map pack like this. You have to also remember when this came out Xbox Live was very young (like 2 years old) and it was not as popular as it is today. Partly because internet was still very slow for most people. Full Review »
  2. JoeM.
    Sep 27, 2007
    A healthy array of maps. but theres a few stinkers in there. Mainly 'Backwash' and 'Elongation'. However, Relic is an A healthy array of maps. but theres a few stinkers in there. Mainly 'Backwash' and 'Elongation'. However, Relic is an enjoyable map, as is Terminal. I also thought that they were a tad over priced. Still... I wasnt amazed, just rather satisfied and no more. Full Review »
  3. JackB.
    Aug 24, 2007
    Awsome expansion pack, although I would have liked something to do with the campaign, the maps are awsome and the two cutscenses are great, Awsome expansion pack, although I would have liked something to do with the campaign, the maps are awsome and the two cutscenses are great, overall, sweet. Full Review »