Flaming Mark V Helmet Offered as ‘Halo: Reach’ Noble Map Pack Pre-order Bonus

Published 4 years ago by , Updated November 15th, 2010 at 3:29 pm,

Halo Reach Noble Map Pack Trailer

With the recent blockbuster release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach has a real competitor to deal with. Not only was Black Ops GameStop’s biggest midnight launch ever, but it is getting favorable reviews and breaking sales records. Thankfully, Bungie knows what it takes to keep fans hooked and is releasing the Noble Map Pack. Additionally, GameStop is stepping in and offering a special flaming Mark V Spartan helmet for Xbox Live Avatars to its customers that pre-order the map pack.

The gaming industry is changing rapidly and GameStop is struggling to stay relevant as things move more towards digital distribution. GameStop is trying new ventures in PC digital distribution, online gaming, and of course pre-order bonuses.

In order to attract gamers, they have resorted to offering various pre-order bonuses and deals for every major release. Before Halo: Reach’s release, they offered a deal where fans could pre-order the game and receive in-game armor. Not to mention their host of other deals, such as giving people early access to FIFA 11’s Creation Center and more recently their exclusive limited edition of Conduit 2.

Pre-ordering games isn’t unusual, but pre-ordering a map pack that is available online doesn’t make sense. Having to go into the store to pre-order the map pack and then come back a second time to pick up a download code isn’t very appealing. For everyone but hardcore Halo: Reach fans that can’t live without the Xbox Live Avatar Helmet, this offer seems ridiculous.

Bungie is doing a great job so far with keeping the Halo: Reach experience fresh. They have updated the matchmaking playlists to keep things running smoothly and players happy. Also, they recently, raised the level cap for those who have been playing Reach non-stop and obtained the rank of Inheritor. To find out more about Halo: Reach’s ranking system, check out our Complete List of Ranks for Halo:Reach.

What do you think about the Noble Map Pack and will you be pre-ordering it from GameStop? Has GameStop gone too far with this offer? Are you still playing Halo: Reach or have you made the switch to Black Ops?

Bungie is releasing the Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack,  exclusively for the Xbox 360 on November 30, 2010 for 800 Microsoft Points.

Source: joystiq

TAGS: Bungie, Halo Reach, Microsoft, Microsoft Game Studios

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  1. I guess this will appeal to those without a credit card. Might as well have some perk for going to the store, even if it’s valueless.

  2. now i just need some way to get my samurai armor from Halo 3 into Reach…

  3. This is bs,cause everyone will now have a flaming helmet, and it was meant to be only for legendary owners, cause then what’s the exclusiveness to owning and paying so much when some one that bought the basic game has the same main exclusive thing as u, a flaming helmet!

    • ^
      It’s an avatar item, not in game item, so your legendary flame remains exclusive

      • @Law: Yes cause everyone knows that you want to be a big flaming target on the battlefield. Yep, thats true camo right there.

        • Sounds like someones jealous. First of all, it’s an armor effect, so you can turn it off and on as you please. Second of all, The fire is kinda small so, you’ll see the player from far away and won’t notice the flames until he gets closer you. Jealous Noob.

  4. I play Reach nearly everyday and own every legendary version of every HALO game and the special reach console but I will not buy this. The fact that I have owned the game for two months and spent over 700$ on it in the first place was ridiculous but hitting me up again this early!? -BLAM this sucks.

  5. Oops didn’t read it properly, ok then that’s cool then

  6. “To find out more out Halo: Reach’s ranking system…” Step up your typing skills, JC! ;)

  7. If you preorder this at gamestop, the people with the new PowerUp Rewards card can get this. When the map comes out, the map pack code and your flaming avatar helmet code are sent to your e-mail.

  8. Wait, you don’t have to go back to pick up the card with the code on it?
    That is a lot faster and more efficient. I think I’ll pre-order it.

  9. The codes dont go to ur email well the map pack code dosent that goes to the power up rewards account… witch took forever to get… just got it and the maps were released at 6am this morning… still dont have my helmet… gotta call again to make them correct there problems

  10. “I play Reach nearly everyday and own every legendary version of every HALO game and the special reach console but I will not buy this. The fact that I have owned the game for two months and spent over 700$ on it in the first place was ridiculous but hitting me up again this early!? -BLAM this sucks.”

    ^^^^ My comment from a month ago. Yeah, I ended up buying it.

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