So, I haven’t played Halo2 in ages and originally wasn’t intending to ever play it again, however with the arrival of the new maps I could hardly resist. Especially as these new maps only cost $4 and one of them is a remake of Hang ’em High, a Halo 1 map.
I would have never expected it to be this difficult downloading the maps. It is only possible downloading maps using the ingame content downloader in Halo 2. Yes, that’s right, the extremely bugridden content downloader in Halo 2. That also means that it is only possible downloading the maps if there is a credit card associated with the Xbox Live account which many 360 owners don’t have.
Personally I still think that this was a massive ploy by Microsoft to have 360 user register their credit cards, as I don’t think it’s possible to remove credit cards once they’re on the account.
My Xbox Live account is registered using Andrew’s credit card. He recently changed the card, but allowed me to update the account with the new details. That took about five to ten minutes, as it does take a while entering all that information on the 360 itself.
Desolation, Remake of the Halo 1 map Derelict
Credit card details good to go, booting Halo 2. But there is an update first. Periodically there are updates when attempting to play backwards compatible games on the 360.
Update complete, booting Halo 2 again. Signing into Xbox Live and then there is the title update as promised by Bungie to crackdown on cheaters and such.
Update complete, booting Halo 2 again. I can definitely detect a pattern here! Signing into Xbox Live, going to the content download option. Endless black screen, oh wait, my 360 has crashed on the content downloader. Did I mention how buggy the content downloader is?
Rebooting the console, booting Halo 2 and signing into Xbox Live. Just as a note, this all takes about a minute to do. Going to the content downloader option and this time it doesn’t cash. We’re making some progress here! “Please reconnect the controller to controller port 1.” Wait a minute. I am using a wireless controller, as all Xbox 360 premium consoles ship with wireless controllers as default. Pressing A dismisses the message. Ah, yes, the typical bug with the content downloader. How could I forget?
And there it is, the Blastacular map pack containing Tombstone and Desolation!
Pressing A it takes me to the next screen: “Premium purchases are not enabled for this Xbox Live account.” Erm, what?! I’ve just set up my credit card…. “Press B to go to account management.” Pressing B it is then and it goes directly to the Xbox360 Dashboard. Accessing the account information and memberships section and there is absolutely no option to enable or disable premium purchases. Pressing B again to return to Halo 2.
Booting Halo 2, signing into Xbox Live, going to the content downloader, dismissing the Lost controller message and trying to download the map pack. Same message displayed again. Hmm, maybe the new credit card wasn’t properly associated with the Xbox Live account. Pressing B to return to the Xbox360 Dashboard. Accessing the account information and memberships section and selecting the new credit card again. And back to Halo 2.
Booting Halo 2, signing into Xbox Live, going to the content downloader, dismissing the Lost controller message and trying to download the map pack. Guess what, the same message. Checking on various internet forums and sites only revealed that others where having the same problem and that there was no fix.
Tombstone, remake of the Halo 1 map Hang ‘Em High
That got me thinking. Premium purchases? I do remember disabling that on my Xbox 1 ages ago, as I didn’t want to accidentally download content on my housemates credit card. Finding the Xbox wasn’t a problem, setting it up a bit more so, but that was done in five minutes. Hunting a controller down proved to be more difficult though. For some reason all three Xbox 1 controllers in this house vanished in thin air and it took me a good 20 minutes to find one.
Booting up the Xbox and signing into Xbox Live. Accessing the account management and credit card details section. “Unable to continue due to technical error.” Brilliant.
So there was absolutely nothing I could do.
It turns out that this happened to many people across the world and that they messed something up with a number of accounts. They ‘flicked the switch’ a few hours later and I was able to download it.
As for the maps, well, they’re new maps on a game I used to love. Were they worth the effort? Will I be playing them for long? Probably not….
Images from Bungie.net