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Free MechAssault 2 maps for download

Well, there are two.

Microsoft and Day 1 Studios have released 3977 blocks of downloadable bonus maps for MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf - their recently released futuristic third-person shooter featuring giant robotic transmogrified unlicensed money lenders. Probably. The downloadable content's free (we checked) but don't get too excited - apparently the two maps are merely the extras featured in the limited edition version of the game.

Still, it's hard to resist the lure of swings in a new playground, so you'll probably want to know that both maps - Mountain High and Troubled Waters - are playable variously via System Link, split-screen and Live.

More specifically, Mountain High supports Team Destruction, Check It, Snatch It, Base War and Grinder, while Troubled Waters is a multiplayer Destruction map that can also be played by one or two players in the offline Grinder mode.

There's more info on both maps, including layouts, on the game's official website.