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Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)

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Description

Halo 3: ODST happens mostly at the same time of the events of Halo 2 and the very beginning of Halo 3. It details the Covenant's invasion to Earth in year 2552 from the point of view of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. The player takes the role of various members of the ODST squad in the war-torn city of New Mombasa - most prominently The Rookie, who can be considered the protagonist of the game.

A departure from previous games in the Halo series, Halo 3: ODST is more open-ended and features more exploration. The new VISR visor system can provide light amplification and is used to identify friends and foes. The visor also provides map, navigation data, and link-up with the AIs that run the city. The players are also no cybernetic super-soldiers this time; player stamina and health are bigger factors than before, and both the speed and jump height are scaled back.

The game features a Firefight mode, a four-player cooperative game mode that is centered around the campaign. Rather than the hardcore sci-fi of previous editions, ODST has influences of film noir and jazz-like elements to complement the soundtrack.

Halo 3: ODST also includes Halo 3: Mythic, which is essentially a stripped-down, multiplayer-only version of Halo 3, and includes all Halo 3 downloadable maps, including Heroic, Legendary, and Mythic map packs and three previously unreleased maps.

Screenshots

Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Takes a lot more firepower to take down enemy dropships.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Bad timing...
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 The first "clue" to what happened to your squad.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Pod's damaged, but we're alive.

Alternate Titles

  • "Halo 3: Recon" -- Working title

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User Reviews

An unique and welcome take on Halo WWWWolf (422) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Why would we need this?! Pixelspeech (954) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

The Press Says

1UP Sep 19, 2009 A- 91
ActionTrip Sep 20, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Blend Games Sep 21, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Console Monster Sep 24, 2009 80 out of 100 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GamersGlobal Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Giant Bomb Sep 19, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Wonderwallweb.com Sep 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
GamersHell.com Sep 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Oct 13, 2010 C 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Halo 3: ODST appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

The game was initially announced and marketed as Halo 3: Recon, a standalone expansion pack to Halo 3, before being upgraded to a full-price release as Halo 3: ODST.

Awards

  • 1UP
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - The "Music to Our Ears" Award for Best Audio Design
  • GameSpy
    • 2009 - Xbox 360 Gamers' Choice Award (Readers' Vote)
  • Machinima
    • 2009 - Best Trailer
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Original Score
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WWWWolf (422) added Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) on Sep 25, 2009