DescriptionHalo 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.
- "Halo 3: Recon" -- Working title
Part of the Following Groups
- Character Feature: Actual person's looks and voice
- Gameplay feature: Recordable replays
- Halo series
- Middleware: FaceFX
- Physics Engine: Havok
- Technology: FaceGen
|An unique and welcome take on Halo||WWWWolf (422)|
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|NZGamer||Sep 23, 2009||9 out of 10||90|
|Play.tm||Sep 20, 2009||85 out of 100||85|
|Gameplanet||Sep 22, 2009||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Softpedia||Nov 06, 2009||8 out of 10||80|
|FZ||Sep 20, 2009||4 out of 5||80|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Sep 20, 2009||8 out of 10||80|
|4Players.de||Sep 24, 2009||77 out of 100||77|
|AusGamers||Oct 04, 2009||6.5 out of 10||65|
|The Video Game Critic||Oct 13, 2010||C||50|
|Gaming Nexus||Sep 22, 2009||C-||42|
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1001 Video GamesHalo 3: ODST appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
DevelopmentThe 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.
- 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Game (Editors' Choice)
- 2009 - The "Music to Our Ears" Award for Best Audio Design
- 2009 – Best Trailer of the Year
- 2009 - Xbox 360 Gamers' Choice Award (Readers' Vote)
- 2009 - Best Trailer
- Spike TV
- 2009 - Best Original Score
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Halo 3: ODST (article in the open encyclopedia)
- X360A achievement guide for Halo 3: ODST (X360A's achievement guide for ODST.)
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