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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 Don't have to be the Chief or a Covenant to use their weapons.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 ODST has a map that points your next direction.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 We're going down...
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 ODST's "VISR" mode. Combo nightvision and enemy highlighter.

Promo Images

Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Firefight
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Discussing mission details
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot The Rookie watching the burning ONI Alpha Site

Alternate Titles

  • "Halo 3: Recon" -- Working title

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User Reviews

An unique and welcome take on Halo WWWWolf (421) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Why would we need this?! Pixelspeech (949) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

ActionTrip Sep 20, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Fragland.net Oct 10, 2009 86 out of 100 86
gamrReview Oct 11, 2009 8.4 out of 10 84
GameDaily Sep 18, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Blend Games Sep 21, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Console Monster Sep 24, 2009 80 out of 100 80
Softpedia Nov 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Nisute Oct 01, 2009 B 75
Lens of Truth Sep 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
The Review Busters 2010 6.5 out of 10 65

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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
  • 4Players
    • 2009 – Best Trailer of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2009 - Xbox 360 Gamers' Choice Award (Readers' Vote)
  • Machinima
    • 2009 - Best Trailer
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Original Score
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WWWWolf (421) added Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) on Sep 25, 2009