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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 Off to find the rest of the squad.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Scorpion tank can take out enemy dropships with just a couple precise shots.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Pod's damaged, but we're alive.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 The intel officer suddenly diverts us from our landing zone.

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

411mania.com Sep 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Game Shark Sep 22, 2009 B+ 83
Giant Bomb Sep 19, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Sep 19, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.nl Sep 24, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Sep 18, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Sep 21, 2009 B 75
Good Game Sep 21, 2009 7 out of 10 70
The Review Busters 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Arena Sep 30, 2009 5 out of 10 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