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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 Just as the Prophet of Regret's ship jumps into slipspace.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 When you drive a Warthog, your comrades will fire the mounted turret.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 The pod moves into position.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 The intel officer suddenly diverts us from our landing zone.

Promo Images

Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Capture the Flag
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Taking a nap before the job
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Firefight

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Halo 3: Recon" -- Working title

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User Reviews

An unique and welcome take on Halo WWWWolf (452) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Why would we need this?! Asinine (1006) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
Gorgeous spectacle undermined by its short story. John H. (59) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Sep 19, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Sep 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot UK Sep 22, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net Oct 10, 2009 86 out of 100 86
gamrReview Oct 11, 2009 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamereactor (Sweden) Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Sep 21, 2009 B 75
VideogameUK Oct 16, 2009 7 out of 10 70
AusGamers Oct 04, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
Gaming Nexus Sep 22, 2009 C- 42

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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 (452) added Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) on Sep 25, 2009