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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 New setting, new way to tell a story, same classic Halo action.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 And the scoped pistol.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 The story jumps between characters, with each switch getting a title card intro.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Trying out the new silenced SMG.

Promo Images

Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Walking New Mombasa's streets during the night
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Using the warthog
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot

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

1UP Sep 19, 2009 A- 91
The Controller Online Sep 22, 2009 9 out of 10 90
411mania.com Sep 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Nov 09, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
gamrReview Oct 11, 2009 8.4 out of 10 84
FZ Sep 20, 2009 4 out of 5 80
Softpedia Nov 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 20, 2009 16 out of 20 80
AusGamers Oct 04, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
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 (452) added Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) on Sep 25, 2009
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