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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.


Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Gearing up for the drop.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Scorpion tank can take out enemy dropships with just a couple precise shots.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 <moby developer="Tricia Helfer">Tricia Helfer</moby> as the intelligence officer along for the ride.
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Gearing up to regroup with the squad.

Promo Images

Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Firefight
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Taking down a Banshee
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Big explosions
Halo 3: ODST Screenshot Fighting a Brute Chieftain


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

Worth Playing Sep 22, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95 Sep 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot UK Sep 22, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Sep 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Oct 02, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Gameplanet Sep 22, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
TierraGamer Sep 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Nisute Oct 01, 2009 B 75
Games TM Oct 01, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Nexus Sep 22, 2009 C- 42


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1001 Video Games

Halo 3: ODST appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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.


  • 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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