silver_dewsky's Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) review

Avatar image for silver_dewsky

Orbital Shock and Awe

Halo 3: ODST may have started out as simple expansion and something to tie us over until Halo Reach comes out, but it grew into something more and can easily share the spotlight with the Halo trilogy in terms of quality and presentation. You don't need me to tell that you're not Master Chief, the Spartan we all love and know, but from the start Bungie made tweaks to the gameplay to drill in the fact and by the end of the story, I almost forget about the Green Demon. In ODST, the highly trained Marines known as Hell Jumpers take up the mantle to save humanity and you get to see their perspective on how the events from Halo 2 and Halo 3 went down. The time to drop is now, but are you ready?

 Prepare To Drop!!  What? It's cool tag-line!
 Prepare To Drop!!  What? It's cool tag-line!
You will spend most of your time in ODST's campaign as the Rookie, a new member of an elite ODST squad including 
Buck, Mickey, Romeo, Dutch, and Dare. These Troopers are getting ready to jump into New Mombasa in hopes of finding a way to defeat the covenant when a enemy ship jumps into space causing a effect that disrupts the teams landing and the rookie gets knocked out for 6 hours after the crash. You wake up to find nothing but scattered groups of covenant aliens searching for survivors when finally wake up. You must search the city for your squad and along the way you receive a little help from the superintendent, an AI program that operated the cameras and security around city that points out a few locations to get you started. Instead of finding your ODST mates, you find items that show what happened when you were out cold. Upon interacting with these, you find yourself flashing back and viewing the events from their perspective. 
 All alone. With up to three of your Buddies!
 All alone. With up to three of your Buddies!
The open world exploration of looking for items is cool and interesting, and the flashback missions resemble some if the high action mission that  Bungie do best.  These missions will have you do everything from driving around in Warthogs taking out tanks, to sniping enemies from high above the city and blowin stuff up. The cool thing about these missions is that they can be played in random orders, so your friends may start out doing things a little differnetsl that yourself.
 The city at night as the Rookie.
 The city at night as the Rookie.
The story can take anywhere from 5-10 hours depending on difficulty and the amount of players, and has a little replayabilty with the option to find 30 audio logs that explain the events before the covenant invaded New Mombasa. This is a ton of fun to play with friends, but try playing the campaign alone a few times, and you will see that the moody music and felling of loneliness as the Rookie can be a nice immersive experience.
 Find the clues and flashback for some action battles!
 Find the clues and flashback for some action battles!
Gameplay and controls haven't changed much from Halo 3, but there a few differences that change the way you go into combat situations. ODSTs' have health and reduced speed and jump power, and it will take multiple melee hits to bring down the bigger foes that usual. There are even times when the grunts can be a little dangerous whereas before you would almost run past them as the Chief. 
 This guys used to be deadly as the Chief. Now taking one down requires some major teamwork as an ODST.
 This guys used to be deadly as the Chief. Now taking one down requires some major teamwork as an ODST.
Aside from the great campaign is Firefight mode. Similar to the modes in Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead, Firefight mode expands upon those previous versions greatly. Using the skulls from Halo 3, Bungie has made a mode that gradually becomes more varied in the gameplay. The mode is never ending at players start out with 7 lives shared together and make their stand against the covenant. The mode goes like this: There are Three Rounds with 5 waves each in a Set, and there are an infinite amount of sets with bonus rounds usually after 1 set has been complete. Skulls turn on after sets and depending on the difficulty, players will receive a different multiplier to help rack up more points. Currently there are 10 levels to play on, but the maps included are fun and varied.
 Firefight Mode is a ton of Fun.
 Firefight Mode is a ton of Fun.
The Second Disc included with ODST is Halo 3 multiplayer with all the maps, plus 3 new ones and a few more achievements to gain. This disc can be played with those that have the original Halo 3, so If you like the multiplayer and want to save some space on your hard drive.
Overall this is a great package and something great to hold us until Reach comes out. So hold onto your Disc so you can play the Reach beta and see you online for some Firefight Action!
+ Great new story and characters
+ Music is top notch and some scores I enjoyed more than playing as the Chief
+ Firefight Mode, Halo 3 Multiplayer Disc, and Reach beta round out a nice package
- Wish there was more to do while playing as the Rookie
- Couldnt seem to make clips of saved films to share
-Could have been a bit longer
Play- Campaign by yourself a few times to feel the loneliness of the Rookie. Trust me, it's cool!

Other reviews for Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)

    From Bungie With Love 0

     Right off the bat, let's get one thing straight here. Halo 3: ODST is a Halo game-- more specifically, Halo 3 with some slight tweaks. The core gameplay is all still here, just as strong as it's always been. If you've never been a fan of Halo's style of gameplay however, ODST is not going to change your mind. Some periphery elements have been changed, but at the core there is little different in ODST that will attract new players. That fact might seem elementary, but it's important to remember;...

    50 out of 51 found this review helpful.

    Sometimes low expectations are a really good thing.. 0

    I´ve played through all of the Halo games at least once and I enjoy them as shooters. But I´m not a huge fan of the universe and I don´t think I´ve played the multiplayer even once. I´ve always managed to get caught up in the hype machine for each game but this time I was kind of unaffected by it. I still decided to pick ODST up and boy did I benefit from my low expectations. I went in expecting an ok expansion for Halo 3 but before the campaign was over I ended up feeling like this is my favori...

    21 out of 23 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.