Halo 3: ODST Preview

Bungie released a new trailer for their latest Halo game during Microsoft’s E3 2009 Press Conference. In Halo 3 ODST, players do not play as the Master Chief, but instead as one of the ODSTs(Orbital Drop Shock Troopers), an elite group of soldiers that enter combat from orbital drop pods. ODSTs were present in Halo 2 and Halo 3 as non playable characters, but this is the first time they will be the protagonist of a Halo game.

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Halo 3 ODST takes place between the  Halo 2 and Halo 3, several weeks before the events of Halo 3. The protagonist drops into New Mombasa, a human city on Earth previously visited in several Halo 2 missions. New Mombasa is an open world setting, in which the player can use a variety of routes to reach his objectives.

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Halo 3 ODST is the first non-linear Halo game. The freedom that the player gets from the open ended setting makes stealth a significant gameplay feature. A player may be better off using an alternate route to avoid many enemies, rather than simply being funnelled down a narrow corridor as they were in previous Halo games.

The most major differences between Halo 3 and Halo 3 ODST are a result of the ODST soldier being the playable character rather than the Master Chief. ODSTs do not have regenerating shields, cannot use equipment such as bubble shields, and cannot dual wield weapons. However, they do have a low light visor that illuminates enemies in dark conditions, as well as silenced pistols and SMGs. Both the SMG and pistol have a zoom in scope in Halo 3 ODST, allowing for precision firing, unlike their predecessors in Halo 2 and Halo 3. Bungie explained that the pistol in Halo 3 ODST is most similar to the very popular handgun of Halo: Combat Evolved, as it is equipped with a scope and has considerable stopping power at any range.

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Halo 3 ODST shares most of Halo 3’s  feature set, including 4 player campaign co-op and the theatre functionality, allowing players to record, playback, and share interactive videos of their multiplayer and singleplayer games. Halo 3 ODST also includes a second disc that contains the entire Halo 3 multiplayer experience, complete with every Halo 3 multiplayer map as well as three brand new maps.

Halo 3 ODST also adds an entirely new mode, called “Firefight.” Firefight mode is similar to Horde mode from Gears of War 2, in that up to four players face successive waves of enemies. Firefight mode does not end until all of the players have been killed by the enemy waves, making it a teamwork based challenge for players to survive as long as they can.

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Halo 3 ODST is scheduled to release September 30, 2009 exclusively for the Xbox 360.


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  1. Yeah, I might pick it up so I can play Halo 3 multiplayer with a bunch of friends I know that still play it.

    It’s nice how you can play Halo 3 multi with all of the maps with the Halo 3 ODST second disc. I don’t know about it being worth the full price, though, as they say the campaign is quite short. All depends on how good the co-op is, I guess.

  2. I think the firefight is going to be a fun feature for teams to brush up on game play together. In all I think its going to be another mind and eye addicting 4AM game 🙂

  3. i dunno, does it seem kind of like bungie is just pumping out a bunch of games all of a sudden? knowing they can make a quick buck

  4. It will have been two years since Halo 3 came out, 2 years is a pretty standard development time these days. (that’s how long Assassin’s Creed II, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2 took to make, so its common in big games now.)

    I have to agree that it kind of looks like a Halo 3 mod….they even re used the exact same enemy models. Bungie used to say they thought of it as like an expansion pack, and that it shouldn’t cost as much as a full game, but now they’re trying to charge 60 bucks for it…I don’t know about that man.

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