Halo 3 ODST Price Hike: Opinion

Gamer Syndrome editors Karoken and myself decided to give our opinions on Microsoft’s controversial decision to make Halo 3 ODST a full priced $60 USD title. We’ll let you know what we think of Microsoft’s flip flop on this games’s pricing. Be sure to let us know what you think in our comments section below!


Well, to be perfectly honest I think the price is a bit ridiculous. I mean, we all pay that price occasionally. But thats for a full title. It doesn’t seem to make much sense to be able to buy a full game like Resident Evil 5 or Gears of War 2 for the same price as a bunch of Halo 3 maps and a few extra features. The only viable reason anyone would buy this would be for the ticket into the beta for Halo Reach, which was pretty much why anyone bought Crackdown back in the day.

There seems to be a trend towards the quick cashgrab these days, look at Starcraft II released in three different games, “too much content for one game” my ass. Then theres World of Wacraft, where they just release expansions without much development and very little testing, anyone who plays WoW will know what I mean. I know the video game industry is well.. an industry, but its still about the gamer when it comes down to it, and its been a while since ive played a game that didnt seem to be grabbing for my wallet while I vanquished aliens or killed nazis. Theres not much for the little guy to do at this point but hope, hope and pray.

Oh, and yeah ODST is really overpriced!

Legendary super soldier and Mountain Dew salesman, Master Chief.
Legendary super soldier and Mountain Dew salesman, Master Chief.
Chief's long lost cousin?
Chief's long lost cousin?


My opinion of Halo 3 ODST’s new price tag can be described pretty easily by an analogy with another very popular shooter series. We all know about Modern Warfare 2. It’s the sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Now imagine that Modern Warfare 2 came with the exact same multiplayer component that Call of Duty 4 did, and still had a price of 60 bucks.

Replace “Modern Warfare 2” with “Halo 3 ODST” and you have reality. Halo 3 ODST is a full priced sequel without a full game in it. Sure, the singleplayer and 4 player co-operative mode are probably going to be a blast for Halo fans. But Halo fans have been playing Halo 3 multiplayer for two full years by the time Halo 3 ODST comes out this fall. If they’re anything like Call of Duty 4 fans, they’ll be eager for a new multiplayer component…but they won’t get one.

Microsoft might have overestimated the name value of “Halo” alone. I played and enjoyed Halo years ago, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a sucker. And unfortunately for the fans, Halo 3 ODST certainly seems like a blatant cash-in, to put it kindly. No new multiplayer mode and a a content-light singleplayer campaign that according to Bungie could be as little as 3 hours long doesn’t make for a great value in my book.

At the end of the day, what really makes the difference is what you, the consumer, think of the product. Is Halo 3 ODST a good value? A cash-in? Tell us what you think by commenting below! Learn the facts about Halo 3 ODST at Gamer Syndrome’s preview.

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  1. Cash grab… Microsoft is always looking for more money to fund their top secret cyborg body for Bill Gates so he will live forever….

  2. It still doesn’t justify the price tag, even if they want a budget for the cyborg. If it had several hundred maps, several missions, and a shitload and a half of content, then it would be worth it. Otherwise, no.

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