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Halo ODST on 360

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Halo ODST is a Shooting game available on the 360. It can be played in Firstperson Singleplayer Competitive modes.

Halo ODST is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.

Halo ODST can be played in a Firstperson mode. First Person games view the world from the eyes of the in-game character. You don't see the character themselves apart from their hands, gun or possibly feet as in Mirror's Edge. Because of the imediacy of the experience and sheer volume of visual information the player is offered First Person games lend themselves to the shooting genre. The FPS view enables players to immerse themselves in the experience and react quicker to events in the game. Other games have used a first person view to deliver an unusual perspective on an old genre - Mirror's Edge for example delivers a Platforming genre through a First Person view.

Halo ODST can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.

Halo ODST can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.


We have our reporters and community keeping an eye on Halo 3: ODST for you, and we'll keep you up to date with the latest developments as they happen.


Considered Gamer review Sun, 29 Nov 2009

Although Halo ODST caused a hesitant reaction in me, I'd been unenthused by earlier instalments of Halo, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed ODST. Offering a much darker, more sombre affair, Halo ODST felt more intelligent in its approach to storytelling than previous instalments. It might be a very short journey more akin to a movie experience than true gaming challenge, but it left me with a satisfying sense of pride at my accomplishment.

In gaming circles it's a controversial thing to say but I've never been infatuated with the Halo series. I've enjoyed playing through Master Chief's adventures but I've never been very excited by them, simply trudging through the world saving heroics. Much of this was due to Master Chief's seemingly indestructible nature; it was difficult to relate to. Because of this Halo ODST intrigued me with its focus on more relatable everyday characters. When I realised it utilised a sci-fi film noir setting, it intrigued me even further.
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Soulful Gamer review Fri, 16 Oct 2009

Offering a different take on the war between Humans and The Covenant, I felt that Halo 3: ODST squandered its opportunity to tell a deep and rewarding tale away from the shackles of Master Chief. Using flashbacks as I crept around the ruined streets of New Mombasa felt like a sound concept, but the over familiar mission-style and poor delivery of the story sucked the life out of this Halo game.

My appreciation of the Halo games and their universe has always radically swung between adoration and complete apathy. I wrote not too long ago about what makes the world of Halo so transfixing for its huge number of its fans - me included. What I've come to realise is that I'm fascinated by the fiction of the Halo universe but less so than the actual games. But Halo 3: ODST offered a little twist to the previous releases by taking a hub-world approach to its level design and a narrative that moved back and forth through time.
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Teen Gamer review Wed, 07 Oct 2009

Halo: ODST, to quote another time travelling hero, 'oh boy!'. Where to start? After the absolutely phenomenal success of Halo 3, Bungie was always going to be hard pushed to beat the bar they themselves set so high. But wow, have they done it.

Intended as a simple expansion pack, it wasn't long before Bungie turned Halo Recon into a full-blown game we now have as ODST. Interestingly, the game boycotts Master Chef and settles instead for a squad of Orbit Drop Shock Troopers (ODST - I know, cool or what?). Unfortunately, our heroes seem to have left their energy shields at home, which means jumping from high places is gonna hurt, and also that you take a lot more damage than usual and need to use health packs to heal yourself, which just adds to the individual style of the game.
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Frugal Gamer review Wed, 30 Sep 2009

Halo 3: ODST continues the epic Xbox 360 franchise and tells the story of the infamous Orbital Drop Shock Troopers as they defend New Mombasa from Covenant attack. Leading up to the events in Halo 3, players leave Master Chief for a while as they assume the role of a new character - the Rookie. With a new open-world structure and a story told via flashback, Halo 3: ODST on the Xbox 360 console takes the Halo franchise into darker territory as the Master Chief is nowhere in sight and the Covenant are more dangerous than ever. Add to this the inclusion of three new multiplayer maps as well as the Legendary, Heroic and Mythic map packs and you have a massive package. Prepare to drop.

With the main component of the previous Halo games absent, ODST has the large Master Chief sized hole. These are big boots to fill for this latest instalment of the epic story. But it proves that the Halo universe is more than capable of supporting a different protagonist. The action takes an excellent film-noir style presentation, complete with hidden audio back story, and equally satisfying combat.
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