Review: Halo: ODST

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KDR_11k:

The good news is that Halo: ODST is more of what you love about Halo. That's also the bad news.

Wait, they're shipping an empty box?

Good one, that made me laugh.

Interesting review, not much use to me, I have no 360 to play this on.
I will say that I loved the ODST commercials, and my inner,bitter, Halo-hating cynic, sees a positive review of ODST on a site that just went under an ODST makeover...

But I don't think you guys are guilty of the same thing as that other videogame review site, this is a great site for reviews when you guys have them. So cheers! and I hope everyone enjoys ODST.

Adam Baldwin! (the guy from chuck)

cookie for remembering my blunder a few days ago.

Wow. It's amazing how many people can look at a recommendation like this:

Recommendation: If you're a slave to multiplayer, then you need this game. Everyone else will be playing it, plus it comes with the complete set of Halo 3 downloadable maps as a bonus freebie. If multiplayer isn't your thing, then you might give this a rent to see if it hooks you. You'll probably still enjoy it, even if you're not a Halo fanboy, but the price is a bit high for such a short game.

and still say this review proves the game isn't any good. Say hello to the internet's biggest demographic which hates a game without playing it, everyone! The Halo hater!

Susan Arendt:

We're not most reviewers. :)

Holy crap that's badass.

And I find it funny to read a review on ODST with the game's ad completely over-saturating the page. Not saying it causes bias, it's just amusing.

I dont trust any game that gets an great review by handing out advance copies to certain large websites that specialize in game reviews. Coincidence it scores a 9.0 on Gamespot 2 days before launch with huge ODST banners everywhere on their site?

What ranks are the new characters? Pope, King, Emperor, and maybe Master of The Universe? Master Chief is a Navy rank not a marine rank, so why not include other ranks Not part of the marine Corps?

EquinoxETO:
*bows head in respect to THE MAN*
just as i thought - halo 3 again, just with a couple different guns and a naturally harder difficulty

and completely different story? from a perspective of a soldier that isn't god-like?

tehroc:
I dont trust any game that gets an great review by handing out advance copies to certain large websites that specialize in game reviews. Coincidence it scores a 9.0 on Gamespot 2 days before launch with huge ODST banners everywhere on their site?

Second post in a row by me. I trust those games. Probably because I'm not a huge conspiricist of corruption because I understand that to review/preview a game, you need to have it. That's why a lot of companies already have the reviews, so you can decide if you want it or not so you don't buy a shit game and a couple weeks later find out its a shit game from a review. Also, about the banners? It's not coincidence, it's just marketing.

Pugiron:
What ranks are the new characters? Pope, King, Emperor, and maybe Master of The Universe? Master Chief is a Navy rank not a marine rank, so why not include other ranks Not part of the marine Corps?

Your point being? It's not being presented as factual, present day or even necessarily a futuristic look of our own universe. Obviously they are borrowing terms, but yes if they wanted to say that Corporals of the Halo-verse are called Popes there is no factual reference for why they couldn't. Besides the fact, in the lore Master Chief is not a Marine. The Spartans fall into the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command. [1]

The Firefly cast are doing the voiceovers?

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I just want to say, the more I play the ODST campaign the more I love it. The missions are your typical Halo action, if a little slower paced than what we came to expect in Halo 3 - but then it might just be what happens when you set a game in New Mombasa, since they were fairly reminiscent of the Earth missions from Halo 2.

The nighttime exploration of the city while playing as the Rookie is just... fantastic. It's not a particularly deep city, but stalking the dim streets, being guided through a side-story by the Superintendent, broody sax music playing in the background. It all comes together perfectly.

Slycne:

Your point being? It's not being presented as factual, present day or even necessarily a futuristic look of our own universe. Obviously they are borrowing terms, but yes in if they wanted to say that Corporals of the Halo-verse are called Popes there is no factual reference for why they couldn't. Besides the fact in the lore Master Chief is not a Marine, Spartens fall into the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command.

Kudos for both providing an excellent reason for why it was a silly complaint, AND pointing out how he was wrong. Delicious.

hansari:

Stubee:
"Orbital Drop Ship Troopers"

Yeh stopped reading there. If you cant remember the title of the game your reviewing then no ones going to take your opinion seriously.

Haha...I guess the game didn't leave much of an impression on Pitt's...making you wonder if its worth the purchase?

Stubee:
Incidentally can I remind you of the old proverb "if it aint broke don't fix it"

That is the problem...the game sounds more like a DLC or expansion than a title worth being sold separately at full price.

Still...that won't stop the die hard fans...

Trust me, it's worth it. Firefight is amazing, the campaign is amazing, it's just... oh god, it's a lovely game. The thing I hate about Firefight though, is that you have to either join someone, or invite people; You can't just do a search for Firefight lobbies. Otherwise, it's a great game.

Culnaej:

tehroc:
I dont trust any game that gets an great review by handing out advance copies to certain large websites that specialize in game reviews. Coincidence it scores a 9.0 on Gamespot 2 days before launch with huge ODST banners everywhere on their site?

Second post in a row by me. I trust those games. Probably because I'm not a huge conspiricist of corruption because I understand that to review/preview a game, you need to have it. That's why a lot of companies already have the reviews, so you can decide if you want it or not so you don't buy a shit game and a couple weeks later find out its a shit game from a review. Also, about the banners? It's not coincidence, it's just marketing.

Indeed. Companies want you to buy the game the day it comes out, so they want to have the reviews at the ready. The only way to coordinate that is to get copies to reviewers early. No big conspiracy at work, just timing. Same with the adverts. It's really not all that different than movies. Movie reviewers are either sent the movie before it's released or allowed into an advanced screening of the film.

AxelMiller:
Im not the one person to bother with Halo. As long as the game is long (Wich ccesarano implies is only four hours). Mostly i dont even care about multiplayer wich this game seems to lack. Or does it?

Actually, no, no it doesn't, not sure why he left htis off, but it has a new Multiplayer feature called firefight, which if you've played CoD: WaW, its similar to Nazi Zombies, but instead of being locked in a room, your in a an open map, and instead of zombies, your fighting covenant. So.. I think that sounds fun, you might not though.

Wow, I have to say for a Halo thread this isn't that bad. Normally it's just screaming and swearing.
OT: I think I'll pick it up. Firefight looks to good to give up.

I just wanted to add that if you didn't buy Halo3 (how could you?) then ODST is probably your best bet.

You'll save some money since you get most of halo3 (except the campaign) and you get all the map packs, including the newest one exclusive to ODST.

If you have Halo3 and all of the map packs then you're in the same boat as me and got pretty ripped off I guess.

I have never heard such a fanboy review, seriously I think I heard you say "10 different kinds of awesome" like 10 times.

-edit-
Ok so maybe I was a little harsh, the review got better as it went on.

BlueInkAlchemist:
If it weren't priced for the most efficient gouging of impressionable Halo fans, I might consider picking this up, if I knew it required more tactical thinking than the usual Master Chief/Arbiter wade-into-enemy-fire-guns-blazing procedure. This being Halo, however, I'm sure even the fragile ODST troopers regenerate their health pretty quickly.

I dunno, on legendary a couple of grunts can nail you if you cock up pretty bad.

Kstreitenfeld:
I have never heard such a fanboy review, seriously I think I heard you say "10 different kinds of awesome" like 10 times.

-edit-
Ok so maybe I was a little harsh, the review got better as it went on.

I was going to thrash you for your comment, but then I decided to read all of it before responding. Glad I did that. Wish more people did, too.

Curtmiester:
Wow, I have to say for a Halo thread this isn't that bad. Normally it's just screaming and swearing.
OT: I think I'll pick it up. Firefight looks to good to give up.

It is amazing, my friend. It's just a little boring when you don't have a headset to use (Mine broke >:[), or playing with four friends (Hint hint?). But otherwise, it's fun as hell.

I guess people forgot about the engineer...

I guess that wouldn't count as an enemy right? Anyway, nice review, if only my xbox didn't break a day before it's release :(

Stubee:
Incidentally can I remind you of the old proverb "if it aint broke don't fix it"

Very true when that is the case.

But I'll leave it at that. There are enough people that like the game to justify it never changing.

Susan Arendt:

Indeed. Companies want you to buy the game the day it comes out, so they want to have the reviews at the ready. The only way to coordinate that is to get copies to reviewers early. No big conspiracy at work, just timing. Same with the adverts. It's really not all that different than movies. Movie reviewers are either sent the movie before it's released or allowed into an advanced screening of the film.

It's a little more complicated than that. I worked on 2 magazines and a TV show that did videogame reviews, and saw firsthand the subtle & overt pressures brought to bear by publishers and PR firms. They have swag, previews, access, and advertising money to play with: it's usually not as simple as 'give us a good review and we'll buy $x worth of ads', but it is fundamentally their job to try and get positive coverage. Good outlets like The Escapist resist or ignore the pressure, but there's a reason so many prominent sites give 'blockbuster' games (ie those with a large PR budget) such crazy high review scores in their first week...

Cheers

Colin

I didn't realize the game was that expensive and short. Glad I didn't buy it, Halo fans got gypp'd

Geo Da Sponge:
Wow. It's amazing how many people can look at a recommendation like this:

Recommendation: If you're a slave to multiplayer, then you need this game. Everyone else will be playing it, plus it comes with the complete set of Halo 3 downloadable maps as a bonus freebie. If multiplayer isn't your thing, then you might give this a rent to see if it hooks you. You'll probably still enjoy it, even if you're not a Halo fanboy, but the price is a bit high for such a short game.

and still say this review proves the game isn't any good. Say hello to the internet's biggest demographic which hates a game without playing it, everyone! The Halo hater!

It helps when you read the thing that you quote before boldly stating the exact opposite of what the message was trying to convey.

The reason why I would have even been slightly interested in ODST is because I was promised fresh and new. If this is roughly the same as Halo 3, then forget about it.

Oh well. I saw that behind the scenes video thingy, and thought it looked like Halo repackaged for people who didn't like Halo. I didn't like Halo, so I was sold. This review makes it look like it's Halo for people who like Halo. Looks like another miss for me.

EDIT: Holy crap, I hadn't watched the video yet. Russ Pitts, your voice is awesome. How do you manage to live sounding that great?

Modern Warfare 2 > Halo 3 ODST

Fanboys can fuck off when they can't accept the truth. :)

05rutterb:

Hardcore_gamer:

Ohten:
Halo 3 ODST: More generic plot line, more ten-year-olds shrieking over X-Box Live, and more gameplay that's been done better elsewhere.

Can't wait.

The biggest problem i have with the game is that it has a high price tag even though it's really just a level pack with a new story for Halo 3. According to the review, there are NO new enemy's!

There aren't new enemies, but there's harder versions of the enemies already in halo.

yea, its called legendary difficulty.

this game? its halo 3 multiplayer without shields, add in two new weapons [atleast those that I found and used] and you have a DLC pack thats in the guise of a game, congratulations Bungie, you gave us another half assed game. Halo 2 was strike one, Halo Wars was strike two.........

Kalezian:

05rutterb:

Hardcore_gamer:

Ohten:
Halo 3 ODST: More generic plot line, more ten-year-olds shrieking over X-Box Live, and more gameplay that's been done better elsewhere.

Can't wait.

The biggest problem i have with the game is that it has a high price tag even though it's really just a level pack with a new story for Halo 3. According to the review, there are NO new enemy's!

There aren't new enemies, but there's harder versions of the enemies already in halo.

yea, its called legendary difficulty.

this game? its halo 3 multiplayer without shields, add in two new weapons [atleast those that I found and used] and you have a DLC pack thats in the guise of a game, congratulations Bungie, you gave us another half assed game. Halo 2 was strike one, Halo Wars was strike two.........

Again, I would like to point out the engineers...

And Halo Wars was made be ES, not Bungie. Bungie had no role in halo wars what so ever.

yoofroof:
Modern Warfare 2 > Halo 3 ODST

Fanboys can fuck off when they can't accept the truth. :)

Hooray for Hypocrisy. Well, at least this guy will stop making accounts once he realizes that our words are to big for his brain.

Anyhow, I say that it's essentially Halo 3 with a few improvements. There's some good and there's bad. It sort of balances out leaving it at an average point. The main pull of Halo 3 was it's insanely customizable multiplayer, and since this comes with that, has a new campaign (that from what I've heard is good, unlike that of Halo 3, but is relatively short), and a new mode (Firefight looks like fun) I'd say this is definitely worth at least a rental for people who don't hate Halo.

Kalezian:

yea, its called legendary difficulty.

this game? its halo 3 multiplayer without shields, add in two new weapons [atleast those that I found and used] and you have a DLC pack thats in the guise of a game, congratulations Bungie, you gave us another half assed game. Halo 2 was strike one, Halo Wars was strike two.........

QFT

Anyone who paid sixty dollarts for this game is a fucking idiot and a fanboy

FUCK HALO 3 ODST

FUCK BUNGIE

FUCK HALO FANS

AND FUCK GAYLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just finished campaign on normal, i thought it was very enjoyable. i guess u can call me a halo fan. i like it, i don't love it, but i like it. anyway i did feel it was a bit too short and yeah if u hate halo its not different enough to be worth getting into. but its a solid story, much better then halo3's, i started getting attached to the characters like i did in Cod4 (to make it PERFECTLY CLEAR COD4 is STILL WAY better so please don't flame me because i compared the two games).

anyway, its something pretty decent to hopefully keep me occupied until November, when i hibernate in my room for MW2 and Assassin's Creed 2.

my only compliant is the story is way too short and firefight doesn't have matchmaking =p

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