Excerpt: If you\'ve read many of my past reviews, then you may have realized that I really prefer to take myself out of my reviews and speak as objectively as possible. The Halo series set the console world on fire in 2001 with its excellent take on first person shooters. With a game bearing the Halo name, knowing just how rabid its fanbase can be, I feel like I have to share with you where I\'m approaching Halo 3: ODST from before I can really talk about the game.
Pros: A break in the storyline from the godlike Master Chief, focusing on a small group of elite yet very human soldiers; missions are connected through a central hub system that oozes great atmosphere; Firefight is intense and excellently designed; soundtrack contributes a lot to the game
Cons: Campaign is very short; not a lot of deviation from previous Halo titles in mission design; no matchmaking for Firefight
Conclusion: Perhaps the inclusion of a Halo Reach beta key will sweeten the deal for those musing whether to buy ODST or not, but the fact that the game is a brand new slab of Halo action should be all the convincing that die hard fans need. We like Halo 3: ODST and welcome the injection of personality brought to the narrative by your lost crew - especially Firefly actor Nathan Fillion as Buck - but it doesn’t quite manage to live up to our lofty expectations of what a Halo title...
Excerpt: Originally planned as an expansion, Halo 3: ODST has become so much more. Microsoft saw fit to release the game as a full boxed release, coming complete with a brand new campaign, a new mode and a separate multiplayer disc. Something the game is without is, of course, Master Chief, whom in the Halo timeline is somewhere else other than the African city of New Mombasa.
Conclusion: Ils n’hésitent pas à nous suivre en groupe et à attendre des renforts. Durant les phases de pilotage, on peut aussi ressentir cette meilleure cohérence qui privilégie les cibles les plus faibles avant de se tourner vers le reste. L’absence du Master Chief se fait clairement sentir, le titre se veut moins épique et impressionnant qu’à l’accoutumée. Malgré cela, Halo 3 : ODST reste un excellent jeu de tir basé naturellement sur son illustre prédécesseur.
Pros: Les missions nocturnes, Le pistolet silencieux, La bande sonore, Jouabilité au poil
Cons: Scénario simpliste, La durée de vie, Moins épique
Conclusion: In no way was I ever interested in the audio logs' story, the voice acting was below par, and the writing was hardly better. As for the remainder of the game, excellent choice Bungie for Dutch, and Dare... Too bad outside the hair color and general shape of their faces... They look nothing like their counterpart voiceactors. Overview: After 13 months of hype... I expected more from Bungie.
Excerpt: Halo. Microsoft's great Xbox seller. Bungie's tour de force. It knows no bounds. It conquers all. It is our Star Wars. Halo's enduring popularity is remarkable. Some two years after Halo 3 broke global entertainment launch records it's still the most played game on Xbox LIVE. Master Chief is Mario for the console FPS generation. Why is Halo great? Answers are varied, and objective.
Impressive prequel focuses on co-op tactics to shoot aliens.
Common Sense Media
3 February 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this first-person shooter is rated "Mature" for its graphic depiction of violence. This is a futuristic science fiction game where most of the enemies you're shooting at are alien creatures bent on Earth's destruction. Players will use a variety of weapons to take out the baddies, and some blood is shown. While an "M" rated game, this one is less violent than others like the Grand Theft Auto series.
Summary: Halo 3: ODST started life as an expansion pack and blew up to full game pricing. In doing so, it will likely go down as another footnote in the ongoing debate of how much is content worth? The single player campaign is just what you would want from an expansion pack, and it looks at other things besides the normal “See the Master Chief mow down the enemy” gameplay that fans are used to.