Review by matrixstream757
"ODST supersedes its predecessors in most every way!"
Halo 3: ODST was way better than any FPS Halo game to this point, and this time not just for its multiplayer! The campaign was probably just as good as the multiplayer was in this game!
Halo 3: ODST contains two disks. The first disk has the Campaign, Firefight and its own Theatre meant for the two. Disk two contains everything that was in Halo 3 except halo 3's campaign. So if you buy this, the only reason you would keep your copy of Halo 3 is for its campaigns.
In my review, I will rate a description of every detail on disk 1. Because there isn't much to say about Disk 2, it will be very short.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Like I have said before in this review, Halo 3: ODST has the best Campaign experience of any FPS Halo game so far.
The gameplay in this game is very sensational. It is way more free than the other Halo games. You are basically in this huge city, and you free roam to get to the places you need to get to. You still need to stay at a general path; though there is sometimes more than one path you may choose to take. You also don't have to engage in every fight. If you see a troop of covenant in the distance and they do not yet see you, you can just sneak right past them. Even if you do get seen, you can probably just evade the fight if you are not on legendary mode.
Also, the new HP system is excellent. It forces you to use a more tactical approach on the game then you had to in the other Halo games. In Halo 2 and 3, you could just hide behind a wall for five seconds and you would be fully ready for battle again. In ODST, your HP is similar to what it was in Halo 1. You have your shields, and they you have your health. As your shields get damaged, more and more of your screen will turn red. After a certain point, your HP bar will start going down. Your HP bar will not regenerate automatically, though your shields will. To restore your health, you must find a health pack. In short, it is just like Halo 1.
[Campaign: Graphics and Detail]
Just like for most Halo games, the graphics are never incredible. It is very well good enough to match modern standards, though it will not blow you away. Expect what you got from Halo 3.
The length may be the only thing I regret in this game. The Campaign was no longer than 6 hours, making it the shortest Halo game to date. It was long enough to fully explain the plot, though it could have (and probably should have) been at least 3 hours longer.
[Campaign: Replay Value]
Although this game was very short, it has an impressive replay value. Though not for playing alone, it will be kind of boring that way. I'm talking about with friends. This game has a much better co-op mode than any of the earlier Halo games did. You can turn on the skulls and point system and just have fun blasting enemies away in any of the missions.
[Campaign: Difficulty Satisfaction.]
ODST has four different difficulties: easy, normal, heroic and legendary.
Easy mode is so easy that enemies can hardly kill you no matter what you do. You can walk up to the strongest enemies in the game with less then half of your HP left, and melee them to death.
Normal mode gets a little bit harder though. Normal mode was meant for the average skilled Halo player. I would highly suggest playing Normal your first play through.
Heroic mode is where I would say the game gets very hard. There will be several moments where you will feel you will never pass it, but somehow do. If you want more of a challenge, you can try out Heroic mode.
Legendary mode is meant for the best of the best. Enemies kill you insanely fast, and it is even hard to kill a grunt. You should probably play Legendary with a friend.
If those weren't enough for you, you can enhance the difficulty of the game by adding skulls. Different skulls do different things. Some of them will make enemies harder to kill, some of them will make them dodge attacks or throw more grenades, some of them might impair your vision There is a skull for almost everything.
You get the idea. You can make this game anywhere from pitifully easy to sheer insanity. This games difficulty will fit all players of all skills weather you are the best player in the whole world, or have never played a shooter in your life.
The plot in Halo ODST is fairly hard to follow. You go around the city finding clue after clue in a certain order and you have to put the pieces together. The game will tell you everything you need to know at the end, though it is rather hard to find out what this game is actually about until the last 20 to 30 minutes. I have not yet seen the legendary ending yet, so I am not sure if there is something I'm missing or not.
Well, that covers everything in the Campaign! Now for my review on the Firefight mode!
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Firefight may very well be the best installment in Halo 3: ODST. It is thrilling, challenging and nearly never gets old. You and your friends can have countless hours of fun in this never-ending war against the Covenant forces! There are eight different firefight maps of all varying shapes and sizes. They all have a wide variety of weapons and hide-outs to use.
In Firefight, you are an ODST soldier. You use the same HP system that you got used to in the story mode, so you have to use strategy if you want to last more than 5 minutes in firefight. There is also the same difficulty system as the Campaign (minus the skulls) so you can fight in varying difficulties.
Firefight never ends and enemies continually get harder to kill as you go on. Although you can't choose what skulls to use, skulls start to automatically turn on after a few minutes. These increase the overall difficulty of firefight.
The only reason that I didn't give it a 10/10 is because as good as it was; it could have been a little better. Though it is still incredibly fun and fast-paced and should keep you playing ODST for years to come.
Overall Score: 10/10
Disk 2 contains the entire Halo 3 experience minus the Halo 3 Campaign. You have your average Halo 3 matchmaking, your forge, your theatre and every map! There isn't much to write about disk two because it is actually a different disk for Halo 3, though I can tell you that this completes the Halo 3: ODST collection. It wouldn't be worth your whole 60 bucks without it.
Halo 3: ODST overall score: 10/10
Halo 3: ODST is better than Halo 3 in every way shape and form. There is nothing not good about this game! Here is a list of pros and cons.
Firefight is incredible.
Very good difficulty satisfaction.
Campaign was too short.
Rent or buy: BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 09/29/09
Game Release: Halo 3: ODST (US, 09/22/09)
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