Review by maximumbarmage
"An overpriced add on pack for gullible fanboys"
There's simply no way to be nice about it, Halo ODST is the single most shameful game release I have ever seen. Charging you FULL RETAIL for a campaign mode that is essentially HALF the size of Halo 3's(And that is heavily padded out with overlong walking to and from repetitive locations around a city between the otherwise okay missions) and a single multiplayer mode that rips off Gears of War's Horde mode and pads out the rest of the release with Halo 3's multiplayer maps dumped onto a seperate disc and shoved half heartedly into the box, basically FORCING Halo fans to rebuy the multiplayer content they already bought when they paid for Halo 3. FORCING, not giving the option of doing so, FORCING!
The game itself isn't even that good, with several disconnected setpieces strewn about the place that feel like little more than watered down retreads of past Halo glories, but with added utterly pointless 'night vision' helmet scanning view that works like a broken, tacked on copy of Batman Arkham Asylum's 'Detective Mode' view. This is as mediocre as first person shooters can get.
The "open world" city that you use to navigate between missions is so crap it hurts too, with the illusion of an open world shattered by constant funnelling toward the same gate or narrow passage leading you to where you need to go and therefore removing any choice of how you reach the next mission, rendering it even being there about as useful as the pathetic city hub from the next gen Sonic the Hedgehog game, and we all remember how great THAT turned out.
Graphically, the game is so dated it hurts, with the same Xbox 1 Halo engine wheeled out once again with new lighting effects that are rendered redundant by the constant darkness and worthless helmet night vision crap. It looks downright cheap on a HDTV. Shameful to release games that look like this nowadays.
Multiplayer is literally what you have played before, no differences. Same maps with a couple of new ones on top, same annoying teenaged racists screaming at you for 'glitching' them, same same same.
The only plus point I could give is the soundtrack, which is good. Maybe you'd be better buying the CD of that instead of the game?
Overall, one for the brainless Halo fanboys who will throw money at whatever Bungie and Microsoft tell them too and say thanks for being ripped off.
This is an add on pack that forces you to pay full retail. That single sentence should be all you need to hear.
Reviewer's Score: 3/10 | Originally Posted: 10/23/09
Game Release: Halo 3: ODST (EU, 09/22/09)
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