Review by MissingNo_2

"Another Bungie rehash not worth your money"

The original Xbox's launch title and "killer app" was a remarkable first person shooter and, at the time, an unparalleled multiplayer experience. Everyone who knew what video games were knew the name Halo, but the game's extreme popularity wasn't without warrant. It introduced an addictive and polished gameplay scheme that some may say laid the way to just about about every FPS we play today. Halo 2, with a few key improvements such as the addition of dual-wielding weapons and online play, proved to be a worthy sequel to the most influential first person shooter of the last generation of consoles.

Then Halo 3 came out, and, while it broke industry records with its sales, did little to made the franchise better. Halo 3's sales can be attributed to power of the Halo franchise and the precedent set by the first two in the series, but can say little about the quality of the game. Yes, Halo 3 was a good first person shooter. But it was, quite frankly, more of the same, and even the most hardcore Halo fans tired of the 7-year-old formula and switched to more enticing FPS offerings like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Regardless, Halo remains a huge franchise, so Bungie's decision to rush out an add-on game is justified. When I first heard of the game, was a actually quite excited for a fresh offering of multiplayer options. After all, Halo 3 remains one of the few, of not only, FPS's with a decent 4-player split-screen multiplayer mode. But upon playing the game, I realized that, as with Halo 3, it was more of the same and that it was starting to get boring.

Halo 3:ODST is by no means a game of its own right. Although it sports two discs, one each for its singleplayer and multiplayer components, ODST can be compared more to Downloadable Content than a sequel. But that's not where the game finds its fault. DLC packs like GTAIV's The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony took place in GTAIV's world, but each found itself a new set of characters and plotlines. ODST, similarly, follows an unnamed soldier that takes place in Halo 3's world. But ODST lacks the feeling of fresh experience that an add-on pack should have. The new guns and stages hardly improve on the Halo formula while even the new "Horde" mode gets stall quick. And the single player, like all in all Halo games, was average at best.

ODST, merely as an addition to Halo 3, is not terrible in its own right, but the fact remains that it's outclassed in every single category by other FPS's. The single-player is laughable compared to the adrenaline-packed missions of Modern Warfare 2 or the stark environments of Killzone 2. And the online multiplayer simply cannot compete with games like Left4Dead2 and MW2 in terms of depth and overall enjoyability.

So the final word is: Gamers looking for a FPS offering should look elsewhere. If you're a diehard Halo fan, pick this up for 19.99 at best,

Reviewer's Rating:   2.5 - Playable

Originally Posted: 01/04/10

Game Release: Halo 3: ODST (US, 09/22/09)

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