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Halo 3: ODST - 360 - Preview

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The Halo franchise has been a tour-de-force on Microsoft’s consoles since their inception, offering players some of the best FPS experiences around, both online and off. Now, Bungie is looking to revisit the action with their latest FPS set in the Halo universe, Halo 3: ODST.

Halo 3: ODST (short for Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) takes place between the events of the second and third games in the Halo franchise. Players assume control of the aforementioned troopers as they fight off an assault on Earth in New Mombasa. You’ll discover objects that trigger events that allow you to assume the role of another trooper, getting some backstory as well as playing through an action-packed fight sequence.

Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 screenshots

Halo 3: ODST will take you on a different journey through the Halo universe than ever before. Instead of linear experience, Halo 3: ODST is almost a sandbox approach to the series’ gameplay, letting you explore a huge area larger than those in any previous Halo game. You’ll be able to enlist the help of the city’s superintendent, who will give you clues as to how to get around as well as do his part to help you in your journey.

Additionally, you’ll have access to a variety of new weapons and special ODST gear. While dual wielding won’t appear in the game (that’s a Master Chief exclusive), you’ll be able to utilize a modified version of the first Halo’s pistol (with a muffled shot for silent takedowns) and a silenced sub-machine gun. You’ll also have a combat visor that doubles as a night vision camera and an enemy locator.

Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 screenshots

Another big new feature for the game is the Firefight mode. Firefight is a new co-op mode that has a group of soldiers pinned down in an area and being assaulted by unlimited waves of Covenant forces. As you and your crew fight off the Covenant, tougher and tougher waves of bigger enemies will continue to come through. Additionally, skulls will be put into effect; strengthening the enemy AI and having them become smarter and tougher to skill. This mode will also feature medals and an announcer, lending to the over-the-top feel.

Halo 3: ODST will ship on two discs; one will be the ODST game while the other will be a standalone competitive multiplayer suite with 3 new maps. Additionally, purchasing Halo 3 ODST will give players access to the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta. Halo 3 ODST is shaping up to be a pretty compelling title set in the Halo universe and the robust multiplayer features are enough alone for fans to take the plunge.


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