Is ODST worth $60?
We couldn't possibly
respond to such a subjective question with a definitive answer. But our review
might help you reach an informed decision about buying, renting or passing on ODST.What's in the box?Halo 3: ODST
($59.99) ships in a standard Xbox 360 game case with a double-disc insert.Disc One
- Campaign: "Take your party directly to Campaign to fight the Covenant and solve the mystery shrouding the remains of New Mombasa."
- Firefight: "Take your party to Firefight missions that gradually increase in difficulty as you rack up the points."
- Theater (Saved Films): "Take your party to view and replay films of your Campaign missions and Firefights."
(Halo 3 Mythic; includes 24 Halo 3
- Matchmaking: "Take your party to Xbox Live and into the frenetic action of live combat, objective-based missions, and dangerous military exercises."
- Custom Games: "Take your party to combat and objective-based missions that you select and design. Your rules, your maps, your game."
- Forge: "Take your party to collaborate in real time to edit and play variations of your favorite maps, from the subtle to the insane."
- Theater (Saved Films): "Take your party to view and replay films and footage of your Multiplayer and Forge antics."
In addition, the game case holds a Halo: Reach
beta invitation (pictured
). Once activated, the Reach
beta will be accessed through Disc One's "Extras" menu; no key code necessary. If you have the ODST
game disc, you'll have access to the Reach
[There's also a Halo 3: ODST
"Collector's Pack" ($99.99; pictured
) available exclusively at GameStop. The Collector's Pack includes a special edition wireless controller.]Should I install either game disc on my hard drive?
While both game discs can
be installed on an Xbox 360 hard drive, only Disc One was optimized for installation (a mere 3.5 GB). (Note: Disc Two should not
be installed, as doing so will hinder online performance.) There's no clear benefit to installing Disc One aside from slightly reduced load times. For example, you can not
run the Disc One content off of your hard drive using Disc Two in the system tray, which would eliminate the need for disc swapping.What's it like not playing as Master Chief?
While the differences between playing as an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper and Spartan super soldier may seem subtle, they are no less significant. Let's have Bungie game designer Alex Pfieffer answer the question: What are the new weapons in ODST?
Along with all of the weapons and vehicles featured in Halo 3
, there are two new weapons in ODST:
- M7S Submachine Gun: "A sound-suppressed variant of the M7 rifle. Compact size, 48-round magazine, and 2x zoom reflex sight, make the M7S invaluable in stealthy urban operations."
- M6S Magnum: "A sound-suppressed variant of the M6 sidearm. With 4x zoom, 12-round magazine, and minimal recoil, the M6S excels at quick, precision kills." (Read: headshots!)
Note: While the items in Halo 3
are unusable as a player (Brutes will still deploy some of them), the X-button now activates the VISR; "a low-light, target-acquisition vision mode." Will you show me the Achievements list?
Sure! All 47 Achievements (totaling 1,000
) are charted below:
|Heal Up ||Find the first Medical Kiosk and heal yourself. ||5 |
|Tourist ||Access and download the city map to your VISR. ||5 |
|Dark Times ||Kill 5 enemies while using VISR mode. ||5 |
|Boom, Headshot ||Get 10 automag headshot kills in any level. ||5 |
|Stunning! ||Stun a vehicle with an overcharged plasma pistol and quickly kill the driver ||5 |
|Ewww, Sticky ||Get 5 sticky grenade kills in any level. ||5 |
|My Clothes! ||Plasma Pistol Overcharge and qucikly kill 10 Brutes. ||5 |
|Pink and Deadly ||Get 10 Needler supercombine kills on any covenant ||5 |
|Trading Down ||Trade weapons with a fellow character ||5 |
|Headcase ||Finish any level with at least one Skull activated. ||5 |
|Tayari Plaza ||Complete Tayari Plaze on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character. ||30 |
|Uplift Reserve ||Complete Uplift Reserve on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character. ||30 |
|Kizingo Boulevard ||Complete Kizingo Blvd. on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefighter character. ||30 |
|ONI Alpha Site ||Complete ONI Slpha Site on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefighter mission. ||30 |
|NMPD HQ ||Complete NMPD HQ on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight mission. ||30 |
|Kikiwani Station ||Complete Kikowani Station on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary. ||30 |
|Data Hive ||Complete Data Hive on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefighter mission. ||50 |
|Coastal Highway ||Complete Coastal Highway on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefighter mission. ||50 |
|Campaign Complete: Normal ||Complete the Campaign on Normal difficulty. ||100 |
|Campaign Complete: Heroic ||Complete the Campaign on Heroic difficulty. ||100 |
|Campaign Complete: Legendary ||Complete the Campaign on Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character. ||100 |
|Junior Detective ||Find the first clue unraveling the mystery. ||10 |
|Gumshoe ||Find the 3rd clue unraveling the mystery, alone or with another ODST. ||10 |
|Super Sleuth ||Find the final clue unraveling the mystery, alone or with another ODST. ||10 |
|Wraith Killer ||Kill are Wraiths in Uplift Reserve ||5 |
|Both Tubes ||Get 10 Rocket kills on Kizingo Boulevard. ||5 |
|Laser Blaster ||Get 10 Spartan Laser kills on ONI Alpha Site. ||5 |
|Dome Inspector ||Get 15 headshot kills on NMPD HQ ||5 |
|I Like Fire ||Kill 10 enemies with the Flamethrower on Data Hive. ||5 |
|Good Samaritan ||Killing things that are new and different is bad, alone or with another ODST. ||20 |
|Naughty Naughty ||Killing things that are new and different is good, alone or with another ODST. ||5 |
|Listener ||Find the first Audio Log. ||5 |
|Tuned In ||Find 3 Audio Logs, alone or with another ODST. ||15 |
|All Ears ||Find 15 Audio Logs, alone or with another ODST. ||30 |
|Audiophile ||Find all Audio Logs, alone or with another ODST. ||75 |
|Be Like Marty ||In Firefight, finish a full round without lilling a single enemy. ||10 |
|Firefight: Crater ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Crater. ||10 |
|Firefight: Lost Platoon ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Lost Platoon. ||10 |
|Firefight: Rally Point ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Rally Point. ||10 |
|Firefight: Security Zone ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Security Zone. ||10 |
|Firefight: Alpha Site ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Alpha Site. ||10 |
|Firefight: Windward ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Windward. ||10 |
|Firefight: Chasm Ten ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Chasm Ten. ||10 |
|Firefight: Last Exit ||Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Last Exit. ||10 |
|Vidmaster Challenge: Classic ||Finish any level solo on Legendary, on Live, with no shots fired or grenades thrown. ||25 |
|Vidmaster Challenge: Endure ||In Firefight, on any mission, pass the 4th Set on 4-player Heroic Live co-op. ||25 |
|Vidmaster Challenge: Déjà Vu ||Complete Highway on 4-player Legendary Live co-op, with Iron, and no 'Hog or Scorpion ||25 |