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Summary

Our Score:

8

It's most likely the familiarity of the universe that makes playing Halo 3: ODST such an initially jarring experience. Because despite the familiarity - I know if I take out that Brute first the grunts will just run away - it's a very different game.

Chronologically ODST is set during the events of Halo 2 and Halo 3, and if you're a follower of the overarching story you'll no doubt appreciate the nods and references to the events of the other games. One of these comes as you drop to the surface of Earth and find your pod sent spiralling off course in the wake of a Covenant ship entering Slipspace. Unsurprisingly this leaves you a little worse for wear, and explains the state of New Mombasa when you awake.

Having been out cold for a few hours, the aptly nicknamed newest addition to his squad, the Rookie (known only by that moniker throughout), has become somewhat separated from his team mates, who he needs to find. This means wandering the lonely streets of New Mombasa, which is overrun with Covenant forces. There's an overwhelming dark and oppressive feel to the city which imbues a sense that all is not well.

As a result, while I'd have been all for taking a run and gun approach with Master Chief under my control, this time around I was inclined to avoid conflict wherever possible. Thankfully there are plenty of overturned vehicles and, yes, chest high walls to cower behind when you're left with no choice but to fight.

Another reason to adjust your combat style is introduced early on in the game. If you drop from some height to the ground you'll start huffing and puffing and a bar at the top of your screen (or visor, if you prefer) will highlight the finite nature of your health.

Unlike Master Chief, who could take a massive pounding with nary a complaint, the Rookie has a small amount of shield to burn through before further hits will eat into his health. At this point you'll be compelled to find a health pack for two reasons. First, low heath is bad - obviously. Second, and for me more pressing, you'll be subjected to an annoying beep continuously until you heal yourself. After a couple of minutes this get's very, very frustrating, which is probably intentional.

Tim Sutton

October 4, 2009, 10:10 pm

Oh, Hugo.





Never made it to the end of the review..anyone reviewing science fiction who doesn't like BSG has no opinions worth listening to.

smckenna568

October 4, 2009, 10:37 pm

Hugo, make that two in the world like Battlestar Galactica ;) (at least two anyway) lol I have all the series on boxset and it was definitely worth the money :)

Gordon394

October 5, 2009, 12:12 am

@Tim Sutton - I can sympathise. I love BSG, but I do have major problems with how it ended. What were they thinking spelling out themes that had been wonderfully ambiguous throughout the show...?!

Sir Stuie

October 5, 2009, 12:39 am

BSG went downhill fast, after New Caprica. Pursuing the God plotline to the conclusion was a big mistake, but I guess it was the only option that would tie up all the loose ends.





OT: Even though I never bought any of the map DLC I thought it was poor value. Firefight was a disapointment to me being inferior to Gears and U2 Demo Horde mode, even Nazi Zombies was better, but for Halo fans I can see its appeal. Good Review.

Corzair

October 5, 2009, 6:08 pm

BSG BSG BSG oh dear - while it did have its moments - as a huge scifi fan i found BSG hideously over the top acting annoying.


The fact that everybody slept with everybody was a tad weird too - Kira and Baltar? what??


And Machines need love to hahaha.


I still watched it though but it was the oddest show i have ever watched.


For every good moment there was awful moment to go with it.


So there you are enjoying it and then you think err why did they do that..


BSG - the acting :- I hate you, I love you , No really I do... I hate you... I want to nuke you. Lets have party?! huh??





as for this Halo game - I will pick it up at some stage - I seam to have a whole lotta To be Played games on my shelf at the moment...

hankb6d

October 5, 2009, 7:28 pm

@Tim Sutton





Funny that I never listen to or associate with any science fiction fans I wonder why LOL

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