Game music of the day: Halo 3 ODST

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July 7, 2010

Game: Halo 3:ODST

Song: Neon Night

Composer: Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori

Above: Neon Night from Halo 3: ODST

It's nearly been a year since ODST landed as a holiday Halo holdover, meant to tide the rabid fanbase over for the next "real" sequel. Heavily hyped and promoted with a trailer that no game could ever live up to, ODST's impact was large, but not memorable - save for the music, that is, which sold the experience far better than the game.

This song, "Neon Night," plays while you explore the dimly lit streets of New Mombasa. It's a deliberate shift from the balls-out action of the main Halo titles, emphasizing jazz and haunting noir noises instead of Halo's usual chants and "DUNDUN DUN DUN!" blasts. While I can't say I loved the game too much, I did thoroughly enjoy slinking through the dark with this song in the background. Classy stuff.

This song, "More Than His Share," also sticks out in my mind as a great example of echoing typical Halo music without copying it. This is distinctly ODST but still conveys the Halo atmosphere and ties this comparitively solitary experience back into the larger, galaxy-wide war. That said, I couldn't tell you where it played in the game. Just that the music stayed with me. (Also check out Deference for Darkness.)

Even if you can't stand Halo, or passed on ODST, the soundtrack is immensely listenable. Pick it up from Bungie's store and help support quality VGM!


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  • LarzimusPrime - August 17, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    I love that soundtrack, Got the CD For Chrimbo, loaded it to my Ipod and never looked back...
  • Cosmis - August 13, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    It's around the 3 minute where 'Neon Night' goes from simply good to great.
  • FrozenImplosion - August 13, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    Yes! I loved the music in ODST, especially the music in the overworld type place! But, GR, you should have picked Deference For Darkness :P
  • Spybreak8 - July 12, 2010 8:07 a.m.

    You know I never really appreciated it as much as I did. I took the soundtrack for granted because it immersed me in that Halo universe. I loved ODST, I liked the book like campaign, although I usually played with headphones in the dark haha.
  • Modroneman - July 8, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    Great orchestral selection, Marty O'D is the man!!! You should have some Jeremy Soule on here! Love his music!
  • Cleanser247 - July 8, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    Marty is a really great guy when it comes to music and Halo. Good song choice Brett.
  • Defguru7777 - July 8, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Got the soundtrack for Christmas last year. It's kick-ass.
  • philipshaw - July 8, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    I with you Brett in that I enjoyed the soundtrack to ODST more than the game but I do love all Halo music
  • FunnyNameHere - July 8, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    This is fantastic soundtrack. Neon Night is probably my favorite song from any Halo game.
  • toastile - July 8, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    Spooky stuff, love it.
  • JayBeat - July 8, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    Both of these songs give me the feeling of being outside at night. I cannot explain it.
  • graboids - July 7, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    I LOVE this soundtrack, Marty O'Donnell is to Halo what John Williams is to Star Wars. The game was too short but I enjoyed the single player in ODST more than the SP in Halo 3. captcha: known Lunatic
  • nighthawk205 - July 7, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    The soundtrack for ODST was the only redeeming thing from this game. Hated the game, loved the soundtrack.
  • goochbiscuit - July 7, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Fantastic choice, sir. I love this soundtrack, I bought it the day it came out. And while I understand why other people didn't enjoy the game, I really liked it personally. Lots of good memories playing Firefight.
  • axemahn - July 7, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    finally brett does a game not released 50 years ago
  • WillisTron - July 7, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    @ GamesRadarTylerWilde OMG, exact same thing here DK Country is awesome
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 7, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    @Tyler: Totally, same 'shape' to the music, same ethereal effects.
  • CoolBowling - July 7, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    100% Agreed. While I enjoyed the game, the atmospheric music made it much more enjoyable.
  • ZenPhoenix - July 7, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    I picked the soundtrack up the day after it released. I actually prefer it over the previous soundtracks, mostly for the relaxing, but haunting, melodies. Great pick. Glad it got a little more recognition.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 7, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    For a few seconds here and there, I got an Aquatic Ambiance (Donkey Kong Country) feel from Neon Night.

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