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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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