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Halo 3: ODST - multiplayer hands-on

With so much E3 hype surrounding Halo 3: ODST's significant solo campaign, are you worried the Chief-less entry has abandoned its original, buzzed-about multiplayer content? Fear not, frag fans. ODST has enough classic and fresh online content to clutter the cargo hold of a Covenant dropship... and then some.

The game includes two discs. One contains the new single player and the brand new Firefight co-op mode (more on that in a sec); the other features all previous Halo 3 maps - including those from standalone Legendary, Heroic, and Mythic packs - as well as three more, freshly spilled from the minds of Bungie's dedicated multiplayer design team. On a recent trip to their studio, we picked the brain of senior designer Lars Bakken, who gave us the scoop on this trio of new locales that the competitive online community will soon know like the back of their battle-scarred hands.

First up is Heretic, a much-demanded remake of Halo 2 fan fave Midship. Bakken stressed that the update was kept as “faithful as possible to the Halo 2 version,” but stated fans can also expect some “crazy bells and whistles.” Among the upgrades is an obvious increase in the overall visual fidelity and even a few eye-catching surprises, not the least of which is a menacing Covenant armada cruising by the window. Don't crane your neck too much checking out the new scenery though, as Heretic still sets the perfect stage for intense close quarters combat. In addition to the familiar layout, Midship fans will even find their favorite weapon drops unchanged.

Citadel is a 100% new map, boasting Forerunner architecture and based on part of Halo 3's campaign. The claustrophobic setting hosts a center platform - a rocket sits there to entice players to its unprotected perch - and two levels with open bays. Bakken recommended 2x2 or 3x3 Team Slayer, CTF, Oddball or King of the Hill matches to get the most bang from Citadel's arena-style set up.

24 comments

  • BlackIce575 - August 27, 2009 12:36 a.m.

    This is going to be the best game ever can't wait
  • noobeater - August 20, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    i meant to say buy halo 3 dlc to play mythic and legendary maps to play them on halo odst but my original thoughts have been confirmed so i shall definately be buy this :D
  • SwampRock - August 19, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    is that a brute plasma rifle?
  • crazyqazqaz - August 19, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    Can't wait to play ODSTs Natzi Horde Crusading Survival Mode! Yeah It's gonna kick some!
  • caboose4400 - August 18, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    sorry ment to say *fire* fight lol
  • gutlessVADER - August 15, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    rofl a "grab" lift on page 2
  • gutlessVADER - August 15, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    nice i love the info
  • GoldenMe - August 14, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    Don't know why people are calling the "Firefight' mode Horde or...Crusade? Anyways, this is a buy for me, no doubt. And seriously, if you don't like Halo, then don't comment. Really.
  • Jakob - August 14, 2009 4:01 a.m.

    The Horde-type mode is just gangster..but ultimatley, its got 2 go to gears 2...bungie has nothing on Horde
  • jar-head - August 14, 2009 2:53 a.m.

    odst Crusade mode seems alot better than GoW2 in my opinion....they should make it for spartans too though.. but odst is set 3weeks prior to halo 3
  • WeaselWithAGun - August 13, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    really pumped for this game! Horde looks good. i liked gears2 horde
  • noobeater - August 19, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    this gonna sound stupid but i dint play halo 3 much. what with cod, but do i need to buy halo 3 dlc to play the mythic of legendary map packs, i dont think you do but just checking, infact i may play halo for the first time in a year or so. defo gonna buy odst tho.
  • gutlessVADER - August 19, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    now thats wat im talkin about
  • caboose4400 - August 18, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    @deafguru7777 i agree....but still figher fight is gonna kick horde mode's ass
  • colemanb - August 17, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    @LongRusty and fish94 AND infected 123... SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!
  • LongRusty - August 17, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    @fish94 and infected 123 Very good point made, even Quake 3 had a power-up made for regenerating health, infact even quake 2 did back in 98, so halo's regenerating shield (back in halo 1 it was a shield that regenerated not the health) isnt that orignal. ReCaptcha: Bevy $1,000... she's expensive!
  • fish94 - August 17, 2009 11:13 a.m.

    @infected123 The first game with regenerating health was Wovlerine Adamantium Rage in 1994, therefore Halo took wolverine's regenerationg health concept.
  • infected123 - August 17, 2009 9:25 a.m.

    all these people that are whining halo: odst "horde mode" (its called firefight darn u) if u werent complaining when l4d or cod: world at war did it then stfu. additionally if we are going to go into a copying whine. everything took halos regenerating health ya morons.
  • gutlessVADER - August 17, 2009 2:33 a.m.

    12th post after 3 days in A HALO ARTICLE? where are the 100's of spam posts?
  • Spartan11794 - August 16, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    this game looks legit, and since i pre ordered it i can play as Sgt Johnson in Firefight(why do people call it crusade?) Halo 3 aint coming to the pc

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