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Halo 3: ODST - multiplayer hands-on

Longshore is a much larger map and the one Bakken seemed most proud of. He described it as being “along the same lines as High Ground and Last Resort.” Despite encouraging similar play styles as those Halo 3 classics, Longshore looks like nothing we've ever seen in Master Chief's world; it's set on a New Mombasa industrial shipping yard, with docks, seaside views and hints of freshly caught fish that wouldn't be out of place in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

And while you won't find any fried seafood in Longshore, players will discover some dynamic elements that look to shake up their tried-and-true strategies. Most notable is a telescoping bridge, offering an alternative passage to the defender's building; if a single attacker can make his way to the well-guarded activation switch, it'll open a straight shot for his buddies to the defenders' flag. We're betting lots of brave (or stupid) souls will gasp their final breath reaching for that switch. Longshore also features a series of catwalks, a grab lift and a nice contrast of wide open and blind-spot areas.

The highlight of ODST's multiplayer, however, has to be the cooperative Firefight mode, where up to four players defend endless hordes of Covenant scum. This addictive, trigger finger-taxing mode will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played Gears of War 2's Horde or Left 4 Dead's Survival mode. The concept - live as a long as you can - is identical, but the added Halo flavor allows it to feel fresh all over again.

Playing on an urban-themed map called Crater, we waited on the crest of a long concrete stairway as we watched the courtyard below fill with all sorts of Covenant nasties. The anticipation and ensuing battle made for a thrilling experience that, by design, never let up. Toss in game-changing skulls that continuously give enemies an advantage, a garden variety of rampaging Halo baddies to thwart, and the helpful addition of night-vision visors, and Firefight charts the single best reason to jump online with ODST.

Aug 13, 2009

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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