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The Top 7... things ODST does better than Halo 3

ODST is more than an expansion. ODST is an experimentation.

Sure, this year’s Halo game could be seen as something of a placeholder, a small side adventure to keep fans occupied until next year’s Reach. The graphics are nearly the same as those in Halo 3. So are the enemies, weapons and vehicles. The gameplay feels as familiar as ever. In fact, if you’ve read our review, you know that we believe the older title is also the better.

Not in every way, though. Because ODST is an offshoot of the main trilogy, the developers were willing to break free from the main formula… seemingly for the first time since the series debuted in 2001. The results are refreshing, and we hope that future Halo games remember the lessons learned.



PROTAGONIST(S)

What Halo 3 does: Master Chief is all, and all is Master Chief. He’s a hero, but he’s also a symbol, a logo and a vessel. His green armor represents the entire Halo franchise, his shiny visor sells millions in Microsoft merchandise and his stoic silence enables every player to pretend that he or she is the game’s true star. In other words, Master Chief is too important to actually make interesting. He’ll always be the generic do-gooder.

What ODST does: Introduces real humans with real, relatable personalities. The Orbital Drop Shock Troopers are a bit like the guys in Gears of War; they want to do what’s right, but they’re not perfect angels. They bitch and bicker. They break the rules. They sexually harass, but also have complicated romantic relationships with the opposite sex… no chaste, child-like A.I. love here. Shockingly, they’ll even remove their helmets and reveal their faces now and again. Plus, you get to play as more than one of them during the ODST campaign.


STORY & STRUCTURE

What Halo 3 does: Plunges you headfirst into a tangled, increasingly indecipherable mess of humans, aliens, zombies, plants, robots and naked software programs… each of which seem to flip-flop their allegiances at least three times per mission. Crazy names like “High Charity,” “Forward Unto Dawn,” and “Installation 00” are tossed about with such abandon that only the most hardcore players can keep anything straight.

What ODST does: Wipes the slate clean and starts over. The story takes place between Halo 2 and 3, but you don’t really need any prior knowledge of the trilogy to follow what happens. More importantly, you don’t need a flowchart – the plot is much smaller and simpler, focusing on a single team of soldiers during a single mission gone wrong. Think of Saving Private Ryan; you didn’t need to know about the whole war, just those men’s individual parts in that war.

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67 comments

  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 3, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    I don't care, Halo 3 is still better than ODST, and Halo 2 is the best Halo ever.(Even better than Reach)
  • kooloff - September 12, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    odst is wayyy better than halo 3. master cheif's getting boring
  • twingun - December 21, 2009 2:47 a.m.

    fire fights good and the campaign is ok only lasted about a week if that and the game gets boring pretty quick fare enough they added a couple of guns but removed a bunch including the battle rifle which was just about everyone's favorite gun.
  • shadowolf115 - November 16, 2009 9:17 p.m.

    i want this game but i cant get cuz my xbox got the red rings of death and my dad doesnt want to waste money to fix it cuz we gone through 2 xbox"s already
  • chess - October 16, 2009 6:55 p.m.

    Ok hey i bought the game Halo odst and i am super happy with it. I like the xbox 360 ever since i bought it i have aslo bought halo 2 for my laptop and it was great! and Odst is really great its just AS good as halo 3 i just wish Halo 3 had Fire fight but what ever lol. but i cant wait till Halo Reach. Wow
  • j4k3tele - October 12, 2009 6:35 a.m.

    I actually like the campaign in ODST a bit more than Halo 3. It was more challenging and was actually kinda tough to beat on Legendary, especially once you're getting towards the end of it. I completely recommend buying this, haha. Plus it comes with all the Halo 3 multiplayer maps. =P
  • linkganon - October 10, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Hell of a lot better than just making people run and hide for health. every time they do that i feel a 4 letter word coming out. it starts with an f. with this at least some strategy is needed to do anything. much better than run hide shoot formula. now it's run, cover, hide, shoot, strategize, and sometimes ambush people with 1 piece of health left... for good unless they find a health pack. last one may have to be opprtunisht since all you need is to wait for them to knock their; health low then come in when the try to find health packs.
  • gazhibs - October 10, 2009 1:45 p.m.

    That review is bang on and i agree totally. firefight is just about the most awesome thing ever coz u can do it on ur own or with your mates which can give you a chance to do some good old fashioned sniping while they go kamikaze.
  • Japanjack - October 9, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    I'm so sick of seeing Cyberninja's comments...Holy.. He comments on everything while it is quite evident that he is an ignorant prepubescent boy who will most likely have to use dictionary.com to recognize the incessant idiocy he has plagued us all with.
  • asassin698 - October 2, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    This game is awesome, but trying to do the Vidmaster Endure drives me and my friends insane! and i like the idea of pelicans and how bout so extra marines to help you sometimes make it like an even more real war.
  • mehz0rs - October 2, 2009 7:53 a.m.

    Great review.. Was a bit negative about the game first, but now i understand the storyline a bit more. After playing it a second time I thought it was a great game. Also Firefight is a great addition, but the makers didnt put a lot of effort in it.. All they did was put in maps and waves every now and then.. no creativity further IMO.. I mean, go crazy with it.. like some kind of boss every now and then.. like 10 hunters at the same time.. keeps people going.. Correct me if im wrong, cause i didnt get further than wave 4 or 5, but thats because i was getting bored of firefight :p
  • Comma - October 1, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    lol dude get a 360... way better
  • Demigod - October 1, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    If you notice that as the rookie that it has kind of a free roam type of deal. Which also allows a player to mess around as the other finds the mission becon. Like 3 people go around fuckin up some brutes and finding secrets that also open up weapon storages, and one of them decide to search for the mission. Either way as the rookie you can also have many routes than just one to play the game. I did like searching the city for the audio messages and opening up storage areas that had the upgraded smg and magnum. Usually I never use the needler but when your out of options you find out that the needler is really useful against brutes. It seems all the guns had their own type of ways to be used. The game was awesome but is even better with a group of people.
  • spongejerk89 - September 30, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    What? Halo 3's voice acting was better then ODST's. ODST's was super cheesy. Also, I like Halo 1's music best, but they all have awesome music.
  • Die - September 30, 2009 4:02 a.m.

    It looks like a good game but is it something that i would get right away fuck no im waiting till i here something good b4 i get it go gears fuck any other game
  • AlphaEditor - September 30, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    @husk94 and rolandthegunslinger While PS3 is an excellent console with a number of exclusive great games like Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid, and my personal favorite, LittleBigPlanet. I would suggest to you to purchase a Xbox 360 to really get your money's worth. For one, 360 has a better online game network. And though PS3 may have free online gaming, the evolution and quality of it's online network and gaming is not nearly as advanced and developed as the 360. And with Facebook, Last FM, and Twitter joining forces with Xbox Live, it would prove wise to go with the 360. Especially if you have friends. Xbox Live has more online users to game with and it's selection of online games are better than PS3's. However, that is my opinion. It's all a matter of opinion and desire on your part though. For example, with Blu Ray slowly dominating DVD, PS3s can play Blu Rays and are cheaper than a majority of Blu Ray players, so that's a nice bonus. On the other hand, 360 tends to be more involved with their users, from my personally experience. Both are excellent consoles with their pros and cons and should both be considered before purchasing one or the other, but if you'd like a personal opinion, I'd say go with the 360. That's your best bet for the most fun. Hopefully this helped you, if not, you can suck it. And to TreeWhale, I just thought you should know, you're father was a shark. :P
  • YOURMOMONTOPAllDay - September 30, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    @doomdooomdooom Your mom was a was of space last night... in bed @cyberninja4 and @Cwf2008 you both make me look good and i am the dumb fuck on this sit ha ha ha ha ha ha @doomdoomdoom Fuck you ha ha
  • dingdin - September 30, 2009 2:13 a.m.

    @doomdoomdoom it would probably like it and @ cyberninja4 go fuck yourself you little faget brained shit
  • doomdoomdoom - September 30, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    @Cwf2008 What a fag he goes to all stuff about halo and talks shit (i do the same but not to halo) Cwf2003 is a waste of space on this site he/she should leave and bother gears of war or something
  • Coolbeans69 - September 30, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    The last one failed and the others i didn't give a shit about. Fireflight is not that great, halo 3s is superior to fireflight no matter which way u look at it

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