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Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed developer Bungie, Halo 3: ODST is a new, stand-alone expansion to the Halo saga that lets players experience the events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of an entirely new character the ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper), as they search for clues leading to the whereabouts of their scattered squad and the motivations behind the Covenant's invasion of New Mombasa. The game adds a new dimension to an all-encompassing universe that gamers around the world have known and loved since the release of the first Halo game in late 2001.

 

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ODST rookie battling a Covenant enemy in 'Halo 3: ODST'
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ODST rookie in full gear from 'Halo 3: ODST'
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Cinematic cutscreen from 'Halo 3: ODST'
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Firefight multiplayer mode from first-person perspective in 'Halo 3: ODST'
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New Campaign, New Hero, New Tactics
Much more than an expansion, Halo 3: ODST allows players to explore dangerous new ground, search the dark, abandoned streets of New Mombasa for clues, and fight back against the Covenant invasion from multiple perspectives. Dropping in as "the rookie," a new member of an elite squad of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST) sent into New Mombasa on a classified recon mission, you'll be armed with specialized weaponry and upgraded technology, including silenced weapons and a VISR enhanced vision mode.

 

Separated from your squad, you'll have to scour the city for clues in order to learn what happened to Buck, Dare, Dutch, Mickey, and Romeo. As you collect new clues, you’ll experience the story from their perspectives, fighting through the occupied city hours earlier.

A New Way to Play: 4-Player Co-op Firefight
Drop feet first into a new way to play Halo with the cooperative campaign mode, Firefight. Form a squad of your friends over System Link or Xbox LIVE and put your skills to the ultimate test against the invading Covenant war machine for glory, high scores, and achievements. Do battle in multiple environments, on foot or in vehicles, and against increasingly difficult waves of Covenant attackers while Halo 3's skull modifiers progressively activate to up the ante.

After the Firefight, relive and review every last kill you earned and see how your high scores and stats stack up against your friends' and the community overall using Bungie.net's persistent online stats and Firefight leaderboards.

3 New Halo 3 Maps
Three all-new maps make their debut for Halo 3's traditional, chart-topping multiplayer. Heretic, Longshore, and Citadel drop in alongside the original Halo 3 multiplayer maps, all packed in and playable from one standalone disc. Twenty-four maps in all, including the Heroic, Legendary, Cold Storage, and Mythic Map Packs, provide a peerless multiplayer experience, near limitless content creation and customization via the Forge and Sandbox, and a slew of new multiplayer achievements for Halo 3.

New Challenges and Achievements
For the first time, Recon Armor for use in Halo 3 multiplayer will be made available to players who complete the "Road to Recon" challenge. Earn all seven of the Vidmasters, a series of Xbox LIVE achievements that span Halo 3's Campaign and Multiplayer and Halo 3: ODST, and then visit your Bungie.net Service Record with a linked gamertag to enable your sweet new set of digital duds.

If you already own Halo 3, you can get started now by collecting the "Annual" campaign achievement and the "7 on the 7th" and "Lightswitch" multiplayer achievements in matchmaking. And, if you've already downloaded the Mythic Map Pack, you can collect the hidden skulls on Assembly, Orbital, and Sandbox today.

Community Features
4-Player co-op experience over Xbox LIVE or System Link, screenshots, saved films, custom Halo 3 multiplayer map and game variants via the Forge…all of the award-winning features included in Halo 3 are packed into Halo 3: ODST with an extra 1,750 available achievement points piled on for good measure. And Halo 3: ODST introduces an all-new single player experience with new characters, new weapons and technology, and the frenetic cooperative experience, Firefight, an entirely unique way to play Halo.

Bungie.net Integration
What good is winning if you can't brag about it to your friends? Extend your gaming experience beyond the console with Bungie.net's expansive integration. All of your lifetime stats are aggregated into your online Service Record - every last kill, every single medal, and your entire collection of career post game carnage reports, plus robust charts, graphs, and leaderboards allow you to instantly see how you stack up against the rest of your squad and the Halo 3: ODST community at large.

Invitation to the Halo: Reach Beta
As an added benefit of buying Halo 3: ODST players receive an invitation to participate in the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta due to hit Xbox LIVE in 2010.Halo: Reach is Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie's upcoming prequel to the events of the original Halo: Combat Evolved game. Based on Eric Nylund's novel "The Fall of Reach," it is packed with details surrounding the origins of the Sparten II soldiers, of which Master Chief was only one of many and the beginnings of the conflict with the Covenant and the Flood. If you want in, hold onto your copy of Halo 3: ODST and stay tuned to Bungie.net and Xbox.com for more details.

 
Product Description
Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed developer Bungie, HALO 3: ODST is a new game in the “Halo” saga that lets people experience events leading up to the epic story told in “Halo 3” through the eyes of an ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper), as they search for clues leading to the whereabouts of their scattered squad and the motivations behind the Covenant’s invasion of New Mombasa. The release adds a new dimension to an all-encompassing universe that gamers around the world have known and loved for close to eight years.<BR><BR> HALO 3: ODST also introduces Firefight, a new cooperative multiplayer* mode where up to four players can assume the role of an ODST squad and fight together to take on increasingly challenging waves of enemies. Also included are three new “Halo 3” multiplayer maps on a 2nd standalone disc, which includes all original “Halo 3” maps, as well as the “Legendary,” “Heroic,” and
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ESRB:  M
Number of Players:  1-4 Players (up to 16 on the Halo 3 multiplayer disk included)
Publisher:  Microsoft Game Studios
Developer:  Bungie Software
Console:  Xbox 360
Genre:  Shooter
Release Date:  September 22, 2009 (NA)
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review by . October 08, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
I didn't get introduced to the Halo franchise until much later than most people. HALO had been out for several years and HALO 2 had been released for over a year by the time I purchased an Xbox and sat down to play the campaign of HALO. After beating that, it was about six months later before I had an opportunity to sit down and play through the campaign of HALO 2. I understand that for most Xbox games nowadays, the big thing that many gamers look for is the multiplayer game play. I'm not …
review by . October 12, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
When it comes to the Halo games, there are always those who really love them and those who really hate them.  The people who really love Halo are quite passionate about it.  Those who hate Halo seem to only hate it for one reason: It's incredibly popular.  And yes, sometimes we can rightfully be skeptical of something being popular, but Halo haters seem to use the games popularity as an excuse not to think.  If it sold 500,000 copies instead of 5,000,000 you'd have people …
review by . January 06, 2010
I’ve just been playing Halo ODST, the latest installment of Bungie/Microsoft’s actually-very-good first person shooter series.   ODST I came to the series recently, buying Halo 3 when I got my Xbox 360 last year.  Initially I thought that Halo 3 was just another sci-fi FPS, of which there are so many and so many are so poor.  What became quickly obvious is that a lot of thought and work has been put into the player experience.  The cinematic set pieces you fight …
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2009
One of the best in the series since the original, each mission is intense and different, the only knock is that it's a little too short.
review by . July 21, 2009
Halo 3...I have trouble knowing where it is I'm supposed to begin with this game other than to say it is the greatest let-down of my gaming "career." Now, to start off I am in no way a Halo hater. In fact I have been a fan ever since the original game was released on the PC (I have since acquired a Xbox 360 and the original Xbox version of that game and its sequel). In fact I was so excited by the hype of the third game that I went ahead and pre-ordered the $150 Legendary Edition of the game. The …
review by . December 05, 2007
posted in The Gaming Hub
Pros: Solid gameplay, more of the goodness, amazing multiplayer     Cons: Short campaign, no backstory     The Bottom Line: Halo 3 is a must-have game. While the campaign is little more than a tutorial, the multiplayer will give this game legs for years.      Ah yes, the most hyped game of the year, Halo 3. What is there to say about the most highly anticipated game of all time? Does it live up to the hype? Is it a thrilling conclusion …
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