Halo 3: ODST



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Before I start, I’d just like to say that the latest release from Bungie, Halo 3:ODST, is a very solid game. It features some hair-raising cinematic moments, the visuals are first class and the gameplay is occasionally superb. But some of the reviews and scores that Halo 3:ODST has received since it’s release have been greatly inflated.

The majority of reviews that have gone to press throughout the media have awarded “9/10” or “five stars”, each one stating that Halo 3:ODST is a far better game than it actually is. There has been an almost never-ending stream of taglines along the lines of “The best shooter of the year”, “Halo is back to its brilliant best” and the downright ridiculous “The last must-buy game of the year”. That last quote is really hard to agree with, when you consider that titles such as Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are expected to arrive in time for Christmas. And there’s a fair case to be made that Halo 3:ODST isn’t the best shooter of the year, as Fear 2, Kill Zone 2 and Red Faction could all make a case for the same prize.


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The main problem I had with Halo 3:ODST was the way in which the Rookie levels (the central character who finds himself lost and alone after a troublesome drop into enemy territory) dragged the momentum of the game down. I felt that these sections, which were slow, methodical and were primarily used to create the felling of isolation and solitude, felt like unwanted interruptions in an otherwise exciting game. Some may say that the Rookie sections were the main selling point of the game, and that these quieter levels were a welcome change from the usual, hectic Halo gunfights and, to an extent, they’d be right. But overall I found them rather dull, and at times repetitive and boring.


I know there’s no such thing as a correct review or opinion, as they are only a particular persons viewpoint of a changeable product that won’t appeal to everyone, but the scores Halo 3:ODST has received, from some highly credible sources, were on average far too high. As I’ve said, it’s a good game, but when compared to Halo 1, Halo 2, and even Halo 3, it’s not even in the same class.


If you’d like to read Phonica Magazine’s full review of Halo 3:ODST, download issue 2 here!



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2 Responses to “Halo 3: ODST”

  1. Nice read! I cant wait till Modern Warfare 2 is released! Not long to go now 🙂

    Sodagod @ Modern Warfare 2 Forums

  2. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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