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Halo 3: ODST – A Review

Being a United Nations Space Command ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) means that you are a generally mal-tempered fellow who gets his kicks by dropping from orbit in a small metal coffin onto the battlefield – usually right into enemy lines to take them by surprise. You are considered the best of the best by most everyone and are looked upon with shock and awe wherever you fight. Nevermind those mythical ‘Spartans’, being an ODST is what its all about! Hoorah!

The game starts prior to the events of Halo 3 as you are a rookie ODST just joining his first squad aboard the UNSC heavy frigate Say My Name. You meet your squadmates, three of which are voiced by Firefly alumni Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Alan Tudyk. The actors all give good, solid performances in their respective ODST roles and it really feels like they enjoyed the work of recording it.

The Say My Name gets into orbit above New Mombasa and starts dropping your HEVs (Human Entry Vehicles) containing ODSTs when the High Prophet of Regret takes his ship into slipspace, creating a massive shock wave which destroys a good portion of the city center, while also throwing all of your HEVs off-course. This slipstream entry should be familiar to those of you who played Halo 3. Most of the game is spent showing the player’s character finding his comrades. You will play as other characters in the game though, mostly to show their sides of the adventure as it unfolds.

Gameplay as a human ODST and not a Spartan-II soldier is definitely a different experience. Not nearly as resistant to damage, you will find that cover and concealment become increasingly important as the battles get heavier. Thankfully, and this could be considered a problem by some, Bungie does not overwhelm you with Covenant forces to deal with in ODST. Sure, the battles will challenge you at times but more often than not you will be stealthily-dispatching your enemies when possible, thinning them out before making a frontal assault.

Part of the ODST arsenal is a helmet which uses an augmented reality system to enhance your vision and better your combat and navigation about the city. When activated it casts an, at first, off-putting filter over the camera and ups the contrast slightly. It doesn’t seem all that useful until you realize that it will definitely help you see in low-light conditions thanks to its wireframe outlining of the terrain. Also, the augmented reality system can be used to hunt for clues to your squadmates’ whereabouts.

Part of ODST will be spent looking for these clues and you will have to put on your detective hat because they can be difficult to find. The city is laid out in a rough spoke and wheel pattern and is fairly open in every mission. If you take the time to explore all the nooks and crannies you will no doubt find health stations, ammo, and new weapons to fight the Covenant with – a heavy pistol and silenced machine gun.

The game will be enjoyed by fans of shooters as well as the Halo series. However, some might be disappointed by the singleplayer/coop campaign’s short duration coupled with the game’s full-release product pricing ($60). Afterall, you pay full-game pricing and you will no doubt expect a full-game. Thankfully, Microsoft and Bungie have thrown in some additions to soften the blow of this high cost. Halo 3: ODST includes every add-on map for Halo 3 as well as three new maps not seen before. Also included in the purchase is the option to beta test Halo: REACH sometime next year.

One of the more interesting things I found with the game was how the developers organized and refined enemy AI. You will often encounter groups of grunts being escorted about by an Elite or Brute. The interaction between the species is really fun to watch and you will have plenty of time to do so when sneaking about.

In Halo 3: ODST, you will not be able to recharge your health after taking a moment’s rest. Instead, you will have to deal with your stamina meter which acts similar to the shield system found in Halo 3. However, you will also have a health display which, if it empties, so do you. You will have to replenish your health and med stations throughout New Mombasa. Along the way you will be aided to these stations as well as clues about other ODSTs by a ‘dumb AI’ known as the Superintendent. The Superintendant will do fun things like change traffic lights, road signs, etc in order to get you where you need to go. Its a fun, yet effective gimmick.

Overall, Halo 3: ODST is a mixed bag of Halo goodness. Sometimes you will yell at it for costing so much and very obviously only being a short expansion. Other times, you will be yelling at the top of your lungs something like, ‘Die covies! Die!’, as you empty whole mags into enemy troops.

Screens Show Player Likenesses in PES 2010

Konami has released a few new collaged shots from its upcoming soccer game, PES 2010, showing off player likenesses from a few teams around the world. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is due out in November on the PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, and various mobile devices.

See the screens, After the Break!

Gameplay Trailer for NBA2K10 Released

2K Sports has released a gameplay trailer for their upcoming NBA2K10. The game is due out on October 6th in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and PC platforms. It will be released in Europe a few days later, on October 9th.

Army of Two: The 40th Day Website Gets First Developer Diary

The official Army of Two: The 40th Day website has been updated with a new developer diary talking about the reasons behind developing the title in Shanghai, China. Army of Two: The 40th Day is due out on January 12th, 2010 in North America on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP platforms.

From the developer diary:
‘In Army of Two: The 40th Day, Salem and Rios fight their way through Shanghai in order to survive as the city is destroyed by the 40th Day Initiative. The decision to set Army of Two: The 40th Day in Shanghai was ultimately crucial in developing fun gameplay and an intriguing story, and as you will see it will be an all around…’

Check out the full developer diary at the game’s official site.

Four New LEGO Indiana Jones 2 Screenshots

LucasArts has released four new images of their upcoming LEGO Indiana Jones 2 while at GamesCom. The game is due out on November 6th for the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and Microsoft Windows platforms. It will also feature levels from the latest Indiana Jones film.

Check out the new screenshots After the Break!

New Ms Marvel Vignette and Screenshots from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Activision has released some new screenshots as well as a video vignette of the superhuman Ms Marvel from their upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Ms Marvel has superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, flight, physical durability and limited precognition.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 will be released on September 15th, 2009 for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Xbox 360 platforms.

Be sure to checkout the screenshots After the Break as well!

EA Sports Passes New NBA LIVE 10 Screenshots Your Way

EA Sports has released some new screenshots for their upcoming NBA LIVE 10, which is due out this fall on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, and PSP platforms. NBA LIVE 10 will feature a new ‘Dynasty Mode’ which allows more franchise-wide control as well as enhanced player-control and AI.

Check out the new screens After the Break!