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Halo 3: ODST - Didn't like it at first; love it now,
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This review is from: Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
There are plenty of detailed reviews for this game here already. With that said, I won't breakdown the finer points of the game. I will say that this game is somewhat underrated and quite a gem amongst the other 4 Halo shooters. Those players that enjoy some story and a bit more strategy in their Halo experience will definitely enjoy ODST in my opinion.
I first saw the game in action a few days after release. Someone I know purchases games 1-2 days after they come out. I was not really impressed at the time and had lost interest in Halo since the second game. Didn't even want to play it. Fast forward some years; I enjoyed Halo:Reach. Finding ODST here on Amazon for $14 new -vs- $20 used at Gamestop, I decided to give it another chance.
The first 30 minutes of the game were a bit awkward. Playing the campaign on heroic wasn't a problem. Playing and being acquainted with Reach was.
- No sprinting
- No radar
- Can't sneak up on enemies for stealthy melee kills
- Patrols?! And they are fairly frequent
- Patrols can aggro
- Jackels with beam rifles can be head-shot deadly
- No shields.
I continued playing however and soon realized how much I was really enjoying such a change in pace.
1) It was critical to "choose" your fights. If you had to fight, you quickly analyzed the threat and prioritized targets.
2) If you do engage some enemies, don't linger in the area too long. Other nearby patrols could be rushing in after hearing the fire fight you just survived.
3) Finding cover and checking your map is a must almost every minute to get the latest intelligence on patrol movement in relation to your position.
4) As you travel through the city, you learn to take note of the environment so you can always engage the enemy on your terms. You also learn areas are never "clear" in ODST.
5) It seems ammunition is a bit scarce as compared to other games. You try to utilize specific weapons for specific enemies rather than just pouring it on and wasting ammo.
6) The visor is a nice feature and the fact that you need to keep it on 80% of the time helps remind you how human your character is.
Gameplay, plot and the story are a unique aspect in ODST. While playing an elite Spartan super soldier is enjoyable, it is refreshing to have another take on the battle against the Covenant.