Halo 3 ODST, the prequel campaign between Halo 2 and Halo 3, offers users the unique opportunity to take on Covenant forces as a rookie Orbital Drop Shock Trooper rather than the head honcho Master Chief. Although the campaign is very similar to Halo 2, it’s actually an improvement over that game in quite a few ways, including the addition of new weapons, equipment, and technologies that can aid in the fight against the alien alliance.
One of the greatest improvements is the use of lighting and shadow in the game, as well as better vehicle physics. This allows the player to use vehicles as a viable weapon rather than simply using brute force to fight his way through the game. There are also new weapons included in this particular campaign, such as the Auto Rifle which fires stronger rounds, at the cost of less damage. Another new addition is the development of the phaser rifle, which, as its name suggests, can change into a phase rifle when activated. When in this mode, the player can zoom in and out and change between the three necessary modes, including aiming. Each of the three modes has its benefits and costs.
Another new mode is called “ometers”, and allows the player to compete in an arena mode using the ranking available through the Xbox Live leaderboards. This is in addition to the single-player mode, which has been typically chosen by more experienced players.
The multiplayer modes are also identical to the previous versions of Halo 3. In addition to the single-player mode, there is also the continuation of the Halo 3 multiplayer events, including Slayer, Dominion, Bounty Hunter, and many other activities.
Halo 3 ODST offers both a single and multiplayer experience and allows users to compete with friends through Xbox Live. In addition to the weapons and modes of previous versions, new weapons have been included in this latest version of the game. These include the OGTA knife, the pocket watch, and the directional pad.
The ODST campaign allows for up to four players to play through the entire campaign at a new faster pace. With the addition of new weapons and modes of gameplay, it offers users the ability to fight the Covenant and fight back to them, as well as engage in intense vehicle combat. Users can select from 11 different weapons and 11 different vehicles to use in this game.
This campaign addition is accompanied by the new Silent Scope, which displays characters from the film series. There are also new, operation theater-style missions, as well as new instances of the well-loved Firefight mode.
The gameplay adds another dimension by including new weapons, modes, and technologies to use during the game. There are thousands of weapons and cool upgrades to unlock, as well as new vehicles and firefights. The vehicles range from basic land vehicles such as a truck or a trailer to sophisticated vehicles such as aircraft or a tank. The equipment includes anything from a flamethrower to a wheeled game-winning sword, all of which can be upgraded.
The center of the gameplay is the weapons and vehicles. These different weapons offer different options for users. The players have the option of choosing a weapon, a secondary weapon, and an armor ability. The different weapons are the same as those in the previous version of Halo 3. However, the players can now modifier these weapons, such as adding a grip to shotguns to increase accuracy. There are multiple armor abilities to choose from. Some of these armor abilities are the Evade ability for increased armor abilities, and Snipe ability for Hunters, which allows the Hunters to snipe off enemies’ vehicles.
It has been announced that Halo ODST will include many secret artifacts, as well as audio logs that will bring interesting new information surrounding the storyline and the history of the Halo universe. Halo ODST is scheduled for release internationally on September 14, 2010, and shall be released to the United States consumers on September 9, 2010.