Halo 3 ODST Impressions
I got it at 10 am today. I finished the single campaign at 4pm. I took about an hour break for lunch. My first impression, why such great reviews, and so short? And why do people have to pay $59.99 + tax for such a short game. Well, I guess if you have Halo 3 still, then those new multiplayer maps will be worth something, but still, $59.99??? Comon. I feel that I made the right decision to rent the game.
What I liked about it. Well the weapons handle different. I like the old style pistol. I like the new visor. I like the upgraded visuals to help determine who is friendly, who is foe, there are a few places in the game that there are soo many people on the screen it's hard to tell without the visor. Loading times are much faster than in Halo 3, so that's a great +. I did not copy the game to my hard drive either, I have a small ass 20 GB.
What I don't like. Again, too short of a single player experience. And there is a lot less cinematic movies. Some of the AI of the enemies are very buggy. I was litterally able to walk right through a few of them like they were ghosts. There is some frame rate problems with the game as some areas the screen is littered with soo much going on. I feel the multiplayer map fighting off waves of enemies just gets boring fast. And it was laggy. Probably tomorrow or the next they Microsoft will have fixed that.
Overall, the value is not worth full retail price at all. I actually would never even consider owning this game, and I still own Halo 1, 2 and 3. I just feel that Microsoft is milking it's fan base unjustly in the declining sales of the video game market. I guess they want our money somehow, and this is a way to get our hard earned cash.
Well, I hope you can share your stories when you get your ODST copy. I will keep playing for 7 days just to play the Halo 3 maps.