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Halo 3 ODST Impressions

Posted by s0undwav3, 22 September 2009 · 175 views

Well today, I spent the majority playing ODST. I didn't buy it, nope. I rented it from Blockbuster across the street from my house. I asked the college student behind the desk if they got any copies in, and he said yea, so I said...I wanna rent it. So $5 down, and went home.

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.




Well today, I spent the majority playing ODST. I didn't buy it, nope. I rented it from Blockbuster across the street from my house. I asked the college student behind the desk if they got any copies in, and he said yea, so I said...I wanna rent it. So $5 down, and went home.

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.
I hate that i have to buy it : (
when it hits $10 it will be mine.
The negative points against ODST can basically be applied to Halo 3, which is to say that Halo 3 was vastly overrated.
I played a little bit of this game at my college gym where they had a kiosk setup. I think I'd rather keep my $60 and play Halo 3 again. Eventually I'll get around to it, but it's hard to be overly anxious for another MOTS.
The thing with these types of games are the thrill lies in multiplayer and co-campaign - I would feel Halo were boring compared to games like Fallout 3 if it weren't for the online experience. That's why I don't like Gears of War/COD - never got into the multiplayer. I think reviewers review with the type of game in mind - i.e. a game like GTA IV will get slammed if the single-player sucks while Halo wont lose as many points.
I'll probably get it sometime next year from ebay or the clearance bins. Not worth my non existant 60 dollars.
Best part of your Blog....that you manage to rent a game from blockbuster for $5.....its $10 for 5 days here
damn $10 is such a rip off, It used to be $5 where I live but its now raised to $7 for a week.
Oh yea, the coolest part was $5 IMO too. I walked in and it was $4.xx and whatever tax it was exactly $5.

I've now read some of the reviews online, and I don't get why the reviews comment on the multiplayer as innovative. Waves of enemies is not new. Look at Resident Evil Series....or L4D. I guess mixing up sci fi with this type of style is different, but it's certainly not innovative. I also read between the lines that many of the reviewers were rating with more points because this game comes with new Halo 3 MP maps. But then they don't actually go and review the maps.

Thanks for everyone's feedback. And yes, for anyone thinking to pay $60 for this game, leave it in your wallet.
@s0undwav3
I definitly agree with you. I'm going to wait until it goes down in price before I buy it. I bought Halo 3 awhile ago and was very let down to find out that you can only play online if you pay for the maps. So I might buy this when it goes down 30 bucks or so but mainly for the maps because I think that the solo campaign of all the Halo games is lame and definitly not worth the 60 dollar price tag. The online is some of the best from any game, mainly because it's popularity brings tons of people but it's still awesome.