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Halo 3: ODST

With Christmas and New Year's fast approaching, the studio has been buzzing like a hive of bees. As we noted in last week's update, Halo 3: ODST is now what we consider "representational." In layman's terms, that means the game is theoretically playable end-to-end, although tons of game content is in non-finalized states. The playable spaces are all in, but while the plot plays out from start to finish, there's still quite a bit of Microsoft Mike and studio talent in the mix, standing in until the professional actors lend their voices to us.

Right now, in ODST, it seems like Staten is everywhere at once. Marine voice actor, check. ODST voice actor, check. Female marine voice actress, he's got that down too. The man has range.

We're not going to dive too deeply into specifics now (obviously), but the entire studio was pulled "offline" on Wednesday - diverted from their other work - to play through Halo 3: ODST. For those of you who think it's all work and no play at Bungie, this might not help to quash your unfounded assumptions, but quash them you should because while we certainly enjoy playing games, and while it's our stated mission to craft kick ass games that we want to play, the first playthrough is all business. We don't take it lightly. We're not only trying to find out what's fun to play, we're trying to ascertain what isn't fun to play. Where are players having to backtrack? Why are they toting a plasma pistol when they should have located the sniper rifle? The questions are nearly endless and the after-the-fact evaluation is thorough and honest.
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I'm legit looking forward to this. I loves me some Halo.
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This game is good for another 10 million copies sold. I'm looking forward to this game big time!
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I'm legit looking forward to this. I loves me some Halo.
Same here. I'll probably cave in and buy whatever map packs I don't have, along with Xbox Live when ODST comes out.
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So this will be like Splinter Cell : Halo, or Halo Recon : Advanced Warfighter. Or something. I prefer the usual shoot-em-all FPS but I trust Bungie with this.
Edited by Adrienspawn - 12/22/08 at 9:07am
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I hope they just keep how well they do their story lines and just bump up the game from Quake III standards

Looking forward to this (they better have coop, boring by yourself )
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I hope they just keep how well they do their story lines and just bump up the game from Quake III standards

Looking forward to this (they better have coop, boring by yourself )
It's extremely unlikely it will. Since the game doesn't have levels, really.
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So this will be like Splinter Cell : Halo, or Halo Recon : Advanced Warfighter. Or something. I prefer the usual shoot-em-all FPS but I trust Bungie with this.
Bungie said in an interview with OXM (I believe it was OXM) that it's not just going to be Halo: Splinter Cell or Halo Recon: Advanced Warfighter.

I think we're going to see more instances where you'll need to use your brainpower to achieve certain objectives, rather than the usual Halo style of "kill everything, move along".

I have faith that Bungie should be able to deliver an entertaining experience, although let's hope it's not as bland as the Halo 2/3 multiplayer.
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Bungie said in an interview with OXM (I believe it was OXM) that it's not just going to be Halo: Splinter Cell or Halo Recon: Advanced Warfighter.

I think we're going to see more instances where you'll need to use your brainpower to achieve certain objectives, rather than the usual Halo style of "kill everything, move along".

I have faith that Bungie should be able to deliver an entertaining experience, although let's hope it's not as bland as the Halo 2/3 multiplayer.
So Lara Croft: ODST

Yeah I read the review too but it's hard to say it will be more sneaky and less gunny than the Other Halo's but not at all like Splinter Cell. Not sure how ''puzzles'' will fit in to.

- Darnit! We're locked inside!

- We must unlock the door!

- Match the blue and yellow squares before the timer runs out!
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