No Elites in Halo 3: ODST
We haven’t seen or heard much about Halo 3: ODST yet. This standalone expansion is on the wish list of many Xbox 360 gamers, which is not surprising given the continued success of Halo 3.
Developer Bungie revealed during the weekly update that there will be no Elites in Halo 3: ODST. The reason for this is that the Prophet of Truth doesn’t think the race is good enough and prefers to put better men on the case. In this case, that means there’s plenty of room for Brutes, who are very dedicated and never question decisions made by the Prophet of Truth. We also know that…
In Halo 3: ODST, we step into the shoes of The Rookie, an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper, who has no specific face or voice in the game. The Rookie is part of a five-man team that traveled to Ground Zero in the Earth city of New Mombasa, during the events of Halo 2. Your goal is to find and recover the last known locations of your four ODST team members. explore. You have team members like Dutch, a big guy with a penchant for heavy weapons and vehicles, and Romeo, a rather annoying sniper.
The game world has an open structure and as soon as you reach a location of one of your teammates you see a crime scene, such as a sniper rifle hanging from a lamppost. From that point on, a flashback to a time earlier in the day starts, where you gain control over the team member in question for an entire level. This level is more linear, following the traditional style of Halo, and along the way you discover what happened to your teammate and the mystery of New Mombasa.
As The Rookie you are less strong than we are used to from Master Chief, but according to Bungie this provides a different approach and extra tension. You’ll also have new gear at your disposal, such as a muted SMG and a PDA to place markers on the map for easy travel across the open world. In addition, we already saw the new “Visual Mode” in the debut trailer, where enemies and items are illuminated by a hi-tech neon.
Halo 3: ODST will be released for Xbox 360 in Fall 2009 as a standalone expansion to Halo 3.