It’s the end of the year people. All the big titles that were gonna be released for 09′ have come out. It’s that awesome time of year where hopefully we get some extra time to spend with our family and friends, but also enjoy some quality gaming time.
Man, it’s been a heck of a year for gaming. For me personally as well, I mean, I got to feel the sting of a PS3 and an Xbox360 dying on me, which really sucks cuz I show so much care for my systems. But I kept on truckin and was able to play most of the awesome stuff I wanted to this year. There’s still a bunch of titles that I haven’t played or barely spent time with, though I’d like to. This list is the stuff I got to play through or spent enough time with to know they’re my favorites this year. You can say it’s in order, the best being no. 1 of course. All these are great and deserve some kind of attention when you guys get the chance.
-Probably the best cinematic adventure I’ve ever played, so many memorable moments.
-A comic book super hero game that kept me engrossed from beginning to end. I even wanna play it again!
-Incredibly exciting, like being in an awesome summer action blockbuster, without the corny stuff in between!
-Part one was an awesome skeleton to a great title to come. They actually built an interesting game and world that I love getting lost in.
-It’s Halo, man we love Halo around here. The fun and shooting strategy this invokes just doesn’t get old.
-A 15$ downloadable game that kept me sucked in and having fun a lot longer than a lot of 60$ games.
-Intense….makes me feel like I’m in a real war.
-It’s side scrolling Mario! ’nuff said!
-It’s the same awesome God of War games from the PS2 cleaned up for HiDef. The PS2 versions were like old DVD picture quality, this is remastered Blu-Ray baby!
-The classic 3D platforming series still holds it’s own….and looks damn good doing it.
As advertised we get together and give our thoughts while sipping some Odeius Tea from the makers of Halo 3. That was not funny, I know. We give a run down on the levels, brutes, new weapons, favorite points in game, area’s we didn’t see first time through and achievements! Join us for the 29th_podcast
Rich and I should be talking up Halo 3 ODST on the podcast before we head out for some of our favorite ranchero wings at the Adobe in South Philly. Yes, dont worry, we’ll get LOTS of ranch sauce like Mr. Chi-City does. So here’s a list of the levels we’re going to do a quick run down for tonight’s podcast. I’m really curious what rich’s favorite Halo 3 ODST level is.
The Tayari Plaze level
The Uplift Reserve level
The Kizingo Boulevard level
The ONI Alpha Site level
The NMPD HQ level
The Kikiwani Station level
The Data Hive level
Coastal Highway level
I swear, I must have put in a good 16 hours in and still have gameplay left. The game is GREAT. On the real, I got my 10,000 achievement point on the Data Hive level. How amazing is that? When it popped up I was like hold up a second I bet that was my 10k point. And yep. Bam. Points on Points.
Coming 2yrs after the release of Halo 3 is this tight little expansion, Halo 3 ODST. If you’re a Halo fan, you know what to do, if not, this game won’t change your mind…..8/10.
The Good – More Halo, that’s really good to me, which means top notch console first person shooter action. The storyline is a fresh take on the usual formula, you get to see different takes from different character perspectives. It all takes place during Halo 2, basically experiencing a portion of what went down in New Mombasa. Tight, intense gunfights that keep you on your toes, are quite exhilarating. There’s a very cool semi-open world aspect that lets you approach enemies from different angles on some levels. Enemy AI is as smart as ever in a Halo game, no two battles are quite the same, even approaching a gunfight multiple times yields different, if even slight, experiences. Nighttime scenes have an air of creepiness. The graphics engine still looks good two years later. Audio is as good as it gets on the 360, high quality effects, well designed surround direction, and some pretty incredible music all add to another awesome Halo experience. The new Firefight mode is supposed to be pretty fun, along the lines of Gears of War 2’s horde mode, haven’t had the chance to try it myself, but I trust it’s a blast with friends. The multiplayer portion comes on it’s own disc with all the previous Halo 3 DLC maps with 3 new maps as well.
The Bad – The campaign is kinda short, it should’ve lasted at least another hour and a half since the main game is maybe 6-7hrs. While I’m happy to shell out for a new Halo game, there’s a reason why it’s called “Halo 3 ODST”, it’s just an expansion of Halo 3….not a new Halo game, probably should have been 40$ instead of 60$. Sure you got some expanded multiplayer, but it’s still Halo 3’s multiplayer, and I’m not an online multiplayer anymore, so that 2nd disc is gonna go to waste for me. You’re not Master Chief, and the characters you do play as are nowhere near as cool as he is, they’re pretty bland actually. While the overall graphics engine still looks great, you would think they’d update the face tech, the characters without their masks look pretty bad. I can be wrong, but I always remembered Halo autosaving, you have to “Save And Quit” to do this here, so if you turn off the box in mid game, you’re screwed.
The Ugly – When you go into the map/objectives screen, the game doesn’t pause, which means if you’re looking at the map, reading objectives or what have you, you can still get hit by enemies…..umm, hello? Pause?!?
The homies that run the very awesome kotaku.com is reporting on a new 360 bundle. Slated for the PAL territories(european I guess), it looks like they’ll be getting a box full of wonderful which would include a 360 Elite, copies of Halo 3 and Halo 3:ODST, and access to the Halo: Reach beta, that would be the next Halo title that we know nothing about just yet. No word yet as to whether this sweet bundle of joy is hitting here in the states.
As promised, I’m throwin up some more info on ODST’s multiplayer(now that we know more that is). Joystiq cleared the air, thanks to Bungie being at Gamescom this year. Here’s what the Bungie guys had to say “It’s all the multiplayer maps we released with Halo 3, then all of the DLC we’ve released since then, along with three new maps.” Halo 3 ODST will be 2 discs, the 1st being the single player campaign(holla), and the 2nd being the multiplayer component. Great idea if you ask me, I can’t wait, already got my copy on pre-order 🙂
If you hop on over to one of the blogs we heart, Kotaku, you can check out some footage of 3 new Halo3 maps in action. They’re gonna be on a separate disc that will come with Halo 3 ODST(Xbox360). I assumed ODST would ship with the Halo 3 multiplayer component and all the previous map updates….I guess I’m not so sure now :-/….well, ODST is due out in a little over a month, so we’ll know for sure soon. Man, Halo online still looks fun as hell….
I’m in! 3rd person halo!? I love you Halo ODST! I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS. LA LA LA LA LA LA LA. it looks saaaweeeeeet
Coming this fall, nearly 2yrs. after Halo3 came out, the been announced expansion to Halo 3, ODST, finally drops, quick description from destructoid “ takes place a few weeks before the events of Halo 3. The ODST soldiers are in the City of New Mombasa, Africa where parts of Halo 2 took place in. The ODST soldiers have some new tools at their disposal that the Master Chief never got such as sound suppressed weapons and a low light vision mode to help them see in the dark. We’ll also see a brand new pistol that fans of the original Halo will really dig. ODST will also have a brand new co-op mode called Firefight.”….it also comes with a beta for Halo Reach, which we don’t know much about yet, but destructoid had this to say “If you didn’t read the first book in the Halo novel series, the Planet Reach is a human military planet where the SPARTAN II’s were trained. The Covenant eventually find the planet, and like the rest of the human colonies, destroy the planet. The events of the original Halo actually take place moments after the the planet Reach is attacked.” Here’s to hoping for some more awesome Halo action.
*Update* Kotaku reports of a 99$ Collector’s Edition with this snazzy lookin controller, as Rick James would say “give it to me baby!” :-p