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3:22 PM on 09.27.2009

What exactly is wrong with ODST?

Lately I have heard of a hubbub involving ODST not being worth $60. To that I say are you seriously joking? For $60 you get a terrific campaign, a new multiplayer mode, and all the maps from Halo 3. This is the game I wanted when I purchased Halo 3. Firefight mode alone could be worth have the price. The piss-ants say, "Why do I want Horde mode when I have gears 2?" Well because Gears 2 horde mode was the start of a new form of multiplayer and like the old adage goes, "The first will be the worst." Granted Horde was not terrible. Firefight is simply better. With the skulls involved the game-play consistently changes and keeps it fresh, interesting, and tense. In horde mode if you died you could not comeback, in Firefight you respawn, but are limited by a number of lives. The entire concept of horde mode was to allow the non-competitive to shine in an area, but gears horde mode serves new players a severe penalty if they die. In order to avoid this being all about firefight I will just say that firefight improves on a great idea and makes it much better. The story and atmosphere in the campaign is another sight to behold. Strolling through the ruins of New Mombasa in the night time is a glorious experience. I think the biggest change in the game though is that you are a human and not a badass marine wearing awesome armor... scratch that you still are but you feel more vulnerable. The entire game shows a different side of halo and that is that those who are fighting are people with lives, stories, and love. Just seeing the gloveless fingers of your ODST reminds you of what you are. After reading all this if you still think ODST is not worth $60 then all hope is lost for you.   read

8:42 PM on 08.31.2009

A new way to feel about your multiplayer

Something happened to me a few days ago. I decided that after beating Batman: Arkham Asylum and Wolfenstein that I would pop in Halo 3. I had picked it to reacquainted with Halo in order to be ready for Halo: ODST. As I was playing I noticed that something about the multiplayer for me had changed. It took me a while to figure out exactly what it was, but what had changed was my attitude towards multiplayer. I used to worry about leveling and just straight up winning all the time in Halo. Employing that mentality drained my patience and made me furious with the game. The weird thing is I'm playing with a quarter of that heckling me in the back of my mind but i try to black it out and instead focus on having fun. Instead of getting pissed when my corpse flys after being hit by a sticky, I laugh at my Spartan flying and landing in a position that looks like he received a hell of a blowjob. Instead of yelling that the sword fight was unfair I laugh when I see my killer get immediately assassinated by another attacker. I think everyone should try this out to help them with multiplayer. Because winning is not what games are all about, they were made with fun in mind.   read

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