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As part of our extensive Halo: Reach coverage, we decided to take a look back at Bungie’s most recent release, Halo 3: ODST. Find out Bungie’s thoughts on final pricing, audio logs, Firefight matchmaking, and the possibility of DLC, straight from ODST creative director Joseph Staten.When ODST was first announced, Bungie said it wouldn’t be a full $60 title. At what point did you eventually decide ODST would be full price? Did you expect it to be a tough battle since consumers already thought of the game in a certain way? Well, to be clear, we didn’t decide anything related to the price; those decisions are made outside of Bungie. But the truth is that ODST started out as an expansion pack, and over time evolved into a full-featured beast that we could all stand behind at a $60 price point. It was a frustrating situation to be in, absolutely. It would be great to always know where you’re going to end up – to be able to tell your fans exactly what to expect from the get-go. But that’s really hard to do in general, and it was even harder to do with ODST. The team was much smaller but the tech was much more stable than we were used to – there were just a lot of factors that made ODST’s development more difficult to predict than previous Halo games. It’s tough as a company who takes such pains to be upfront and honest with its fans to see that honesty backfire. But we’d rather have that problem than the opposite.ODSTs are not as powerful as Spartans in Halo lore, which results in the use of health packs and lack of duel wielding. What do you say to players who thought having a “weaker” character detracted from the fun? How does Bungie weigh the importance of canon versus gameplay?I’d tell them they’re not using the new pistol enough! All kidding aside, we tried to strike a balance between vulnerability and special forces ***-ness. Aside from the health model, we found that weapon load-out was a great thing to tweak; the new sound-suppressed pistol and SMG were perfect for ODSTs but maybe a little too stealthy for Spartans. Sure, we also allowed our ODSTs to flip overturned Warthogs and rip off mounted turrets. But, in the end, the game has to be fun above all else. And sometimes that means bending the fiction a little.
Some players really enjoyed the story told in the audio logs – possibly more than the main plot – but were frustrated at tracking down all the files. Was there any consideration during development that this story would be more directly integrated into the main plot?We figured it would take about a week for a movie of all the audio logs to appear on YouTube (and we were right) for folks who didn’t want to scour the city. But for folks who did, we wanted to make it a decent challenge. Some audio logs were definitely harder to find than others, and early on we considered adding all their locations to the map as we unlocked them. But we found through playtesting that people thought this wasn’t fun because it was too easy. So, again, we did our best to land somewhere in the middle, and we’re really happy players enjoyed Sadie’s story.
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I would hope that others will agree that ODST was a huge dissapoint ment for the price. The biggest being firefight not having matchmakeing, i have to play it by myself because I only have one friend that has the game so its not even worth playing by yourself. Worst idea ever
From what I heard I figured Firefight was the major draw of ODST but when I got, just a few weeks ago, I was amazed at how good the story was. I never expected a dark, who-done-it like story in a Halo game. Pleasantly surprised. The only problem is the lack of matchmaking in Firefight because everyone on my friends list is busy calling in Predators...the music was amazing too. Hopefully Reach will continue on this for the single player.
man... this game was very fun to play with friends escpecially in firefight, it gave a competitive co-op even though u had to work together. it gave me a lot of gameplay time and i still play today.oone complaint though, when u have one of those heroic moments, that awesome kick ass music never came on ssooooooo yeah
Never played Halo...
don't have a Xbox360,
though Reach looks really cool!
if u dont have whats the point of saying anything, lol.... :]
i think ur rite yawho
multiplayer seems to be the focus these days
i thats why im happy i got mine on the first day, and still love it!reach beta,i can not wait,when is it coming?
no one i know even played the game. they all went straight to multiplayer.
why don'y they just put every halo map from every game on one game disk. i hate playing some of the maps from every game, but to have them all one one would be "acceptable." to say the least.
anyways this game is still cool and fun
i cant wait till halo reach
I love Halo 3: ODST. Its short, but it was originally suppose to be an expansion pack so its understandable, even though I really didn't care because it was still fun. I had no problem with any of the changes and going back to one weapon instead of dual-wielding just reminded me of the good ol' days. And anyone who is close-minded enough to think that this game is not as good as any other great game out there is an ignorant jackass who has to b*tch and complain about small things. Also, Halo: Reach is going to be AMAZING!
I can't say that i am exited for this game. I've had my fill of Halo, and unless they come up with some new ideas, im not gonna by it.
y dosent somebody just tell halo that they suck!?!?!?
Halo reach is going to be the same thing as halo 3 with a couple of new weapons and enemies.
all of you people are c*ck suckers you people cant get it through your thick skulls huh? Halo 3 ODST was not a full game it was an EXPANSION made for the FANS OF HALO halo 3 odst was never intended to be a best seller or outsell the big titles that have came out this year, you people must have brain damage or down syndrome its like your mothers dropped you when you were a baby, LEARN HOW TO READ Halo Reach is going to be FULL GAME with everything a longer campaign WAY LONGER than the piece of sh** call of duty 3 hour campaign plus the multiplayer will blow any game that has multiplayer out of the water. stop treating odst like a *** full game for christ sake and just cuz halo 3 odst sucked FOR YOU doesnt mean every other halo game has to suck too, you wouldnt like people talking bullsh** about something you enjoy so if you dont like halo why dont you just go away and play the game YOU LIKE
I'm a fan of the game play, but for me, it has to be the lore. I love the story, I read the books, comics, and own the encyclopedia. It'll be great to see the variance in the Reach book versus the game.
Im the words of Comic Book Guy: Worst.Game.Ever.
Reach better come up with some mind blowing stuff for it to hit my Q-list on Gamefly.
"." learn to use them brother.