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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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Great article. In fact I DID find all the audiologs by myself. Two were especially hard since one was a two stories up on a ledge and the other was within a building. The relief of finally retrieving the last one with the evil cop was SO satisfying. The thing is that people who didn't listen to the audiologs wouldn't get why the cop did what he did and tried to kill you.
I think gamers, to REALLY appreciate the story, should watch the cut-scenes and listen to hidden recording (like the audiologs). I get annoyed when my friends complain about a bad story when it turns out they didn't even watch the cut-scenes.
BTW, look at the last picture on the second page. Then notice the ODST on the right (there's two in the picture), the one charging into the Brute Chieftain! When I see that and imagine the person playing him, I can only think "moron."
Whoever put a $60 price tag on this game is a greedy sob. I like how it's a lot more challenging then halo 3 was but its still the same game. There wasn't enough content added to justify my hard earned $60 into, but that's my opinion.
OKAY IM UPSET ABOUT THE PRICE OF ODST THE LACK OF MATCHMAKING(THE BIGGEST PROBLEM)THE SHORT STORY AND NOW IM MAD THERE WONT BE ANY DLC.BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID HALO 3 ODST IS FRICKEN GREAT I LOVE IT I HAVE ALL THE ACHIEVMENTS AND I PLAY THE GAME OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN FACT IVE ALMOST GOT ALL OF THE ACHIEVMENTS FOR MY GIRLFRIEND SHE LOVES THE GAME TO. FIREFIGHT I LOVE I HOPE THEY PUT IT IN REACH ASWELL AS FORGE I LOVE MAKING MAPS AND IT WOULD BE COOL IF I COULD CONTINUE DOING SO IN REACH. HELL I WOULD LOVE TO DO FORGE FOR ODST'S FIRE FIGHT THAT WOULD BE A HELL OF ALOT OF FUN. I THINK THE HELLJUMPERS ARE UNDER RATED THEY ARE 1 STEP UNDER THE SPARTEN'S I MEAN IF WE PLAYED AS REGULAR MARINES YEAH THAT WOULD SUCK BUT THESE ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST.THAT BEING SAID EVEN SPARTEN'S DIE (MISSING IN ACTION) I LOVE THE BOOKS I LOVE THE GAMES HALO SERIES IS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE BEST IF NOT THE BEST SERIES OF ALL TIME.IF YOU EVER NEED HELP WITH ODST OR ANY HALO ILL GLADLY HELP ANYONE. BUT SOME CONSTRUCTIVE CRITISISM FOR BUNGIE I HATE THE SWITCHING TO OTHER CHARACTERS TO TELL A STORY IT WAS DIFFERENT IN HALO 2 YOU WERE AN ELITE THE JHON 117.BUT COME ON I DONT WANNA GO BACK AND FORTH THROUGH THR EYES OF 1 ODST TO THE OTHERS ITS NOT LIKE HES USING THE CHIP IN THERE HELMET TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED.FIND A DIFFERENT WAY TO TELL THE STORY LIKE HIM WHATCHING THE STUFF HAPPEN ON THE COMPUTOR YOU HAD US COMMUNICATE WITH DOWNLOAD POINTS IF YOU WILL.AND ALSO I BOUGHT ODST FOR ODST NOT FOR THE REACH DEMO THATS JUST A BONUS IM BUYING REACH DAY OF RELEASE, BUT IVE BOUGHT ALL THE HALO MAPS EXCEPT THE FINAL MYTHIC MAPS I THOUGHT THATS WHY I BOUGHT THE MYTHIC MAP DISK WITH IT WE SHOULD GET A CODE FOR THOES MAPS FOR FREE I BUY THEM FOR MY GIRLFRIEND AND MY SELF I HAVE 2 XBOX'S 2 HALO'3S AND ALL THE DLC BUT IM NOT MADE OUT OF MONEY I WANNA STILL TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THE MATCHMAKING WITHOUT LOADING PROBLEM BECAUSE THE DISK WEARS OUT I MEAN YOU ARE MAKING HALO3 OBSOLETE BY EVEN RELEASING REACH. DONT GET ME WRONG I WANT REACH BUT LOOK AT HALO2'S LIFE HALO3 CAME OUT AND ITS BASICLY DEAD. I DONT REALLY CARE CONSIDERING I PLAY HALO 3 ANYWAY I ONLY REFER TO HALO 2 TO MAKE MAPS.WHICH BY THE WAY YOU GUYS RULE FOR MAKING FORGE.AND AGAIN IM NOT TRYING TO BE MEAN TO BUNGIE THERE THE BEST IM JUST TRYING TO HELP.
I don't care what anyone says. This game was amazing, It was great to feel a bit of change in gameplay. I loved the stealthy approach and audio logs. I really wish 343 would incorporate an O.D.S.T. two somehow. We Are ODST.