Had Bungie not forgotten to tie their shoes before walking out the door and avoid the words "expansion pack" regarding this game's release, I don't think anyone would have balked at the full-price tag on ODST. Sure, the campaign is shorter than any of the others, and yes, the Halo 3 engine is certainly showing its age (thank God they're retooling it for Reach), this is probably the most enjoyable campaign of them all...thanks in no small part to the fact that it doesn't require a PHD in Halo mythology to know what's happening. It's just a simple tale of a squad separated and fighting their way through enemy territory to reunite. The removing of nearly everything that makes a gamer feel invincible as Master Chief (heath regen, dual-wielding, blatant disregard for the laws of gravity) serves to make every victory harder-earned and sweeter.

Plus, there's the inclusion of all Halo 3 Multiplayer maps on one disc.

And I'll just go ahead and say it: Firefight is the most fun I've had on a videogame with 3 friends since Goldeneye. Hours and hours will go by, and still you'll be ready for more. Every time the game throws some new wrinkle at you, finding a way to overcome it becomes exponentially more rewarding. Overall, this might be the best Halo game so far.