We return to New Mombasa with the port of Halo 3: ODST on PC. The Master Chief Collection shines even brighter with the origin of the Gunfight. The rain falls.
First in, last out. Halo 3: ODST lands on PC as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. A port that offers different elements that make it more attractive to stroll through the streets of New Mombasa again. We are separated by almost 11 years since its premiere on Xbox 360. Although it came as a secondary profile spin off, it quickly became one of the most loved installments by fans.
The lack of dedicated multiplayer did not limit its own battery of novelties in the Halo formula. We saw the beginning of the Gunfight, a game mode capable of concentrating the best of the fighting while allowing us to share the experience with our friends in cooperative. Not to mention its campaign structure, atypical compared to numbered deliveries. All the ingredients are on the table, this time on a platform that offers you the freedom to squeeze your visual capabilities.
Deference for Darkness
The myth of Halo 3: ODST speaks for itself. If the Halo saga already has a special aura around it, the misadventures of this group of orbital descent shock soldiers raises a different perspective compared to controlling the Spartan 117. We are talking about a campaign that has to its credit missions as recognized as Police , Reserva Uplift or Autopista de la Costa, among others. It is part of the living history of your universe.
For those who are discovering it for the first time, they should know the differences in terms of approach. We mentioned previously the change of structure in the campaign. If you play it as designed, you will have to search the streets of the city for clues about what happened to your group. Finding these pieces allows us to experience events first-hand through the eyes of each member. Although with the collection we can jump between them directly, those moments of loneliness in New Mombasa are worth living. It really conveys the feeling of surviving the Covenant behind enemy lines.
We are not a Spartan. We embody a group of soldiers who feel and suffer with the scant armor they wear. Although there are no great differences in playable matter, the shootouts are focused on close combat. It is a guerrilla war in which all parties must adapt to the moment; we do not know what threat awaits us when we turn the corner.
Bungie hallmark artificial intelligence has a unique flavor. Thanks to that close distance, it is possible to observe in detail how a Brute commands his troops, or how the Jackals take up positions while the Grunts serve as a distraction. There are epic battles, vehicle missions, transitions… We are not short of saying that it is one of the most complete campaigns in the saga, always maintaining quality.
Halo 3: ODST on PC. Welcome to the shooting
The arrival of the Halo 3: ODST Shootout mode to the collection is worth noting. That difference in combat design serves as the biggest difference from its counterpart in Halo: Reach. Maps serve as an extension of that creative vision, full of covers and nooks and crannies to join forces with your friends.
This renewed edition includes the ten already known maps and a series of alternative game modes. As the following:
FF Classic → Fight against increasingly difficult odds. It ends when all lives are exhausted.
Fiestafight → Respawn with random weapons, but they do bonus damage.
Rocketfight → You respawn with rocket launchers.
Sniperfight → You respawn with sniper rifles.
Firefight → Fight against increasingly difficult odds. One group and it’s over.
The same configuration levels are maintained from the menu, allowing you to fine-tune what Shooting experience you want to have with that variant. Modifiers, ingame variants … the possibilities are multiple.
On the graphical side, the title allows you to configure visual and performance options with the same level of detail compared to your collectors’ peers, including improved graphical options. Playing Halo 3: ODST with a keyboard and mouse is just as comfortable as with a controller. This is not the case with Reach, for example, which conveys the feeling of being designed for the traditional control method.
The rain falls
The Master Chief Collection is the best opportunity to discover or revisit a classic. Except for the lack of cross-play between Xbox and PC, Halo 3: ODST on PC is an excellent opportunity for an entire community to go beyond what was seen on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Yes, it has taken time, but the wait was worth it. Next stop: Halo 4.
You can find it in the Microsoft Store or as part of the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate catalog.