VIDEO | X360 Saturday, August 22, 2009 | 12:38 AM

The beginning of Halo ODST showcased by Bungie

The beginning of Halo ODST showcased by Bungie

The huge Halo 3 ODST booth on the Gamescom showfloor was all about multiplayer. To see the first levels of the solo campaign, we had to sneak into the Microsoft hideout, safe from prying eyes. There, two lieutenants from Bungie gave us a fifteen minutes long presentation of this spin-off to the Master Chief's adventures, a spin-off which story runs parallel to Halo 2's. With its open world structure and daring flashback narrative, Halo 3 ODST doesn't fail to surprise, right from the long and intense introductory sequence that we offer you to discover just after the jump.
Update: Second part is online.

Gamescom 09 - Campaign showcase part 1
Gamescom 09 - Campaign showcase part 2

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Commented on 2009-08-22 02:13:00
Well THAT was a damn tease! I've seen that opening already!- I thought it was going to be the first 15 minutes of PLAY. Still though- that's a great and intense opening. Can't wait to see it in HD on my big-damn-hero sized screen!
Commented on 2009-08-22 02:16:00
Gameplay is part two. I'll put it online quickly if the opening was already known, sorry about that.
Commented on 2009-08-22 02:48:11
Thank you, I am waiting for part two, it looks great!!! :)
Commented on 2009-08-22 04:36:30
i love how they stole the street design from a halo 1 custom map
Commented on 2009-08-22 04:39:19
What custom map ?
Commented on 2009-08-22 05:03:06
awesome!! Thanks Snoopers!

"they stole the street design from a halo 1" what now??? And you really think they 'stole' this design... from anything? Really??
Commented on 2009-08-22 05:04:30
As much as I hate Halo 3, I have to say, this doesn't look too bad.

Yes the graphics aren't great, but the gameplay looks a lot better than 3 to me.

Looking forward to part 3, if there is one.
Commented on 2009-08-22 05:14:40
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Commented on 2009-08-22 05:21:44 In reply to NC17
Posted by NC17
Nobody cares about Halo anymore
The fact that Halo 3 is the number one played game on XBL most weeks would suggest differently.
Commented on 2009-08-22 05:23:02
stop trolling or you'll be banned.

Thanks.
Commented on 2009-08-22 06:24:34
the first Halo was one of the best games I have ever played, and is still by far the most fun game the last generation provided. That said, I don't think the Halo franchise is really upping the bar much each sequal. 2 was amazing due to the online being so amazingly well done, and then 3 just added a lot of polish to that system.

Pretty much what draws me to ODST is the firefight mode. I can really see the Halo style of gameplay working wonderfully with this style of play. That and of course the Reach beta is far too tempting.

Still pissed off about the price tag, but not much I can do about it. Damn capitalism lol.
Commented on 2009-08-22 09:23:06
Excellent cam quality and quite the interesting movie itself. Although graphically it's not spectacular to look at. The game itself seems alright and definitely looks more interesting then Halo 3. Putting it back on the radar :)
Commented on 2009-08-22 10:20:54 In reply to Nietzsche
Posted by Nietzsche
the first Halo was one of the best games I have ever played, and is still by far the most fun game the last generation provided. That said, I don't think the Halo franchise is really upping the bar much each sequal. 2 was amazing due to the online being so amazingly well done, and then 3 just added a lot of polish to that system.

Pretty much what draws me to ODST is the firefight mode. I can really see the Halo style of gameplay working wonderfully with this style of play. That and of course the Reach beta is far too tempting.

Still pissed off about the price tag, but not much I can do about it. Damn capitalism lol.
Makes no sense.

You come to say that the SP doesn't up himself with each game and yet you aren't interested in ODST more than the Firefight. What ISN'T in this one, that is bot trying to be different and refreshing? Open-world, non-linear missions...
Commented on 2009-08-22 11:54:16
You can hate it or love it but Halo is Halo even after 20 years is still going to be Halo the best and the simplest FPS .
Commented on 2009-08-22 13:33:56
The game looks awesome, just one month to go, cant wait!!
Commented on 2009-08-22 14:18:15
looks awesome. Cant wait for this game :D
Commented on 2009-08-22 14:58:36
Not having played Halo 3 much myself, I can only comment on the first two, but I agree somewhat with Nietzsche. The core gameplay doesn't seem to have evolved since the first game, but with this, I really like the direction their going. The mood and setting seem really different, and departing from the Master Chief is strange, but I like it. It gives Bungie a chance to explore different elements and narratives in the Halo universe.

I like the open-world but one question: will you get to use the Halo vehicles in this one? One would think so, but the fact that they teleported because they said the didn't have time to walk made me think otherwise. Why have a Warthog or Ghost nearby to jump into? Halo + GTA = Win

Also, what's with the saturation and contrast on this video? Normally the quality, even off-screen, is very good here at Gamersyde. What happened here? Oh well, great demo nonetheless.
Commented on 2009-08-22 16:12:14 In reply to phreakinpher
Posted by phreakinpher
Also, what's with the saturation and contrast on this video? Normally the quality, even off-screen, is very good here at Gamersyde. What happened here? Oh well, great demo nonetheless.
??

I don't see any problem, except for the obvious fact that filming a screen with a wide angle is quite different from being in full frame.
Commented on 2009-08-22 16:35:08
That was cool, but I wish the player met a little more enemy resistance on that bridge. Video quality looked just fine under the circumstances.
Commented on 2009-08-22 17:17:43 In reply to phreakinpher
Posted by phreakinpher
I like the open-world but one question: will you get to use the Halo vehicles in this one? One would think so, but the fact that they teleported because they said the didn't have time to walk made me think otherwise. Why have a Warthog or Ghost nearby to jump into? Halo + GTA = Win
There were screenshots with vehicles, but I think they'll be "zone restricted" or something like that. But yeah, travelling around the city with Mongoose would be fantastic.
Commented on 2009-08-22 18:18:37
I have to admit I have not been too interested in ODST even though I play halo3 almost everyday day, but this vid was very interesting, game looks very promising!

Snoopers, part 1 vid has a blue-ish hue to it when the bungie guy talks
Posted by szaromir
There were screenshots with vehicles, but I think they'll be "zone restricted" or something like that. But yeah, travelling around the city with Mongoose would be fantastic.
It would also defeat the purpose of being stealthy, but I agree it would be a damn lot of fun!
Commented on 2009-08-22 18:25:29 In reply to TheFuriousOne
Posted by TheFuriousOne
Snoopers, part 1 vid has a blue-ish hue to it when the bungie guy talks
That's on purpose.
Commented on 2009-08-22 18:27:15 In reply to Snoopers
Posted by Snoopers
??

I don't see any problem, except for the obvious fact that filming a screen with a wide angle is quite different from being in full frame.
Well, I know what phreakinpher is on about, but I'm guessing it was because it was just dark in the room.
http://images.gamersyde.com/image_halo_3_odst-1140...

The colours are washed out with a heavy blue tint. Oh and there's really low contrast though. I'm not complaining by the way, I thought the quality was pretty good.

EDIT: Should've refreshed.
Commented on 2009-08-22 19:15:41
That's just an effect I made for the "speaking" moments. Doesn't look that great because the original video was pure crap, the camera was set up for screen filming so everything else looked red and dark :)
Commented on 2009-08-22 19:48:56 In reply to Snoopers
Posted by Snoopers
That's on purpose.
Fair enough, I kinda liked it anyway but I really don't like the rounded black border (which isn't very rounded but rather jaggy) but the faded black border when the gameplay starts is nice though.
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