When Good Companies Make Good

Amazon.com and Sgt. Johnson get square.

If you were one of the few who were informed by Amazon.com that the Sgt. Johnson pre-order offer was limited to one per household, you should drop their customer support a line.  They're making good and making sure that you'll be granted one code per copy.  Of course, if you just think this will be a great way to get you hands on a bunch of free Johnson even if you didn't pre-order, think again.  They have fancy computers and they can verify your purchase order on the fly.  Marvelous age we live in, eh?

Halo 3: ODST 9/24/2009 11:45 AM PDT permalink

Prepare to Drop Double EXP Weekend

No VISR mode, but expect plenty of headshots.

An “ODST Inspired” 4v4 Social Double EXP Weekend. There’s no VISR mode, but expect Slayer, Objective, and plenty of headshots.

3-4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Halo 3: Mythic Disk Required


  • ODST Slayer (86.7%) - Team Slayer, first team to 50 wins. Players start with SMGs and Magnums. Player traits: 150% Damage Resistance, Energy Shields disabled.
  • Asset Escort (13.3%, Skipped after veto) - Teams take turns escorting their VIP to as  many points as possible. Anti-VIP starts with Spike Rifles and Gravity Hammers, and have 150% gravity. VIP team starts with Battle Rifles and SMGs, and have 90% damage resistance, and wear black armor. The VIP starts with a plasma pistol no grenades, does 0% damage to opponents, has 90% damage resistance, 4x overshields, 50% shield recharge rate, 75% move speed, 75% gravity, full vehicle use, an enhanced motion tracker, a waypoint that can be seen by all, and is colored purple. VIP team members within 40 meters of the VIP get 2x overshields. The Sandtrap Escort variant is two rounds long, and only the VIP and the Anti VIP team can drive vehicles. The Rat's Nest variant is 4 rounds and everyone has full vehicle use.


  • ODST Construct (Construct)- Construct with the ODST weapon set
  • ODST Guardian (Guardian)
  • ODST Boundless (Snowbound)
  • ODST Pit Stop (The Pit)
  • ODST Blackout (Blackout) - Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • ODST Ghost Town (Ghost Town) - Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • ODST Assembly (Assembly)  - Part of the Mythic Map Pack
  • ODST Citadel (Citadel) - Available on Halo 3: Mythic
  • ODST Heretic (Heretic) - Available on Halo 3: Mythic
  • Desert Highway (Sandtrap) - Custom Sandtrap variant for Asset Escort
  • Rat's Road (Rat's Nest) - Custom Rat's Nest variant for Asset Escort

PlaylistsHalo 3 9/24/2009 11:43 AM PDT permalink

Tied the Leader's Official Review

Not what you're expecting.

The fine, trigger happy folks over at Tied the Leader seem to be enjoying their time with Halo 3: ODST.  They also seem to be enjoying fiddling with their extended Service Tags.  Check it out (and stick around and check out their other blog offerings - it's all good stuff.)

Tied the Leader: Official ODST Review

Halo 3: ODST 9/24/2009 10:11 AM PDT permalink

Top 10 MLG Plays Episode 8

bmcgann17007 writes:

Back and better than ever.

The best plays from the MLG Playlist, captured in HD for your enjoyment.  Check it out.

"The Top 10 MLG Plays is back and is now better than ever! We have a new member to the team :Bjorn: who captures the clips in stunning HD! This episode features some of the best skill plays from Halo 3 players around the world! If you would like to submit a clip for this top 10 then visit my youtube channel: bmcgann17. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Top 10 MLG Plays **Episode 8** HD

Halo 3 9/24/2009 10:08 AM PDT permalink

Windward in Widescreen

Get eyes on the friendly skies.

HBO forumgoer HaLo2FrEeEk snapped some ultrawide panoramas of Halo 3: ODST's Windward.  To help you get a good look, he's made it available in multiple flavors.  Hit the jump and check it out.

HBO - ODST VR Panorama (full 360°)

Halo 3: ODST 9/24/2009 9:29 AM PDT permalink

The Pit: Evolved

The Pit get's customized.

If you've got a copy of Halo for PC, you might want to check out this sweet remake of Halo 3's multiplayer map, The Pit.  Attention to detail?  Check.  You should check it out.

YouTube - The Pit Preview

Halo (PC and Mac) 9/24/2009 9:12 AM PDT permalink

Bryan Simon Loves Us


Bryan's still making tunes with his sweet patchy beard and his six string gee-tar (and sweet MLG hat).  You still want to tune in, right?  This one's about ODST.

YouTube - Thank You, Bungie - ODST Remix

Community 9/24/2009 9:09 AM PDT permalink

HBOFF: Feet First Into Hell

Winners announced.

If you're a fan and you're into fiction, you should check out the results from HBO's Feet First Into Hell writing contest.  To make it easy on you, here's a post full of links.  Click on 'em.

"Way back on Bungie Day, Halo.Bungie.org Fan Fiction launched the Feet First Into Hell writing contest - write a story about ODST's, win copies of the game!  Now, hboff.bungie.org is proud to present the winners!

Head over to the official page for a detailed writeup, including statements from the winners.  Go the contest forum to leave comments, criticism, death threats and praise for the winners.

Grand Prize:
 The King's Robes by SeverianofUrth

First Runners-Up:
Pyres in the Sky by J.D. Ford
Mad World by Sin Saiori

Second Runners-Up:
Grey by Arthur Wellesley
Disorder by SargeantSarcasm

Give them all a read!

If you were one of the fifty or sixty who didn't make it, why not submit your story through Halo.Bungie.org Fan Fiction?  New stories are posted Fridays for people to read and comment on."

Community 9/24/2009 9:09 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack Samples

Songs so good they'll make you cry.

A little birdie tells me that the Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack is charting at the number one spot for Video Game Soundtracks over at Amazon.com.  Turns out it's actually charting in the number one spot for Movie Scores, the number three spot for Movie Soundtracks, and making grown women weep.

If you've yet to have a listen, Sumthing.com has a good sampling of high quality tracks spinning right now.  Strap on your headphones, head on over and check 'em out.

Halo 3: ODSTSoundtrack and Music 9/23/2009 4:24 PM PDT permalink

Let's Get Mythic

The Complete Multiplayer Experience.

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Halo 3: ODST 9/23/2009 2:56 PM PDT

Forge Union Favorites Updated

Forge Union faces down their Phobia.

For the second week of Forge Union's spotlight, we sat down with admin H3C x Nevz to talk about his new doubles creation, Phobia.  If you're not afraid of a little bit of Q&A, scroll down and dig right in.

Q. Where did the idea for Phobia come from?

A. Phobia has elements of MLG Onslaught (very loosely) in the fact that you have some immediate contact upon spawning and then you have multiple pathways to get to your destination. I wanted to make a truly tactical map for Doubles and use the sky bubble effectively.

Q. How long did it take to come to fruition?

A. The ideas flowed pretty quickly once I got down to Forging. The project took about one short week, but then another few days went into revising the map based on testing and retesting.

Q. What aspect took you the longest to nail down?

A. One of the most common flaws of most sky bubble maps is the problem with falling to your death way too easily. I tried to add plenty of barriers to prevent falling too easily, yet at the same time maintain the map's lines of sight and make sure it wasn't too sloppy. Another main focus was the balancing of the three paths from base to base. One contains the sniper rifle, another has rockets, and the path right down the middle does not have a weapon. It was difficult to balance risk versus reward so that players utilize all three paths.

Q. How could The Forge be better utilized?

A. Many close friends at Forge Union have dreamed about some huge expansion disc for Forge and custom gametype creation. On a more realistic level, a few tools for customizing the theme of your map would be great. Tools to customize the look and color scheme of each item and the map as a whole would be phenomenal

Well, that's about as expansive as we're going to get with Forge Union for now.  If you want to check out their customized content to see if they're up to speed on the tools they've had to work with, check out their week two offerings in Bungie Favorites.  They are live.

CommunitySpotlight 9/23/2009 1:48 PM PDT permalink

A Few of Our Favorite Screens

Looking for some ODST screenshot love.

Since the current crop of Halo 3: ODST Favorites are comprised of our own placeholders, we're going to be looking for some replacements to slap up and show off in their place.  We know you're pretty busy playing games right now, but if you have some sweet screens you want us to consider, you should upload them to your File Share. 

If you're looking for more File Share room, check out Bungie Pro.

There's a discussion link attached if you want to talk about techniques or just share your own shots amongst yourselves.  Don't forget to tag and rate your own favorites.  Happy Hunting.

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 9/23/2009 9:37 AM PDT permalink

Community Vidmaster: Endure Strategy

mastercmj2003 writes:

Get one step closer to the end of your "Road to Recon."

Mastercmj2003 wants to give you a helping hand.  If you're looking for some tips on how to snag one of the more difficult Vidmaster achievements you'll need to unlock Recon, you should get your read on.  If you have tips and tricks of your own, offer 'em up in the thread.

"Having trouble getting Vidmaster: Endure?  I advise you check out my thread over in the Halo 3: ODST forums (linked below).  My strategy guide gives you a straightforward, simple yet effective strategy to defeat each and every wave up to set 5.  As an added bonus, I show you how to get a killionaire while getting the Vidmaster!  Go check it out NOW!

My Guide to help you get "Vidmaster: Endure"

Community 9/23/2009 9:17 AM PDT permalink

The "Lucky 20": Episode 4

Jakob Krow writes:

This time, it's all about the numbers.

Feeling lucky?  Tune in.

"It's all a lie! We didn't follow the rules, and that means all you get is...[drum roll]

The Lucky 7 & The "Not-So-Lucky" 13!

Due to the massive amount of Fails, we had to change the game plan. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY (aka, this episode), you get less Luck and more Fail.

Skie takes flight as she rounds up the clips and runs commentary solo-style. Jakob, on the other hand, gets a hair-brained idea about mongoose launching and has to call in some backup. Of course, our Seventh Column guest was more than overjoyed to spend 3 painstaking hours (and over 200 'goose launches) helping our main man get some great intermission footage.

4 down, 1 to go! (2 if you want to be technical and count them)."

The "Lucky 20" Episode 4

Halo 3 9/23/2009 9:12 AM PDT permalink

Grunty Carnage Community Challenge

Morio Kun writes:

7 billion by Bungie Day 2010.

Up for a challenge?

"It has been almost 2 years since the release of Halo 3, and millions of players have stomped through the campaign experience with their 1/2 ton MJOLNIR Mark VI Armor, fighting the Covenant army. The largest victims are the Unggoy, known to many as the Grunts. Over 3.7 Billion Grunts have been killed since the launch of Halo 3, and we are not planning to stop anytime soon.

We would like to challenge the Halo players of the world to help us reach this number:


                           7 Billion Grunts KIA by July 7th, 2010 (Bungie Day 2010)

There is no sign up, the only thing you have to do is kill as many Grunts as possible in Halo 3 Campaign, Halo 3 ODST Campaign, and Firefight. (Note: whether or not the Firefight numbers are being added to the total, is being discussed with Bungie employees.)

It started as a crazy idea on the Halo 3 ODST forum. Then the Bungie.net Seventh Column group, Open Season, was founded for the dedication of the Grunty Carnage. A large following of Halo players dedicated in reaching this goal. The group contains a wealth of growing knowledge, as well as a good place to discuss on how to maximize the amount of Grunts killed in your Halo experience.

There is a Daily Update of the Grunty Carnage both at the 7th column group as well as our Twitter.com Feed, Grunt Hunt. Remember no sign-up is required, but the group is a good place to gather some intel on killing Grunts.

So far I've have been both touched, and a little freaked out, that there are so many players in the Halo community wanting to slaughter the Grunts.

So please help us reach our goal of 7 Billion Grunts by July 7th, 2010.

Good Hunting!"

Community 9/23/2009 9:10 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer 219 - Trading Blows

Rav Raider writes:

Set 'em up, knock 'em down. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Wednesday's Reclaimer is out and bringing a dangerous new twist to the story. Check it out.

Reclaimer 219 - Trading Blows

Halo 3 9/23/2009 9:08 AM PDT permalink

Halochart Campaign Challenge Update

Yup, people are still playing Halo 3.

The folks over at Halocharts are impressed with the players who've taken up their challenges.  And they want to say thanks.  Of course, they also want to show off some of the stats they've collected.  Indulge.

"Last December Halocharts introduced a completely different type of challenge to the Halo Universe; this challenge turned out to be a new and exciting way to play Halo 3 Campaign. This challenge was conceived to not only reintroduce players to the awesome story within the game, but also to give all those diehard Halo 3 campaign nuts among us something new to do while we waited for Halo 3: ODST to drop and had hopes . The time for ODST has finally come so before it does, it seems fitting to offer a little insight into what we’ve done collectively along the path of Halocharts' Campaign Challenge.

Total Games Played: 3,024

  • Legendary: 1,224
  • Heroic: 1,800
  • Solo: 1,932
  • Co-Op: 1,092

Total Points Earned: 126,307,018
Total Enemy Kills: 486,229
Total Vehicle Kills: 29,493
Total Deaths: 77,013
Total Co-Op Betrayals: 1,752
Total Ally Betrayals: 2,707

Total Game Time: 2314:24:25

Those are some impressive numbers; however, don’t read this update and fear you’ve missed the boat. Halocharts’ Campaign Challenge will remain available so even if you’re late to the party, you can still Jump In and Finish This Fight!

Trust that Halocharts is already sending the creative wheels into motion and you can bank on seeing new and exciting challenges for ODST. You’ll need to hang out and see what we put together for everyone in the next couple months. Prepare to drop; have fun, enjoy and appreciate Halo 3: ODST for all Bungie designed it to be - we'll be seeing you soon.

For now, thanks from all of us at Halocharts for playing along!

Link to more detailed information:


Halo 3 9/23/2009 9:05 AM PDT permalink

Burnie Burns on Grifball

IllegibleCone writes:

Hammer and...well, you know.

If you fancy yourself a love of all things Grifball, you should tune into the trio of links below.  The third is all new.  It's video of Burnie Burns looking all kinds of sexy and talking about all things Grifball.  Check it out.

"So this is the final content in a three run Comicon series. The first was the audio interview with Jack, a previous Commissioner of Grifball, the second was the Video Interview with Caleb, the current Commissioner who is also known as PPMooCowPP, and we are proud to bring you the first video interview with Burnie Burns, the creator and first Commissioner of Grifball, about Grifball!"

Community 9/23/2009 9:03 AM PDT permalink

A Montage and Many Looks

IGN.com goes on a frenzy.

IGN.com dropped more Halo 3: ODST media into the mix recently.  Two articles linked below for your viewing pleasure.  The first is a Brute killing montage and the second is a brief look at the enemies you'll be facing in New Mombasa.  Thanks to HBO for the linkage.

Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Gameplay - Brute Chieftain Montage

Halo: The Many Looks of the Covenant

Halo 3: ODST 9/22/2009 2:06 PM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST in Panoramic

Broadening the field of view.

2good4u2 dropped some sweet panoramic images of Halo 3: ODST and Halo 3: Mythic over at HBO.  Hit the link to check 'em out.

HBO - ODST Panoramas

Halo 3: ODST 9/22/2009 2:03 PM PDT permalink

PlanetXbox360.com Giveaway

Free ODST.

Do you enjoy posting on the Internet?  Do you want a free copy of Halo 3: ODST?  Know how to click on a link?

PlanetXbox360.com Giveaway - Retail Copy of Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3: ODST 9/22/2009 1:57 PM PDT permalink

Breaking Down Halo 3: ODST

The Dynamic Duo.

USA Today conducted an interview with Joe and Marty.  Hilarity ensued.  Alright, so maybe they played it straight.  Either way, you should give it a read.

Bungie breaks down 'Halo 3:ODST'

Halo 3: ODST 9/22/2009 1:52 PM PDT permalink

Average Joe - ContactTango

We've got contact.

We might be a bit drowsy from last night's ODST launch festivities, but we'd never dream of letting this Average Joe drop until later in the week.  If you've done an Annual run or two, you may already know Contact ango.  If you still need to complete one on your Road to Recon, you should get to know him a little bit better.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Marc and I’m the Director of Operations/Training Director for a Close Quarter Combatives , Law Enforcement and Military training company. Basically what that means is my company does unarmed, close quarter training for the good guys. We give them the fighting tools they need to stay alive in some of the most dangerous places in the world, so they can do there job and keep us safe. We also have exclusive training contracts with many top level UFC & WEC fighters, so frequent trips to Vegas is a burden I must bear.

Aside from being an avid gamer, I’m big into outdoor sports and anything that involves hitting other people really hard. But I’ve also got a soft side. I’m a pushover when it comes to my kids. They can drag me to pretty much anything. Who doesn’t love a good Pixar movie right?

Q. Whoa.  Close Quarters Combatives.  Sounds militaristic.  I assume that's where the gamertag comes from?

A. Well, when I got my first LIVE account, I used my real name as my GT. It was quickly and bluntly brought to my attention, that no one ever does that. So, I had to change it, but didn’t want some nonsense with random letters and numbers. I was playing RSV2 (for shame, I know) at the time and after hearing my squad yell "Contact Tango" every night it was kinda stuck in my head. Plus it sounded cool and wasn’t taken so I went with it.

Q. What forums do you go with when you're not training people to help keep us safe or spending time with your kids?

A. The majority of my time on B.net is spent fulfilling my role as Administrator of The Spartan I Project (SIP). We are currently the largest group in the community with over 6600 members. SIP exists to help Halo players with achievements and unlocking armor perms. We’ll offer tips, tricks, support and help in any way we can as long as it’s legit. Boosters are dealt with swiftly and mercilessly.

Our specialty is the Vidmaster: Annual achievement. I (along with my buddy VenomCharger) started an eight-man team of "Annualists" dedicated solely to helping conquer that achievement. To date I have over 180 successfully completed Annual runs. Our current best time stand at 13 minutes, 10 seconds. Currently three members of our group have over 100 successful Annual runs.

We also have an "Alpha Squad" in training in preparation for the upcoming ODST VMs. Bring it on guys, we’re ready. :)

Q. Sounds like you have a great job and an awesome family.  What's gaming got to do with it?

A. I game for the camaraderie and the challenge. I’m very competitive by nature so playing games is a great outlet for me. When I not out playing sports with my three young boys, there’s nothing I like better that grabbing an adult beverage and teaming up with my buds to blow stuff up.

My two eldest boys love gaming with me. We spend a lot of time on the Wii, but as a treat I’ll load up some Halo and play some 1v1 with them. Don’t worry, I’m a good Dad, I keep it close or let them win.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. Ahhh, the memories. Halo:CE was my first experience. My nephew used to play with his buddies. I was over at the house for a BBQ, when he invited me to "get pwned." He beat me bad. My ego was so bruised and I was so motivated to get better that I went out and bought an Xbox and Halo:CE the next day. I’ve been hooked ever since. Oh, and my punk nephew is lucky to get a kill off me now.

Q. Looking back over your community memories are you taken back by the time you've spent with us online?

A. Absolutely. I would never have imagined I’d become so totally involved and end up helping to run a group along side our founder, Frakjoy (Mahdi on B.net). It got to the point where I got an iPhone just so I could have online access anywhere and be able to check in on the forums. It’s bad, I know.

Q. It's not bad, it's good.  What about other community haunts? Do you get involved in other spots?

Not really. I’ve tried – but you everyone else’s feeble attempt at a "community" pales in comparison. No other game offers its users the ability to track their stats and interact with the rest of the community so effortlessly. B.net is truly the standard all others fail so epically to duplicate.

Q. Anything you wanna say before you head off into the sunset? Wanna make some shout-outs?

A. I’d like to thank Bungie first and foremost. Without you guys, none of this would be possible. You guys continue to put out a superior quality product and give back to those that support you. Thanks for everything you do.

I’d like to thank my teammates on the SIP Annual Team. You guys have been patient and dedicated and together we’ve made it easy to get the ‘impossible’ achievement. Annualists FTW!

To The Spartan I Project: I’m honored to be a member of this group. We are the biggest and the very best and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Alpha Squad: Your time is coming. ODST is about to drop and you’re the ones who will be called on to handle the new Vidmasters. Keep practicing, cause I have a feeling it’s going to be a long fight.

Finally, my buddy Paul. You founded SIP and have entrusted me to help you lead it into the future. We've got big plans and I’ll be by your side through the firefight brother.

ContactTango (Marc)

Big thanks to ContactTango for being above average (and helping so many players complete their Annual runs).  If you partook (or want to), make sure you drop into the discussion and drop him a line.  He's ready, willing, and more than able.

CommunitySpotlight 9/22/2009 12:48 PM PDT permalink

Welcome to New Mombasa

Make yourself right at home.

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Halo 3: ODST 9/22/2009 9:49 AM PDT

Red vs. Blue Recreation: Chapter 14

robby118 writes:

Prepare to get Simmonsized!

"Simmons and Lopez try to hold their ground, while the desert team members find themselves in shifting sands."

Red vs. Blue Recreation: Chapter 14

Community 9/22/2009 9:42 AM PDT permalink