Tag and Release - Crater (Night)

When the sun goes down.

Orbital Drop Shock Troopers are used to working in the dark.  By now, you should be too.  Check out some of the work we found when sifting through the Community Files collection for screenshots stashed under the cover of Crater (Night).

Mission Select: Crater (Night)

One Handed

Down the Barrel

Flash Point

Pretty illuminating stuff, eh?  If you want to see more (or if my pun just made you throw up in your mouth a little), you can find all kinds of high quality stuff in our Community Files collection.  Fiddle with our levers and knobs, please!

Halo 3: ODST 11/30/2009 9:47 AM PST permalink

Hard Justice: Season 2, Episode 11

Reality television.

Hard Justice continues its hard justicing.  Check out the latest episode if you're into DigitalPh33r's stuff.  Or even if you just like his videos.  Naughty language at the jump.

YouTube - Hard Justice: S2E11 (Halo 3 Machinima)

Halo 3 11/30/2009 9:44 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #50


I have no idea what this Grunt is smelling, but it sure looks like it could be a codpiece.  Check it out for yourself in the latest installment of the Chronicles of ODS Steve.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Visitor #50

Halo 3: ODST 11/30/2009 9:42 AM PST permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents

How to suck less at Firefight.

Sucking isn't cool.  You should suck less.  Sucker.  Get some help from the gang over at Geekscape!.  Thanks to HBO for the linkage.

Teabag Prevention: How to Suck Less at Firefight Week - 3

Halo 3: ODST 11/30/2009 9:37 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots

Snow Bound.

Looks like Halo 3 Screenshots has more than just alien artifacts.  (Also looks like we missed more than one Friday's worth of content during our break.)  Check out a freshly frozen batch of screenshots.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: Snow Bound

Halo 3 11/30/2009 9:35 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots

Out of This World.

Looking for signs of extraterrestrial life?  Halo 3 Screenshots has some evidence.  They're out there and they make some sweet screenshots.  Check it out.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: Out of This World

Halo 3 11/30/2009 9:30 AM PST permalink

Firefight Solo Guide: Rally Point

Don't go it alone.

Actually, do.  Just make sure you're well-prepared.  Rally up and read Monochron's guide to Firefightin' solo over at HBO.

Firefight Solo Guide: Rally Point

Halo 3: ODST 11/30/2009 9:26 AM PST permalink

Vidmaster Challenge: Deja Vu

Ready to tear up the highway?

Alright, we're back.  Gonna play a bit of catch up this morning.  Up first, Spartan I Project's Deja Vu Walkthrough.  If you're still having trouble getting to the end of the road, this is a great way station to gas up and get your bearings.

Vidmaster Challenge: Déjà Vu - A Spartan I Project Walkthroug

Halo 3: ODST 11/30/2009 9:03 AM PST permalink

Rorschach Inkblot Test – Orbital

Tell me what you see...

HawtyMcBloggy wants to examine your mental state.  Take a look at this heatmap and tell her what comes to mind.  Up this week, Orbital.

Rorschach Inkblot Test – Orbital

Halo 3 11/20/2009 9:35 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer 228 - Sabatox

It's never what you think.

Friday's episode of Reclaimer is up and online.  You didn't forget about Ferial, did you?

Reclaimer 228 - Sabatox

Halo 3 11/20/2009 9:31 AM PST permalink

Post Mortem: Engineer Evolved

Shiek reveals how he helped bring the Engineer to life.

Read Full Top Story

Halo 3: ODSTConcept Art 11/19/2009 1:58 PM PST

Team Flag Double EXP Weekend

A five on five test of teamwork: All CTF, all the time.

Team Flag is online and fully operational.  Go grab yourself some flags and a double dose of EXP.

3-5 Players per team
Max Party Size: 10
Halo 3: Mythic disk required


  • Multi Flag CTF (31.7%) - Teams score points by capturing the other team's flag. First team to 3 points wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 20 minute match time.
  • 1 Flag CTF (51.6%) - Teams take turns defending or attempting to capture the flag. Team with the most captures after 4 rounds wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 4 minute round time limit.
  • 2 Flag Heavy (16.7%) - Teams score points by capturing the other team's flag. First team to 3 points wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles. 20 minute match time limit.


  • High Ground (Default)
  • Isolation (Default)
  • Last Resort (Default)
  • Narrows (Default)
  • The Pit (Default)
  • Valhalla (Default)
  • Valhalla Heavy (Valhalla) - Valhalla variant with liberal use of heavy vehicles and weapons
  • Standoff (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack
  • Standoff Heavy (Standoff) - Standoff variant with liberal use of heavy vehicles and weapons
  • Avalanche (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • Avalanche Heavy (Avalanche) - Avalanche variant with liberal use of heavy vehicles and weapons
  • Ghost Town (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • Orbital (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack
  • Sandbox (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack
  • Utah Mambo (Sandbox) - Asymmetrical Sandbox layout (ground level)
  • Longshore (Default) - REQUIRED. Available on Halo 3: Mythic

PlaylistsHalo 3 11/19/2009 11:16 AM PST permalink

'Halo 3: MLG Top 10 Plays 3'

Counting down the hits (and the no scopes).

Four and a half minutes of MLG ass kickery.  With enthusiastic commentary.  In HD.  Watch it.

YouTube - Halo 3: MLG Top 10 Plays 3

Halo 3 11/19/2009 10:20 AM PST permalink

Hard Justice: Season 2 Episode 10

Cave Exploring and Spelunking.

DigitalPh33r sent this out into the wild last Friday, but somehow we missed it.  What once was lost, now is found.  Check it out, but be warned, Jon loves to say naughty words.

"Bernard, Eddie, Max and Dudley Punter, the professional moose hunter, sit in a cave and discuss how they ended up where they are now. Dudley reveals that he owns a large hotel in Canada and offers the other three a place to stay, but Max leaves after finding out that Bernard and Eddie are wanted by the police in the United States."

YouTube - Hard Justice: S2E10 (Halo 3 Machinima)

Halo 3 11/19/2009 10:07 AM PST permalink

'CSI: New Mombasa' - ODST Machinima

Horatio takes on a somewhat less sunny city.

Ever wonder what CSI would be like set in New Mombasa?  Yeah, me neither.  These guys did though.  Check it out.

YouTube - CSI: New Mombasa

Halo 3: ODST 11/19/2009 9:58 AM PST permalink

Spike VGA 2009: Vote Now!

Make your voice heard.

Sup, Seventh Column?  Polls for Spike's 2009 Video Game Awards are now open and it looks like Halo 3: ODST scored five nominations.  Pretty sweet.  You should head over there and cast your vote.  We don't have any stickers to hand out for your Bungie patriotism, but if you comply with our self-serving wishes, we'll think long and hard before launching your sorry ass directly into the sun.  Think about it.  (And thanks!)

SPIKE Video Game Awards 2009

Halo 3: ODST Nominations:
  • Best Shooter
  • Best XBOX 360 Game
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Multi-Player Game
  • Best Performance by a Human Female

Halo 3: ODST 11/18/2009 10:20 AM PST permalink

The Coming Fire

Panoramic destruction.

HBO forumgoer Mid7night used his new found panoramic magics to capture a hot scene.  Check out a Covenant Carrier doing deadly work in full profile.  Very hot.

Covenant Carrier Pano Fire

Halo 3: ODST 11/18/2009 9:41 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #49

Finger Lickin' Good.

Fighting a protracted ground war can muster a powerful hunger in any man.  Take a look at how an ODST takes care of his stomach pains.

Chronicles of ODS Steve #49: Finger Lickin' Good

Halo 3: ODST 11/18/2009 9:37 AM PST permalink

Start Press: The Spirit of Radio

Are you listening?

Paste Magazine's Jason Killingsworth offers up his thoughts on Sadie's Story - the audio drama found hidden inside Halo 3: ODST.  If you've already listened, this article is worth the read.  Once again, HBO served up the linkage for us.

Start Press: The Spirit of Radio

Halo 3: ODST 11/17/2009 12:19 PM PST permalink

Pro Tips with Tsquared

Tom Taylor takes on ODST...

...and serves up the tips so you can tackle it like a pro.  If you want your face to be on a bottle of Dr. Pepper one day, maybe you should listen up.  Thanks to HBO for the link.

Halo 3: ODST 11/17/2009 12:15 PM PST permalink

'Merit' - Halo 3 Montage

It's called teamwork.

Three men enter...all three leave.  And then they make a montage.  Nine minutes of high definition Halo 3 action.  Check it out.

YouTube - Merit: Halo 3 Teamtage

Halo 3 11/17/2009 12:08 PM PST permalink

Bungie Pro Video and Halo 3: ODST

Live together in perfect harmony.

Just like the title says, Bungie Pro Video and Halo 3: ODST are now gloriously interoperable.  If you're a Bungie Pro subscriber, you already have access to this brave new video rendering world.  If not, here's everything you need to know to get access. Of course, since ODST's Saved Films have a few limitations not native to Halo 3's multiplayer Theater Mode, we had to implement some new features so you could get the most bang for your Render Minute bucks:

  • Bungie Pro Video will now work with Halo 3: ODST's Campaign and Firefight Films
  • Through Bungie.net, you can supply start and stop timestamps in order to "fast forward" without having to render the full film
  • Fast forwarding isn't free - the Hydra Contraption still needs to spend time to render the full video
  • Each 10 minutes of "fast forwarding" will consume 1 of your available Render Minutes (not incremental)
  • You can elect to render your film from either 1st or 3rd person perspective
  • You can choose which player in the game the camera will follow
  • Rendered Film footage is limited to 60 minutes in length (does not include time spent "fast forwarding")
Here's a handy image Stosh whipped up for the visual learners:

And here's some footage of a player wrecking shop on Lost Platoon (no Choppers):

Halo 3: ODST 11/16/2009 2:24 PM PST permalink

Tag and Release - Last Exit

Last stop: sweet screenshots.

We're still looking at Halo 3: ODST's Firefight missions to drum up new Tag and Release screenshots.  Up this week: Last Exit.  It might be the end of the road for many a Trooper, but it's not the end of the line for your sweet screens.  Check out a foursome we found holding it down.

Mission Select: Last Exit

In Triplicate

Say My Name

Under Heavy Fire

Gilded Steed

If you think you can do better, by all means (just make sure you're tagging your stuff so we can find it).  If you just want to check out some more Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST offerings, we've got your road map right here.  You didn't miss the exit, your destination is coming right up.  Go ahead and make a pit stop in our Community Files collection.

Halo 3: ODST 11/16/2009 10:45 AM PST permalink

Hawty McBloggy Playdate Reminder

Since we stole all her news this morning...

...I figure we might as well remind you that Hawty McBloggy is looking for people to pad out her Community Playdate.  If you want in on the action (no, not that kind of action), hit the jump below and find out how you can follow her around like a stalker only to clam up when you finally get your shot over Xbox LIVE.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

CommunityHalo 3 11/16/2009 9:42 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: The Flood

Food for thought.

Halo3screenshots.com celebrated Friday the 13th with a pictorial look at Halo's horrifying Flood.  If you're into screenshots yourself, you should check it out.  Here's a link.  Click it.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: The Flood

Halo 3 11/16/2009 9:22 AM PST permalink