Halo 3: ODST OST - New Music

Enter for your chance to listen!

Okay, so it's not really a contest, but HBO tipped us off to this AOL Radio station that's mixing some new Halo 3: ODST tracks into the rotation.  It's not ODST all day, every day, but if you tune in for an extended lengthy of time - say, while you're working - chances are you're gonna hear some new cuts.  Tune in at the link.

Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack - New Music

Halo 3: ODST 9/18/2009 9:14 AM PDT permalink

Top 10 Halo 3 All Time Kills: Episode 43

The best of the best.

Anoj says this is the best entry in his Top 10 series to date.  Sound like hyperbole?  Check it out for yourself.

YouTube - Top 10 Halo 3 All Time Kills: Episode 43

Halo 3 9/18/2009 9:12 AM PDT permalink

PAX 2009 Panel - Story Matters

Joe Staten muses on storytelling.

If you enjoy a ripping yarn, you should check out this panel.  It was actually posted some time ago and HBO gave us the heads up, but we we somehow missed it.  Good for us that a great story is timeless.  Check it out.

"Join X-Play's Adam Sessler as he hosts the intensive Medium is the: Story Matters panel at PAX 2009 with illustrious guest developers Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Greg Zeschuk (BioWare), Denis Dyack (Silicon Knights) and Joseph Staten (Bungie)."

PAX 2009 Panel: Medium is the: Story Matters

Halo 3: ODST 9/18/2009 9:08 AM PDT permalink

BBC Drops Into New Mombasa

How to take on a new player role in Halo 3: ODST.

Daniel Emery sat down with Microsoft producer, Alex Cutting (who loves us), and a copy of Halo 3: ODST.  If you want to see the game from a fully fresh perspective, you might not want to watch.  If you've been absording each and every detail along the way, add this one to your watch (and read) list.

Developer showcases new Halo game

Halo 3: ODST 9/18/2009 9:03 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Firefight Tips

GameDaily gets down with LarsyB.

Anticipation make your head asplode yet?  If not, check out this interview with ODST designer, Lars Bakken.  He's got tips and tricks to help get you through ODST's Firefight.

Halo 3: ODST Firefight Tips from Bungie

Halo 3: ODST 9/18/2009 9:01 AM PDT permalink

Rocket Race Double EXP is Live!

heyyou9974 writes:

Marksmanship takes a backseat to fast driving.

We're a bit late on the notice, but heyyou9974 has our back.

Rocket Race is on until Monday September 21st, 2009 at 2:00 AM PST.

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Team Size: 2
Max Party Size: 8
Heroic and Legendary Map Packs Required


* Rocket Race (100%) - A variant of VIP. Teams of 2 race to reach destination points. First team to 10 points wins. Player traits: Invincible. Rocket Launcher primary spawns with no secondary weapons. No Friendly Fire. Map Traits: No weapons or grenades on map, mongooses only. 10 minute match time limit.


* Isolation Speed (Isolation) - Isolation variant designed for Rocket Race. Skipped after Veto.
* Valhalla Speed (Valhalla) - Valhalla variant designed for Rocket Race.
* Sandtrap Speed (Sandtrap) - Sandtrap variant designed for Rocket Race.
* Rat's Nest Speed (Rat's Nest) - Rat's Nest variant designed for Rocket Race. Part of the Heroic Map Pack (REQUIRED).
* Standoff Speed (Standoff) - Standoff variant designed for Rocket Race. Part of the Heroic Map Pack (REQUIRED).
* Avalanche Speed (Avalanche) - Avalanche variant designed for Rocket Race. Part of the Legendary Map Pack (REQUIRED).

Community 9/18/2009 9:00 AM PDT permalink

Suited Up, Prepared to Drop

Truckin' in Style.

A few members from the 405th have been checking out the Halo 3: ODST Transport Truck that's been traveling our nation's highways and byways.  HBO noticed that they have a thread devoted to the travels and it's packed full of pictures.  Check out that ODST armor.

405th.com - Bungie and ODST Coming to Your Town

Halo 3: ODST 9/17/2009 1:56 PM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Firefight Starter Tips

IGN.com helps you get the fire going.

If you're still seeking ways to up your game before you play Firefight, IGN's got a nice tips video to help you suppress the onslaught.  If you're not quite prepared to drop, you should check it out.

IGN Strategize - Halo 3: ODST Firefight Starter Tips

Halo 3: ODST 9/17/2009 9:36 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST - One Fan's Opinion

Get the early word.

HBO picked up on an early fan review of Halo 3: ODST.  No spoilers, but tons of praise.  If you're not swayed by one fan's point of view, the official reviews should be rolling out soon.  In the meantime, check it out if you're so inclined.

HBO - A summary of ODST I can get behind

Halo 3: ODST 9/17/2009 9:31 AM PDT permalink

Win My PAX ‘09 Swag Bag!

Well, not mine...

...Hawty McBloggy's the one putting her free PAX stuff up for grabs.  Me, I covet.  You keep your hands off!

Most of these items are general gaming paraphernalia, but there is one Halo-related gem and it's loaded with Bungie signatures.  If you want it, hit the jump below and sound off.

Win My PAX ‘09 Swag Bag!

Community 9/17/2009 9:28 AM PDT permalink

'Launched' - A Halo 3 Goosetage

wafflebrains writes:

Flying V Formation.

This Mongoose montage promises "footage like you've never seen before."  We've seen quite a few montages in our day.  Still, we'll reserve our comments.  Take a look and let them know what you think.

"Schmitty0001 and Wafflebrains combine forces to bring you an epic goosetage!  Prepare to be amazed as they bring you a variety of mongoose splattes, snipes, sticks, and multikills.  These two get more matchmaking airtime than most banshee pilots.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a visual display of mongoose action like never before!"

YouTube - Launched: Halo 3 Goosetage (Incredible Launches!)

[Eds. Note - Linked fixed, thanks for the heads up! - Urk]

Halo 3 9/17/2009 9:28 AM PDT permalink

Historic Vidmaster Annual Achievement

DA F0XX writes:

Multiple Tangos down.

It's not too often we mention folks by name and give groups nods for no good reason.  Good thing Contact Tango and the B.net group, The Spartan I Project, have supplied us with several.  If you've yet to snag your Halo 3 Annual Achievement (which you'll need to unlock Recon), you should check in with this guy and the group he's runnin'.

"You all know that achievement, Vidmaster Annual, right?  Four player Legendary Campaign over Xbox Live with Iron on and finished in Ghosts.  Wow, once a person has done it once, there's no need to do it again, right?


ContactTango, the Administrator of the group The Spartan I Project, has just recently completed his 200th run of the dreaded thing.  He is what SIP calls an "Annualist."  He puts in hours of his time to assist anyone who needs the achievement.  Each run takes approximately 30 minutes or less.

Every run of the achievement takes two Annualists and two people who need the achievement.  So, by that logic, Tango has helped over 400 PEOPLE get this achievement!

This is by far a milestone.  If there's anything beyond a milestone, Tango has surpassed it.  SIP is proud to have him as our Administrator, and I hope you will join me in congratulating him on this wonderful achievement!"

Community 9/17/2009 9:25 AM PDT permalink

'All Forged Out' Map Montage

undr zid writes:

Transatlantic love.

Mini Waz is refocusing.  That means he won't be doing much Forging any more.  It also means he's got a montage to send him out.  Nearly twenty minutes long, it's packed full of gameplay and map variants.  If you're looking to pad out your custom games portfolio, you should tune in.

"After accomplishing every respectable goal he has ever set. Managing to forge his way into the hearts of many a fans, and gaining the respect of friends who just love him for being who he is. Mini Waz has decided it is just the time to lay it all down, concentrating on his school work and his own plans for world domination.

If you have had the pleasure of meeting this fine chap from across the great blue sea, you would know that he deserves the respect of anyone who is in his presence."

Watch more videos of Halo 3

Halo 3 9/17/2009 9:17 AM PDT permalink

Facility B5D Podcast : Pre ODST

heyyou9974 writes:

Four parts to get you through to launch.

Facility B5D wants to help you pass the time between now and Tuesday with a community podcast.  What can we say?  They're facilitators.  Check out the brief description below and if you're interested, all the gory details are at their site.

"Starting Friday and going on until the 22nd, a new Facility B5D podcast will be released pertaining to ODST. Then on the 21st we will be doing a live podcast counting down ODST's release in America. Then once ODST has been released you can download the entire set and listen to it while you wait in line for your copy of ODST. You will be download each episode the day it comes out, not just after the live one comes out.

If you have any questions or would like to be in any of these podcasts please post here."

Community 9/17/2009 9:03 AM PDT permalink

Community Spotlight - Forge Union

Forging a more perfect union.

Forge Union is a group of players into building stuff, from multiplayer maps to a place where people can hang out and relax.  Since you've clicked through, we assume you're interesting in building a relationship with them yourself (or at least checking out their interview).  Here's the word straight from the Forge Union staff:

Forge Union is a new community, focused on maturity, quality and activity. We host a plethora of monthly contests, host weekly custom games, and weekly featured content such as maps, films, and even things like Photoshop graphics. We have a tournaments function where bracketed tournaments and permanent ladders are hosted by the staff. It came from a group of Founders with a dream.

*Cue inspirational music*

We have been to various communities and websites, and we desired a group based on maturity and activity at the same time.

Our group was designed with plenty of advanced coding. With a screenshot contest, a featured contest (based on anything from forging to screenshot captions), and often other things like a bracketed tournament, everyone has something to do, even if they're not big forgers or big screenshot takers.

Q. What are Forge Union's favorite map variants?

A. In terms of standardized Matchmaking maps, most of us enjoy big games, such as Big Team Battle and Social Skirmish, so naturally we enjoy vehicular combat on maps like Valhalla and Avalanche. Our mentality is to get the most out of Halo 3, so you'll see us playing custom games from MLG, to Infection, to Racetracks. Hell, we'd play an Infection form of MLG on a Racetrack if we thought it would work!

Q. Sounds like a challenge.  What about gametypes?

A. Many of the Founders are objective minded and prefer Capture the Flag. We also enjoy just straight up Team Slayer or Team BRs, but most of the magic happens in custom games. We enjoy many built-in variants such as Ninjanaut, along with user-created masterpieces such as Spec-Ops and SnipeFlag.

Q. What would you like to see added into Matchmaking proper?

A. Atlas is already doing a great job of integrating custom maps into Matchmaking. We would love to see more unique custom game variants entering the playlists to add variety. We would also enjoy seeing more diversity in the Double EXP Playlists.

Thanks to the folks at Forge Union for adding some diversity to this week's Community Spotlight.  If you want to get even more acquainted with them and what they do, they have twenty files queued and ready to go in Bungie Favorites.  Sample their wares, check out their website, and stop into the discussion thread to let 'em know what you think.

CommunitySpotlight 9/16/2009 3:31 PM PDT permalink

Share the Love

Like what you see?

Let the world know. 

We're this close to achieving our ultimate goal of World Domination, but we need you now more than ever, Seventh Column.  Your new base of operations comes equipped with upgraded ordnance.  See something you like?  Share it with your friends by clicking on one, some, or all of the social networking buttons we've deployed at the bottom of each and every article we publish to Bungie.net. 

Whether it's your own original stuff that's been accepted to the front page or news directly from the studio, all you have to do to let other people know about it, is click.  Of course, if you want to stay on the receiving end, we've also got links on the front page so you can sign up and get up to speed.  (We promise we'll tone down the RSS Tweets.)

And then they tell two friends...

Site UpdateGroup Memoranda 9/16/2009 2:06 PM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Launch Party

Somebody say free tee shirts and a Firefight tournament?

Read Full Top Story

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 11:38 AM PDT

Halo 3: ODST Launch Event Announced

Who wants to rock the party?

You want to rock the party.  Hang out with us on the eve of Halo 3: ODST's launch.  First 200 in line get sweet limited edition ODST tee shirts.

Halo 3: ODST Launch Event Announced

Who: All Halo fans (ages 17 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian)

What: Halo Franchise Celebration and Halo 3: ODST Launch Event

When: Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.


Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
325 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98109

: Halo 3: ODST Firefight tournament, Halo creators panels and signings, costume contest, free access to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame gallery and more.

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 9:56 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Bundle

Hey, PAL!

As the subject alludes to, if you're in a PAL territory you'll be able to pick up a Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 bundle later this month.  It comes with both Halo 3: ODST and Halo 3, so if you're looking to Jump In to the Xbox 360 console experience, this is like the crazy cannonball from the dive platform.

Halo 3: ODST Gets A 360 Bundle

Halo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 9:49 AM PDT permalink

Get Some Action Figures

For a great cause.

HBO pointed out a community member selling off his action figure collection to help pay for his son's medical bills.  If you're already in the market for some Halo action figures, or you just want to lend a helping hand, you can do so after the jump.  But, please only click through if you're seriously interested, we don't want to crash the site.

Selling Halo Goodies for an Angel

Halo 3Collectibles 9/16/2009 9:37 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Developer Interview

Brian tells you why ODST is worth playing.

Worthplaying scored some time with our Community Guy, Brian Jarrard.  They've got the end results up on their website now.  You should go read it.  It'll make us happy.

Halo 3: ODST Developer Interview

Halo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 9:17 AM PDT permalink

Inside Xbox: The OXM Report (ODST Edition)

Curtis Creamer chats about ODST.

If you're away from your Xbox 360 and still want to check out Inside Xbox, HBO has you covered.  They've captured and hosted an interview with OXM's Senior Editor, Ryan McCaffrey and Bungie's Curtis Creamer.  Watch it at the jump.

HBO - Inside Xbox: The OXM Report (ODST Edition)

Halo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 9:13 AM PDT permalink

Fan Made Trailer for ODST

Mangosteen writes:

Prepared to drop?

Sefu2006 collected a whole host of Halo clips from various sources and compiled them all together to create his own trailer for Halo 3: ODST.  If your hype meter isn't already totally busted, you should check it out.  Just under a minute in length.

YouTube - Halo 3 ODST: "Prepare to Drop"

Halo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 9:12 AM PDT permalink

The Twelve Days of ODST

Time Glitch writes:

Let's hold hands and prepare to drop.

You know, we were going to make mention that it's nowhere near Christmas, but it's actually coming in hot.  Also coming in hot ahead of the Holiday season: Halo 3: ODST.  We think it would make a great stocking stuffer (or two or three).

"Hey everyone! We all know Halo 3 ODST is coming out in a week. So, I have decided to write a song in it's honor. It's called "The Twelve Days of ODST", and you can guess which song it takes it's tune from. =)

I hope you guys all enjoy it. It's my gift to Bungie for all the good times ODST will bring."

YouTube - The Twelve Days of ODST by Time Glitch

Halo 3: ODST 9/16/2009 9:08 AM PDT permalink

Kampy Top 10 Montage Moments

bmcgann17007 writes:

Smell ya later.

Okay, the subject line might be a little callous.  Kampy does good work.  Fittingly, folks are sending him out with a montage showcasing his best ten plays.  And man, they're good.  If you've enjoyed his work, tune in and check it out (those are two totally separate things, you know).

YouTube - Kampy's Top Ten Montage Moments

Halo 3 9/16/2009 9:05 AM PDT permalink