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

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

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

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.

Read Full Top Story

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

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

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

Welcome to New Mombasa

Make yourself right at home.

Read Full Top Story

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

Prepare to Drop Premium Theme

Get a free Xbox 360 Theme to celebrate ODST.

If you're a Xbox LIVE Gold subscriber, you can head into Marketplace right now and pick up a free premium theme to spruce up your 360.  Thanks for playing!  Love, Bungie.

"ODSTs aren’t the only ones getting their hands on upgraded gear to prepare for the upcoming Firefight. Available only for a limited time and free of charge for Xbox LIVE Gold Subscribers, this expertly crafted Halo 3: ODST Premium Theme will get your Xbox 360 ready for a combat drop into the city of New Mombasa."

Halo 3: ODSTXbox LIVE Marketplace 9/22/2009 9:34 AM PDT permalink


We're all set.  Are you?

Unless you've been living under a very large, very remote rock you're probably well aware that Halo 3: ODST is gonna be available in all stores everywhere on 09.22.09.  That's tomorrow technically, but most of you might consider it tonight since you'll be getting your hands on it soon after the sun goes down.

Either way you look at it, if you're wondering if your retailer is gonna have a midnight launch to celebrate, give them a ring.  We could drop a list on you, but it would contain thousands of stores and it would be all confusing and it would make your brain hurt.  The telephone is your best bet.

If you're not going to be preoccupied, at the Launch Party in Seattle (see invite below) or partaking in one your own home town, you should take a peek at our official Twitter.  Not only will we be filling it up with plenty of Twitpics from the launch event, but if you take the time to caption one or two with something that catches our attention (in a positive way), we might get in touch with you and send out some swag for your effort.

Halo 3: ODST 9/21/2009 10:22 AM PDT permalink

The Evocative Music of Marty O'Donnell

Halo wouldn't be the same without it.

So says the Seattle Times in an article exploring Halo's signature sound.  If you want to do a deep dive with the man who make the music, jump in at the link below.

'Halo' wouldn't be the same without evocative music of Marty O'Donnell

HaloHalo 3: ODST 9/21/2009 10:01 AM PDT permalink


Our bad.






Halo 3: ODST 9/21/2009 9:33 AM PDT permalink

Best Buy Chat Transcript

Taking notes.

HBO's rounded up the transcript from the Best Buy Halo 3: ODST Q&A session from last week.  Brian and Joe fielded some questions.  Read their answers at the jump below.

HBO - Best Buy Transcript Online

Halo 3: ODST 9/21/2009 9:23 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST OST Samples

It's not easy being cheesy.

Amazon.com has some new sample tracks up from the delicious Halo 3: ODST soundtrack.  If you're a fan of Marty's work, you should have a listen.  Maybe even, you know, pick up the soundtrack.

Amazon.com - Halo 3: ODST OST

Halo 3: ODSTSoundtrack and Music 9/21/2009 9:02 AM PDT permalink

IGN Montage: Headshots

Need a montage?

IGN.com captured some footage from ODST and slapped it together in what may be the first ever ODST montage.  This one features headshots.  Check it out.

IGN Montage: Headshots

Halo 3: ODST 9/19/2009 1:23 PM PDT permalink

The Weapons of Halo 3: ODST

The tools of the trade.

Gamespot got their grubby hands on the two new weapons featured in ODST.  Read their field report at the link below.

Halo 3: ODST Preview - The Weapons of Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3: ODST 9/19/2009 1:19 PM PDT permalink

Halo 3 ODST: Campaign Video Blowout

Team Xbox takes you on the guided tour.

Video style.  Again, if you don't want to see any campaign footage, don't click.  Beats some crappy Youtube vids of French players though, eh?

Halo 3 ODST: Campaign Video Blowout

Halo 3: ODST 9/19/2009 1:17 PM PDT permalink

Gametrailers ODST Campaign Vids

Eyes on if you're looking for intel.

Those going into ODST fresh should steer clear.  Everyone esle, check out the latest ODST Campaign videos from Gametrailers.

Gametrailers.com Halo 3: ODST Campaign Videos

Halo 3: ODST 9/19/2009 1:14 PM PDT permalink

Sumthing Awesome

For your listening pleasure.

If reading about music isn't your thing, Sumthing Digital is hosting snippets of the Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack.  Get a listen by clicking on the link below.  Crank the volume.

Sumthing Digital Soundtrack Snippets

Halo 3: ODSTSoundtrack and Music 9/19/2009 1:09 PM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack Review

Music for Repelling the Covenant.

G4 had a listen to the ODST soundtrack.  From their ears to your eyes, here's the early word.  Tune in.

Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack Review - Music for Repelling the Covenant

Halo 3: ODST 9/19/2009 1:03 PM PDT permalink

9/21 ODST Tournament Update

The team roster for the ODST launch tournament is final.

Thank you to everyone who entered to compete in the ODST Firefight Tournament at the 9/21 launch event in Seattle. Unfortunately interest is always higher than real-world capacity allows so many of you won't be able to participate. We still hope to see you at the event though as there will be plenty of hands-on Firefight to enjoy, swag giveaways, panels and tons of Bungie people for you to meet and hang with.

The 12 teams who did make the cut have all been notified via email as of this morning.  Please check your inboxes! 

Again, our apologies to everyone who didn't quite make the cut. We hope to see you anyways and there will be more challenges and shenanigans in the weeks to come.

Speaking of the 9/21 launch party - if you are planning to attend, please be aware that we are expecting large crowds and once the venue is full, they will not allow anyone else to enter until people leave. So, if you want to come and have the best odds of getting inside, please plan to get there early.  Doors open at 6pm!

Halo 3: ODST 9/19/2009 11:16 AM PDT permalink