"Our exclusive hands-on time with Halo 3: ODST proves without a doubt: this is anything but an expansion pack
It's been five years now since we salivated over the bacon-wrapped, butter-fried, immolated-ninja hype machine that was Halo 2. Three years later, Halo 3 came along, but by then we'd traversed a few Ring Worlds, slaughtered a couple thousand Covenant, and knew what to expect. You could say that Master Chief's final bow was more like a Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's (hold the ninjas!): yummy, but entirely familiar. Halo-flavored comfort food, if you will.
Maybe that's why we were so knocked on our heels by what our waitress, Flo (er, actually it was Bungie community guru Brian Jarrard, but roll with us here…), served up when we sat down at the developer's secret satellite studio in Kirkland, Washington. We were there to play the first half of their imminent helljumper side-story, Halo 3: ODST. Tasting vaguely like mom's home cooking - or at least, how we remember it - ODST packs much more subtle flavors, but it's still drenched in a heaping helping of awesome sauce."