Bungie’s announcement on Wednesday that they are working on another Halo project called Halo 3: Recon left a lot of gamers questioning, “what is Halo 3: Recon?” The biggest question was, “is this an expansion of Halo 3, or is this the fourth Halo game Bungie has been working on?” Well wait no longer, because it looks like we finally got some insight on what Halo 3: Recon is.
In an interview with Kotaku, Luke Smith and Brian Jarrard said that Halo 3: Recon will be a standalone game. It will be a first-person shooter, much like the other three Halo games, but this time you are an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST) that the video shows. This game will have a new campaign and it will also come with new Achievements totaling the standard amount of 1,000 Gamerscore points.
This new campaign that takes place in the destroyed city of New Mombasa after Regret’s ship, along with In Amber Clad, jumped into slipspace during the events in Halo 2. The ODSTs are tasked with clearing out the Covenant infested city. This new campaign sounds like it will also feature plenty of nighttime play.
The multiplayer for Recon sounds to be identical to Halo 3’s. Four-player co-op, Forge, and saved films.
Here is what I think about this.
Basically, we have Halo 3 with a new campaingn and a new character in another standalone game. Bungie says “We’re not viewing this as a full game.” Then how are you looking at this? Because to me it is a full game, unless you are cutting the gamers some slack because of the multiplayer being the same. If that’s the case, then I give kudos to you Bungie. Because I see no need to leave Halo 3 multiplayer to play as an ODST when we have the armor already that a Spartan can wear. Ok, I can see the saved film feature being used for the campaign, but that’s about it.
To round this up, this is an expansion in every sense of the word, just on disc instead of being downloadable like the Shivering Isles expansion for Oblivion. To the casual Halo fan, this will definitely be a rental, if that. But we all know, just like me, the die hard fans will pick this up. Why, because it is Halo.
Here is the link to the original article by Michael McWhertor of Kotaku: What Is Halo 3: Recon? Here’s What It’s *Not*