Spat from the heavens like a glob of celestial phlegm, a special forces ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) crashes to earth in a mushroom cloud of smoke. An unsteady hand emerges from the battered capsule, followed by the most iconic helmet of all time – no sniggering please, this is serious business.
This is the first time, since the Arbiter in Halo 2, that a player will take full control of a character, other than the Master Chief himself, adding a new dimension to the Halo universe that gamers have immersed themselves in for the past six years.
But as with any franchise as dearly loved and fiercely defended as Halo is, there will be those who recoil in disgust at the changes being made. TVGB would like to point those who may feel this way in the direction of the trailer…
Although a completely different character, the aesthetic similarities between the Chief and the Trooper are abundant, the most obvious being the helmet and visor that they both share. Masking the troopers face will continue the tradition of an anonymous hero fighting to save the earth and, again, allow the player to project their own image – maybe even themselves – onto the character.
The armour used by the trooper is also very familiar, the only noticeable differences being the back pack and the fingerless gloves. This small hint of flesh will provide a constant reminder to the player that they are indeed controlling someone far more vulnerable than the Chief – it is, after all, the only part of the trooper they’ll actually see whilst playing.
Other recognizable aspects from the trailer include a group of patrolling Brutes and a return to East Africa. The swaying palms and rubble strewn streets of New Mombassa, introduced in Halo 2, will be the games main stomping ground.
So fear not, Halo 3: Recon looks set to be just as spectacular and as satisfying as its predecessors. And if you don’t believe me, here it is straight from the horse’s mouth: “The “Halo 3: Recon” campaign is an intriguing side story that takes place during the terrifying events leading up to the Master Chief’s return to New Mombasa in “Halo 3.” Experience the fate of Earth from the brand-new perspective of a special forces ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper), adding a unique outlook and new gameplay elements to the events that unfold in the trilogy’s finale. While the feel of this new chapter will greatly resemble that of previous “Halo” experiences, “Halo 3: Recon” will require players to employ more elements of stealth and cunning than ever before.”
Oh yes, this should keep us Halo Heads happy until Gearbox takes over the reigns for Halo 4.