Remember when Halo 3: ODST was announced over the winter? Back then, we all knew that ODST was not viewed as a $60 title. And the reason we all knew that was because Bungie’s lead designer Joe Staten said “we don’t view this as a $60 title.” Recently, Staten and his cohorts at Bungie have changed their collective tune regarding price points: ODST is now a $60 title, with a collector’s package which includes a spruced up wireless controller retailing for an even $100.
Admittedly, what was originally planned as a three to five hour single-player campaign has evolved into a much more expansive Halo experience. In addition to the single-player missions, ODST now includes three new multiplayer maps, a new multiplayer game mode called Firefight (Halo’s answer to Horde mode in Gears of War 2), and all of the downloadable multiplayer maps released for Halo 3. Still, one can’t help but wonder if the inclusion of all this content justifies a $60 investment.
So, what say you, loyal Haloists? Does ODST merit the coinage you’d spend on a full game? Or is Bungie simply exploiting your love of their franchise to fill their coffers?