Win It Wednesday #1: PAX Swag

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a weekly blog giveaway for quite sometime. Sadly, we never actually had anything to give away until now. I’m hoping this will change as Psycho and I attend more events. But anyway… lets get this thing rolling, shall we?


The Prize:
Toy Soldiers T-shirt: Large
Pack of Brutal Legend Decals
Brutal Legend Zipper Pull
Brutal Legend Patch
Master Chief Dogtag
Halo 3: ODST Superintendent Pins
Dragon Age Blow-up Sword
Scrap Metal Toy Car
The Saboteur Pin
Shaiya PC Demo
Frobots PC Demo
PAX Avatar Shirt (Generously donated by RogueDarkJedi. Codes will be emailed to winner.)

The Rules:
1. You must register (with a valid email address) and leave a comment answering one of the 3 following (two part) questions:

  • Assuming you already own a copy of ODST, when you finally got home and tore open the package, did you play Campaign or Firefight first? Why?
  • If you DON’T already own ODST, are you planning on getting it? What will you play first?
  • If you have no intentions on buying ODST tell us why?

2. You have until 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday October 6th, 2009 to leave your comment.
3. A winner will be randomly selected from those that left comments.
4. The winner will be announced in next Wednesday’s blog post.

Good Luck to everyone!



  1. ian says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:43 pm

    When I brought my copy of ODST home, the first thing I did was play campaign. I think its important to play campaign first, and get to know the world of the game your playing. Then I went onto firefight after a good couple hours of campaign.

  2. Lowlifekeyboard says:
    10-04-2009 at 10:05 pm

    Assuming you already own a copy of ODST, when you finally got home and tore open the package, did you play Campaign or Firefight first? Why?

    I played Campaign first personally. why?
    for the simple reason that my bud couldn’t get on at midnight when we got the game like he was supposed to. Unfortunately i didn’t play long. The few minutes of Bliss was great though

  3. jkfireinsomniac says:
    10-04-2009 at 10:23 pm

    Being the first person in my city to get the game at the midnight release, I chose to stick out the campaign first and foremost with my three other buddies on Legendary. The reason for this was not just to beat it on the hardest difficulty but to also know what it would be like playing the game in coop. Halo 2 and 3, the main characters being spartans, was super easy playing coop because the chances of dying were very slim. But in O.D.S.T, being actual human soldiers, acting as a team was essential to get through the game. I also loved the music in the game as well. Need to mention I bought the soundtrack off of I-tunes on the 22nd of September. Truly magnificent pieces of work. Hats off to bungie.

  4. Cortanas Ghost says:
    10-04-2009 at 11:23 pm

    There was never a question in my mind. I played campaign immediately. No way was I going to jump right into firefight without some feel for the new weapons. When I finally did try firefight, I did it solo and got thoroughly owned, but it was fun. Sometime soon I’ll try to wrangle some friends together and take a shot at Endure.

  5. CursedKakashi says:
    10-04-2009 at 11:25 pm

    I played through campaign first because the Halo story is very interesting to me. I own all the books and have beaten all of the games on legendary to see the extra scenes at the end of the credits. I really wanted to know what was happening in New Mombassa and what these ODSTs were doing there.

  6. omgbilliejean says:
    10-05-2009 at 12:45 am

    I had to dread through a full 48 hours until I got to unwrap the beauty of ODST. I had pre-ordered the game and paid it off (special edition of course) at my hometown GameStop, but I was at college when it came out. So I anxiously waited till Thursday after class and my friend and I were off to home in a 3 hour car ride. I had my mom pick up the game from a friend who works at GameStop and my friend and I went down to the living room on the big screen surround sound, set up the 360 popped it in the tray, dimmed the lights, grabbed the chips and soda and we were off. We played through the campaign on Legendary and beat it including watching every cut-scene in about 6 and a half hours. We were too exhausted to play Firefight, but we had played it at the demo station at school so it wasn’t a huge deal so we crashed. Halo 2 midnight beaten on Legendary cooperative, Halo 3 midnight beaten on Legendary cooperative: We had to continue our tradition and beat ODST together. Can’t wait to continue with Reach.

  7. wimahunga says:
    10-05-2009 at 1:13 am

    i played the campaign first because i wanted to know what happened in the story

  8. holiday31 says:
    10-05-2009 at 1:21 am

    I started with campaign because I was excited about the film noir theme and wanted to see how the story played out. I love the replayability that comes with firefight, but the campaign had the greater initial draw.

  9. Ithe GuardiansI says:
    10-05-2009 at 1:31 am

    i played firefight first. i had already played the map crater at the mobile ODST tour and just couldnt wait to just into some action. i played one round to check out Sgt. Johnston and the went into to story. i loved it

  10. Bootcamperz says:
    10-05-2009 at 2:09 am

    I worked the midnight for this and had about 150 people waiting in line and they all waited till the clock struck 12:01. Driving home I opened the game and called everyone to play co-op when I got on. When I got home I played the campaign first because there will always be a time to play firefight, considering me and my friend had to pull an all nighter as he was leaving for military duty. We beat the campaign in just under 4 hours on legendary and gotten all the audiophiles.

  11. Shatner4God says:
    10-05-2009 at 2:13 am

    When my husband and I brought ODST home (at, like, 12:15am opening night!), we promptly stuck in the first disk and played through the campaign. All through the Halo series, we have been completely immersed in the story behind it all. So the decision between firefight and campaign first was an easy one for us.

    Oh, and I absolutely love the cast of Firefly and couldn’t wait to hear Mal, Jayne, and Wash as marines!

  12. invoicedtech says:
    10-05-2009 at 2:30 am

    When I went home i played campaign first. Since halo ce i always play the campaign first its kinda like a long tradition, it’s not that i dont like multiplayer it’s just that all of Bungies hard work was put into not only the actual game but into a beautiful story that i have been following since the game came out. I also keep that tradition because i hate it when people buy halo 3 or halo3 :odst and only play the multiplayer and completely ignore the story. the worst is when people just play the story and skip all the cutscenes just so they get armor. wow i talk alot whatev campaign rules…. I HAZ RECON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. auckward says:
    10-05-2009 at 3:44 am

    When I fist got home I grabbed my halo 3:ODST controller and signed in, then I started firefight on wind ward by my self as I was waiting for my friend to tell me whether he got his xbox back(because he got the RROD) when I got whacked off the edge by a hunter and recieved confirmation that my friend didnt have his xbox I headed back to the main menu and fired up mombassa streets on easy.But before ALL of that I made sure to download sgt johnson because… he knowes what the ladies/alliens like 🙂

  14. Twiztid_Pinoy says:
    10-05-2009 at 4:15 am

    when i first sat down @ my home to play my newly purchased copy of Halo 3: ODST, I fired up a new Campaign first. not that i didn’t prefer to play Firefigtht, but i had already had a bit of practice time playing it at the Bungie Launch party a few hours beforehand, so i decided to start my ODST experience with something new that i had not experienced yet

  15. chrisghazel says:
    10-05-2009 at 5:04 am

    #3 – I am not going to by Halo 3: ODST because I don’t want to spend the money on a game that most of my friends have, and they have already asked me to come over to their house to play the game. BUT, I am very much into the Halo series and will definitely play this game soon!

  16. hoodedkenny says:
    10-05-2009 at 5:15 am

    i first played the campaign because ive been waiting to be as close the odst’s as i could be i mean there awesome, in halo 3 and 2 they are the only one’s who actully did anything worth while i would’nt be suprised if i saw the other marines having lunch at the start of the level. Anyway ive gone a bit off topic so in short ODST’s kick as and the game is ace and i played fire fight after i finished the storyline and it was brillient ive played it about 10 times now and im finding new stuff all the time……

  17. hoodedkenny says:
    10-05-2009 at 5:17 am

    sorry i mean odst’s kick ass and im sure ive made spelling errors so oh well:)

  18. koruwa says:
    10-05-2009 at 7:15 am

    When I first got back home with the game, I booted up the campaign first because I wanted to familiarize myself with the different gameplay mechanics added and to absorb the plot that I looked forward to.

  19. sian240 says:
    10-05-2009 at 7:55 am

    When i got home and tore open the case of Halo 3: ODST and started playing it i played Firefight first because i wanted to get used to the slick new weapons, the tough enemies the VISR and the new health system before going in head-on into legendary campaign with my friends!

  20. Insane54 says:
    10-05-2009 at 9:11 am

    Here’s a new one probably:

    The first game I played was Forge on Longshore. I’m an Administrator on (40,000+ member Forge site), and I’ve had an idea that’s been bugging me forever, since Forge has come out…and all it needed was a long shore. Unfortunately, there…is no long shore, suffice to say I was disappointed, but then I went on to play Campaign solo on Normal, turning off notifications…I feel like you really get the best idea of how the game was designed to make you feel on that, without the hastily slopped in co-op, or with friends constantly ‘bleep-bloop’ing you to “COME PLAY FIREFIGHT N GET ENDUUUUUUUURE”.

  21. moose007 says:
    10-05-2009 at 9:34 am

    First thing I did was invite my friend over and we played split screen campaign. After beating it we proceeded to play firefight. Needless to say there was little sleep that night.

  22. Zariath says:
    10-05-2009 at 9:38 am

    When I opened up my copy of ODST, I really wanted to play through the story first. So, I hopped into Campaign and ran through the story on Easy. I got through the story, and went to firefight. Played a little of that solo, then joined a few XBL friends and started playing firefight with them. Loads of fun! ;D

  23. a cray0n says:
    10-05-2009 at 10:20 am

    I went and opened my copy of odst and played campaign mode. I did this because i promised my friends i wouldn’t play a round of firefight unless they all got on. So i did as much campaign as humanly possible and loved every minute of it. 🙂

  24. john 117 says:
    10-05-2009 at 10:29 am

    I played campaign first because i really wanted to find out what happen to new mombasa when master chief left and i in fire if you ancounter a new enemy you will understand more better about what it does why its doing what its doing and when you beat the levels in campaign you get new places to fight in firefight.

  25. alpha3763 says:
    10-05-2009 at 11:00 am

    I played through the Campaign on Normal first to get the story and all the Characters/Levels for Firefight. I chose the campaign first cause I like the Halo universe’s story and they have never really dived into the ODSTs before(besides random NPCs following you) so it was cool to see how they operate compared to the Spartans

  26. AwesomeSauce says:
    10-05-2009 at 11:19 am

    I played Campaign first, but, incidentally it arrived when i had some friends round so we did a couple of co-op levels before moving on to firefight. I found firefight was a great experience as even my non-halo gaming friends had a blast just picking it up and playing it, whilst the skillz of t3h veterans in our group were still tested by the infinite onslaught of chain reactions caused by Catch and many many grunt birthdays! The highlight of ODST for me can be easily summed up in 2 words: Mombasa Streets. The multiple routes to the next POI, the roaming AI and the incredible “living on the edge” atmosphere paired with a stellar soundtrack was simply amazing, I only wish it didn’t have to end! And when doing Co-op, an accurate shot can get you far but the best way forward is tactics. From strategically flanking your enemies, sniping them, or blowing them all to pieces to running in suicidally or distracting them with wild (and often poor) Mongoose driving, whatever your playing style, the fun never ends in ODST. =]

  27. WildKalt2 says:
    10-05-2009 at 1:09 pm

    I bought ODST at the midnight release. I actually didn’t play it as soon as I got home because I had college classes in the morning so I decided sleep was more important, but I skipped outta my last class to open that bad boy up! I played the campaign first cause its CAMPAIGN! Everyone has gotta play the story first. I love playing games that have good stories and if they are really good I’ll play through them, btw ODST is the bombshizzle, loved the storyline and now I’m trying to finish up the vidmasters to be apart of the recon society 😛

  28. nubyw00tz says:
    10-05-2009 at 1:11 pm

    “Assuming you already own a copy of ODST, when you finally got home and tore open the package, did you play Campaign or Firefight first? Why?”

    The first thing I played when I ripped open ODST was campaign. I was playing with my brother and I wanted to see how the campaign would play out, I wanted to see the drop sequence, and I wanted to hear the music. It was beautiful and well-played, I’m really glad Marty and Michael Salvatori decided to move into another direction in musical terms. I thought the campaign was fun and the audio files fun to track down (I always have a little sense of pride go through me when I find a new one). I later played Firefight. I’m not so good. 😛

  29. OneShot says:
    10-05-2009 at 2:03 pm

    I played firefight first, I’m not gonna lie, all the videos looked really cool. I was on Crater and ran out with my Automag, busted out an overkill and that was the end of the story. I mean, if you guys have played Firefight you know just how good it feels when you hear “Lives added. Weapon drop.” And you’re just standing there with a friggin hammer in your hand and a carbine on your back.

  30. terebyte says:
    10-05-2009 at 5:17 pm

    After recieving the shiny new game from a nearby gamestop, my friend, Steve, and I ventured back to my house to try it out. I opened it, placed the CD in the tray and didn’t hesitate for a second with what to do next. I hit FIREFIGHT!!!! One thing that I have always loved in video games are the “survival” modes and all of the other Halo games had lacked this feature. I just loved the thought of being swarmed with covenant, defending the territory by any means necissary. Finally my favorite game has incorperated my favorite single player mode. It didn’t disappoint. However, Steve and I were very sleep deprived and scored substantially lower than I had hoped. =P

  31. HLGBellyHop94 says:
    10-05-2009 at 7:54 pm

    What did i play First?
    Well, i played FireFight first with my four amazing friends (one of them i meet in line at the Halo 3: ODST Midnight relese in St.Paul.
    I played FireFight First because i was waiting to play campain on the weeked with 15 other friends an me.
    We had 2 people per Xbox 360 (8 Xboxs Total) and 4 Different Campain game plays at the same time to see who would beat the game first with everyone on Legendary mode.
    WOW!!!! and we added a suprise. 1st place team each gets…..
    (4) 48Hour Trials!!!!! so a total of (16) 48Hr Trials for the winnig team which happen to be ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we started to play at 10pm untill 4am in the mornig.

    My Xbox Live GT is
    HLG Belly Hop94

  32. STINKY10306 says:
    10-05-2009 at 10:07 pm

    I have yet to get ODST, but as soon as it comes in the mail, (hopefully tomorrow) I will be playing the campaign since the all inclusive internet at my new apartment sucks, so it seems that Firefight will not be an option right away

  33. Phantom says:
    10-05-2009 at 10:53 pm

    What was the first thing I did? Being that I am a new fan to Halo I am really interested in the Story. I believe that the backstory is one of the main reasons I still play Halo 3 because the attention to detail is amazing. I first jumped into campaign as you guessed. I believe that the opening drop see was extrememly well done and I hope that bungie continues to make Halo games. Thank you for this contest it is very genourous of you.

  34. HALO 3 ODST says:
    10-05-2009 at 11:00 pm

    I own the game, I played campaign first…and heres why- YEAH I WAS SO PUMPED WHEN I GOT HALO 3 ODST!!! I went and got it the day it came out. I had been sick for a week and a half and was starting to get better the day it came out. BUT…i had a week and a half…home alone…and i was VERY busy NOT owning the game and it was KILLING me. So i googled and youtubed every thing i could about the game getting absolutely pumped. And even forged a few hundred uber awesome maps on halo out of due to NotOwningODST-itis and i was home alone for the majority of that week and a half…and i thought and thought about what i was going to play first. At first i was all like “YEAH! FREAKIN’ PUMPED! JACKED! FIREFIGHT!!! because I had played other campaigns of Halo before and they were great. BUT…the new FIREFIGHT survival mode?!?! SO TEMPTING!!! but then i thought some more…and decided i shouldn’t play firefight until I know the background to the story(plus i wanted to unlock more characters and areas for firefight) So i started campaign and it was pretty cool…then i learned that in ODST you start getting hurt alot quicker *cough* ON LEGENDARY *cough* Unlike some of my friends, i wasn’t all whiny, i was like “OH YEAH!!! CHALLENGE!!!” and I have beaten campaign on normal quickly in like less than a day and a half of school, homework and some X-BOX time. THEN i got down to business on the firefight and it was SO EPIC!!! Anyways, I could go on for hours, but thats my story. Thanks 😀

  35. Saelient says:
    10-06-2009 at 3:08 am

    Ever since ODST was announced so long ago at TGS, I was drooling to play campaign. I meticulously poured through the trailer, looking for any hint about the fiction, gameplay, and cast of the game. I hadn’t been as pumped for a Halo game since the first sequel. I found the game for $50 in the beginning of August on Unfortunately, it took a whole week to ship after the release and all of my frat brothers got the game before me! They were romping through firefight, and some had even beaten the campaign. It was a terrible feeling, as they all looked up to me as the go-to Halo expert. No one else reads the books, bought the helmet, or even has a “ONEONE7” license plate like me, yet they got to experience ODST’s gloomy glory first. When I finally got my game, my friends were just finishing up a firefight match and were ready for more. I selected Johnson, changed my emblem to the Superintendent, and fired up the fight. We got rocked on Crater, but hot damn was it fun.

  36. Peter Panyc says:
    10-06-2009 at 4:40 am

    I first played firefight and actually didn’t start campaign until the next day. As an avid gamer, I enjoy single player games and wanted to experience my first play through by myself, so I would not miss any the storyline (a mistake i made in Halo 3). My friend and I had waited at Gamestop together for each Halo game and decided that we wanted to have our first ODST adventure with one another just like the previous games. No regret in that choice at all. The taste I acquired from firefight was amazing and still leaves me thirsty for more.

  37. zniper44 says:
    10-06-2009 at 6:16 am

    First i played campaign, I mean really. New Mombasa?? At Night? as an ODST?? Seriously how could you not?
    I ran through campaign on normal (not to mention enjoying the stunning graphics) to get the hang of it before jumping into firefight (Last exit is my fav firefight map 😀 ). I then played through on legendary, which i actually found rather easy.
    haha there is nothing i enjoy more than getting some sweet payback on a chieftain with a gravity hammer XD

  38. Sergeant Ryan72 says:
    10-06-2009 at 7:36 pm

    Q #1

  39. Sergeant Ryan72 says:
    10-06-2009 at 7:40 pm

    Question #1
    I played Campaign first frefight would be better played with friends it’s not quite fun to talk to grunt’s or brute’s they keep shooting you.

  40. diehardmarine says:
    10-06-2009 at 9:30 pm

    “Assuming you already own a copy of ODST, when you finally got home and tore open the package, did you play Campaign or Firefight first? Why? “

  41. diehardmarine says:
    10-06-2009 at 9:33 pm

    First, like most games I play when I first get them, I played the campaign. I just wanted to see how the story compared to the rest of the Halo games. That, and I like playing campaign lol. After beating it, I played firefight though. P.S.-Sorry for post above. accidentally pushed enter :(.

  42. MechmanZero says:
    10-06-2009 at 10:47 pm

    Question #1: Well, technically I guess I can say when I first opened the package I put the batteries in the controller since I got the limited edition bundle, followed up by reading through the game manual. When I actually started the game I jumped into Campaign, as I have done with all of my games. I’m much more interested with the story of the game, and Bungie always does a pretty good job with their games. And even with the hidden sub-story involved. Plus, it has part of the cast of Firefly in it, how could I not play Campaign first.


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