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. amatecha says:
    09-30-2009 at 6:49 pm

    What did I play first? Campaign. In fact, I had decided quite some time before ODST’s release that I would play Campaign first since it was what I was most highly anticipating.

    After learning about Recon (err, ODST ;)) it was obvious it would be awesome. Playing as an ODST, at NIGHT, in NEW MOMBASA??? Nice!

    I have to say it turned out just as awesome as I had hoped. Very cool nighttime scenery and great music to match the mysterious/lonely feel I was hoping we’d get, as a stranded ODST in unfamiliar enemy-infested areas.

    BTW it’s worth noting I spent probably 12-14 hours playing the campaign, on Normal difficulty. No rushing, lots of exploring, lots of enjoyment. :) Whoever finished the campaign in 4 hours was rushing WAY TOO MUCH.

  2. kenraves says:
    09-30-2009 at 11:19 pm

    First? I went of the story. I meant, this was a game for the fans, I am a hardcore fan now, I actually have LIVE, unlike Halo 3. I hit up the Normal difficulty and qued the game. I’ve always wanted to play a Halo game from a marines point of view, and ever since Halo 2, I’ve loved the ODST’s. I had my chance to actually be (Well, as close as I’ll ever be.) a badass orbital drop shock trooper. I came, and saw, and kicked my share of ass, but this game’s story was such a delectable treat, I couldn’t pass up! Sadies story actually intergrated into my gameplay experience which I enjoyed, and the attention to detail was quite satisfying. My one bit of distaste was, sadly, the Rookie. All that is known about him is that his name is initialled “J.D” and his age. I would’ve loved to see him speak freely, whether with the Super or just muttering to himself. I also wanted to see the Rookies face. What makes him different from the others? He doesn’t have a polarizing helmet? Film noir or not, some character development would have been nice. Epically since his like, whole service record is classified.

    Great times, with only nitpickable flaws. I regret; nothing.

  3. PingTrowaLi says:
    09-30-2009 at 11:29 pm

    First thing I did was play through campaign on Normal. Then firefight, 1 game, 187,000 points, set 2 round 3 wave 4. Since then I’ve played some firefight on Heroic, and went through different levels getting achievements, now I’m attemping single player campain on Heroic. Fun stuff.

  4. hlfx says:
    10-01-2009 at 10:13 pm

    Hi , i just got my copy of ODST the 22th, I open it and put the disc 1 on my console, then start Campaign, that was my main idea since the beginning , just enjoy alone the story , the music, and the street on new mombasa.I played some hours, and the continue in the night with all lights off…..what a cool way to play this excellent game.

    Cheers from Chile

  5. Hey You says:
    10-01-2009 at 10:52 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 wanted to jump into the New storyline in the halo series as fast as possible. Get to know the way ODST worked & felt before hopping into battle.

  6. padraig08 says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:47 am

    When I got home at 10pm September 22nd, 2009 I popped in ODST and had only one thought in my mind…… CAMPAIGN TIME. why? you ask. why not jump in to firefight or the halo 3 multiplayer experience? they are why you bought the game…. the replayability….or you just sold out for recon didn’t you? No, 2 reasons really. the first is simple, it has been proven to me, that Bungie makes not only a good narrative, but an unprecedented campaign. and I’m not just talking halo 3, but halo 1 & 2. (especially 2). They know how to make a game that love to play, and a story I enjoy being entertained by and interacting in. and especially now where good story elements and good gameplay are hard to come by in the FPS genre together, Bungie delivers. not for everyone, some bitch and moan about the campaign and narrative, and…. well, everything, but it’s not made for everyone. it’s made for those who want it. the second is to finally answer the cryptic lore and mystery that Bungie, painfully, ribbed at and hinted for months upon months. How could a story about “marines” be more interesting or worthy of the same acclaim as the chief. Yea, the marines the guys you killed for sick pleasure in the previous games. the marines, the soldiers you never trusted to do more than carry the guns you had no room for, yea those guys have their own game now?! but u really arent a marine, ur ODST a hellbent special ops troop who are only deployed, when humanity is on the fringe between order and chaos, much like the chief, if the chief was more like a man than a green metal Adonis. and answer I did 2 halo soaked days later I triumphed with the answer I had looked for and that beautiful legendary ending. THAT is why i preordered, waited, and bought ODST on launch day, because it’s Halo, it lives up to it’s own level of standard, the art, the landscaping, the gameplay has it’s own flavor. And I asked “Please sir, can I have some more?” and they said “Yes, you can has :3″

  7. fredrickson89 says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:24 pm

    I played campaign first, this is because it’s my favorite part of the Halo experience. I love mulitplayer and firefight rocks but I’m addicted to the story and I love expanding my knowledge of the Halo universe.

  8. Grumpy Jedi says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:26 pm

    First thing I did was go into Firefight on my own, specifically Crater (night). This was the level I got to try at E3 and wanted to take some time to explore it in greater detail.

  9. bluetard900 says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:27 pm

    I definitely played through the campaign first. Wanting the complete experience, the first time playing through I decided to play it solo and on legendary taking me about 8 hours. I picked up the game at a midnight release and stayed up all night playing. I then joined 3 friends to play campaign together on legendary, then firefight on heroic.

  10. Serdna25 says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:40 pm

    HI, i love this game by the way. when i got home i played the campaign first. well i make its a rule of mine that i have to finish the campaign first in order to earn multiplayer. but i am extremely satisfied with this game. LOVE BUNGIE!
    -Keep it clean

  11. kitchel says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:51 pm

    Of course I played the campaign first. Anything to do with the Halo experience and story should be fully… indulged before the multiplayer. I love firefight but the halo story is pure epic.

  12. Bisu says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, I’m surprised how many people dove into Campaign first, I on the other hand wanted to play Firefight first ,I was with a group of people at the time and we all know campaign is a 2 player (max) game without XBLive. I laughed after the first few waves when i saw the vid master achievement requiring 4 complete sets. After all the friends had left i felt i earned to know what this new story was :]

  13. Luminous says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:55 pm

    I knew I was going to play the campaign first and I did (on Heroic). There are a few reasons why I did this. First off for every Halo game I made sure to play through the campaign before going to any multiplayer. This was especially important for Halo 2 and 3. Halo CE was a brand new franchise and Xbox Live was not available when it released.

    I wanted to get to the story and see what Bungie did as you were playing as an ODST instead of the Chief. Also the way Bungie presented the game made it seem like a departure from what we were used to. I must say I was very happy with how it played out. Also I wanted to make sure I would not ruin the story for myself by getting online with people that had beaten the campaign. Whether intentional or not sometimes spoilers get revealed.

    After finishing the campaign I started playing some Firefight missions and went through the story again on Legendary with one of my Live friends. Great game and Firefight will keep me playing for a long time. Although I do want to get to the new Halo 3 maps as well.

    Great game, thanks Bungie!

  14. Suicide Shogun says:
    10-02-2009 at 1:59 pm

    After going to the midnight release in my city, my friend and I tore off home and very anxiously opened up our limited edition of ODST. We put in the campaign disk and got two more of our online buddies and started up the campaign on legendary =D The opening cinematic with the drop pods was fantastic!

    We first played campaign because its like a first reaction. You put in a new game and the first thing you do is play campaign. Its like that for every game I play. Regardless if its as amazing as ODST!

  15. sean says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:00 pm

    I’m pretty sure that I played campaign first…..

    I played from a midnight release until about 4:30am; don’t remember how far I made it (finally had the time to finish it last night), and then played 1 or 2 rounds of firefight.

    I’m all about the story, so campaign was a must. I HAD TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS

  16. Ben says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:01 pm

    I went straight for the campaign. I wanted to play through the story, discover the plot and find out what new mysteries the Bungie team had cooked up and woven throughout their latest instalment.

  17. Necromas says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:03 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.

    I choose campaign first because I was excited about delving into a new Halo story, and from what I had heard I could tell I would love the film noir atmosphere of the mombasa streets.

  18. LMA9375 says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:11 pm

    First thing I did was play Campaign. After staying out until midnight to get the game, I was planning to play the Campaign straight. However, I knocked out within 3 hours of starting the Campaign.

  19. Enzemo says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:14 pm

    I first played Firefight, quite simply because me and my friend vowed to play ODST together on Splitscreen Legendary and I had to wait for him to get home from school.
    Thats the only reason. And I loved it, it was awesome. Still is.

  20. OrangeJamboree says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:15 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?”

    Well, I do own a copy, and it hasn’t left the disc tray yet.
    Honestly I wanted to go see the Halo 3 maps added onto the collective 24 now, I played those searched them, then went straight to Co-Op with my buddy in Canada.

  21. melkoret says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:17 pm

    (1.) I immediately began playing through the Campaign solo on Heroic, as suggested by Bungie themselves. :) I always care most about story first, multiplayer second. Besides I dont even have XBL yet ;P

  22. Olaberas says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:18 pm

    When I opened ODST for the first time, I started in campaign. I chose campaign because of I actually enjoy the storyline of the Haloverse, as opposed to simply run-and-gunning in Match Making. The opportunity to play as an ODST peaked my interest before the game was even mentioned, so you can imagine my elation when Bungie announced the game. The VISR was an awesome addition, and the dark doomed-from-the-start side story makes this game unique in that there is no “happy ending.”

    I also refused to play co-op campaign until I finished it on Solo. I like to take my time and explore every nook and cranny and pay close attention to the nuances of the environment, both visual and audible.

  23. tkmoney says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:19 pm

    I played campaign first. I have tried firefight but I wasnt all that into it to be honest. I hate the delay that they added to all your movements

  24. MDK2002 says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:21 pm

    I first started campaign by myself to see the story unfold and I just loved the intro menu design and then dropping in as an ODST was the best experience I have had in a while.

  25. Gamerfreak19 says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:25 pm

    I put the game in and went straight into firefight after the endure achievement, and then once I got it I played campaign and before u knew it I had recon on the day of the release haha, awesome I know.

  26. Unknown Spartun says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:38 pm

    When i recieved Odst, i played through the campaign first to get into another halo story and play for once not a mega soldier. Fire fight is ok but i honestly believe firefight is for those who couldnt make it the original halo 3 multiplayer, just like those who play horde in gears cause they cant handle it online.

  27. DirtyDozen says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:47 pm

    I definitely went with campaign first. I’m always most excited about the story when I get a new Bungie game (especially in the Halo series). I wanted to experience all of that before Firefight. I figured Firefight and multiplayer would be the bulk of my playing time once I finished campaign…but first things first!

  28. Jazz Malang says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:49 pm

    I got ODST on launch day after work and once I got it into the 360 I joined with a group of friends playing firefight. They had been home all day playing campaign so no one wanted to join me in co-op until after a few rounds. After that I started up Legendary co-op campaign and thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace in the Halo universe.

  29. Crazy Auron says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:49 pm

    The first thing I did was to play campaign. Nothing is better then sitting down after you’ve open your new ODST game, which you’ve been waiting for upwards of a year to play and playing through the campaign. The first moment you take control of The Rookie in the desolate streets of New Mombasa, gives a fresh life to the Halo franchise. No longer was I bringing out my Battle Rifle and taking out numerous covenant, I had to take my time asses every firefight and make precision acurate shots to take out the covenant from afar.

  30. bogester says:
    10-02-2009 at 2:54 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 as soon as i got the Game at Midnight i went Straight to the Campaign. Some one said the campaign was amazing so i started it right away.

  31. KingKirop says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:02 pm

    After feverishly ripping open the clingfilm containing the package of awesome that is Halo 3: ODST, I immediately fired up the campaign, and was immediately greeted by Nathan Fillion’s baritone voice. I played the campaign first because I loved the idea of playing a (sort of) every day normal guy. The gameplay and atmosphere surprised me, and, needless to say, I tore through the campaign like an emaciated lion. After finishing it on normal, I decided to try my hand at the new legendary. I tried to play it as I did normal, and the first time I tried to melee a brute after taking down his shields, his swift repartee was his fist slamming into my face and almost driving me through a skyscraper wall. Needless, to say, I could tell I was not the master chief.

  32. Nebilim says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:06 pm

    I played campaign first for a couple of hours and then I went into a firefight mission.

  33. silentdragon says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:10 pm

    I started playing the campaign first. I started the game solo on legendary because I wanted as many achievements as I could get my first run through. I also wanted to see the storyline behind ODST and was satisfied with what happens. I put a solid 8-12 hours before I finally completed the campaign. The reason why I didn’t hop into firefight right away was because I wanted to know ODST’s story. Firefight would be around for a while so I figured why not start with the campaign. As of right now, I have about 90% of ODST’s achievements. I Finished the Fight 2007 and I was Prepared to Drop 2009.

  34. Faust II says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:11 pm

    Campaign, because I was interested in the story. Also, you gotta unlock most of the stuff in Firefight, which kind of forces you to play campaign (clever Bungie).

  35. SPOSpartan104 says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:14 pm

    Yes I do own a copy. I grabbed mine at the midnight release, rushed home. Took out my camera and took pictures as I unboxed the well crafted controller (Yes I buy collector’s yes it costs extra, yes it is worth every penny :) ) Continued to document the unboxing before removing the disc and beginning my first shot at ODST’s Campaign!

    I play campaign because the story is what made me fall in love with halo. The detail of the universe, and The Characters. I have never truly had the attachment to characters in a game as I have had with the characters in Halo.

    Campaign is the main reason I love the games so it was not even a question for me to think about.

    Also I must say I somewhat love the return of med kits, reminds me of the good old Halo 1 days.

    Firefight is fun, but Campaign is joy.
    ~Senior Chief Petty Officer Spartan-104
    A.K.A. SPOSpartan104

  36. HC Maude says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:17 pm

    When I got home from the midnight release I went to, My boyfriend and I went straight to play campaign so we could watch all of the cut scenes, because we both love to watch what the story lines are all about. Also we wanted to go throu all of it to get a better feel of the game before we played firefight. Also we wanted to get all of the levels unlocked so we could jump right in to get our vidmaster achievements out of the way.

  37. RogueDarkJedi says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:18 pm

    I’d be happy to donate PAX Avatar T-Shirts as a prize to this epic swag bag of awesomeness.

  38. TheSylvester says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:23 pm

    I was planning on, for a couple months before actually, to jump right on and do some Firefight with my friends. But once I put that game disc in my Xbox, I felt a sudden urge to play through Campaign. I wanted to see what N.M. looked like, and how this new edition fit into Halo (I LOVE Halo stories and lore). So, that’s what I did. I didn’t play any other thing on Xbox, until I completed Campaign on Heroic. And I have to say that ODST has to be even better than Halo 3. Bungie did a extremely impressive job with a “short” game.

  39. zerowind117 says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:33 pm

    I jumped right in to Campaign. I have always loved multiplayer, but I have always felt Halo was built to be a Solo experience, and the atmosphere in ODST is no exception. The campaign I felt could have had a stronger ending, but when the story is already written, I think it ended well for what it was given. Not to mention it wasn’t even intended to be a full game in the first place, as the project grew I was more and more compelled to start with the campaign.

  40. Fearing says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:35 pm

    Campaign. Always campaign,cause I gotta know what happens in the story, and don’t want to have it spoiled for me.

  41. CrAzY166 says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:45 pm

    I played campaign first because I wanted to complete the last savory morsel of the Halo triligy story (and it did not disapoint).

  42. TheRepoMan108 says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:45 pm

    I played Firefight first because i was waiting for one other friend to get on and then we played campaign on legendary the rest of the night. I got it at midnight.

  43. zuuku says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:53 pm

    When I first got ODST, i played campaign on legendary right away. I loved the halo 3 campaign so i figured ODST must have a good campaign too. It was amazing

  44. nonameowns says:
    10-02-2009 at 3:56 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?

    Campaign because to get the feel of the environment.
    and the rookie is a stupid mute

  45. cqbkris says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:17 pm

    When i first home and looked on the table i looked down and saw my copy of ODST. After partialy crying i was as giddy as a schoolgirl on her way to the prom. I immediantly popped it in my xbox (after I almost fainted from overjoy)but I was confused whether to play campaign or firefight first. I chose to play campaign to enjoy the music and well drawn out enviroments (not to mention that i could also unlock some new swag for firefight). so I pretty much had to force myself to slowly go through the campaign so that i could truly appreciate the storyline. Also going through the campaign made me realize that now halo is scary once more.

  46. ender440 says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:20 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 the campaign first because I wanted to learn the story of the ODSTs first. I always play the campaign before anything else with every game I buy.

  47. serfma says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:21 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?”

    As soon as I got ODST, I couldnt wait to check out the campaign and all of its new weapons and “Features”. I even watched all of the cinimatics to catch up to the current time. After I got so far, I checked out Firefight and was amazed by it. Still am. :)

  48. willybabe 282 says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:35 pm

    “If you DON’T already own ODST, are you planning on getting it? What will you play first?” I haven’t gotten ODST yet, but I’m getting it soon and when I do, Im going to play campaign to get all the achievements possible and then get all the vidmasters with my friends.

  49. Bufordk says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:38 pm

    1. I played Campaign first so I could get used to the new experience of playing as an ODST instead of a 7 foot weapon of death.

  50. martates says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:39 pm

    Once I opened ODST the first thing I played was firefight because I had to get to bed and I didn’t want to start the campaign until I had more time.

  51. Krevil says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:46 pm

    When I first put my Halo 3: ODST disk into my Xbox 360, I played Firefight as I planned on doing campaign with my father who was still opening his box when I got mine.

  52. bigsmooth4123 says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:48 pm

    Well, first I watched the opening sequence of the campaign, and played campaign for about 5 minutes, just to get a feel for the game and controls. After that I immediately hit firefight, as that is what I was MOST excited about. It turned out to be for good reason, as firefight is awesome. I played firefight the entire first night, before playing campaign the next day.

  53. Grimm says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:53 pm

    I played the campaign first and once I completed it I dove into firefight.

  54. slowpowke says:
    10-02-2009 at 4:54 pm

    I got my copy slightly later than most others. About 6 days later than the release date, I came home to find it sitting on my kitchen counter! I grabbed it, called my best friend to tell him I got it, and we jumped straight into Firefight with a couple of other friends. We played for a couple of hours before just deciding to make it into a full blown Halo Party! We ended up playing Firefight and the campaign for a couple hours, late into the night. It was a great way to spend the day, Firefighting with friends!

  55. thirstypuddle says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:08 pm

    I played campaign first. That’s always the first thing I do. I love story lines, and I don’t understand why people complain about cut scenes. I preordered ODST and flooding caused school to be closed! I knew it was meant to be. I played through the game on Heroic and then again on Legendary before I played a bit of Firefight. It was a good time and I can’t wait to see what Bungie pulls out of their sleeve next.

  56. W.K.S. says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:10 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 jumped into campaign first. The idea of free exploration intrigued me. The idea of being able to go through an encounter in more than one way was an idea that the halo 2, and halo 3 campaigns had been lacking. You always entered a fight through one tight corridor, and exited it in the same manner. Also guess I wanted it to feel like Halo 1 again, where you were against impossible odds, and humanity was being pushed back. In Halo 2 and 3 I didn’t feel like humanity was losing, I just felt like aliens were on earth, and I killed them. There was no indication that humanity was near extinction. That said the campaign in ODST was good, but not great. Although the story was more focused, the idea of a “tier 1″ asset being an engineer programmed with vergil’s information just didn’t seem to have alot of weight for me. But a sequence near the end with the carrier was beautifully done.

  57. Lesser Prophet says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:10 pm

    I had been following ODST since the launch trailer and bought my copy on the 22nd. I loaded it up and jumped in to Heroic campaign, I ended up playing on Legendary with some other friends. My first firefight was getting Endure, it was a good first impression.

  58. Smith A7XES says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:22 pm

    I have not yet gotten my copy of ODST, but I plan on doing almost anything in my power to obtain it. I’ve been following the game ever since it was announced, watching videos and such. When I do finally get it, I want to play campaign first. Halo 3’s campaign was awesome and I love Bungie’s work, so I’m sure ODST’s campaign won’t disappoint. Sure, Firefight is a huge step in enjoyable playing, but storylines are a crucial part of video games and ODST is set in a unique setting. It’s bound to blow the competition away.

  59. Flinstone says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:28 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?

    A: The first thing I played was Campaign. I played Campaign first because I really wanted to beat the whole game in under a day. I completed it in under 12 hours YEAH!

  60. Martyrcrf203 says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:33 pm

    Question 1:

    I purchased Halo 3: ODST with a pre-order from Gamestop. I acquired it on the morning of the 22nd.

    I played Firefight first because it was my most anticipated feature of the entire package. Also, my friend was online and wanted to play Firefight as well. I wanted to be able to dedicate enough time to play the campaign from start to finish in one outing, which I did the following day (taking 8 hours and 20 minutes on Normal to complete). I didn’t have enough time that day because I picked up the game during my lunch break from work, which I had until 5 at night…clearly not enough time to complete a campaign.

  61. kaaskop01 says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:38 pm

    i DID pre-oreder halo 3 ODST
    and I reallyreally wanted too play it first thing after school (I probably would have played firefight first, cuz its all new and stuff)
    but I couldnt cuz just 3 days before the awsomeness of halo 3 ODST filed the world my XboX360 gained a little downgrade we alle fear that is called:
    the red ring of death -.-‘
    Ive been able too play a few games at friends but I couldnt play it myself :'(
    oh well… I regained my xbox today and learned that the power supply Γ‘nd the motherboard were broken and repaired and so, as off today I can finally play halo 3 ODST :D:D:D:D

    grtz: kaaskop01

  62. TheProtagonist1 says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:38 pm

    The instant I got my hands on ODST I placed it into to xbox 360, turned off the lights, closed the blinds, got a drink, made some popcorn, and last but not least played solo campaign all night long with full surround sound.

  63. Roachy says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:39 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?

    My friends went to the midnight release and were bragging to be the whole day. So when I got home they wanted me to play Campaign, and help them with the Vidmaster Deja Vu.

  64. kokiri says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:51 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 all the way through. Firefight seemed fun and intriguing but I was more interested in the story of the ODSTs. Besides that I wanted to get a better feel of the game in a single player stance rather than jumping straight into the coming onslaught.

  65. Buckethead7 says:
    10-02-2009 at 5:53 pm

    When i got home the 22nd at 12:11 p.m.and ripped open the package carefully I to be honest, almost drooled a little. I’ve been waiting for this game for over a year and now I finally get the chance to play it for the first time before 99% of the U.S. population got to. I was so excited to play, so I first read the book and looked at all of the delicious goodies inside before I actually started the game. After that I installed the game to my hard drive as is recommended. I then played the campaign for 6 hours straight on Heroic like anyone should when they first play. I then went to school in a depressed state of mind because I couldn’t play the game at that time. When I got home 9 hours later it was Firefight time!

  66. ak says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:00 pm

    I was actually at work when I opened my copy. I was very careful as I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by the awesomeness oozing out of the case. And since I was at work and couldn’t enjoy the campaign in its true glory (read: by myself, all alone and in the dark just like the rookie is.) I played Legendary Firefight with my coworkers. Amongst all of us I think we bought 4 or 5 copies of ODST. And I went home later on that night and played the campaign on my own. I was very pleased with the overall game, it reminded me a lot of Halo 1, without feeling like a rehash. I beat the campaign on Legendary and it was so good that immediately after I beat it I started it all over again. I haven’t felt like that for a game since Halo 1 and 2. Big props to Bungie for another awesome game.

  67. spartanmk18 says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:08 pm

    After coming home from the midnight release at my local Gamestop, me and my brother tore open the plastic wrap, took off the sticky tape on the top, took out the game, and booted up campaign.

    From that point on, we played till around 4, when we decided to call it a night, then picked back up at 12 the next day

    So, it was campaign, and it was great, the reason we jumped straight into it, being, we are in it for the story, we want to know what happens, and we always play it first. Then we beat, and play it again, on a harder difficulty

  68. dudmanx says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:08 pm

    I haven’t bought it and probably won’t since my Xbox is broken but i have played it. When i played it I was at my friend’s house and we played local so that we could go through the campaign just to see what it was about. We played through on normal in a bout 3-4 hours but went back and actually observed everything we saw while playing through it again on Legendary. but in between the play-threw s we played a game of firefight on Crater which sucked cause i still wasn’t very good, but we literally played firefight and campaign for 12 hours before I had to leave. I am personally just an achievement hunter in games and i got all but one, Firefight:Chasm Ten, achievement in ODST, haven;t gotten it yet because of lack of time to play. Overall Bungie made another awesome game that i enjoyed multiple times and still would be enjoying if i had money and a freaking working Xbox.

  69. yayap91 says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:13 pm

    When I first received my copy of ODST, me and my friends were already planning on the firefight match we would try out. We though firefight would be fun and, since we already had a good idea as to what single player was like. Firefight felt very different than what I imagined, although I am not saying this as though it were a bad thing. Campaign was also lots of fun, but my original assumption on the feel of it was very close to the reality. (Again, I’m not saying that was a bad thing)

    That was my reasoning for skipping to firefight with a few friends, and I’m sure plenty of other people shared my view.

  70. flurf says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:13 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 popped in Campaign before I even thought about Firefight. I’ve got a strong love for Firefly- when I realized that three of the Firefly guys were voice acting in ODST, I was determined to relive my favourite series. Turns out that I ended up playing through the entire story on Normal within the day of launch, but it was absolutely worth it.

  71. hereticdonutboy says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:15 pm

    I started playing campaign on legendary the second i got home with my pre ordered copy. i pondered witch i should play first ever since i heard about firefight being introduced to the Halo universe. i eventually decided that since firefight had a certain amount of lives and would take skill on any thing above normal i would get use to the new game style by beating the game and then trying out firefight( witch i own at I just cant find the time or people to make it to set 4 yet) and use what i learned. The game felt like halo 1 with some new weapons and i was a little weaker like call of duty. I give it a 6 out of 5 on game play,graphics, and story.

  72. Emfulz says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:16 pm

    I got home around 12:20AM with my special Limited Edition copy of Halo 3: ODST which included that awesome ODST controller. In the car I had opened the case, ripped the packaging off the game, put the batteries into place and carefully through the garbage in the back seat.

    When I got home I ran up stairs to turn my Xbox on and sync my controller. I grabbed my Dr. Pepper and sat my happy butt on the couch with speakers blaring and my mouth drooling.

    I went straight into Campaign with a few buddies on Legendary because it brought back that intense feeling of when I first played Halo 1 and the first day Halo 2 came out. I went through the game and didn’t take 1 break and never skipped a cut-scene the whole time while I was playing.

    It was the most awesomeness feeling I’ve had as a gamer ever since Halo 2 came out. After completing Legendary and watching that special ending, I ran into Firefight to kick some covenant ass as Sergeant Major Avery J. Johnson.

    Then I crashed on the couch and the next day hit Halo 3 up, swept those last achievements so I could go back to ODST and get my Vidmasters to finally get Recon armor.

    That’s my complete story of what happened to me on September 22nd. :)

  73. SpookSwimmer says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:17 pm

    When you finally got home and tore open the package, I plugged in the sweet looking controller and played Campaign first. I did this (and do this usually) to get familiar with the controls and the feel of the game. (*ahem* Also there were none of my friends on playing it until the next morning. That was a pretty good reason to start campaign too.) A buddy and I beat it on Ledgendary the next morning. I am still trying to recover some sleep from 22 Sep 09.
    I really like how the game plays, it is a LOT harder than Halo 3, and it’s also made me a better Halo player in general. Always needing to use cover and aim for the head with a pistol after a over charged plasma blast makes you play differently in Halo 3.

  74. Only kendog says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:20 pm

    When i first got ODST, me and my 3 friends who i first played and completed halo 1, 2 and 3 got together to run through the campaign. As always we throughly enjoyed it. Once we completed the campaign we went in for some firefight!! The game is just epic!!

  75. SpartanJag says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:24 pm

    I got home and immediately turned my 360 on before my shoes were off. I threw in the disk and watched the intro, and dove straight into campaign. I wanted to know how the Rookie finds his squad, and what happened to them. I was not disappointed. I was most worried that one of the main characters would die, too.

  76. Fatal v7 says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:27 pm

    When I first ripped open the packaging for ODST, I immediately delved into the campaign. Why? Because, I had been planning for months to play campaign first, then multiplayer and Firefight second,(as I have done for all Halo and other games) mostly because I wanted to get a feel for the new weapons,(Automag FTW! :D) VISR mode and just to see what New Mombasa looked like!!!
    I think ODST even though it is only an expansion, is one of the best Halo games, and Firefight was a very welcome addition, adding TONS of replay value.

  77. MetalKnuckle says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:34 pm

    Definetly played the campaign first. Why? It’s Halo of course. the one thing I love about Halo is the story. It takes such a comon sci-fi setting and flips it on its side. Multiplayer is okay, but its the story of halo that drives me. Plus i loved the earth levels of Halo 2 and this looked like it had the same feel (which it did thankfully).

  78. graner99 says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:35 pm

    I played the campaign first! I wanted to learn all about these new ODST guys.

  79. Kazooie5659 says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:59 pm

    I played Firefight on Easy first, just so i could get a feel for the game. I died within the first wave xD

    I did make it to Round 4 of Set 2 though, after 2 1/2 hours…..

  80. a 1 KMan says:
    10-02-2009 at 6:59 pm

    I got ODST the Wednesday after it came out, my reserved special controller included. Knowing Bungie for both awesome storylines and gameplay, I entered the Campaign how any veteran would: Heroic with IWHBYD, Grunt Birthday Party, and Tough Luck on. Awesome plot twists were had.

  81. GlacialRemains says:
    10-02-2009 at 7:05 pm

    Simply put, I played firefight first because I told one of my friends that I would do campign with him. So I waited til the mornig when he got his copy and then we played together for a bit!

  82. Packnight501 says:
    10-02-2009 at 7:08 pm

    I actually went to my friend’s house after school with my brand-new copy of Halo 3: ODST on the 22nd! Unfortunately gamestop had messed up my order and had run out of stock of the special edition. Forcing me to drive an hour to a different gamestop later that week.
    But when I had my temporary standard edition of the game at my friend’s house, we played firefight for hours! It felt amazing to play the game you’d seen so much about for months before!
    Then I went home and played Campaign… :)

  83. sirpwn4g3 says:
    10-02-2009 at 7:13 pm

    I wanted to play campaign, everyone was supposed to hop online after midnight launch and go through Legendary, but one person never showed, so we did Firefight for awhile. Later three of us got through the first two missions, then one went to bed, so four of us made it through the first three missions, then everyone went to bed, and it was just me, so I got the last three skulls I needed.

  84. LoneStarGamer says:
    10-02-2009 at 7:51 pm

    When I first got the game, I obviously jumped right onto campaign and the reason why is simple, it’s the first thing that I do with every new game that I get and especially due to the reason of how much I love the Halo story line! ~_^

  85. Coyotefreak1 says:
    10-02-2009 at 7:55 pm

    The first thing that I did after I got home with ODST, was play Campaign. I played it most of the way through that night on normal, and thought that the story was awesome. Every game I buy, I play the campaign first, because I think a game is only good if it has a good story behind it. The next day, when my friend got home, I played campaign with him, and a little bit of firefight. I recently got all the vidmasters and I am helping all my friends to get them too lol.

  86. sr says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:03 pm

    I played campaign. Mainly because I was the first one online that night. It didn’t take long before someone logged on and the Firefighting began. Later on we switched disks and went skull hunting. Finally we had a really long and silly Forge battle on Citadel (changing to the monitor and running away; deleting spawn points and camping; making a rocket spawn stash; camping the other team’s rocket stash). Apparently Forge games never end.

  87. MobLynch says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:24 pm

    First thing I did when I bought ODST was play the campaign on Legendary with 2 of my buddies. I like knowing the story of the games I play before I do anything else. I played on Legendary for the challenge and achievements.

  88. LayneThomas says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:25 pm

    After taking a quick look at the new Halo 3 maps, I started in with campaign. Why? Well because it’s in my opinion the meat of ODST. Sure you’ve got Firefight and the remainder of the Mythic maps, and those give the game some real staying power, but the campaign is the whole reason this game was made (not to mention the Halo campaigns are frick’n awesome).

  89. wasteguru says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:27 pm

    I played firefight first because my friend was over and the idea of firefight sounded cool to the both of use. it was awesome, playing firefight is so much fun with a friend.

  90. Spartan034 says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:28 pm

    I played the campaign first, because I wanted to see what happened to the ODSTs that I have heard so much of.

  91. ToastyGloves says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:29 pm

    The first game I played was with my friend, It was on Firefight on Lost platoon. I felt like play Firefight first just to get a feel for an epic game. And it turned out way different, And way harder than Halo 3. But I enjoyed it Thoroughly and beat it the next day.

  92. Mage mj333 says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:41 pm

    As soon as i got the game i was tearing it out of the package before i even got to the car. I went home and played the Campaign because i had been waiting on the game to come out. I was stunned when the first credits rolled by that i didnt even realize i could play. I was basking in the glory of the campaign when my mom came in and told me we had to go to my dads cause it was 5 in the morning. I then played firefight with a few friends at my dads and we had a blast. We only got to like Set 1 Round 3 wave 4 because we were getting raped pretty badly. It also doesnt help when your team is getting gangbanged by 3 brute cheiftains

  93. iWannaWin says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:44 pm

    I went and played fierfight on crater and got to set 2 round 2 wave 4 and quit to go play the campain!!!!

  94. Coelk313 says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:44 pm

    What did I do first? I played campaign. After carefully poening up the special edition box (I like to keep things nice), and after being intoxicated by the odd smell of money on the game, me and some friends got on and started ripping through the campaign on legendary. It could have gone all night but i had to get some sleep for a big test the next day.

  95. lionsfan5 says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:49 pm

    What did I play first? I busted down Firefight on Security Zone with my brother! It was so awesome when I first opened my CP box and put the batteries in the sexiest remote EVER! Firefight was amazing, too!!

  96. dee32 says:
    10-02-2009 at 8:53 pm

    To start out my Halo 3: ODST experience i of course played CAMPAIGN. I knew all along that i was going to play campaign first, probably since combat evolved came out. I was also at gamestop at midnight to pick up the game and new that none of my xbox live friends were going to be on to play firefight. When halo reach comes out im sure im going to play campaign first on there too!

  97. afawcett says:
    10-02-2009 at 9:31 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?

    Campaign. But I can’t help but to tell about our adventure.

    My two friends and I got our Collectors Editions from our local Gamestop at midnight. We had a table setup with 3 22 inch monitors, all ready to go.

    After we got our game, we started racing home, and almost forgot to get our download card for Johnson. I ran back into the store and pushed through all the people to berate the employee. e got off easy, I wanted to leave asap to get my hands on the game.

    The first thing we did was give our hands a good scrub down. Nacho Cheese Doritos maybe be a delicious snack, but were keeping the ODST controllers in pristine shape. Then, we all put our copies in the Xbox at the same time. My Xbox came out in the lead, and we set up for campaign.

  98. Radical_Edward says:
    10-02-2009 at 10:17 pm

    Unfortunately I do not yet own a copy of Halo 3: ODST. I do plan on getting it eventually, but money issues are setting my “date-of-play” farther and farther yet into the future. Since I first played Halo: Combat Evolved I was fascinated by the story, and bought both Halo 2 and 3 upon release. The moment I get my hands on a copy of ODST, I will play story mode, twice. Once for the story experiance, then again on legendary.

  99. Sayaer says:
    10-02-2009 at 11:25 pm

    First thing i went for was the campaign, after getting addicted to the story in Halo: Combat Evolved and memorizing every detail i knew i had found a great storyline. When halo 2 and 3 came around and things got deeper and closer to the end i was still wanting more.

    Thats when bungie released ODST, i went for the campaign in ODST first because it offered something that only one other game in the halo series has (halo wars) and thats a storyline away from the Chief, not that i dont love the good ol’ chief, but theres more going on around him and i’ve always been curious about what its like to see it through some one elses eyes. Thats why it was my first pick over firefight.

  100. JDL337 says:
    10-02-2009 at 11:28 pm

    Well… me and 3 other mates went to the midnight release of ODST and then came back to my place, where i had 4 xboxes and 4 tvs set up rready to go….

    We played throught the campain first because
    A) we wanted all the firefight maps to be unlocked
    b) since there were a few of us we wanted to be playing different characters not just Sgt Johnson and the rookie.

    So anyways we did that and then went to be at about 5am

    We then woke up at 12 and about 12 more people came over, had a bbq to start the day off… SO MUCH MARINATED CHICKEN IT WAS AWESOME!!!! and then we all sat down to play… well we took it in turns we had 8 players playing the second disc (halo 3 mythic online) and 4 of us playing firefight and sorta taking turns… it was absolutely EPIC

    we finished about 3am and most people left who were in walking distance the rest of us watched BASEKETBALL!!! untuil bout 5 when the trains started up again.. then i crashed

    pretty much from then on ive tried to not play ODST and do my UNI WORK!! but to no avail, i get distracted tooooo easily! lol

    Ive now gone through on normal solo where i did a bit of exploring although i still havent got all the audio logs, and im still trying to get the endure achievment without lagging out!!

    only thing i dont like.. my odst controller is soooo squeaky.. i swear that left thumbstick needs some WD40!, cant tell if youve got the sound cranked up though oh well πŸ˜›

  101. krakaPLZ says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:11 am

    When I got the EPIC game what I first did was play campain on Heroic and i thought at the first level it was the BEST HALO EVER!!! it really is…. I just really love this game =]

  102. GeneralN0ncents says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:35 am

    When I ripped off that plastic cover and popped the disc into the tray, I had my heart set on playing Firefight, which I then proceeded to do. Why? Because, I had taken in quite a bit of info on Firefight, and with it being a totally new way to play halo, I just had to try it out.

  103. cr4zy cub4n says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:40 am

    when i got my copy of halo 3 ODST i played campaign first. my friend kept harping me to play firefight, but i was more interested in the story, plus i didn’t want to play with someone else and neither of us have any experience, that takes the fun out of it. it was worth it thought the story is totally awesome.

  104. Nihilis says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:50 am

    What did i play first when i made it home with my copy of ODST? For me, there was no question about it, campaign came first. As a die hard fan of the Halo series, (and Firefly) i had to see the story of New Mombasa unfold before i could attempt to play firefight. Completing the campaign wasn’t an easy task for me. Unlike most players, i only get about 45 min a day of quiet time to play on my lunch hour, so i have to make the most of it. The rest of my day is either spent at work, or helping my daughter with her homework at night and making sure my VERY pregnant wife is happy, but for that short time at lunch the Halo games are what keeps me sane. Its my relaxation, and my stress outlet.

  105. CODILICIOUS says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:09 am

    When I came home from being the first in line at the midnight launch at my local EB Games, I ripped open my Special Edition Halo 3: ODST and “jumped” right into Campaign. The reason I did this is I have always been a huge fan of Halo’s story line. After playing all of the games and reading all of the books I have been hooked. It immediately grabbed my attention as I wandered around the empty and lonely streets of New Mombasa. Also who can’t resist the enchanting music of Martin O’Donnell.

  106. Ashe Corso says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:36 am

    That’s an easy one for me I did just like I did for all other Halo titles came home hit up some friends to run co-op campaign for like an hour then jumped into the multi-player aspect for like 36 hours straight just having a good old time. After halo 3 dropped with the new forge and theatre feature I started making vids of the stupid or skilled stuff i was doing to nubs

  107. Handmade Hero says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:37 am

    Yes, I have purchased ODST. I played the campaign first because it was the reason why I was buying the game in the first place; there always the best part of the game.

  108. AxlsAppetite says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:46 am

    I played Firefight first, normal for a few minutes just to get the feel of it. I played that first because I got it on the day it came out, midnight release, and I have this weird thing were I can’t play the campaign on a game during the week. I wait until the weekend. maybe it’s because I feel like I’m being rushed to finish a level to do something like chores or homework. Well that’s it, might be weird as heck but it’s true. I guess I’m kinda OCD.

  109. Hawkthorn says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:50 am

    I played the campaign with three other friends, and I gotta say it can be cool to use strategy with each other as your an ODST, not a Spartan, but I prefer to play the campaign alone. I didn’t play Firefight until we were completely done with the story. But in my opinion, Firefight is a really cool add-on and can have a lot of replay value.

  110. Loki says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:56 am

    I got ODST the first day it came out, poped in ODST and ran through the entire campaign. I’ve done that since Halo 2 because i’m a huge fan of the Halo universe, and i can never wait to see how bungie continues to feed my appetite for more story.

  111. KSI CursedxSins says:
    10-03-2009 at 2:03 am

    I got ODST the first day, playing Campaign first, I always like to get a feel for the character and how the controls feel and if I need any tweaking before I play Firefight.

  112. NinjaMatic DIPC says:
    10-03-2009 at 2:11 am

    The day it came out I worked all day wondering if it was going to be as good as I was hoping it would be. I’ll very frank, I wasn’t expecting anything… I trusted that Bungie would make a good game, but at the end of the day I wasn’t going to be Master Chief, and the hype just didn’t get me worked into as big of a later. Still, I worked all day with ODST on my mind. On the way home I swung by EB games to pick up my prepurchased coppy only to find that MS had shorted them on Johnson cards (I remain shafted to this day). Grumpy, I took the goods and absconded to my pad. I played through the campaign first, I was great, more than I had hoped for, and the writing staff at Bungie did their thing and wrote a commendable story. Why did I play the story through first? As much fun as it is playing fire fight and matchmaking I get pretty tired of running around and killing things for no better reason than to tea bag my friends after I’ve pwn’d them. Not that it isn’t fun, but when you’ve got a company like bungie putting so much work into the campaign to make it compelling and immersive I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t play it through first… there’s plenty of time for tea bagging later.

  113. karlswartz says:
    10-03-2009 at 2:18 am

    What is the first thing I did with ODST?

    I played the Campaign first. The Halo experience for me really starts with the story. The fact that it is not a lazily thrown together plot, with horrible progression, really makes my day. The depth of the Halo universe is remarkable if not awesome. Playing the campaign also gives me a really in depth feel for the game; enemies, weapons, and mechanics. The campaign to me is like a interactive book, being a smart story, packed with personal action throughout it. And of course unlocking all the maps and characters for Firefight. Hunting for the Audio logs (without a walk-through) was a good challenge, and the Vidmaster challenges for the campaign was an enjoyable challenge.

  114. gravity92 says:
    10-03-2009 at 2:50 am

    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?

    Well i definitely played campaign for a bit first mostly because it was during lunch and no one else was on, but also because i wanted to get a feel for the new tweaks that were made to the weapons, enemies, and main character physics. It seemed odd to start having to rely on the overcharge pistol and carbine to take out brutes’ shields and then finish them off with human weapons. But once you get used to it its not bad. As soon as i got home after school and everyone was on i went straight into a Firefight match; it was everything the commercials said it would be and more..

  115. mrsolo says:
    10-03-2009 at 3:05 am

    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?

    Niether! i popped in the multiplayer disk and checked out the new maps THEN i did firefight with my bro THEN i did campaign!!

  116. ohhazzyboy says:
    10-03-2009 at 3:56 am

    What else was I going to do? FIREFIGHT!

    I ordered the game 2 weeks before its release, and my and my friends had everything planned, we were going for Vidmaster Endure the moment the disc hit our trays. Well, that would have been the plan, but my game store overpriced the game, meaning I couldn’t pay for it until I went back later with EVEN MORE money, Β£40 for an expansion!?

    Anyway to skip ahead, 2 sets in on Alpha Site, Herioc difficulty, we were down to 4 lives, we had one member hiding in a corner while he went for a shower (WTF?), we had Chris ‘The Stickmagnet’ losing lives to every Grunt that showed up, and me and another friend popping a Hunter in the back while it proceeded to maul a wall.

    Eventually shower boy came back, and we got to set 4 round 2, when Ryan ‘The Lag’ Disconnected.

    We havent seen him since D:

  117. Kalriq says:
    10-03-2009 at 4:59 am

    I played campaign first, why? Because of the story, it gripped me from the start, with every single chapter wanting me to find out what happened next, I couldn’t bring myself to playe nearly any firefight until I knew exactly what Dare wanted, and if any of them would actually get out of the city alive. I can see why this game was so hyped and everyone said it would be good. Every bit of it is replayable, I’m not gonna stop playing it in a hurry, not with all this Firefighting to do.

  118. Xenoliath says:
    10-03-2009 at 5:12 am

    I played the Campaign of ODST first, mostly because I wanted to see the difference between playing a Spartyan and playing a human in Halo.

    I also wanted to get my hands on the new weaponary relativley soon. =)

  119. Chiefy says:
    10-03-2009 at 11:20 am

    I played Campaign first because I like to learn the story and get use to the game first.

  120. Asophetes says:
    10-03-2009 at 11:55 am

    I played the campaign in ODST first because I was interested in the story. Since the game was trying to get a more human approach with the ODST characters, I wanted to figure out how they would come this about. I liked the story very much as I played on, and while the whole mystery of the story was a bit set up, I liked haw they included the side story to the main arc, similar to Dead Space.

  121. VRutledge says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:01 pm

    I had to sell my xbox 360 to make a rent payment so I played ODST on my best friends xbox. The first thing we did was play Campaign on legendary . It was pretty intense. I really loved all the new stuff that Bungie added.

    The Visr was easily my favorite new part of the game. Without a doubt.

  122. Darth Monoxide says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:02 pm

    I played campaign first because I wanted to get into the storyline and see how the game would play out. I didn’t play firefight until the next day with some friends.(which is amazing)In my opinion ODST is the best Halo game of the franchise thus far!

  123. Senor IcE says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:20 pm

    I got ODST at midnight…because I was super pumped! I went home and played co-op campaign with my brother till 5 in the morning, I beat it. Then I went to school, got home and played 4 player co op and beat it again!

  124. Master ChiefZ08 says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:32 pm

    Question 1:

    When I got the game, it was at one of the midnight store openings of Best Buy. We were getting 2 copies because we had 2 XBOXs. I wanted to be able to play with my bro and dad at the same time so I made that extra monetary sacrifice. When we got home, it was already 1am and I had school in the morning (ie. college) and I unfortunately wouldn’t be able to skip the next day. But there was no way I was gonna get the game and not play it, so even though I really wanted to do campaign first, my brother and I played Firefight instead. Our first game was on Crater (day) since we hadn’t unlocked any of the levels by playing campaign. We played, got used to the controls, and after a friend, who we had no idea was getting the game any time soon, got on, we played till 3 in the morning, earning achievements, slaying wave after wave of covenant baddie and having a lot of fun in the process. And when we finally decided to call it a night, I knew that the whole next day I’d be restless until I’d finally get the chance to drop in and set my boots on the line.

  125. ultraxlax says:
    10-03-2009 at 12:47 pm

    The first thing i did was play firefight because everyone was talking about how much fun it is and i agree fully.second though i got started on the road to recon. i finished that journey in one day sooo i has RECON. awsum

  126. Occult says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:18 pm

    Currently, I don’t own Halo 3 ODST. This choice was not mine. I definitely plan on getting ODST. When I get ODST, I will play FireFight, so I can get the “Endure” Achievement needed to get Recon Armor.

  127. rafi21 says:
    10-03-2009 at 1:30 pm

    Once i got home i did have in mind to play in firefight first because i had school early the next day, but one minute after i started it, my xbox broke with the E74 error so i could not play =(

  128. Clincher09 says:
    10-03-2009 at 2:45 pm

    I played the campaign first. It’s been a tradition for all of the Halo games for me. Campaign has always been my favorite part so I was excited to see what ODST had to offer.

  129. fiercedeity88 says:
    10-03-2009 at 3:16 pm

    when i got my copy of odst i started the campaign because i was most excited about what it had to offer on the orbital drop shock trooper side of the halo then when that was over i got right on the road to recon and now i own recon woot!! oh and all 1000 gamerscore for odst :p

  130. X I Eat Rocks X says:
    10-03-2009 at 3:33 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 because I wanted to experience the actual game and not really spoil any locations by playing Firefight. Now of course I watched some video coverage over Firefight and did see some of the maps, I wanted to leave the majority of them as fresh as possible. And to be honest, it was the best Halo campaign yet.

  131. tpacelegend10 says:
    10-03-2009 at 3:39 pm

    When i got home, i looked online to see what all my friendswere playing, and they were all playing firefight, i tried my best to persuade them into playing campaign with me, but after minutes of debate, i decided to play firefight with them

  132. Shadowj17 says:
    10-03-2009 at 4:02 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?

    When i voraciously tore open the plastic wrapping around my beautiful ODST copy, I dropped feet first and got my boots on the ground in the amazing campaign. I did this because i usually go into campaign first when playing a new game. I do it because i want to know the story, like how the rookie gets reunited with the rest of his squad. I guess i just like the story, i view it as a major part of every game.

  133. killer1810 says:
    10-03-2009 at 4:12 pm

    the first thing i played when i got home with ODST is campaign. I played campaign first because i wanted to get a feel for the new things in the game and i wanted to get the campaign achivements.

  134. fenfen says:
    10-03-2009 at 4:22 pm

    well the first thing i did was go through campaign because i knew i needed to beat it in order to get firefight charters and firefight maps

  135. That guy says:
    10-03-2009 at 4:23 pm

    Well Campaign was my choice, I had to know the story and see what happened to Earth as the cheif had gone off on his own mssion (Plus I saw a preview with some Fighter Drones in it as I love Halo aircraft). For the last two, “I haz it.”

  136. Frankenstalker says:
    10-03-2009 at 4:35 pm

    When i ripped open the seal for ODST, I just observed the case at first reading what it was about. Then, after remembering all off the things halopedia had wrote, and the forums on saying how gripping the campaign was… I went straight onto solo campaing, not even giving firefight a glimpse (Did not want to spoil key areas in the campaign), solo campaign on normal was for me. Graphically, New Mombassa had a stunning feel at nightime, when you turn on the VISR mode and the city has a completely new feel. ODST was the first game i felt like you were meant to, like you are observing a film, when i was the Rookie i truly had the feeling of being alone in the city, the campaign took me a good 15-16hrs to complete, i went around looking for hidden clues in unlocked doors and took a sneaky approach to wandering patrols. Listening out for ringing phones in the city. Campaign was a Great Hit for me.

  137. Cloudy9000 says:
    10-03-2009 at 5:23 pm

    Well, the average size of a horse equals to the sum of around over 9000 litres of Gummy Bear fluid. Multiply the amount of Gummy Bear fluids by the weight of the Kangaroo who happens to live in the house im deciding to write about, makes the equasion of “(Over 9000L x 345534.453kg) + CN.” The CN is an Algebra code standing for Chuck Norris

    So, first we get the number 10.. Why? Because i say so! Then, divide the number 10 with the CN (Chuck Norris) which then equals the number ‘infinity’ because as everyone knows, no number can match with with the awesome density of Chuck Norris no matter how many numbers are given, in fact even the number “Infinity” given before fails to meet the standards of Chuck Norris, but as the largest really invented carrying on forever, it is the closer then any other number, to meet the requirements of the situation.

    Now, this brings us to the final question: “In a friendly fight to the death, who would win out of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris?” Some people say Arnold, but with proven facts i can perhaps change their minds.

    As the first fact, Chuck Norris is known to be able to run around the world, and punch himself in the back of the head, as proved in the Mythbusters episode 3 of season 1.

    The Second being, Chuck Norris is awesome..

    Now that the final question has been answered, i can safely assure you that the final answer to your question is: i played the campaign first

  138. Darthbob67 says:
    10-03-2009 at 5:31 pm

    Once i finished my thirty min ride back from picking up my copy of ODST on launch night. I popped it in and fired up some campaign. I couldn’t wait to see what the ODST could do against the covenant. I started to play the first night mission when some friends invited me to play some co-op. Together we were nigh unstoppable. It was my favorite launch night to date.

  139. Moltensunshine says:
    10-03-2009 at 7:04 pm

    i Love to partake in things, especially good things, things like answering questions, those things are fun.

  140. Moltensunshine says:
    10-03-2009 at 7:05 pm

    …I don’t think I did that right.

  141. Moltensunshine says:
    10-03-2009 at 7:06 pm

    …Hello again :)

  142. The Human Joe says:
    10-03-2009 at 8:15 pm

    I have the game and when I tore it open I played Firefight while I waited for my friend to get on.

  143. Sierra 087 says:
    10-03-2009 at 8:18 pm

    I played campaign first partially because all my friends were still playing campaign but also because I was excited for it and it familiarizes you with the controls.

  144. bigj71 says:
    10-03-2009 at 8:24 pm

    Campaign!!! Definitely….Played through legendary before I touched firefight. Then…I found out about Recon and had to check those out.

  145. Skitzo Sven says:
    10-03-2009 at 8:43 pm

    What did I play first? Campaign. Why? I was itching to know what was going on back on Earth while MC was off world.

  146. Alejandro says:
    10-03-2009 at 9:15 pm

    I played campaign first you ask why? So I could be a little more experienced in multiplayer, I bought ODST , why I post on here? to have a .000001% chance of winning , maybe even less but worth a shot eh?

  147. SINRIOT says:
    10-03-2009 at 10:12 pm

    I played Campaign first, for the simple reason that I AM AN ORIGINAL VIDMASTER.

    Thats Right.

    I beat Marathon 1, 2 and Infinity on the hardest difficulties, with only melee and no health regens. I was, and still am, one BAMF.

    I completed the Vidmaster Achievement Deja Vu straight away, and got my RECONZ the day after.

    Eat it, Vidboi.

  148. kman355 says:
    10-03-2009 at 10:55 pm

    What did i play first? I played the campaign because ever since halo 1 i’ve played the campaign first and then i went to the goodies.The campaign was AMAZING! Firefight was just a bonus. Along with all the achievements and the new unlock able Recon (Still dont have) It’s a brand new game. I love it and ill play it until forever. and the reach beta is also just a bonus. I think Bungie really outdid themselves this time.

  149. xELiT3xSNiPe12x says:
    10-03-2009 at 11:13 pm

    When I first got ODST, i went straight to the campaign. I was looking forward to experiencing a part of the Halo story from a different perspective. Being able to play with stealth instead of running in with the strength of Master Chief. The campaign was great! I love the new, silenced pistol. Firefight is also fun, but think it could be better. Overall, great game!

  150. Soren Kisamora says:
    10-03-2009 at 11:34 pm

    After standing in line at my local gamestop,i tore a hole through that suckers package as my escort took me back home,reading the manual the entire way.
    I had avoided bungie’s site for the past week or so,to avoid all spoilers,so i could jump right into the story and not know what to expect.overall i found the “what happened and when” idea to be rather clever,and the mini story to really flush out the main story,having them tie together only made things more helpful.
    When i finished campaign later that morning,i jumped into a firefight with my friend.we got stomped pretty fast,and i quickly realized i can’t play this mode like other survivor games,i had to think halo CE,and go with that.long range shots and many masochistic jumps for survival later,and we had just finished out 5th set with little issue.good times,good times.overall though,i played campaign first,so i’d get the overall feel of the games scenario and setting.

  151. Shamful says:
    10-03-2009 at 11:42 pm

    I played the campaign first. I love the story of halo. ODST is just another chance to jump into another tale from Bungie.

  152. deathcommand says:
    10-03-2009 at 11:55 pm

    I Bought ODST on the first day it came out, and when i first played I decided to play Firefight with my brother on Normal to get a feel of the new smaller jump and weaker armor so that i would be more comfortable while playing legendary campaign.

  153. Tucker says:
    10-04-2009 at 12:39 am

    The very first thing I did, as my friend walked through the door, furiously ripped open the plastic on the case, and finally getting the disc in the xbox, was campaign. It’s what was most advertised about the game, after all. We also wanted to see how the ODST game would feel: more tactical like Call of Duty, or just a charge in, guns a-blazing shoot em up. Surprisingly, it was both.

  154. ThePlayer2007 says:
    10-04-2009 at 12:54 am

    i dont have my own copy But i played it witha friend….firefight…well u remember the Holocaust?..picture the exact opposite of that…thats what i thought of it

  155. joshl92 says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:08 am

    well the first thing I did was play firefight because I thought it would be better than the campaign but to my surprise I was wrong. When i started up the campaign i was blown away. The dialogue was very realistic and the voice acting was awesome. The way the entire new mombasa city is built is amazing. The music by Marty O’Donnell is by far the best part. I would like to see more games like ODST where you’re not playing as master chief. It lets you see the entire story in a whole new perspective.

  156. Wintergrey says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:32 am

    I haven’t got a copy of the game yet for one good reason : price.
    Here in Australia the game is retailing for over $100.
    I bought Halo3 on release day and then bought each of the map packs on their release day. I don’t think I can justify spending another $100 for three more multipayer maps just yet. If there was some sort of rebate happening for those who spent money on the DLC I would already be playing it.
    I will get it eventually though. As soon as the second hand copies start flooding in.
    I will be playing the regular multiplayer mode first, followed by Firefight then maybe the campaign… maybe

  157. l0stw0lf says:
    10-04-2009 at 3:23 am

    I played campaign with people I met at the store for opening night. We finished it all in one night and it was pretty fun! I wanted to enjoy the story before I move on to firefight but the experience was really fun!

  158. Porter says:
    10-04-2009 at 4:03 am

    Q: 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?

    A: I got ODST for the midnight release, and immediately popped it in and played campaign. Often times throughout multiplayer levels, you’ll find spoilers of some sort in the dialog, the setting, etc. I didn’t want to be spoiled. And I figured, why play some repetitive fighting when I can have not-so-repetitive fighting + awesome music + changing settings + an awesome story line + character development + lots more? It really upset me when playing Halo 3 online and I encountered people who had played matchmaking but hadn’t even begun the story. I don’t feel that skipping the story in any game gives the producers (in this case, Bungie) the respect they deserve for creating such masterpieces. I stayed up until around 7AM playing the campaign, I just couldn’t get enough of the campaign, which I feel is the true successor to Halo: Combat Evolved.

  159. Instacover says:
    10-04-2009 at 5:11 am

    Question 1 Answer: When the UPS guy found my house, I met him halfway to my door due to his molasses-like walk. I snatched ODST from his hands, opened it, popped it in the disc tray, saw that some friends were online in Firefight, decided to join as the fourth trooper. Seeing the position of the fourth trooper open, I decided I would hit up the campaign later solo, and enjoy kickin’ Covie ass with some buds.

  160. AON1569 says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:10 am

    Well now the first thing i did was ripped it open put it in the xbox and went straight into campaign. Why? well its halo. it bridged halo 2 and 3 i wanted to Know what happened and whether there might have been a sight of mastercheif.

  161. AryzonaBay says:
    10-04-2009 at 9:12 am

    As it was late at night when I got my copy of ODST, the first thing I did was pop in the multiplayer disc and find the last remaining skulls from Halo 3.
    After that I started on the ODST campaign as I hadn’t amassed a Firefight friends list yet.

  162. rabbidbunnyz says:
    10-04-2009 at 9:17 am

    I do not currently have a copy but I have one reserved at my local game store. The first thing I will do? I’m torn between starting a campaign or going to play fire fight. Or just going into forge and checking out the new maps.

  163. Darthkoon13 says:
    10-04-2009 at 9:30 am

    Had a tournament at the midnight release of ODST, entered, and won a free copy at 2nd place. I had already payed the game off in full knowing I was definitely getting it. Reading the Halo books, and learning a bit of the ODST’s, I was really looking forward to play as one of these “super” marines. So the first thing I did when I got home from the release was… go to bed for school the next day. BUT! As soon as school got out, I invited a friend over and we System Linked a Co-op Campaign game. Turned all the lights out to make it more dazzling. And we slowly played through, making sure not to miss anything. I actually went back on solo and didn’t finish the campaign until about a week later, playing about 2 hours on the campaign a day. Great game I’m going to have to say, especially playing Firefight with the greatest guy of all, Sergeant Johnson.

  164. CHRIS says:
    10-04-2009 at 10:29 am

    when i got home i litrally did tear open the packaging and i couldn’t stop looking at the case. The first thing i did was to play firefight because it was a new experiance and i thought it was amazing

  165. ODST_Alpha says:
    10-04-2009 at 10:56 am

    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?

    When I first held in my hands the plastic-wrapped case of ODST, admired the art, then the back, then the front again, I opened it. But, sadly, I neither played Campaign or Firefight first; I went right for the Halo 3 MP disc. Why?

    I wanted to get those skulls out of the way first, really. But when that was accomplished, I booted up ODST. The intro left me awestruck, and when I heard the tones of the main menu my heart leapt. I went right for Campaign, immersing myself in the real story right away. Oh how fun it was to finally live to my namesake! I was an ODST, finally. No Spartan could bring down this feeling of accomplishment, and even after I beat the Campaign, I did it again, just to relive those moments.

    So, in short, I played Campaign first, to figure out what it felt like to be an ODST.

  166. PS3ninja says:
    10-04-2009 at 11:43 am

    I went straight to campaign and got those achievements. After that I did all the Firefight stuff. :)

  167. slicked9778 says:
    10-04-2009 at 12:42 pm

    Well,when I got home they shut off the power for five hours but when that power came home I ran to my room and played some of the new maps,I’m a forger at heart and the new maps made me excited,I’m glad I didn’t play campaign first because I got my fair share of it with all the achievements that there are,then I played some firefight which made me giggle with excitement which is weird because I’m a guy,I finished everything off with some matchmaking which was pretty neat being able to play on the midship remake heretic,it felt like an eternity waiting for o.d.s.t to drop though,each day dragged on as my friends and I counted it down and tried to keep our minds off of it which we failed to do constantly.

    So that is what I played first.

  168. daemonhunter17 says:
    10-04-2009 at 1:09 pm

    1. I played the campaign first on easy, because I’m a fan of the story and wanted to enjoy the storyline without having too much trouble

  169. tortue88 says:
    10-04-2009 at 1:26 pm

    I actually played firefight first, since me and my friend got it at the same time, we decided that since there wasn’t enoguh time left in the day to play through campaign, we would just play some firefight.

  170. tacos4u says:
    10-04-2009 at 1:53 pm

    When ODST finally arrived at my house on the 22nd I played firefight first. My friend from school had been out that day so when I got on LIVE he was on. We decided to play fire fight to learn how ODST worked and as a kind of warm up for campaign.

  171. CapturetheBomb says:
    10-04-2009 at 1:55 pm

    I played campaign first when I ripped open ODST. I heard that you can unlock things for firefight mode, so I had to try to get more levels and characters. Also, I am a bit of a halo nerd and I need to know about the entire story line.

  172. WrathfulShad0w says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:02 pm

    Did you play Campaign or Firefight first? Why?
    I chose to play Campaign first because I wanted to experience the opening drop scene and play a little bit of the city. However, I shortly switched over to Firefight to get a feel for the new gametype.

  173. RHYD1Z3L says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:21 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?
    ~Well let’s see shall we, When I first got home and ripped open the case I just went straight into firefight and ALMOST beat the Endure achievement. But there was only 1 problemo. I was by myself (Blondie moment right there.)So then I just got mad and threw my controller,picked it back up and start to do the campaign with some of my friends from school and with my badass uncle who doesn’t get on Halo EVER and still will murk the crap out of anyone on that game. So basically that’s what I did when I ripped open my ODST CASE.

  174. osu158 says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:23 pm

    i played Firerfight first because I really don’t like to play campaign unles i have alot of time. Firefight can be played in shorter bursts so i busted it out first.

  175. iCeDrAgOn01 says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:40 pm

    Q: 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?

    A: I played Campaign first because I’m all about the story. I like figuring what goes on as soon as I can. I try to understand the whole situation from the beginning to the end. That’s why I played campaign first.

  176. camozombie says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t have it yet, But I’m eitehr going to rent it or pick it up in the next few weeks. I’ll def play campaign first because I love games with good story lines and good single player, and I’ve always played single player before multiplayer in games, just to get a feel for the controls/mood of the game. The only exception to this of course, being Halo 3. I’ll probably play enough firefight to get some achievements, But until some of my friends who like halo get ODST I won’t play as much firefight as I would like. Playing by yourself is kind of boring in survival modes, IMO.

  177. IcanHazSwagbag says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:54 pm


  178. Rmanning02 says:
    10-04-2009 at 2:54 pm

    Q: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?

    A: When I opened it up I started with campaign.

    I started with campaign because I wanted to get the story and characters before doing the firefight.

  179. SoulPyro says:
    10-04-2009 at 3:00 pm

    When I put in ODST at 1 AM, a friend who also got the game at the midnight lauch invited me to a game and we played Firefight! Man that was one game I’ll never forget, first the grunts coming at us with their plasma pistols. Nearly killed me because I thought I was still masterchief, running up to them without fear until I nearly died. Then the Jetpack Brutes came, which was more frieghtening with their carbines. Then the dreaded Hammer Brute came and killed both of us in two swings. That was my crash course in ODST!

  180. EldritchWarlord says:
    10-04-2009 at 3:10 pm

    When I first got ODST I played Firefight. I would have played campaign only my brother and I were planning on playing it through on co-op so I had to wait.

  181. ThornDJL7 says:
    10-04-2009 at 3:18 pm

    When I first obtained ODST I played the campaign. I hold my games to a sacred and private level. I played it in the dark by myself and ignored all my clans invites to a party. I just wanted to enjoy the surreal noir feel. It was 2 days later when I’d beaten it on Heroic and started on legendary before I finally started firefight to get my vidmasters.

  182. goodwill295 says:
    10-04-2009 at 3:28 pm

    When i first got ODST at midnight, I played the campaign on heroic, the way halo is meant to be played, and I played campaign first because I wanted to get the story behind the game first. I also wanted more characters than just the rookie, but I played it mostly for the story.

  183. iwillg4 says:
    10-04-2009 at 3:54 pm

    Firefight, because I really wanted to play on lost Platoon. I wanted to play really bad because I really like vehicle combat.

  184. ZigzagHag says:
    10-04-2009 at 5:02 pm

    Well actually when I got Halo 3 ODST I think I explored the new Halo 3 multiplayer maps and finished off all the Halo 3 achievments. After that though I played a short game of Firefight with some friends before starting the campaign on Heroic solo.

  185. phaazoid says:
    10-04-2009 at 5:08 pm

    I played firefight first. went right for the vidmaster. now i haz recon.

  186. 591ru1 says:
    10-04-2009 at 5:17 pm

    i preordered odst at eb ga,es but just after i pre ordered it my xbox got the red ring so its in the shop but the first thing ima do when i get it bact ima say screw homework to hell and then ima play odst firefight and after a few rounds ima play a shit load of campaign.

  187. ItachiandKisame124 says:
    10-04-2009 at 5:37 pm

    When I got the game I played the campaign first because i was inteseted in that first then i played firefight with friends after i beat it.

  188. samin3d says:
    10-04-2009 at 5:43 pm

    I haven’t got the game yet, but I do plan to, and when I do I think that I’m going to play the campaign on legendary solo, then do the new Halo 3 maps and firefight.

  189. SeanHarv says:
    10-04-2009 at 6:23 pm

    Bought it and went straight for the campaign. I love multiplayer, dont get me wrong. It’s just that I’ve read the halo books and wanted to see the ODSTs in action. I read reviews and previews and such and was interested in the whole film noir type gameplay. After I beat it I’ve been playing firefight since but I always play campaign first, its the reason I get games, the story.

  190. TJFadness says:
    10-04-2009 at 6:33 pm

    When I first got ODST my friend had came over, so we first played some Firefight to get used to the controls. That didn’t last long, even though I kept hitting ‘x’ to reload(we had recently played Halo 2, for some odd reason..). We then went in to play Campaign, but didn’t get a chance to beat it in our short time-frame, so we beat it individually. Since then, we have beaten it on Legendary and gotten most of the Achievements. Now we are mostly playing Firefight.

  191. shmouel says:
    10-04-2009 at 6:54 pm

    i played campaign because i had 2 friends on and i wanted my first firefight experience to be the best possible so i did 3way legendary campaign then vidmasters then firefight on lost platoon 2.3m piont set6 round 3 wave 4 =) now legendary 5m+ points is our goal

  192. Spartan6 says:
    10-04-2009 at 7:24 pm

    I played campiaghn first.

  193. Haijj says:
    10-04-2009 at 7:25 pm

    when it arrived because we pre ordered from amazon, the first thing i did, was not play campaign or firefight, i first checked to make sure both disks worked, then i played the new playlist with the multilayer disk, because my friend wasn’t on. once he got on, we owned in odst campaign, only because i didn’t quite like firefight, and i wanted to know the story, and the maps before i actually have lives to worry about.

  194. r3d 3gl says:
    10-04-2009 at 7:40 pm

    The first thing I did when I got home with ODST was play firefight. Might I add that I was stood outside in line in front of the local Gamestop at 12am on Tuesday morning to get it XD. The reason I played firefight first was simple, I wanted to check it out before I went off and got a couple of buddies to help me obtain the endure achievement, which I now have thankfully along with some shiny recon =P.

  195. clankjak says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:01 pm

    I haven’t bought ODST yet, but I may yet. I played it at a friend’s house, and thought it was pretty rockin’. I’d say the first thing that I plan to play is some serious Campaign. Gotta kill me them Covies on Legendary. I like the idea of just roaming the streets.

  196. MrMurktown says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:12 pm

    …Well first, I got home from school just to find out I should never pre-order from amazon again. 3 days later though I went right into the story. Loved it with a passion. After completing it on normal I jumped into Legendary with some friends….finished that in a couple hours. Had fun in firefight with my Dare character. Ended up getting bored with firefight and got the classic vidmaster, then endure and finally Deja Vu. So now im just getting audio logs, rocking Reconzzz (LAWZ) in multiplayer…and waiting for Reach!

  197. jester343 says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:17 pm

    I played campaign first. I like to play campaign before any kind of multiplayer because multiplayer has more replay value for me. I didn’t want to get hooked too long on Firefight and never finish campaign.

  198. Smokindice says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:25 pm

    Definitely played the campaign first! I was more interested in the ODST story than the multiplayer to start. I also figured it would help me get used to the differences of being an ODST instead of a spartan. Very Happy with both the Campaign and Firefight though!

  199. Wizpig says:
    10-04-2009 at 8:27 pm

    Of course i have ODST! bought it day-one.
    And, of course, the minute i logged in, some friends asked me if i wanted to join Firefight.
    My answer was actually “No, thanks.”

    I wanted to hit that new Campaign, the Bungie way. [Solo, Heroic difficulty]
    It was an amazing experience; it still is.
    One of the best Halo games ever.

  200. 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.

  201. 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

  202. 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.

  203. 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.

  204. 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.

  205. 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.

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

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

  207. 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.

  208. 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

  209. 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.

  210. 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!

  211. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  212. 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 :)

  213. 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

  214. 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!

  215. 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……

  216. 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:)

  217. 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.

  218. 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!

  219. 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”.

  220. 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.

  221. 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

  222. 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. :)

  223. 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.

  224. 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

  225. 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. =]

  226. 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 πŸ˜›

  227. 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. πŸ˜›

  228. 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.

  229. 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

  230. 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

  231. 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

  232. 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.

  233. 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 πŸ˜€

  234. 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.

  235. 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.

  236. 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 πŸ˜€ ). 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

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

    Q #1

  238. 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.

  239. 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? “

  240. 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 :(.

  241. 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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