Parents' Guide to

Halo 3: ODST

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Impressive prequel focuses on co-op tactics to shoot aliens.

Game Xbox 360 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 11+

good for 12+

It is a good game. Not like the new ones but there may be blood but its blue or green no red ,but some curse words like d*mn,

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 11+

this game is good trust me

This game is a mix ok. it has the main character as a depressed soldier but he is looking for his team. This is a message a message of hope hope to find his team. and the hole time he is finding clues to the past of how his team got where. I believe this game is not bad for young kids video games is not about killing or not being active its about fun, options, and the story line its not being athletic but it is mentally athletic.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (110 ):

Though the single-player story is a relatively short 8-hour campaign, the game-play is intense and worth playing multiple times. The new Heads-Up Display (HUD) gives players lots of info on their surroundings, plus new weapons, maps, and some surprises make this game a memorable one. But Halo 3: ODST also introduces the awesome "Firefight" mode, a new cooperative multiplayer option where up to four ODST fighters can take on increasingly challenging waves of Covenant invaders. Also included in the box is a second DVD with three new Halo 3 multiplayer maps for online play (via the Xbox Live service), as well as all original Halo 3 maps and downloadable map packs, totalling 24 in all.

Online interaction: The game is even more fun when you add online friends, but as with past Halo games, you might hear cursing from other players in your headset. This is true for most online games, and many Halo players use the headsets to talk tactics while working together as soldiers towards a common goal.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Big Huge Games
  • Release date: September 22, 2009
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Language, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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