Halo 3: ODST Remastered Out Now on Xbox One

[UPDATE] Free codes are being sent out by Microsoft and the re-release can also be purchased on Xbox.com.

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[UPDATE] For those that are not eligible for a free Halo 3: ODST remaster code, the game is now available to purchase on Xbox.com for $4.99 (£3.99). Since this is an add-on, you will need to own Halo: The Master Chief Collection to play the game.

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Microsoft has started sending out codes for the remastered version of Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One.

Earlier this week a release date indicating the game would be available on 29 May appeared on Xbox.com. However, the official Halo Twitter account said the date was actually "a placeholder."

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It seems the Xbox.com date wasn't far off, as Xbox One owners that played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between its November 11 release date and December 19 are receiving messages on Xbox Live with a code to download the game.

According to an update on Halo Waypoint "all distributed codes will disappear from the in-console message after June 30, 2015, but will still be redeemable." After June 30, users can contact the support forum for further assistance.

The remastered version of Halo 3: ODST was announced as recompense for significant matchmaking issues in Halo: The Master Chief Collection during its launch period. The re-release provides ODST's single-player campaign running at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Halo steward 343 Industries has confirmed the re-release "does not include the Firefight game mode and contains the campaign only."

For those that do not qualify for a free code, the Halo 3: ODST re-release will "soon be available for purchase from the Xbox Store for $4.99 USD."

343 Industries' Bonnie Ross previously said the developer is giving the game to players for free to thank them for sticking with Halo: The Master Chief Collection during its troubled launch.

"This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world," Ross said. "We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues."

An update for The Master Chief Collection is also now available and weighs in at 2.4 GB. It includes the previously announced reimagined version of Halo 2's multiplayer map Relic for all owners of The Master Chief Collection.

"First introduced in "Halo 2" as "Relic," the "Halo 2: Anniversary" multiplayer map "Remnant" is set on a large island on Installation 05 and is renowned for its expansive, asymmetrical level design, making it perfect for intense, sniper combat. Of course, this re-imagined version of the classic map sports its share of innovations."

For more on The Master Chief Collection, check out GameSpot's review and previous coverage.

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I got my code yesterday. However, I am about half way through Halo 2 SP and it's so good! Halo 1 SP was boring. I totally skip it. But I might jump back and force myself to finish it.

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Unique storytelling and atmosphere in this game.

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Ugh this game is just as awful as I remembered it.

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I would also LOVE to see Halo Wars incorporated into the Master Chief Collection. To this day it's still one of the best console RTS games.

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It was a nice surprise to turn on my XB1 and see that I had a free code for ODST. And all I ever did was pop the game in on launch day, load it up, turn it on to the start game screen and never got past that. But I guess the servers realized I turned the game on and that was enough.

I also got a beta invite code to some new MOBA game on the XB1 called Smite, or something like that. They also gave me a code to give away to a friend to play.

Being none of my friends would play a MOBA game, does anyone here want a beta access code? Like I said, it's only for the XB1.

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Halo 3 ODST was my first game of the series, and I can say it left a good impression of Halo on me. So it's good that it's being remade in H:MCC. Maybe I'll get it when I get a XBONE....

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I think that only classics should be remastered. The original halo, homeworld and homeworld 2, half lfie and so forth.... I see no reason why some smaller side projects that were nothing really more than a few hours of fun, should now also be remastered... meh, I'll pass.

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Eh... For $5 I think it's worth it to add another piece of the entire Halo collection to your library. If you didn't get it for free that is.

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They OWE this shiт to EVERYONES. FuсkFaces!

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@Ripper_TV: why?

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i got my code yesterday....so happy to playing Halo3:ODST on my lovely Xbox One.thank you Microsoft and 343IND :)))))
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@xblackdivine: Wasn't ODST considered the worst game in the series?

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I have to disagree with that assessment. IMO ODST had the best Halo campaign of them all. It was a departure from traditional Halo. You weren't playing as a spartan and fell much more vulnerable. But all the same it still felt like the Halo everyone enjoyed. You just weren't the plotarmored godhax Chief. Where's Reach and Halo 4 were so far removed that it didn't even feel like you were playing Halo anymore and were terrible experiences IMO.

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Imo, Halo 4's campaign was 2nd only to the original Halo. Reach stunk, which was made by Bungie, but Halo 4, by 343, was fun and the campaign smashed anything Bungie did. And having all of them together, except Reach, on one disc is great.

$5 for the entire ODST campaign is a great deal imo. I definitely expected it to be more. They'll most likely implement Reach at some point being it's the only game left out now. Halo Wars also would be great!

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@Vodoo: Halo 4's felt really "same-ey" to me. Not that much variety, especially in enemy encounters and level design. IMO, Halo 3 had the best overall campaign.

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@SnakeEyesX80@xblackdivine: I think so, but that doesn't make it a bad game, you are just the worst from the best

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@FastRobby@SnakeEyesX80@xblackdivine: Your right, being Halo makes it a bad game.

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@skyhighgam3r@FastRobby@SnakeEyesX80@xblackdivine: I really wish Gamespot would ban troll kids like you. You have no purpose for being here other than to make crap comments and light fires under people's feet. Get another hobby,because the one you have is pathetic and sad.

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Missed getting it free by a day, bought it day one but, didn't play it right away because of all the issues it had. Decided to wait till it was patched, waited just a tad too long. Oh well, I will gladly pay $5 to download it.

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They also patched the LASO checkpoint exploit. Fuckfaces

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its the exact same game with minor anti aliasing...

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@proko8: I don't remember the original running at 60fps.

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I won't be getting a code then. I got this for Xmas. They should let you download if you played the Halo 5 Beta.

Come on Microsoft, Nov 11 to Dec 16 is a very small window.

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@Jag-T1000: Them's the rules.

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I don't know how you go about qualifying to get this game free since all who have bought the MCC have had issues with it, and some of us still are having problems. I would prefer that they fix these issues first, because I don't want to end up getting ODST free or otherwise and ends up not working properly either.

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@justicar_1: i play it already and its flawless

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@2000barrera@justicar_1: totes

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I'd say ODST has the weakest Halo campaign (with the possible exception of Halo 4), but it's still a decent game in it's own right. But no firefight? That was the best thing about the game...

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@greenwinnebago: Halo 4 is 2nd only to Halo 1...

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Halo 4 was garbage.

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@Robborboy: Another clueless keyboard warrior.

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@dani_i89@greenwinnebago: i was surprised with Halo 4 SP. looked great and reminded me a lot of Halo 1 & 2. MP still looked like crap though.

need a Master Chief Collection for PC. guess the console itself would lose a lot of buyers though if they could get Halo on a better platform.

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@elessarGObonzo@dani_i89@greenwinnebago: The MP was still solid....some great maps in there. The loadouts neither hurt or improved the gameplay, although I think it's best they did away with those for the sake of originality.

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@greenwinnebago: True story, ODST felt like a collection of "classic Halo moments" the story was throwaway but gameplay wise it's arguably better than plenty of FPS campaigns of the last 18months
Pity about FireFight...

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What a steal. MS just keep delivering. Was expecting this to be at least $15-$20, but it was only $6 for me.

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Got my code this AM, Now have to find time to DL. :)

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It's trash, No firefight. wow

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@dathip: this was mentioned multiple times!!! learn to read

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Got mine, Ty Microsoft/343.

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The perfect addition to 343s resume:


<< LINK REMOVED >>

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@MAGIC-KINECT: Lol. "Several Xbox One owners" could be as little as 3 people. 1 is 1, 2 is a couple and 3 is several. I downloaded it without a hitch in 22 minutes. Same as 99.999999999999999% of people who got the code.


Its called fanboy clickbait. And you bit hard and swallowed it whole.

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@MAGIC-KINECT: Game installed and runs perfectly. You are just a m0ron

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@MAGIC-KINECT: I just bought it like an hour ago, it downloaded in about 25mins (it's 8GB) and it works fine.

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@MAGIC-KINECT: the fact that those id!ots even reporting such thing is beyond crazy..the fact that you even linked it here shows how much of a puppet you are..

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@geiasou: I'm a Master of Puppets. People reporting issues with games are idi0ts???? Okkkkk....everyone just sit back and take what they give you and Shut The F*** Up I guess.

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@MAGIC-KINECT@geiasou: this is the technology age, there will always be the 5% of people who will have issues with such technology..not surprise that anti-Microsoft gaf and IGNPlayStation are reporting this..

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