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Halo 3: ODST
2009 two CD set containing the soundtrack to the popular video game Halo 3.
|Audio CD Release Date:
||September 22, 2009|
|Number Of Discs:
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 54 reviews|
|2. ||The Rookie|
|3. ||More Than His Share|
|4. ||Deference for Darkness|
|5. ||The Menagerie|
|6. ||Asphalt and Ablution|
|7. ||Traffic Jam|
|8. ||Neon Night|
|9. ||The Office of Naval Intelligence|
|1. ||Bits and Pieces|
|3. ||No Stone Unturned|
|4. ||One Way Ride|
|5. ||The Light At The End|
|6. ||Data Hive|
|7. ||Special Delivery|
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23 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Even more amazing work from Marty and MichaelSep 26, 2009
By Justin V. Phan
I have purchased the Halo 3 original soundtrack months ago and loved it. I still listen to it while I read today. After purchasing the HALO3:ODST OST, I can say with full confidence that it blows it out of the water (not to discredit the Halo 3 OST, however)
It perfectly sets the dark mood as you play a silent, lost, yet lethal ODST in the city of New Mombasa. I thought years ago the music from Marty and Michael couldn't get any better, but it does with this. And by no means do you need to be a Halo fanatic to enjoy this music. After playing this game in front of my three roommates, every one of them raved about the perfect score that went along so well with the game play.
Just listening to this music (especially with your mp3 player while you walk around in public) will make you feel like a true B.A.M.F., of this I am sure.
Buy this now. Do not hesitate.
Long live Marty and Michael.
16 of 18 found the following review helpful:
A Lighter TouchSep 27, 2009
By Q. Pair
AS an avid Halo fan, i've come to expect that with every Halo game that comes out will be accompanied by an epic score. Halo 1-3 have been the farthest thing from disappointment, Halo Wars was a pleasant surprise, and now we come to the latest installment in the Halo story, Halo 3: ODST. With Bungie composers Martin O'Donell and Micheal Salvatori at the helm, we are fortunate enough to bare witness to another musical gem.
For those who don't know, Halo 3: ODST is NOT a continuation of the story told in Halo 1-3 with the Master Chief as the main character. The story of ODST revolves around a crew of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers and tells the tale of what happened between the events on Halo 2 and 3. I say this not to talk about the game, but to make a point that this is a different story then the one being told from before, therefore it calls for a whole new change of theme. ODST is noticeably different from its predecessors. In past Halo soundtracks, we were blessed with a fair balance of epic battle music, mystical ambiance, a couple of cool rock themes, and some well rounded and composed instrumentals that provided an excellent backdrop to an excellent game. The music was big and bold, much like the Master Chief is. With this game however, something that revolves around humans instead of the mighty spartan, the sounds are a bit more subtle.
To put it simply, Halo 3: ODST lacks the same energy that was present in the previous soundtracks. By no means is that a bad thing, its just what has changed. Overall, this soundtrack is very smooth. A fair majority of the CD is comprised of softer, quieter tracks. For instance, playing as the rookie, you roam the streets of New Mombasa at night most of the game, and the accompanying music is smooth and very jazzy, full of piano, strings and saxaphone. Its a unexpected blend of sounds for a game like Halo, but its very effective. For those who haven't played the game, the reason for this is that you spend a good 80% of the game running around a deserted city at night by yourself, ducking Covenant troops. Its a very lonely, covert heavy kind of game. The music does an excellent job of accentuating that feeling of loneliness. Now that doesn't mean there are no good action tracks, because they are most definitely crammed in there, but none really live up to the finale tracks from the last couple of Halo game soundtracks. Personally, that isnt a problem with me.
One thing you will immediately notice about this soundtrack is the length. As far as track listing goes, it is very short: 2 CDs, 9 on disc 1, 8 on disc 2. Although it has a short track list, the songs themselves are organized into suites as opposed to individual tracks. Basically, the same way they did Halo 2 V.2. While this is a nice way to condense the music, I personally prefer the tracks to be separate. Thats just me though. Something else you may notice (if your an avid gamer like myself) is the influence from other game music. In songs like "Asphalt and Absolution" you can hear piano melodies very similar to something you'd here in Resident Evil 2, and "Neon Night" sounded disturbingly like a piano track out of Final Fantasy VII. These are just a couple of examples, but there are a few spread out through the CD. This isnt a bad thing, just something I found that was intresting and that I thought added to the eclectic sound that makes this CD so attractive to listen to.
Bottom line, this is another excellent offering from O'donell and Salvatori. Hardcore halo fans and lovers of score music i strongly urge you get this, you wont be disappointed. Personally, I rank this one #3 on the halo charts, coming behind Halo Wars at #2 and Halo 3 at #1.
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Beaultiful layerd musicSep 25, 2009
By K. Winters
The music on this soundtrack surprised me so much! The jazz elements are expertly layered in between epic drums and smooth, ambient orchestrals. Nothing feels out of place when it comes up. All crescendos are built up to and emotional, and all of the low ambient parts perfectly set a mood. This music is perfect for me seeing as I'm a writer as it never gets in my way, and always keeps me moving forward. I also play lots of role-playing games (the pen and paper kind) and this is the best background music for any scene. I highly recommend this soundtrack to anyone looking for good music!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
A Sad Soundtrack Becomes Great Rainy-Day MusicNov 11, 2011
If you've played the game Halo 3: ODST, then you know that the atmosphere of this sidebar title in the Halo Series is fairly bleak. You spend most of your time in an empty city that has been upended by an alien invasion. Civilians are long gone, your fellow soldiers' bodies litter the streets, and the alien dropships seem to be making deliveries nonstop.
The game is excellent, and its melancholy score is part of the reason: it sets a soft, sad tone and I found it oddly comforting to listen to. I downloaded this MP3 album* from Amazon and discovered that with the weather serving me some gray rainy days, this made for soothing background music. While there are parts where the military cadence of the Halo series ramps up, for the most part it is subdued, but pleasant.
If you enjoyed the ODST game, the soundtrack evokes the same mood. I was happy to realize it fit well into my general background listening routine, too.
*NOTE: this product review was written for the MP3 download. If you are reading this review under a listing for the CD, be aware that Amazon does this with some of its reviews. We reviewers have no control over this.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Love itSep 14, 2011
By Eliseo V
Ok this album is really awesome I love listening to it. Martin set the mood with the jazz type ambient music with you running around the city destroyed in the dark. I love the direction and mood the Martin set with this album to me I love this album just as equally as Halo, Halo 2, and Halo Reach soundtracks, cause they all offer something new to hear and its awesome.
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