Originally Published: August 28, 2009, on 1050ESPN.com (now ESPNNewYork.com) and Examiner.com

Back in July I had a chance to get a hands on preview of one of the most anticipated shooters of the year, Halo 3: ODST. It expands on the already epic canon of Microsoft’s staple Halo franchise and looks at an entirely different aspect of the war with the Covenant.

Although labeled Halo 3: ODST, the game actually takes place between Halo 2 and Halo 3 (think Shadows of the Empire for the Star Wars universe). It also deviates from following Halo’s main hero, the Spartan known as Master Chief, and instead follows a group of ODSTs (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) on the other side of the universe as the events of Halo 2 are unfolding at the same time.

After playing a preview of what looks to be the best game of the series so far in terms of combat, I spoke with Bungie’s Community and PR Director, Brian Jarrard, about the direction the series is taking as well as about the characters we play with in Halo 3: ODST.

Halo 3: ODST Preview with Ray Carsilllo
Video by Jared Bodden

Be sure to stay tuned for my full review of Halo 3: ODST before it comes out on September 22.

-Ray Carsillo