Every so often, I play a game that is so good, I beat it in a few days. ODST is exactly that. ODST (a.k.a Orbital Drop Shock Troops ) are soldiers that are the best of the best (next to Master Chief of course.). In this game you play as the new recruit called “the Rookie” , and you are being dropped from space into the African mega city of “New Mombasa”. The mission: stop the aliens called the Covenant. Or so your told. The true nature of the mission is, of course, top secret.

But something goes wrong. After you crash to earth in your pod, you notice something. You are separated from your team! You, will fight to survive in the dark, for the Covenant are out, looking for stragglers to slay. You will also find clues to find out where your team is. Usually in Halo games, the missions are usually search & destroy, but ODST is like a mystery game, where you look for clues to find your team.

A great break.

ODST also brings a beast mode called “Firefight” where you fight increasingly harder waves of Covenant. The main objective: how long can you survive. But, its not the only multi player mode. There is a second disc that has the classic shooter modes (CTF, DeathMatch, etc.) , character creation, and map editor. It also has all of the maps from Halo 3, and two new ones, so you don’t have to buy Halo 3 if you don’t own it.

But, the reason why I won’t give it a ten, is the disc with the maps. If you already own Halo 3, why do you need all the maps?

I give the game 9 points out of 10.


Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind REVIEW

  Note: I would read book one first entitled Wizard’s First Rule.

 I don’t usually read books over 800 pages. Why? Because I get bored. That is why I don’t read Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga anymore. By no means are Jordan’s books badly written, I just get confused with which character does what.

When I started Terry Goodkind’s gigantic Sword of Truth saga, I was worried he’d confuse me later. Thankfully, he did not. He kept me on my toes throughout Wizard’s First Rule , throwing shocker after shocker, and awesome fights reminiscent of R.A Salvatore.

Book two, Stone of Tears begins with a bang, and ends with a bang, with smatterings of classic political tension, and true love in the classical sense.

This isn’t a book for the faint of heart. Action is bloody and very graphic. And yes, there is sexual tension ( the kind which can be skipped over, without losing important information.). And even cannibalism.

The villains are very, and I mean very diabolical. The kind of villains that are dangerously too smart for their own good (which eventually gets them killed.).

Goodkind also weaves heroes that actually act like real people, by the way they think, feel and act. You will be able to relate to most of the heroes, and yes even the villains.

I give this book 6 points out of 10.