Microsoft has issued a statement downplaying Halo 3: ODST "Unreadable Disc" reports that popped up last week.

"We are aware of a very small number of people who are reporting they can't play the game," the platform holder told Eurogamer.

"We are looking into it, but at this point it doesn't appear to be a widespread issue."

A 35-page thread reporting the issue on the Bungie forums has now spread to over 57 pages, with members still frustrated at the lack of communication from either developer or publisher.

The disc-read error occurs on some Xbox 360s during the Halo 3: ODST's campaign, rendering the game unplayable from thereon out. Other games including Halo 3 are reportedly affected as collateral, and there are even mentions of the machine itself taking a nosedive following the error.

Bungie is busy gathering data from those affected, presumably pin-pointing the problem and establishing a way to fix it.

It's a shame, because Halo 3: ODST is a solid and enjoyable squad-shooter from Bungie, and the game raced to the top of the UK charts today.

Our Halo 3: ODST review paints a full and detailed picture.

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