Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo fans: you can now have your wildest nostalgia dreams, with none of the age! That’s right Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC). A collection of the four main series Halo games (Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4) are being remastered in one ultimate collection for Xbox One this November 11. Along with this, a pass to the Halo 5 Beta later this year is included as well.

When asked whether MCC is a console seller for them, one interviewee said, “Yes, its really the only reason to get one right now.”  As you may or may not know the first three of the games included in the MCC were originally made by Bungie.  However, after Halo Reach, the reins of Halo were handed over to company 343 Industries, and they have decided to give fans one of the biggest treats ever; a complete renovation of Halo 1 and 2, and slight adjustments to 3 and 4. 343 is leaving the classic components alone, the things that make Halo feel like Halo, and improving everything else. Halo will feel as special now as it always did, 13 years ago.

Halo: Combat Evolved (from this point referred to as CE), released as a launch title in 2001 on the original Xbox, was an incredibly innovative take on contemporary FPS games at the time. The inclusion of vehicular combat, a wide assortment of weapons, and sophisticated AI systems (such as enemies jumping out of the way of vehicles or taking cover from explosions) are just some of the features we take for granted in modern FPS games. According to one fan, “Halo CE has one of the best campaign of any FPS if you ask me.”

You may remember Halo CE: Anniversary released back in 2011. This was the first case of a remastered Halo game, and gave us high-definition visuals, re-recorded music and sound effects, skills, achievements, and even a halo reach multiplayer add on. Also included was an option to revert the visuals from hi-def to original graphics to remind yourself of the good ‘ol days. We will call this the “anniversary” treatment.

Now nearing the 10 year anniversary of Halo 2, instead of a stand alone anniversary edition, we are being given CE: Anniversary and Halo 2 with the anniversary treatment. CE will be mostly left alone from its higher quality iteration, albeit a few changes. Halo 2, however, is being given the CE anniversary treatment and more.

Firstly in terms of campaign, Halo 2 is being given completely remastered cutscenes courtesy of Blur Studios. “If you’ve seen the Halo Wars scenes you know they’re perfectly capable of working with Halo and delivering high quality.” Blur is also adding a prologue and epilogue that will give some details as to Halo 5 story. These scenes are, unfortunately, only for Halo 2 and not for CE. Blur’s added twists to the cut scenes bring the length to about an hour total.

Halo 3 is a game that may still be in our recent memories, and Halo 4 even more so being seven and two years old, respectively. These particular games are not really in need the “anniversary” treatment just yet, but are still included in the MCC. They are, however, along with the other two as well, being updated to 60 frames per second, and bumped up to 1080p resolution.

Along with everything already mentioned, there is still one more aspect to the MCC that I’ve postponed mention of, multiplayer. “Multiplayer keeps you entertained long after having replayed the campaign 25 times.”

For the first time ever, CE multiplayer will be available for online play, and Halo 2 multiplayer will be returning for the first time since the shutdown of Xbox live back in April 15, 2010. Not only are the Xbox original multiplayers included, but every single map you ever played, all the way from CE to the recently released Halo 4, are all included from the very beginning. Even exclusive maps from the PC version of CE will be included as well bringing the total map count well over 100. “All the maps fused into one game really make me want this.”

Halo: The Master chief Collection is everything you remember about Halo, and nothing you don’t. Only the best parts have been kept and new features are sure to be included and announced in the final weeks to release.