No one expected that Microsoft would announce Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.
Originally, this winter seemed like a lock for Halo 2 Anniversary. It’d been ten years since Microsoft first launched the game, and with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary we already knew that remaking and remastering older games for newer audiences was something that Microsoft had no problem doing.
Thankfully, Microsoft heard the cry for a remade Halo 2 and decided it would be a better idea to shatter expectations of what it could deliver. Here’s what you need to know about Halo: The Master Chief Collection and why you should pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection as soon as you possibly can.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Almost Everything Halo
Maybe some insightful people with intimate knowledge of the gaming industry always assumed that Microsoft had plans to revamp the entire Halo franchise for new players at some point, but the average person didn’t and that is what made crowds go wild when Microsoft first showed off the upcoming game.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as its name suggests, is every Halo game to ever feature John 117 remastered for the Xbox One console. This isn’t just one game, or one game with some downloadable content. It’s literally Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 all sold in one single package. Seriously, only Halo 3: ODST and Halo Reach are missing from this and that’s because while they do take place in the same universe, Master Chief John 117 isn’t featured in them. They’re more spin offs then sequels.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Has Both Sides of Each Game
It’s safe to say that the nothing defines a player more than whether they like online multiplayer or if they’re partial to the story.
For many, the multiplayer included in Halo 2 and Halo 3 were what convinced them to get an Xbox 360. Those games are what defined Xbox Live for them and introduced them to people around the world they’d have never met otherwise. Of course, these people are passionate about multiplayer in a way others might not be. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has plenty for them, including all four game’s multiplayer and all of the multilayer maps that gamers loved from them.
Its safe to say that if you’re not playing for multiplayer you are playing for story. That’s great because Halo: The Master Chief Collection has tons of that too. Every story that you remember from the past games is still here, every mission is still there too. Buyers of Halo: The Master Chief Collection can experience their favorite moments in the game as they were meant to — without sacrificing a thing.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s Playlist Editor is Legit
It’s one thing to pack four different stories into one game. Buyers would be perfectly happy with that. They’d just be able to pick out a single mission they enjoyed the first time around and what to experience after each play session. Playing each game from start to finish is a pretty easy way to hit all of those highlights too.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection lets Xbox One owners experience highlights from the series in a different way. More specifically, the can experience them however they want in whatever order thanks to a special Playlist editor.
343 Industries, the game’s developer, will offer up custom-made playlists for both campaign and multiplayer on the fly. These playlists are showcased right in the game’s interface alongside options for browsing through campaigns and multiplayer. Multiplayer playlists will also be available too. Say, for example, you’re a fan of vehicles in Halo. A custom playlist could be created to give you the best of levels involving vehicles throughout the Halo games included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Still Halo 2 Anniversary
With all of this value being thrown around, it’s pretty easy to forget that with Halo: The Master Chief Collection buyers are still getting the game they asked for and expected. Halo 2 in the collection has been completely overhauled.
Sound editors have gone in and upgraded the audio for weapons. Each cut scene has been recaptured and reanimated so that they’re worthy of the high-definition gameplay delivered throughout the collection. For the people who like to experience the game the way it used to look, a button press separates them from the games older graphics. You can simply switch between the two.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Just $60
Sure, all of the extras define Halo: The Master Chief Collection. So does price. With all this content Microsoft could have likely gotten away with charging $120 for all for this content. After all, this is hours of content that had to be painstakingly updated and upgraded. You’d expect all of this to cost you a bit more than the average game.
It doesn’t. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is just $60, making it the best deal in gaming this year.
When Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches on November 11th it’ll mark the first time Halo is available on the Xbox One. GameStop, Amazon and the Microsoft Store are already taking pre-orders, but you can also purchase the game through the Xbox Live now ahead of release.