There’s just a week left until Microsoft and developer 343 Industries unleashes Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One users. In the run up to launch they’ve revealed tons of enhanced maps and even a feature-length documentary focusing on the game. Now it’s taking folks into the home stretch with a list of all the Halo: The Master Chief Collection achievements they can earn in the game.
Microsoft revealed the Halo: The Master Chief Collection achievement details in a post on Halo Waypoint late last week, providing potential buyers a look at all the work they’ll need to do to completely finish the game and claim every achievement.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will have achievements broken down by individual games. That means there are individual sets for Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. In addition to those achievements for individual games, Halo: The Master Chief Collection buyers can expect to earn Gamerscore for Custom Games & more. Gamerscore, is the points that Microsoft grants Xbox players for earning each achievement. Typically, the amount of Gamerscore earned is proportional to how difficult the achievement is.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection players will probably want to set aside some time this holiday season if they’re hoping to earn every achievement available in the game. It’s entirely possible that the game has the most achievements ever stuffed into a single Xbox game ever. There are enough individual achievements for 4000 Gamerscore. Normally, a single Xbox One game has 1000 in Gamescore to be earned.
The list of achievements earnable in Halo: The Master Chief Collection really underscores the ridiculous amount of content buyers are getting. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a remake of every Halo game to include Master Chief John 117. He’s the human wearing cybernetic armor throughout the series. Only two Halo games that actually made it to a console aren’t being included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Those are Halo Reach and Halo 3: ODST. John 117 wasn’t included in those games. Halo: The Master Chief Collection could have easily been separated into multiple games. $60 is an incredible price for such a collection.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection marks the first time console buyers have been able to play a Halo game on the Xbox One. The last new title to launch in the series was Halo 4 and Microsoft used it as high-profile holiday release on the Xbox 360. To be fair, Halo: Spartan Assault launched on the Xbox One last winter, but its more of an arcade game than it is a true Halo game.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 are simply high-definition upgrades of the Xbox 360 games of the same name. Halo 2 Anniversary is a wholesale refresh of the game of the same name for the original Xbox. 343 Industries and its partners have remastered every cut-scene in the game and refreshed every texture so that high-definition televisions do them justice. Players will be able to switch to the Halo 2 textures and designs from the original game and the remastered graphics for the Xbox One. Every game in the series is getting a lighting upgrade.
Both the campaign and multiplayer modes from each game are available in the collection. There are some texture upgrades and such, but the mechanics — and glitches — of each mutliplayer mode are still intact and unchanged. 343 Industries has said that it was important from them to give buyers the Halo multiplayer experiences they remembered.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on the Xbox One on November 11th and it’s already available for pre-order. Those who buy the game digitally are looking at a pretty long download. Unfortunately, so too are those looking to purchase the game on disc. 343 Industries has already confirmed that there’s a huge day-one title update coming to the game.