Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

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  • multiplayer mode
  • improved resolution
  • inclusion of the original Halo 1
  • audio and visual overhaul
  • inclusion of CG replacements
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  • absence of Blur’s H2A and delayed motion in Combat Evolved

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Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) Review

Halo’s Master Collection is a suite of four exceptional games that will give you the ultimate experience that will test your nerve in a series of stiff challenges. These Halo games include Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary and Halo 3 and 4. Each of these games operate at 1080p, with the exception of Halo 2 whose resolution is 1328 by 1080. The games come with their own original multiplayer element. Halo 2 however has an extra Anniversary multiplayer that has 6 remodelled maps. These maps have new and improved, excellent geometrical tinkering and gorgeous textures.

 

This collection of games defies what we have come to know about games i.e. that the old stuff is not worth much. Here, sentimentality and rarity are the mark of value. The original Halo and its multiplayer are back in this collection, and that should be thrilling news for any game lover. What is more, you can now play it, for the first time, Live! In these new models, most old maps have been retained. A few, however, like the Boarding Action’s sniper battles have been sealed off. Others however have simply been remade, and while this may not sound exciting, there is always a particularly special magic with having things the way they have always been. Combat Evolved is also very enjoyable, thanks to its novelty, though you may experience a heavier, delayed feel to its motion.

 

The star of this collection is definitely Halo 2 which has been around for decades now. It has a comprehensive HD refit and the campaign, like the Combat Evolved, has been given an impressive overhaul in its overall visual capabilities. The visual make over is inclusive of new and better lighting and textures. In addition, the lacklustre cut scenes, a common problem with HD remakes, has been fixed. This has been done with a new and expensive set of CG replacement being put in place. Because of these incongruously clear, best quality additions, Halo 2 feels fresher and newer. The re-inclusion of the multiplayer is Halo 2 is another thing that makes it a justifiable star. At 60 fps, this multiplayer mode is truly amazing. The map choices are smart, and there are a few clever changes in geometry like the inclusion of a hole or gravity lift up Zanzibar’s sea wall.

 

Both Halo 3 and 4 have been up-scaled to a resolution of 1080p and 60fps. While Halo 3 is not really part of the Anniversary edition, it is a great play. Its cut scenes do not have handiwork from Blur’s H2A but it is enjoyable to play all the same. The Campaign in Halo 3 flows deftly through several different environments presenting you with several options of tackling a given situation. There is good balance of enemy tactics, flexibility in vehicle combat and a balance in the available weapons through from the start.

  • The Good :
    multiplayer mode, improved resolution, inclusion of the original Halo 1, audio and visual overhaul, inclusion of CG replacements
  • The Bad :
    absence of Blur’s H2A and delayed motion in Combat Evolved
Our score:
4 / 5

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  • The Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) was added in December 2014 in the Xbox One Games section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5