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REVIEW: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Depending on how you look at it, Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) is either a wonderful reminder of how the Halo campaigns have provided us with endless entertainment for over a decade, or you might see it as a glitchy, unplayable game when it comes to its multiplayer…

UPDATE: A year later, the multiplayer has improved massively, making it much more playable. Insert happy face.

Arguably, the main focus of this collection is Halo 2 Anniversary, which like Combat Evolved, received the full remake treatment, however now 343 Industries decided to include a standalone multiplayer which isn’t just a map pack. Although there’s a problem – since launch, the game has practically been unplayable due to matchmaking issues and other various glitches such as getting booted from games randomly.

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H2: The chief takes a leisurely drive through Covenant-infested territory.

With that said, the campaign is absolutely beautiful, especially since you have the option to switch between the original Halo 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary at the click of a button, revealing what the game looked like 10 years ago and how it looks now with the incredible work done on the game’s visuals, music, and sound effects.

The Battle Rifle sounds fierce, packing a satisfying punch with every burst, and now the SMG no longer sounds like a toy, rather a weapon capable of dealing massive damage when used properly. Everything looks stunning, whether it’s the lighting effects, shaders, or the sheer amount of detail put into the grunts and brutes, making them look even more ugly.

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Jaw-dropping visuals and lighting bring the world of Halo 2 to life is spectacular fashion.

Also included in the collection is Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, and a beta invite to Halo 5 when it launches next month. This is a lot of content – every single campaign mission and over 100 multiplayer maps (when it works), Halo: The Master Chief Collection is absolutely perfect for those who wish to relive all those classic moments once again or those of you who haven’t touched Halo, now is the time to get involved as you can quickly access all 4 core-games in just a few buttons.

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H2: The sheer amount of detail put into character models and their facial features is remarkable. Impressive stuff.

When you manage to find a match online, you should be overwhelmed with nostalgia if you’re revisiting these games again, whether it’s those intense cross-map battles on Lockout, 2v2 matches on Chill Out, or Free For All brawls on Guardian (I know there’s Halo 4, but the real focus is on the original trilogy, let’s be honest).

The original multiplayer is included with every game, which should make a lot of people happy, but there’s also the Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer sporting various remakes from the original Halo 2, which are simply jaw-dropping to look at – playing on these maps also feels so smooth, making it a joy to shoot your opponent in the head multiple times.

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H2: Battling it out on Zenith; a remake of Ascension from Halo 2.

For £45-£50, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will provide hours and hours of gameplay, whether it’s fighting your way through all 4 campaigns or staying up until the early hours fighting it out online. If you ever needed a reason to buy an Xbox One, this is it.

Rating: 9/10

Available On: Xbox One




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