A dream come true. There are countless titles that I would love to see the kind of rerelease that 343 have gifted players in the form of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We always seem to recall our experiences with titles we love from eons ago in crystal clear HD. Naturally, once we return to play the game this is generally not the case. Now though, we can experience Master Chief's origins in all its glory on Xbox One.
There are a number of titles I'd love to see this happen with, the Mass Effect trilogy for example, as the job that 343 has done with Halo is delicate, true to the series and always mesmerising. Not to mention that I now have my Beta pass to Halo 5: Guardians. Awesome stuff. So now let's take an in depth look at what 343 have granted us with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection!
Embracing the Past in Halo: The Master Chief Collection!
One single press of a button. That's all it takes to jump back in time to the origins of Halo, with Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. 343 have granted players the opportunity to switch, effortlessly, between the remastered and original visuals of the Halo games. A beautiful acknowledgement of the past and a gift for players who enjoy the convenience of having the original games all in one place but enjoy the old style.
The package comes with Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition, Halo 3 and Halo 4, all of which run at 1080p (slight drop for Halo 2 though at 1328x1080) and 60fps. The games absolutely shine at this pace and the visuals jump off the screen. All of the title's multiplayers are intact and the ability to return to these maps in full HD is one of the greatest aspects of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Though Halo 2 gets a little more in the form of 6 additional maps remade with new textures, which is a singular reason to buy the game alone!
For those of you that admire the later titles from the Halo series, such as Halo 3 and Halo 4, it is a joy to see these games running with that added pixel number. Halo 4 looks quite amazing on the Xbox One it must be said. But if you're a fan of Halo, you know where you'll be venturing first, all the way back to the beginning.
My first Halo: Combat Evolved playthrough in years was remarkable. The game still demonstrates why the series has become so popular and the inclusion of the game running at 60fps made the experience go far beyond a mere nostalgic replay. It takes the title to new heights, though of course you can always play it the way it was originally made if you so desire. This really does demonstrate 343's appreciation for fans.
But I have to say, the real shiny coin in this collection is Halo 2. What an incredible title. The multiplayer is still one of the greatest in video game history and to see all of its environments receive new lighting and texture detail in the campaign was a real treat. Also, the cutscenes have received very expensive looking CG replacements that really have made this the ultimate experience of Halo 2 you are ever likely to find.
I could go on and on with praising 343's work here. The impressive visuals for the original titles lends an additional form of coherence. The narrative suits this fast paced and strong visual style. Of course, that's not to say that I wasn't tempted to occasionally flick back and forth between the two styles. You'll find yourself comparing walls and guns, though all of the sound effects have been updated and the result is remarkable. 343 really know how to make a Halo weapon sound great.
Halo 3 and Halo 4 look remarkable on the Xbox One, I mean I feel I'm repeating myself here, but the titles are incredible anyway, so receiving improved visuals and sound on all of the games in Halo: The Master Chief Collection makes this title a must buy. Don't have an Xbox One yet? Have you been waiting for a title to catch your eye before you bought one? This is it, I promise you! You will not regret your purchase for a single second.