In my life, the Halo franchise has been one of the franchises that has defined by gaming life. I have found memories of being taken into the home of one of my college friends and playing Halo 2 until late preparing me to be his ringer at the up coming Halo night. Halo is the reason I left the world of PlayStation and landed on the gaming console with the massive controller that had a white and black buttons. Life made sense when I played Halo, the white and black buttons still do not, and I always enjoyed my time then and now with friends in the game.
Fast forward 14 years later and I now find myself a family man with very little time to have the late night gaming parties I remember from college. Now Halo has turned into a gaming jugernaut that has become the stable franchise of the Xbox Live world. Since the beginning it has been able to grow its fan base by providing gamers an enjoyable experience. Basing itself off of solid mechanics, a fleshed out universe and storyline and the power to connect others inside either a room or a digital room Halo has established themselves as the leading franchise for Microsoft and loved by millions of fans. That love from their fans is the reason for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a love letter to the fans of Halo sent from the current developers of the franchise 343 Industries. Inside the game, 343 has provided the following games to their fans:
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition
Halo 2 Anniversary Edition
Halo 3: ODST
Over the next few weeks we will complete a review of each of the games since it is hard to review five amazing games as a set instead of individual creations.
All of these are built into the game itself besides for Halo 3: ODST which is a five dollar down loadable content that is a must for any Halo fan. Inside the game players also have the multiplayer maps and events for each of the games that people fell in love with. The games themselves are delivered with some added tweaks to better the gameplay in the multiplayer games. Halo 3 and Halo 4 now have new lighting effects some other tweaks that deliver a stronger game. They have also increased the framerate allowing it all to appear more polished and prettier on the Xbox One.
The menus of the game become a bit confusing and now inside the games if you click on a terminal you are taken to the Halo application and then have to return to the game to start playing once again. It is not a lot of buttons to push but over the length of the five games it gets on a persons nerves.
When you hold up Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a complete library of the Halo franchise you immediatly feel sad because of the missing Halo: Reach. I know this is called Halo: The Master Chief Collection but Reach always felt like you where telling the beginning story of the Master Chief.
When you measure the total package of Halo: The Master Chief Collection you loose crack of the idea of being a single game but instead of group of games created for fans to continue to enjoy on the Xbox One.