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Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes Halo 2: Anniversary and remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the first time that the entire story of the Master Chief is on one console. It features all campaign missions and all multiplayer maps from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 2 Vista, Halo 3 and Halo 4, plus access to the live-action digital series Halo: Nightfall and access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection features a unified user interface which allows users to jump between the different games seamlessly. This allows for multiplayer playlists that feature maps from all five games (Halo 2: Anniversary has multiplayer which is unique from that of the original Halo 2 multiplayer which is also a part of the collection).

The collection introduces the idea of Campaign Playlists which are lists of campaign missions (from any of the four games) along with other settings (such as difficulty level, skull selections and scoring settings). Example playlists include: Tanks Tanks Tanks (all missions where players control a tank), Me and My Hog (all missions where there is a driving section that features warthogs), Speed Runner's Choice (a selection missions specifically for speed runners) and The Legendary Master Chief Saga (the entire campaign of all four games on LASO [Legendary difficulty with All Skulls On]).

Halo 2: Anniversary is a re-release of Halo 2, intended to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the game. The anniversary edition comes with the same single player campaign, the only difference being that the player can switch between the graphics engine used in the original Halo 2 (for identical graphics to the original), or switch to the a newer graphics engine based off the one used in Halo 4 (for more modern graphics) at any point during the campaign, even mid session. The campaign also supports cooperative gameplay (both split screen and online).

As previously mentioned, the multiplayer portion of Halo 2: Anniversary is split into two sections. One being the multiplayer from the original game unchanged (running on its original engine) other than that it runs at the modern 1080p 60fps. The other being an updated version of multiplayer which has remastered graphics and was built off the Halo 4 multiplayer engine, but has been adjusted to have a similar play experience to Halo 2 with some new gameplay features. The updated version of multiplayer also has features introduced later in the Halo series, such as Forge, File Sharing and a Theater mode.

The remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 run on adapted versions of their original engines, which means that everything is the same as when they were released other than that they run at the modern 1080p 60fps. For the first time, Halo: Combat Evolved will have online multiplayer through Xbox Live (unlike in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, this multiplayer will run on the game's original engine).

On 30th May 2015 Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Halo 3: ODST was added as free DLC to this release for everyone who played the collection release before 19th December 2014. For everyone else it was made available as commercial DLC.

On 3rd December 2019 the multiplayer part of Halo: Reach was added for free to this release. The other parts (the full campaign and Firefight co-op mode) needed to be purchased as a separate DLC item Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Halo: Reach. Simultaneously the Xbox One version of this release was replaced with a new 2019 Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundled with the two DLC items (Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach) by default.

Screenshots

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Halo CE - Using a Banshee  to destroy Flood and Covenant forces.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Halo 4 - This is the first time a player will encounter Prometheans in the whole series.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Halo 2 - The old cutscenes were great, and those can also be seen by switching to the old graphics, even mid-scene.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Halo 3 - A wreckage always looks good though :)

Promo Images

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Other You're No Chips
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Other Skulltaker Halo 2: Envy
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Other The Long Haul
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Other Pyrrhic Solution

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Alternate Titles

  • "Halo: MCC" -- Informal title

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Critic Reviews

Hardcore Gamer Magazine Nov 07, 2014 5 out of 5 100
GamesCollection Nov 07, 2014 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Nov 06, 2014 9 out of 10 90
New Game Network Nov 15, 2014 84 out of 100 84
games xtreme Nov 26, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Games TM Dec 08, 2014 8 out of 10 80
411mania.com Dec 09, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamestyle Nov 17, 2014 7 out of 10 70
ActionTrip Dec 18, 2014 6 out of 10 60
Game Critics Feb 03, 2015 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

References to the game

In season 2 of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Fitz and Mack are seen playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection a couple of times.

Awards

  • The Game Awards
    • 2014 — Best Remaster — Nominated

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MacKenzie Bates (508) added Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) on Nov 17, 2014