Halo: The Master Chief Collection Reviews (Xbox One)
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Hardcore Gamer Magazine (Nov 07, 2014)
Everything is here that should be here: the campaigns, the multiplayer engines, the maps and the visuals. By adding numerous campaign playlists, six spectacular remastered Halo 2 Anniversary maps, new game modes and increased social connectivity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection finds a way to insert exciting novelty into a collection that would have been spectacular with or without it. The Halo series is all-but required gaming, so 343 should be commended for giving generations old and new the best possible way to play these four titles. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is sure to be on the hard drives of millions for years to come, and it likely will be strange to see an Xbox One owner who doesn’t possess it. This is the definitive first-person shooter experience, a no-brainer purchase for the vast majority of gamers, and the first true system-seller of the new console generation.
Game Over Online (Nov 09, 2014)
The Master Chief Collection raises the bar for compilations. We’ve gotten vast quantities of games before, and smaller quantities of more recent games, but never something that gave you everything out of the included games and so many bonus features. At a maximum price of $60, this is an insane value given that it contains four of the greatest games of all-time. If you love the series, then you’ll want to have it all one collection and it’s never looked or played better than here. While not everything about the Anniversary versions is better, the overall look of Halo 1 and 2 has never been more impressive. It feels like you can finally see the worlds you were meant to see then, but that technology couldn’t properly display.
Impulse Gamer (Nov 16, 2014)
The Master Chief Collection successfully brings the Halo franchise to the XBox One and with Halo 5 just around the corner, this is the perfect compendium to replay the entire series on this amazing console. More importantly, The Master Chief Collection retails for around $79AUD (November 2014) which is true value for money and given the amount of content from both single-player to multiplayer, it’s really hard to find a place to start. Add in the flawless graphics that runs at 60 frames per second, exciting gameplay and the beautiful revamped sound effects and music and The Master Chief Collection is like a piece of interactive art on the XBox One that I would highly recommend to everyone. It’s also the perfect place to jump on board the series for new comers as well, given the amount of content.
Worth Playing (Nov 07, 2014)
No matter what your preference among the four games, The Master Chief Collection is an undeniable value. All four games are worth owning, and the first two are essentially the video game equivalent of "director's cuts," with the requisite extra features that one would expect. Speaking of extra features, The Master Chief Collection also includes "Halo: Nightfall" and access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta. Neither one should impact your decision to purchase the collection, but they are nice bonuses. As the definitive version of the core Halo experience, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is one of the few games that should be in any Xbox One owner's collection.
GamesCollection (Nov 07, 2014)
Avere un solo disco che raccoglie tutto il franchise di Master Chief (se escludiamo Reach..) non solo è molto comodo e conveniente, ma è anche d’obbligo per tutti i collezionisti e i veri amanti della serie più famosa di Xbox. In un solo cofanetto ci sono oltre 10 anni di storia, curati maniacalmente per non farci mancare nulla, ma proprio nulla: con quattro giochi completi, sia nella veste originale inalterata che nella versione restaurata e degna della nextgen, c’è da giocare per un tempo indefinito! Stiamo parlando di oltre cento mappe che comprendono alcune delle arene competitive più belle della storia degli fps (almeno degli ultimi 10 anni). Che siate fan sfegatati o newby che non conoscono l'universo di Halo, non temete: acquistatelo e non ve ne pentirete! Ah, vi ho già detto dell'accesso alla beta di Halo 5? ;-)
IGN (Nov 06, 2014)
The Master Chief Collection makes good on most of its promises. It packs in four full games’ worth of single-player and co-op action, all spruced up and running better than ever before. It saddens me that, because of its early online multiplayer problems, what should’ve been a celebration of the return of Halo’s old-school multiplayer greatness is currently an exercise in frustration. Right now we can only sit back and wait for Microsoft to fix its servers and party problems, and until then the greatness of revived and enhanced Halo 2 multiplayer is still an unfulfilled promise.
New Game Network (Nov 15, 2014)
The revamped Halo 2 Anniversary Edition makes the classic game feel new again, just as Halo CE Anniversary does. And while the upgraded visuals in all four games don't make changes to the sometimes repetitive gameplay and problems with pacing and story, this is still a collection to behold. If you own an Xbox One and always wanted to experience the complete saga, or you're a dedicated fan that wants to relive the glory days with a new look, this is the way to do it. Players that were never particularly interested in Halo's take on Sci-fi nor enjoyed the gameplay likely won't find anything to change their mind here.
TheHDRoom (HDR) (Dec 03, 2014)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a love letter to one of the best, most important game franchises ever — as long as you don’t care to play with your friends in multiplayer. The polish and visual upgrades are very noticeable and make for almost new gaming experiences, all the while retaining that charm that made the early games must-play title to begin with. When (and if) multiplayer works consistently, over 100 maps have been included, which helps Halo: The Master Chief Collection feel fresh, game after game, but again, getting there is the biggest obstacle. My review score is derived from what is playable, and then points have been subtracted for the issues available at launch 00 and still to this day.
games xtreme (Nov 26, 2014)
You get a whackload of Halo for the money from this one, and for Halo fans it's a true reflection of a much-beloved franchise character, John 117. This is his journey, which is why you won't see Halo ODST, Reach, Wars or any other spin-off Halo game on the disc or part of this collection. It's Master Chief, Sgt. Johnson and Cortana all the way and I couldn't be happier. Well I could, I could be playing multiplayer a lot more with people and until matchmaking is fixed we're sticking with the score we gave it. We may revise the score at a later date once 343 has time to fix this vital component, but at the moment I can't in all good conscience give it much higher than the 8 it's been given already. There's a lot of value on the disc though, with the extras and features, new videos and connection to the Halo Channel where you can see all the new terminal vids from the previous Halo games providing a much deeper insight and connection to Guilty Spark and the Monitors.
XboxAchievements (Nov 17, 2014)
I was ready to sit here and claim that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the true definition of value for money, but the broken matchmaking effectively ruins what would have been an amazing package. The campaign stuff is still ace, as are the custom games, but the matchmaking issues have completely tarnished what would have been an indispensable Halo experience.
Games TM (Dec 08, 2014)
Most of our attention was placed on the new maps, redesigned from Halo 2 and perhaps holding some clues as to the direction 343 will be looking to take Halo 5: Guardians next year. Being able to compare and contrast with the originals makes this task much easier, but its clear to see that between 343 and Certain Affinity, there’s a comfortable balance to be found. The maps are not only kinetic and tightly bound, but porous enough to allow for fluidity of players, random occurrences and new ways of navigating. These were already among some of the best multiplayer maps ever made and these tweaked, rebalanced and remade versions have maintained their verve. The same can be said for the collection as a whole, if not the online connectivity.
411mania.com (Dec 09, 2014)
This collection is everything Master Chief in one place and from the campaign aspect is a glorious time. Reliving the greatness of the four core games was an absolute blast. Unfortunately the same cannot currently be said for the multiplayer. With atrocious wait times and plenty of getting kicked back to menu there is a lot of improvement that needs to happen before the multiplayer is on solid ground. In spite of the bad online experiences, even just for the collection of all 4 games in this disk it is still worth your hard-earned time and money.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 13, 2014)
This is really one of the hardest games that I have ever had to review for number reasons. First off, I'm a huge Halo fan, which means I was very excited to see all of the game back as a compilation title. At the same time and have been very disappointed with the way this package has been put together. The single player campaign aspects just seem very plain to me given what other games have managed to do with remade versions of older games. The remastering of Halo 2 is a very admirable feet but it’s just one piece of this puzzle. If those same benefits have been added to the other games, then I might have enjoyed things a little bit more. As it stands now, it's just a prettier version of a game that I don't feel aged very well and three games I already had sitting on my shelf.
Gamestyle (Nov 17, 2014)
The Master Chief Collection should’ve been a celebration of all things Halo. It may have that fantastic, core gameplay that made the series much loved, but shipping in such a buggy state is inexcusable. If you’re still on the fence about getting the game, then maybe wait till it’s actually fixed.
videogamer.com (Nov 21, 2014)
None of this stops The Master Chief Collection being an immense bundle. Collating four groundbreaking shooters, along with every multiplayer map in the series’ history, as well as a live-action TV series and a forthcoming Halo 5 beta, the value of the package makes this comfortably the best series collection ever assembled. Halo fans will zip back and forth to their favourite moments, while new fans will quickly discover what all the fuss is about. Halo 2 may not shine as brightly as some might have hoped, and there’s some minor bugs that can also jar, but nothing stands in the way of what is a fabulous collection of campaigns.
ActionTrip (Dec 18, 2014)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection had an amazing opportunity to be a celebration of all things Master Chief, the primary story that made Halo so great in the first place, and the multiplayer matches that pushed Halo up on its pedestal. This was also a great opportunity to get new fans into the series right before Halo 5’s release. Instead of capitalizing on it, 343 Industries failed both Halo fans and potential new fans with this collection. As a huge Halo fangirl myself, it absolutely breaks my heart to see Halo tarnished in this fashion. This should have been a solid slam dunk for 343, not an utter disappointment.
Game Critics (Feb 03, 2015)
If the developers had gone all the way and rebuilt Halo 2 instead of just re-skinning it, it could've sold as a standalone product. Had Halo 3 been tweaked to be visually consistent, it could have helped the collection deliver a unified, epic experience. Sadly, that kind of major overhaul wasn't done, leaving an unsatisfying product that's a pale shadow of what it had the potential to be. ...And I repeat: The multiplayer was 100% non-functional.