It’s quite possible that without Master Chief Microsoft’s console division may have been a brief and inglorious footnote in the annals of console history. So it is with great fanfare that we round up the reviews of his return, which alongside Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive, completes Microsoft’s major seasonal exclusives. The game releases on the 11th of November and includes remastered versions of Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, alongside Halo 2, 3 and 4, with access to the forthcoming Halo 5 beta as well. The upgraded package sees all of the games running at that all important 60 fps, and all bar the Halo 2 remaster are also outputted at a native 1080p.
Our very own Peter reviewed the game, scoring it an incredible 9/10, saying “The Master Chief Collection is a lovingly pieced together, faithful collection of games that changed the industry and multiplayer modes that created a new way to play. The attention to detail is a delight and each game still holds up, especially with the remastering of the two older titles, so there’s potential for this release to introduce Master Chief to a whole new generation”
It looks like Master Chief Collection is an unequivocal success with critics, though a couple of outlets have held back their scores in order to test the multiplayer further. However, given the solidity of Xbox Live, the importance of the release and the pedigree of the developer the likelihood is that the experience will be excellent.
Destructoid – 9/10
“While I think I would have given up playing a Halo 2 remaster on its own after a few months, The Master Chief Collection will keep me busy for quite a while. The sheer number of maps, variants, playlists, and rulesets will keep me interested for months on end. I can already envision myself joining groups of friends who only like particular games, forming separate communities within the collection. Not only that, but this is also the perfect way to replay each campaign if I ever get the itch instead of finding multiple discs. This is the new gold standard for remakes. Well done, 343 Industries.”
Polygon – 9.5
“Halo: The Master Chief Collection sets a bar that other remasters and collections will have difficulty reaching, much less topping. For players new to Halo, who have missed any of the included games, it is a stunning introduction to one of the most beloved series in video games. For Halo fans, it’s a package that shows almost as much respect and affection for the Master Chief as they do.”
CVG – 9/10
“The true value of this collection is in the immediate journey back and the slow rediscovery of one of gaming’s greatest series. If you’re jumping into the Chief’s Mjolnir trousers for the first time many of the nods, tweaks and, most potently, quirks of the older titles will at best fly over your head or at worst tarnish your ability to play without cussing like a sailor. For these poor individuals, our score will likely seem overcooked, too. You just had to have been there. Those that were will know exactly where we’re coming from.”
Game Informer – 5/5
“I applaud 343 Industries for not taking too much artistic license when it comes to re-releasing these games. Each of the campaigns preserved the way I remember them, warts and all (but much higher resolution warts), which is exactly how I want it. There were many things that I remembered incorrectly, and things that were better and worse than I remembered them, and part of the fun of replaying the games is revisiting your original impressions and expectations.
Lazy Gamer – 8.5/10
“There’s more than just a game available here. There’s an experience in a slick package, with access to both the history of Halo, it’s present in the form of Halo: Nightfall and it’s future with Halo 5: Guardians’ upcoming multiplayer beta. It’s a lengthy collection, packed with goods for Halo fans. And it’s still damn good fun.”
GamesRadar – 4.5/5
“As much cultural record as game compendium, The Master Chief Collection’s smart, insightful, celebratory presentation elevates its already excellent contents to even greater heights.”
Shack News – 8/10
“Halo: The Master Chief Collection has a handful of quirks and legacy issues, but those don’t diminish the achievement. It’s a stellar collection of some of the best games of the last few generations, with options galore and clever ideas like Playlists to breathe new life into old content. It’s a must-have for Halo fans, and may rightly serve as a satisfying introduction for newcomer”
Pocket Lint – 4/5
“Halo: The Master Chief Collection is not just a game, but a history lesson like no other. It’s a glorious, beautifully executed folly that lets you wallow in the Halo universe like never before. For all Xbox One owners and first-person shooter fans, whether you’ve played through the Halo series before or not, The Master Chief Collection is an essential purchase.”
God Is A Geek – No Score
“In terms of pure content, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is simply massive. In terms of the content itself, this package is astounding. Four of the best shooter campaigns ever made, in one box, all running at 1080p at 60fps, Halo has never looked so good. Throw in over 100 multiplayer maps and a bevy of Halo themed extras and you have a recipe for a true system seller. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will surely end up on the shelves of millions of Halo fans, and will no doubt be the start of something beautiful for Halo virgins as 343 bring this classic franchise to a new generation of gamers.”
VideoGamer – No Score
“Despite a few hiccups and one missed opportunity, The Master Chief Collection is still the finest HD bundle ever released, with an incredible amount of value for both Halo fanatics and new fans alike.”