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Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Xbox One

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • SKU: 7041003
  • Release Date: 11/11/2014
ESRB Rating: Mature
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4004 out of 4266)

    Product Details


    • Developer: 343 Industries
    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Platform: Xbox One
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 11/11/2014

    Synopsis


    The iconic helmet and armor. The legendary story. The heart-racing combat. Halo has defined a generation of action-packed gaming and online multiplayer gameplay for more than a decade. Now, you can re-experience the thrills, adrenaline and immersive storylines of the Halo franchise, remastered and revamped for the Xbox One. With The Master Chief Collection, you'll not only receive stunning visuals, white-knuckle adventures and deep, rich storylines, you'll have a chance to honor the iconic hero who has been central to so many of your gaming conquests.

    Featuring a remastered Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection lets you experience the legendary story of the iconic hero with the full Xbox One treatment. A total of 45 campaign missions and more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps await you, as well as an all-new live-action digital series and access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta. Dive into the adventure with Master Chief in Halo 2: Anniversary, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the classic game. Lock and load for a fully remastered campaign, or switch between that and the original 2004 version with the Classic mode. Use all-new skills to blast through the campaign, and get ready for the 23 original multiplayer maps, as well as six re-imagined ones, for a thrilling online combat experience. Take advantage of the all-new Master Menu, which lets you play through all four unlocked campaigns, start to finish, or seamlessly jump around as you choose. Be one of the first to experience the next generation of Halo multiplayer with the Halo 5: Guardians beta access. Then, kick back and relax with a thrilling new live-action adventure featuring elite UNSC operatives exploring a strange and treacherous world in the Halo: Nightfall digital series, brought to life by 343 Industries, director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and Executive Producers, Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Get ready to experience the future — by fully understanding your past.

    Features


    The Master Chief Collection

    includes Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as the new digital series Halo: Nightfall and access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta

    Halo: Combat Evolved


    Honor the iconic hero by playing through the classic storyline with Xbox One visual fidelity, 60 fps frame rate, 45 campaign missions and more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps, including the original maps

    Halo 2: Anniversary


    Jump back into the fan-favorite adventure that celebrates the 10-year anniversary with a fully remastered campaign and Classic mode that allows you to switch between the revamped game and original 2004 version in

    Halo 5: Guardians

    Take advantage of all-new skills to play through the adventure in a whole new way, and access hidden terminal videos to uncover new story elements

    Get ready to lock and load for thrilling combat in 23 original multiplayer maps, just as you remember them, in addition to six re-imagined maps

    Play all four completely unlocked campaigns from start to finish, or jump around to play through the parts you love with the all-new Master Menu that lets you navigate Master Chief's story seamlessly and how you want

    Halo

    Dive into the action with cross-title-themed campaign playlists for a fun and challenging experience

    Halo

    Become some of the first to experience the next generation of multiplayer with the

    The Master Chief Collection

    Halo 5: Guardians beta*, and unlock exclusive content in and Halo: Nightfall, which will carry into the beta

    Prepare to join elite UNSC operatives as they explore a strange and hazardous world that exposes them to a deeper danger in Halo: Nightfall**, a live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions

    Enjoy an exciting new story directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and Pillars of the Earth) and executive-produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker

    Halo 5: Guardians

    * beta: game disc required. Limited Time Beta Starts: December 27, 2014; Ends: January 22, 2015. Must be 17+. Xbox One, Broadband Internet (ISP fees apply) and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required.

    **Halo: Nightfall: 5-episode live-action series is streaming only, with episodes releasing on a weekly basis. Xbox One or Windows 8.1 and Broadband Internet required; ISP fees apply.

    Some game features, including hidden terminal videos, require Broadband internet; ISP fees apply. Online multiplayer features require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).

    Halo 5: Guardians

    sold separately; release date not yet announced.

    Halo 5: Guardians

    Halo: Nightfall and beta dates, content, and features subject to change. See www.xbox.com/halo



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4266 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Unrealized potential; released too early with bugs

      Posted
      prateeko
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The Halo franchise has defined XBOX across two generations and is beloved by a multitude of gamers. The second game in particular is fondly remembered for the 'virtual couch,' and tremendous online game play. The third game ushered in the XBOX 360 and also featured phenomenal on-line modes including a tremendous co-operative single player campaign designed with 4 players in mind. While the fourth installment had 343 industries taking over the reins and did well from a single player standpoint, but never managed to recreate the online magic of it's predecessors. For a collection taking all of this and turning it into 60 fps at 1080p represents a very big pair of shoes to fill. Sadly, they remain markedly vacant. The game looks great, but it is a remaster and not completely built up on the XBOX ONE console so graphically it won't blow you away in the same manner other games this season will, but the frame rate (in the single player especially) is impressive and the visuals are clean while staying true to the source material. Similarly, the audio is fantastic and reminds us of how important the scores to the various Halo games have been. Also remastered in many cases, the soundtrack really helps to set the tone of the games and is a delight to be experienced in surround sound. But then we get to performance, especially online, and this unravel quickly. In short this game was released extremely prematurely. To say the state of the game at release is 'beta,' is a bit of an understatement. It's probably more appropriate to say it was in the 'alpha' stage since that's how it ships to the consumer. From the very get go ('DAY ONE' as Microsoft so proudly puts on their other titles) a 20GB patch is required to 'play' the game properly. Of course it still leaves every single online aspect of the game (and many offline parts of the game, including achievements) completely unusable, which is why just 10 days later a 1.5 GB patch was released and in the interim every playlist has been changed to allow more people to play since the matchmaking is so broken having more games with less people in each isn't possible. 343 Industries has slowly been addressing issues (not to any satisfactory level at any point, mind you) and focused on the multiplayer while completely glossing over the completely broken co-operative game. What was once a rock-solid, and thoroughly enjoyable aspect of Halo 3 is left completely broken with pathetically unnecessarily lag (evident of shoddy netcode which was also seen on 343 industries' last outing - Halo:CE Anniversary for the Xbox 360) which spans across EACH and every single title included. I do not know who to blame for this abomination. 343 industries could have failed to test the game completely, or they may have been pushed to rush out an unfinished game for a holiday season. Either way, I purchased an XBOX ONE for it never imaging it wouldn't work flawlessly and could not be any more disappointed short of the game spontaneously leaping of the poor console it tortures, slapping my girlfriend, and releasing my dog into the wild in the middle of a winter storm. Hyperbole aside, this game as a whole is broken. It is unclear how long it will take to fix it, but the very fact that it was sent out to consumers in such an unacceptable state is inexcusable. It's equivalent to buying a DVD box set, finding out half the discs don't work and then waiting for patches to be released slowly. It's not worth the time of the money. Maybe in a few months, but in the mean time save your money, time, and effort for another game that works the minute you take it home. Check back in a few months, by then the promise may have been realized and this game could well end up being one of the great deals of the early life of the XBOX ONE, but until then, it's just a sad shame.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Entry for Halo Noobs

      Posted
      MrConsumer
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I'm new to Halo. The Xbox One is my first Xbox after 20 years of playing Playstation almost exclusively (I snuck a Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo N64 in there along the way#. I won't lie. I've always wanted to try Halo but I think it would have been better if I tried it back when it was at its peak and definitely before playing Destiny. Destiny absolutely reveals the differences in the feel of Halo between the Bungie and 343 versions. I'll go over each version in the MCC and what I liked and disliked about each. Halo CE Anniversary: While I can certainly see how this could hold a certain nostalgic factor for long-time Halo devotees, and it is certainly fun in a retro-type way, the age and infancy of the modern FPS is painfully evident. Most of the maps are almost identical. The textures are so bland at times, I got lost because the rooms looked so generic, you could easily lose track of what direction you were traveling if you get turned around during a battle. The maps start to take on more individual personalities toward the end but the majority of the game will have you asking yourself "wasn't I just in a room like this?" As for vehicles, the warthog handles like a shopping cart with a busted wheel and a turret attached. Unfortunately, the warthog plays a vital role in the game and there are times where you absolutely must drive it to perfection under trying circumstances. So, it pays to try to get somewhat goo dat driving it. I won't necessarily call these flaws because they're more indicative of the game's age than shortcomings. Despite being long in the tooth, I nonetheless found the game to be engaging and fun. Halo 2: Halo 2 was more of the same as Halo 1, just with a few extras thrown in. For one, you can play as the covenant during certain sections of the game. It felt a little disjointed and definitely interupts the flow but I see what they were trying to do. I found it to be an interesting change of pace. A couple new weapons are introduced as well as new enemies. Although the graphics improved somewhat, there are still too many maps that look way too much alike. You'll continually pass through doors and enter a room that looks just like the one you just left. Overall, Halo 2 was also enjoyable and fun to play. I'd rate it slightly lower than Halo CE. My reason for doing so is the ending. Play it to the end and you will undoubtedly see exactly what I mean. Halo 3: This was far and away my favorite of the bunch. Being the first in the series on the 360, it has beautiful graphics, a nice tight story, excellent vehicle mechanics and lush diverse environments. None of the things that bugged me about the first two are present. Maps are unique and believe it or not, despite being a much more visually appealing and advanced game, the frame rate and overall performance of the game even seems better than the first two. I would notice pretty obvious frame rate dips on several occassions in Halo CE and Halo 2 but not in Halo 3. The one and only complaint I have with Halo 3 is that one of the later levels is a little too melodramatic and pretty difficult to boot. Nevertheless, I can easily see myself replaying Halo 3 in the near future whereas I don't feel compelled to play any of the others again, at least not now. Halo 4: The final campaign in the MCC is Halo 4. This is the most viusually appealing and complex of the four. It is also the only version in this collection that was not originally developed by Bungie and it shows. I may be in the minority but I'm not crazy about some of the changes the subsequent developer, 343, introduced. My biggest complaint is the neutering of the weapons. In the first three Halo's, the weapons were neither absurdly overpowered nor underpowered. They were just right. There was a certain feel to the battles that made you feel confident, even on the hardest levels. In Halo 4, grenades are all but useless and enemies eat bullets like Skittles. Even grunts who were fun picking off with well-placed rounds in the first three campaigns, take a ridiculous amount of rounds to drop. And this is with both human and alien weaponry. As if reducing your weapons to the power of a pea shooter weren't bad enough, the toughest enemies now have these little guardians that provide shields and respawns. So after you've wasted all of your ammo putting a huge knight down, get ready to fight him again if you failed to first eliminate the annoying mechanical misquito buzzing above his head. And thye game can be cheap to no end. AI enemies will roll out of the way or take cover before you aim or throw a grenade. They also must have built-in bullet counters because they magically know whenever you will run out of rounds and will materialize next to you just as you fire your last round. Lastly, 343 saw fit to weaken the Master Chief's weapons while making enemy weapons ten times stronger. They have multiple weapons capable of obliterating #And I do mean that literally# the Master Chief with one shot. However, you never seem to have this same awesom epower if you pick up the weapon. Their grenades are ten times stronger. Comparing the MC grenades to the enemy's is like comparing the power of a sparkler to that of an M80. My last complaint with Halo 4 is Cortana. Her voice is more present in this version than all three prior versions combined. It got so annoying she actually beat out Peter Dinklage as most annoying video game voice of al ltime for me. It's enough to make me vow never to buy a Windows phone mainly because I couldn't bear hearing that voice every day. So that's it. Halo CE and Halo 2 were fun but disappointing at times, especially 2. Halo 3 was far and away the most enjoyable and my runaway fave from the pack. Halo 4. is the most visually stunning, most advanced and hhas the most content but it's lacking the fun factor of the prior three and Cortana starts to grate on you after a while. I didn't get into the multiplayer because it's been busted since.. well... forever. This isn't unique to Xbox because Little Big Planet 3 us in the exact same boat on the PS4, which I also own. If, like me, you're new to Xbox and want to see what all the fuss is about, I think Haalo MCC is definitely worth buying. Old or not, four campaigns on one disk, two of which are fairly modern, is pretty darn impressive. Just keep your expectations realistic and remember, none of these games were created after 2012.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Halo Goodness !!!

      Posted
      jjt7035
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      How do you describe one of the best gaming experiences of all time ? Epic ? Glorious ? Fantastic ? the list could go on and on and each one of those words and many more of praise would fit the Halo Master Chief Edition. Everything is here in this little box , Every one of the Master Chiefs adventures can be enjoyed on a single disk , in High Definition at 1080p and 60 fps. ALL of the games 1 - 4 are absolutely stunning . Halo 4 even looks as though it were made for this console , it was beautiful on the 360 but the power of the Xbox One has turned this game into a true master piece. If you play Halo 1 - 2 and feel that the graphics are kind of dated , just hit your select button on the controller and revert back to the original garphics , that should put everything into perspective for you and let you witness just the amount of work that went into recreating the games , but at the same time leaving them more or less intact as they were upon original release. I remember the first time I played Halo 1 -2 and remember just being amazed at the beauty of the games and the awesome gameplay itself. Now all these years later I'm playing these beloved games again , but not realizing what a graphical leap games have made since then , upon reverting back to the original release graphics is a shock and lets us know just how far we have come in gaming , in really a short amount of time. Halo 3 - 4 still feel like the modern games of today and still are far better than many games releasing now and in the future. Halo 3 still looks like Halo 3 except with more polish and detail that couldn't be achieved on the 360 , it's still such an amazing game that I have made many , many trips through with the Chief. Halo 4 is the real stand out , I thought it was a beautiful game on the 360 but on the Xbox One it just far surpasses the 360 version. Everything and every detail is amped up , colors , explosions , weapons fire , sounds , I mean absolutely everything. All of these games have been remade or touched up in some way and really my description of the detail in Halo 4 applies to all the games , it's just more dramatic in Halo 4 because it is the newer game. If you have never played Halo before the time is never better , With this collection you can experience The Halo saga in the best condition it has ever been. All four games , 100 multiplayer maps , all the downloadable content , Halo NightFall and the Halo 5 Beta , all on one console and one disk .. That is a HUGE amount of content for only 59.99.. There has never been a value like this before , it is worth every cent. I highly recommend this wonderful experience to anyone .. If you like a great story , it's here , if you just like First person shooters , it's got you covered , if you like beautiful games and exotic locations , it's got you covered on this front as well. This is a truly amazing game for everyone.. Solid 5 out of 5 EDIT : November 13 2014 , 4:40 am. - Halo CE in the Master Chief Collection complete , now its time to work on part 2 :) It a great time to be a Halo Fan , this collection is utterly fantastic !!! Edit : November 18 2014 , 4:50 am. - Halo 2 is now complete and I am reminded why this is praised as the best in the series.. The new graphics & cut sceens make this game look completely new and fresh. It's been so long since I've played this game that I had forgotten alot of the game. In reality it was like playing a game I have never played before.. AWESOME !!! Edit : November 24 2014 , 3:35 am - I just completed Halo 3 and it was just as much fun as my first countless playthroughs , even though it didn't get the anniversary treatment it still looks fabulous on the Xbox one at 1080p and 60fps. Everything is just buttery smooth.. I have also began my playthrough of Halo 4 and OMG , it looks like it was made for the Xbox One , it looks utterly FANTASTIC , I'm not over exagerating when I tell you it looks like a brand new next gen game..

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Unfinished Game

      Posted
      Travisamc
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This game was the main reason I purchased an Xbox One, and I'm glad I now like other games to make that purchase worth while. The Master Chief Collection is just plan unfinished, the multiplayer is the worst of the issues but also Campaign. Both are nearly unplayable, even after one month and 3 "updates". Issues like, - Un-even players per team, especially in ranked games (3vs5 - 4vs5) - Only half the game types are playable, 343 has taken the rest away for no telling how long. - Games crash before loading maps, 2 out of 10 games - Unusually long game search times th the at take between 2 - 10 minutes...or just crash - Your friends don't show as playing the same game in the "Roster" even though they actually are - Full game crash about every time game session - Parties don't stay together after matches, you need to invite your friends after every match - Campaign missions have been very buggy with audio and video cutting out. - Something as simple as naming your load outs (Halo 4) doesn't even work, if you want 2 words to name it... No go. Really wanted this game to be what I'd hoped for, but it just plain wasn't ready to be launched. Halo is one of the greatest game series of all time and I've been a fan from the 1st time I played over 13 years ago. I'm no game programmer but it seems like the process of combining all 4 games and multiplayer is the issue. 343 might have cut down the games too much to make this fit on the one disc but I'm just speculating. Their updates so far haven't made much of a difference beside improving game load times for matches...needs much more work! Never again will I waste the money and time of pre ordering a game, especially with game designers don't care enough about us gamers to give a finished game. No game can be shipped out perfect since they are quite complex now days but the MCC is just way to bad and nearly unplayable.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Halo MCC Worth Getting?

      Posted
      Crucial82
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The answer is an overwhelming yes. All the major issues that plagued the game during it's first few months after release have been corrected and have made the game a more positive experience than it was back then. This collection provides the owner with content and that's putting it lightly. As stated, you get all 4 campaigns, every single multi-player map. Yes, the multiplayer does work now. Wait times last about 30 seconds, worst being 60 seconds. Not like at launch where you would have to wait 20 plus minutes. And some of the content that was missing at launch has been added, so there's even more content than ever before. There are still some minor issues that I've come across, one being, to make the multiplayer matchmaking process more functional, after every match, you get taken back to the multiplayer menu screen to restart another search. Meaning if you find a decent squad, chances of staying together without partying up is slim. Another issue I've encountered is due to all the video vignettes that play through every menu screen, it causes a slow down of certain items or screens, so the response time isn't immediate. Not really a major issue but does get to be a bit annoying at times. So, if you have hesitated in getting the game because of all the issues that it had in the beginning, I can attest that almost all of it has been corrected and truly makes this collection worth getting. Halo MCC provides content to just about every type of gamer out there; whether you are a single player lover, a multiplayer combatant, or an achievement hunter, it has something for everyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All the great Halo games - now on Xbox One

      Posted
      slumpyjohn300
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Halo: The Master Chief collection delivers the best that Halo has to offer and boy oh boy does it look good in glorious HD! What's not changed: All the maps, the story, and every area of the games as you remember them are here. It's all been kept in tact perfectly. What's changed: *Graphical overhaul on all four games, more so on Halo 2 then any of the bunch and honestly that's the one that has always been the fan favorite and Microsoft did go all out to clean it up and it looks amazing. *The cut scenes have also had an overhaul in Halo 2 which have been nicely redone here by Blur Studio, they are also slightly longer then the original. *Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer uses the six remastered maps, while a standard Halo 2 multiplayer includes all of the game's released maps with a full graphical update but no remastering. * The Collection multiplayer includes Mission Setlists, curated lists of levels selected from throughout the series. Extra content: *Access to Halo Nightfall *Access to Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Beta (not available until Dec 29th) Overall if you love Halo you're buying this collection. It set the bar and it's not lost it's appeal after all these years. This is pure fan service at it's finest and it's worth all the hype, and all the wait, and makes buying an Xbox ONE a worthy purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Nostalgia Ruined by Incomplete Multiplayer

      Posted
      Fakeian
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The single player experience is great - fans of the Halo franchise, or newcomers will be getting the best Halo experience available. The games look great running at 1080p, especially the first 2 which have benefited from a lot of improvements during their individual re-masterings. It's great to instantly switch between "classic" and "remastered" visuals - though it's odd that Halo 1 won't let you do it during cutscenes even though Halo 2 will. Multiplayer, however, is a mess. Having worked in game development for almost 10 years, with Microsoft even, I wouldn't have imagined a game with this many bugs would actually get launched in this state. To date I have never successfully played a multiplayer match because every time I have tried I have met some kind of disastrous issue. For example: I bought this game for my brothers and I to enjoy together (we live in separate cities/states) - we formed a Party, joined matchmaking together, and somehow each ended up in separate games. Issues like that and a range of other baffling bugs (loss of control on load, crashes, loss of voice chat for no explanation)... It just makes this a really hard recommendation. It especially sucks to come in to a game thinking it's 5/5 stars, a great experience, just to hit these bugs and feel like the carpets been pulled out from beneath you. I still feel ripped off and I don't think Microsoft is doing anything quickly enough to remedy the situation. The patch to fix many of these bugs has been delayed... and they announce plans to compensate players who bought the game *literally* a day before I did. It's insulting to suggest a "cut off" for reparations when literally EVERYONE who bought this game is suffering from the same poor quality. I'll be more hesitant to continue supporting 343 with Halo 5 - especially after seeing how the beta only rendered at 720p. Come on!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Fails to capture what made Halo so great

      Posted
      ElGrapadora13
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      First off, this game's rating is very skewed. Tons of people rated it 5-stars before it was even released. Everyone plays through the campaigns, but what Halo is really about is the online play. Halo revolutionized online gaming with their ranking system and lobby setup. However, the MCC fails miserably with multiplayer. First, there's only one ranked lobby, though there are supposedly many more on the way. My all-time favorite is SWAT, but being put in the same game as others who would rank MUCH higher than me is absolutely no fun. Certain game types absolutely need ranked lobbies. Second, you have to join a new lobby after every single game. No more staying with the same group game after game. You're not likely to make any new friends online, because you're not matched with them long enough to notice who's who. Having to join a new lobby also increases the amount of time you wait for a new game, since the system is trying to group up to 16 new people instead of just adding a few to replace those who left. And speaking of waiting for a game, I spend probably twice as much time waiting for a game than I do actually playing. Sometimes it sets up a game just fine. Sometimes it drops half the players as it's loading the map. Sometimes it just sits forever looking for more players. Many times, I get bored of waiting and decided to do something else. As far as the campaigns go, they're mostly good. There is some rare freezing, and Halo: CE is a little glitchy in ways (Covenant running into corners, weapons getting stuck on slopes, etc.), but still totally playable. If you're hoping for great online play, wait a while for the bugs to be worked out.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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