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Microsoft is ready to bring its flagship character, Master Chief, to its Xbox One console. It’s the perfect time for loyal Halo fans to jump back into the fight, as well as the perfect time for the uninitiated to see what all the fuss is about. Set for a November 11th release with a price tag of $59.99, Microsoft is strategically bringing its heavy-hitting title to shelves just in time for the holiday season in hopes of boosting Xbox One sales.
With the release of Halo 5: Guardians not making its next-gen release until the fall of 2015, faithful followers of the Halo series will have the opportunity to play the entire Master Chief series on their Xbox One console.
Packaged on just one disc, the collection will include Master Chief’s campaigns in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, where each title will take full advantage of the Xbox One’s power. Each game will run at 60 frames per second, and will be revamped graphically to display in 1080p.
Each game will benefit from the Xbox One revamp, with better shadowing capabilities, lighting effects, and a better level of detail that was not possible on previous Xbox consoles. Finally, the multiplayer that has made Halo titles so popular in the past will feature over 100 maps that span the four games, and run on the Halo 2 engine.
Halo 2: Anniversary
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also being released just in time for 343 Industries to include a Halo 2 Anniversary edition within the Master Chief collection. Halo 2 was originally released in 2004 on the original Xbox. With the 10 year reunion, The Halo 2: Anniversary edition packaged within the collection will get an extra dose of polish from the developers. All of the cinematics within the campaign will be handled by Blur Studios, who are making the cut-scenes look as if you’re watching a movie.
Another great feature of the anniversary edition is the fact that gamers will have the ability to swap between Halo 2’s original visual presentation from 2004, to what it looks and feels like 10 years later, with just a touch of a button on your controller. What’s also great is that six of the most popular Halo 2 multiplayer map environments are going to be remade from the ground up just for the Xbox One.
With all this content on one disc, you’re probably wondering how you’ll be able to navigate through the different menus and games easily. Well, 343 Industries has you covered with its “Master Menu.” With this menu, each game’s entire campaign will be unlocked from the get-go. Players will be able to seamlessly move from game to game and play their favorite levels.
The multiplayer will also benefit from this menu, because it will offer different playlist options and features for each game. With over a decade of content jam packed onto one disc, the master menu will make it easy for you to get to what you want to play.
Great for New Players
This collection of all of the Halo titles featuring Master Chief is perfect for new gamers to become a part of the Halo universe. New players will have the ability to play through each of Master Chief’s campaigns that span the four games. After the first mission in Halo: Combat Evolved, these new players will see what the fuss has been over the series for the last 13 years.
Whether you are brand new to the series, or a seasoned Spartan, this collection will have everything you need to keep you locked and loaded (and left to diagnose your own burgeoning Haloaddiction) until the release of Halo 5: Guardians.
A Must-Own for the Xbox One
To bump the sales of the Xbox One to compete with the PlayStation 4, Microsoft is finally releasing a title that all Xbox One owners are going to want. I remember when I was 10 years old back when Halo: Combat Evolved was out. I went over to friend’s house who had an Xbox and the game. I never had played an Xbox or Halo before this moment, and the game was the only reason why I went out and bought an Xbox the next day.
Without the Halo series, who knows if Microsoft would have continued to create video game consoles? The original Halo drove the original Xbox console sales, and Microsoft is hoping for a repeat with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
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