Review – Halo: Master Chief Collection Part 1(Campaigns)

Before you continue – know this. I have ONLY spent about an hours worth of time with the Multiplayer and therefore don’t feel it’s the right time to comment on it. The 15GB patch was supposed to be out earlier this week but was delayed and it wasn’t until yesterday that I had the opportunity to play with some member of the 343 team. AWESOME guys there.

My relationship with the Halo series has been going on longer than most people’s marriages. In the past 13yrs I’ve played everything in the franchise, I’ve read books and I was even there when the online gaming community was forever changed with the release of Halo 2 on Xbox Live! I still have a copy of every game(Except Anniversary edition) and every year when when spring cleaning comes around I think “this is the year I’m going to treat myself to a Halo gaming marathon” and here we are. I’ve done it thanks to Halo: Master Chief Collection.

Firing up the series – got me a little giddy. I was finally reliving the series from start to finish but with updated graphics and man have they ever outdone themselves. Halo Anniversary Edition, which I did NOT own was immediately apparent to me just all the work they had done. The sound was cleaner, lighting fresher and more dynamic. Want to see just how big a difference there is? There’s even a button that loads the original sound and video files which I found to be a little piece of genius. The Halo 3 and Halo 4 were noticeably cleaner looking but nowhere near the same jump as the previous 2. Needless to say from a graphical and sound point of view – they’ve done an amazing job though admittedly, I did notice some considerable framerate slowdown when fighting the flood making them pop in Halo 1. That may have been corrected in the latest patch but I haven’t gone back to it to check. The rest of the game is silky smoothe.

While playing through the MASSIVE collection , memories of college came flooding back to me. The wonder and excitement and remembering who I was playing certain levels with and where I was even during these moments was a piece of nostalgia bliss. HOWEVER, also with some of these memories came rushing back to me with some of the frustrations I had with the series. In the original title there’s no real direction ever given and I found myself wasting time and wandering around like a fool more than a few occasions just like I did 13yrs ago in the EXACT same places. I struggled with the flood, unable to find health packs (admittedly I had forgotten about them many times) JUST like I did so many years ago and the long slog through Halo 2’s ‘Gravemind’. When talking to the guys at 343 during our playthrough, I asked about that and they confirmed what I had already known and that was they wanted to keep the core gameplay exactly as it was released so many years ago.

Seeing the latest trend of rehashing/remastering games the last little while, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value than Halo: Master Chief Collection. With over 100 MP maps 4 games that span well over 30+hrs of single player , Cooperative game play, Halo: Nightfall a VOD series, the various Halo videos that can be found throughout the games this is something that anyone will enjoy through the long months of winter ahead.

 

Feed Your Console gives Halo: Master Chief Collection a 9 out of 10

Pros:
Updated graphics and sound are amazing (check the button that switches)
120 MP maps will keep you glued to your couch
Replaying the series from start during the leadup to Halo Guardians is awesome. You may even see some new story tying directly into the VOD series and Guardians
Hour after hour this game will stay in your system for months to come

Cons:
Framerate issues during Halo 1 while fighting the flood
Navigating some levels in Halo 1 and 2 were frustrating today just as they were 13 and 10yrs ago.

Halo Legends: The Prototype

Halo LegendsHalo Legends Preview #2 is up and ready to be viewed.

In “The Prototype,” human marines struggling to defend a secret weapons research facility from invading Covenant troops are finally ordered to destroy everything rather than let the weapons and valuable navigational data fall into the hands of the Covenant. In a desperate but noble sacrifice, a war-torn officer dons the prototype suit of powered armor being developed at the facility in a last-second gambit to buy time for his soldiers to escape. The episode plays to the strengths of Bones impressive ability to represent aerial and mecha-style combat.

Watch the Preview: Halo Legends: The Prototype

Halo Legends: The Babysitter Teaser

Below you will find links to the opening 1:47-second clip from “The Babysitter” episode of “Halo Legends.” ”

“The Babysitter” focuses on the intense rivalry between the ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) and the Spartans. When given an assignment to assassinate a high-ranking Covenant Prophet, a four-man team of ODSTs must accept a Spartan Sniper to their strike force. Each discipline learns something important about the other as the mission progresses into hostile territory – and old rivalries must be reexamined if the mission is to succeed. The episode emphasizes the differences in ability and style between the two soldier types, and features a few familiar faces – Dutch from Halo 3: ODST and his teammates Private O’Brien, Master Sergeant Cortez and Corporal Checkman.

Now that your stoked for Halo Legends you can dive right into the mythology of the upcoming episodic Halo Legends release by participating in the Halo Legends Heroes Journey Sweepstakes.

This is already underway so don’t delay any longer… Fans are invited to make an active search for special codes on the film’s social networking pages, and entrants will be eligible to win the coveted grand prize – an exclusive, behind-the-scenes trip to Microsoft’s 343 Industries, the production company behind Halo Legends. Other prizes include the Xbox 360 Elite, as well as Blu-rays and DVDs of the film, which will be released by Warner Home Video on February 16, 2010.

Hit up these sites and find the Daily Codes: http://HaloLegendsDVD.com, http://facebook.com/HaloLegendsDVD, http://myspace.com/HaloLegendsDVD and http://twitter.com/HaloLegendsDVD. Collect up to four distinct codes each day and get access to Halo Legends virtual trading cards and earn yourself additional sweepstakes entries. The cards are organized into sets which, upon completion, grant to exclusive content (video clips, still images, information) from the Halo Legends movie. In addition, each card expands in size and provides additional details about its place in the episodic film.

Grand Prize:
One (1) lucky winner plus one (1) guest to take a 3-day/2-night journey of their own to 343 Industries in Redmond, WA for a private screening and a chance to meet some of the creative team behind Halo Legends. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will receive an Xbox 360 Elite and Halo Legends on 2-Disc DVD or Blu-ray. There will also be three (3) First Prize winners who will receive an Xbox 360 Elite and a Halo Legends on 2-disc DVD or Blu-ray. Ten (10) Second Prize winners will receive a Halo Legends standard edition DVD. The sweepstakes is open to all residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Visit http://HLSweeps.com/Rules.html for official rules.

New Halo 3 Reach Screens

The fresh screens from the upcoming Halo Reach have just made available to us and we are eager to share them with you.

Halo 3 Reach – Noble Team:

Halo 3 Reach - Noble Team

Halo 3 Reach – Truckin’:

Halo 3 Reach - Truckin'

Halo 3 Reach – Battle of Kiva:

Halo 3 Reach - Battle of Kiva

Halo 3 Reach – Skirmishers:

Halo Reach - Skirmishers

Halo 3 Reach – Sniper:

Halo Reach - Sniper

Halo 3 Reach – Environment:

Halo Reach - Environment