Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review Roundup


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OXM: 9/10 – Astonishing value for money, although those that have already finished the fight on previous Xboxes should think hard on whether they’d be better off investing their money on new experiences.
  • IGN: No score – I need a lot more multiplayer reps on real-world servers before I can render my final verdict – I’ve been having a lot of difficulty connecting to custom matches, and matchmaking hasn’t even been switched on yet. However, assuming that’s fixed ahead of launch, Halo: The Master Chief Collection seems on track to pass its fan-service test with flying colors.
  • Polygon: 9.5/10 – 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.
  • ShackNews: 8/10 – 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 newcomers.
  • Metro: 8/10 – Here is a chance to experience one of the most important media franchises ever made from beginning to end, and if a few aspects don’t seem quite as cutting edge as they used to we think that’s something even the series’ detractors will forgive.
  • The Verge: No score – Halo fans will want to pick it up because these are the best versions of all four games to date, with the neat bonus of access to the Halo 5 beta next month. Series newcomers will find this collection the perfect entry point, too, with a ton of content to play on a console that – like the PlayStation 4 – still doesn’t have a ton.
  • Destructoid: 9/10 – A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won’t cause massive damage to what is a supreme title. This is the new gold standard for remakes. Well done, 343 Industries.
  • VideoGamer: No score – 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.



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