Well, after having played The MCC for a few days now, I’m ready to share my thoughts on it so far. Continue reading to see what I have to say!
First off, the thought of having four campaigns, four multiplayer experiences, about a hundred multiplayer maps, and three forge modes is astounding. Oh yeah, they are also all at a silky smooth 60 FPS, all on one disc, all for $60. So much content!
The campaigns are just as great as they were the first time you played them. However, it is Halo 2 that gets the most love, with completely remastered graphics, and stunning CGI cutscenes. Like Halo CE Anniversary before it, Halo 2 Anniversary lets you switch between the remastered graphics, and the classic graphics, all with the press of a button. In Halo CEA, if you switched graphics, the screen would fade to black, and then then the graphics would be switched. This time, the switch is instantaneous, so you can see the changes much more easily this time around. Ten years really shows because the difference between H2’s classic graphics, and the remastered graphics is staggering. I often find myself flipping between the two graphics very frequently. It is just too much fun to see the change in graphical quality.
As for the other three games, the Halo CE campaign is Halo CE Anniversary, so you can switch between classic and remastered graphics in Halo CE as well. Halo 3 and Halo 4 look about the same, but being upscaled to 1080p and running at 60 FPS really helps them both look a bit better.
Now, onto the multiplayer. As I’m sure you all are well aware, the multiplayer (Matchmaking in particular), is quite broken right now. Whether it be Matchmaking taking forever to find you a match, the teams being uneven, experiencing frequent lag, being unable to join friends, or a plethora of other issues, it is well known that The MCC’s multiplayer isn’t working the way it should be, and it is very frustrating. Many people bought The MCC to play some classic Halo multiplayer with their friends, and unfortunately, most of us are simply unable to do that right now. I can say that 343i is working on an update that will hopefully fix many of these issues, and the update should be out sometime next week.
It’s weird. Even though this is completely unacceptable, and 343i deserves all the harsh criticism they have been receiving, I’m honestly not that upset about the multiplayer problems. Yes, it is frustrating, yes, I understand why people are extremely angry about this, and yes, it should not have happened in the first place, but I just don’t feel that pissed off about it. I guess, the way I see it, there is plenty else for me to do in the meantime. There are the four great campaigns to play through, I have been playing Custom Games with friends since there are far less issues with Customs than with Matchmaking, or I can mess around with H2A’s fantastic new Forge mode. So yeah, even though it really sucks that multiplayer is broken at the moment, there is still plenty else to do in The MCC until 343i fixes this.
I’m not trying to come off as a 343i apologist or a fanboy, because I totally understand the anger people have with all the multiplayer issues. This anger is completely warranted since 343i should have done a better job to find these problems and fix them before release.
Alright, now that I got that out of the way, when the multiplayer does work, it is fantastic. Being able to play Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and now Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer from one disc under one User Interface is incredible. If and when 343i fixes this, it will be the best multiplayer experience on Xbox One, bar none.
So, what does this all mean? It means that if you are a Halo fan, then The Master Chief Collection is an absolute must-buy, no doubt about it. Alright, that’s cool and all, but when should you buy it? Well, that depends on what you will be getting The MCC for. If you plan on getting it primarily for the multiplayer, then you may want to hold off on buying it until the multiplayer is running the way it is supposed to. However, if you want it for the complete Master Chief saga, Forge, Custom Games, or the sheer value you get for the price of one game, then go ahead and buy it right away.
In my opinion, The Master Chief Collection is still a great addition to the Halo franchise, broken multiplayer and all. If you can look past the multiplayer issues, it is clear that this game is well worth the $60, especially for Halo fans. Let’s just hope that 343i fixes the multiplayer very soon, so then we can all put this behind us and get to enjoying The Master Chief Collection to its fullest.