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Halo: Master Chief Collection

How many times is it now that Master Chief and the Halo franchise have girded their virtual loins to save Xbox in its hour of need?

Halo: Master Chief Collection

Game on

This year the responsibility falls to the Master Chief Collection. An almighty package of all things Bungie and 343 Industries that throws together Halo 1-4 in an orgy of alien blood-letting. While not quite offered at the optimal 1080p / 60fps throughout, it will still keep its fans happy, most notably through Halo: Combat Evolved’s online multiplayer and some slick new Halo 2 cutscenes.

As if purists need any more of an excuse to start frothing at the mouth, the icing on the cake is the inclusion of every multiplayer map and mode – including the Forge map editor – from all four titles. Even better, the map rotation can ebb-and-flow between the full array of arenas, as your heart desires.

Halo: Master Chief Collection

Combat Evolved Anniversary

The combined package is a fitting homage to some truly excellent online battlefields that still feel fresh as ever. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if MCC is the last light turned off when the Xbox One comes to its end. Just as Halo 2 was played long into the last goodnight of the original Xbox.

As far as the single player component is concerned, it's likely that most will gravitate towards Halo 2 given the time that's elapsed since its last release.

Halo: Master Chief Collection

Halo 2 vs Elite

Those new cutscenes alone make it well worth a look, even if its end game is still disconcertingly sudden. Yet there are a couple of issues present throughout the series that become apparent when each title is played in rapid succession.

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