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13. Jun, 2014 15:13 (HKT)

Play-Asia.com E3 Hype Train: Halo: The Master Chief Collection!


E3 is that time of year where gamers gush over all the new titles, graphics, gameplay, and generally nerd out to our absolute favorite thing in the world: video games. We at Play-Asia.com are no different, and throughout this week we will be stopping the Hype Train at all our favorite E3 stops!


HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION

Xbox ONE

In a salute to fans, Master Chief's entire story is finally available on one system! The Master Chief Collection will be featuring a beautifully re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4,  the new digital series Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta -- seriously guys, this is the full Halo experience.

It seems Microsoft and 343 Industries' goal with MCC is to familiarize new players with the expansive story in preparation for Halo 5's release, but they are doing so much more than just upgrading some textures. Halo 2 will have extra narrative points scattered throughout the game, a sort of breadcrumb trail left by the developers to give players a deeper and more detailed understanding of the Arbiter.  Blur Studio is also creating a narrative for the prologue and epilogue of the Master Chief Collection as well as roughly 50 minutes of cinematic footage; designed for those who haven't delved into the franchise's vast amounts of expanded fiction. 

Returning veterans (all players, really) will enjoy the fact that every campaign mission from every game is unlocked from the start! This gives 343 Industries the chance to introduce curated playlists that allows you to jump around the best moments from all four games' campaigns back to back. 

Like it's predecessor you will be able to instantly switch between old and new graphics, and when they say instantly they mean it. There is no pause when you make the swap, in fact the live demo during the presentation showed the player jumping back and forth between the two, in the middle of battle, with no technical repercussions. 

The Halo love doesn't slow down there: every map that's ever shipped for a Halo game is included in the MCC, that even includes maps that were exclusive to PC ports of the first two titles. Six of Halo 2's classic maps have received a complete graphical overhaul. 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes:

- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Halo 2: Anniversary
- Halo 3
- Halo 4
- Halo: Nightfall (Digital Series)
- Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta


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