XBOX ONE Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Last updated date: July 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Halo: The Master Chief Collection placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 25, 2019:
Checkout The Best Multiplayer Game for a detailed review of all the top multiplayer games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
2,374 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Master Chief Collection makes good on most of its promises. It packs in four full games’ worth of single-player and co-op action, all spruced up and running better than ever befor
- IGN
November 6, 2014 | Full review
1080, 60 frame-per-second goodness
- Tech Spot
Halo has never controlled poorly or slowly, the higher frame rate is a universally positive improvement, making for even more responsive controls and games that feel faster as a result.
- Polygon
November 7, 2014 | Full review
Whether you're exploring the African jungles of Halo 3 or hurling toward a Forerunner planet in Halo 4, these not-so-old Halo games feel even more fresh at 1080p and 60 fps.
- Tom's Guide
November 13, 2014 | Full review
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is not just a game, but a history lesson like no other. It's a glorious, beautifully executed folly that lets you wallow in the Halo universe like never before.
- Pocket-lint
November 10, 2014 | Full review
In Multiplayer, there really is too much to go into. There’s over 100 maps –and while some are a little weak, Bungie’s strengths were easy to see, and its ability to create a competitive multiplayer experience across a number of maps is replicated in a number of ways in HMCC.
- Movies Games And Tech
At 1080p and 60 frames per second, Halo 2's original multiplayer is a heck of a thing to have back, and it stands alongside Halo 3 as the core, peak substance of Halo's online game.
- Euro Gamer
The Master Chief collection is every bit as generous with its multiplayer, dishing out HD reworkings of key maps from Halo 2 along with that game’s multiplayer modes, plus all the maps and modes from Halo Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. You can opt to play multiplayer from a specific game or take a mix and match approach.
- Trusted Reviews
November 7, 2014 | Full review
This is the best the four main Halo games have ever looked. Each game runs at a super smooth 60 frames per second, and three of the four hit the magical 1080p resolution.
- Windows Central
What experts didn't like
It saddens me that, because of its early online multiplayer problems, what should’ve been a celebration of the return of Halo’s old-school multiplayer greatness is currently an exercise in frustration.
- IGN
November 6, 2014 | Full review
No Halo: Reach or ODST
- Tech Spot
Some supplementary content is disappointing in its absence, given the otherwise comprehensive nature of The Master Chief Collection. There's a distinct lack of making-of and documentary content, which is surprising, given how meticulously watched and tracked the makings of Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 were. There's a cornucopia of collector's edition content that shipped with those games that's nowhere to be found here.
- Polygon
November 7, 2014 | Full review
The game's first few days in public hands have been riddled with online matchmaking issues. Many players (including myself) reported having to wait an excruciatingly long time before being placed in a match, if they were even placed in one at all.
- Tom's Guide
November 13, 2014 | Full review
Anniversary versions don’t get Master Chief’s head-up display quite right
- Pocket-lint
November 10, 2014 | Full review
Halo 3 is a little more awkward. Visually, it’s now the least impressive game in the collection, too recent to be touched by high-resolution textures and effects, but too old to not look dated; a reminder that Bungie wouldn’t really master the Xbox 360 until its final Halo, Halo: Reach.
- Trusted Reviews
November 7, 2014 | Full review
My only gripe UI-wise is that after completing a campaign mission, players can't immediately choose to return to the main menu. The game always starts the next mission before it allows users to quit.
- Windows Central

From The Manufacturer

XBOX Game Pass Members – Download and play by selecting 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' under 'In this bundle'. For the first time ever, The Master Chief's entire story is on one console. Featuring a re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, and new digital series, Halo: Nightfall, this is the definitive Halo experience. The Complete Master Chief Story – Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, the Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 are all included with a total of 45 campaign missions plus more than 100 multiplayer (including the original Halo Combat Evolved maps) and Spartan Ops maps. Now updated with Xbox One X enhancements to provide up to 4K UHD and HDR support, this is the collection Halo fans have been waiting for!*

Overall Product Rankings

1. Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Capcom Monster Hunter: World
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
5. XBOX ONE Grand Theft Auto V
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
6. XBOX ONE Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
7. PS4 Injustice: Gods Among Us
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
8. PS4 Days Gone (Bend Studio)
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
9. PS4 Jump Force
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 9
10. PS4 Fallout 76
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Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Multiplayer Games

You’ve been a gamer for years, honing your skills and dominating at even the higher levels. Only competing against yourself can get old, though. Your competitive spirit wants to go head to head with other gamers at your skill level.

At one time, playing against someone else meant sitting side by side, sharing a console. That isn’t always practical, though, especially as you get older and your gaming time is limited. Fortunately, the internet has made multiplayer gaming virtual. From the comfort of your home, you can compete against players on the other side of the world.

Most multiplayer games will match you with others who have a similar skillset. You can even form a team that you regularly play. This team may be made up of strangers, friends or a combination of both, but knowing they might be online brings a social element to gaming that you wouldn’t have in single-player mode. One of the best things about multiplayer mode is that some games let you chat with your fellow players, so make sure your game features this before you buy.

Of course, the top decider when you’re looking for a multiplayer game will relate to how well you like the game itself. Many big-name games now offer multiplayer mode, so chances are you can find a game you like that will give you this feature. For multiplayer mode, though, you’ll need to make sure the storyline is built for working in teams. If not, you may find the experience is less than satisfying.

If you have a mobile gaming device like a Nintendo Switch, you’ll find the multiplayer options are more flexible. You’ll be more likely to be playing your team in person, so it will be set up to accommodate that as well as the option of playing online. Look into the multiplayer options for games that sound interesting to you and choose one that seems like it would be fun.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you have a Nintendo Switch, multiplayer mode is part of a suite of features designed to bring friends together. Even when you aren’t playing, you can launch a chat with one of your online friends, although you’ll need a mobile app to do so. You can also pair one of your Joy-Cons with your Android phone, Mac or PC and play there. You’ll need a Nintendo Online subscription to go online and play in multiplayer mode. But once you’re set up, you can input the friend code of the person you want to play with, and they’ll receive an invitation to join you.

The Multiplayer Game Buying Guide

  • If you want the game with the best multiplayer experience, check out PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” You’ll get the choice of several different modes, including Control, which pits two teams against each other to alternate between attack and defense. Heist has two 5v5 teams that compete to capture a bag of cash, and Hardpoint puts two 5v5 teams against each other to capture and hold various objectives on the map.
  • XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” has a new online multiplayer experience, which brings other players into the game. You’ll have the choice of joining a posse to complete missions together or play in Free Roam mode, where you can invite people to your session if you want to hang out while playing. If you choose the Quick Join option, you can quickly be matched with someone who can join you on missions.
  • If you want to participate in PS4’s “Monster Hunter: World’s” multiplayer options, you first should create a squad. Invite all the people you want on your squad and choose a clever name. You’ll then be set up to join a session in progress. You’ll just select Squad Session Search and, if one is in progress, jump right in if you want.
  • With Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” you have multiple options for joining others in your gameplay. If you’re in person, you can launch a local wireless game with up to eight players by linking up your Nintendo Switches. Online play gives you the option of playing against up to four players, matched based on your preferred rules and Global Smash Power. If you want to play with friends, just set up a private room, or you can play against only one friend who also has a Switch by setting up a single console and playing online in two-player mode.
  • “Call of Duty” has long been a gamer favorite, but PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is better than ever. Not only does it provide multiplayer mode, but it has fluid shooting and a smaller map that intensifies the game. With this release, multiplayer moves to the next level, combining great gunplay with the ability to be more tactical in your gameplay.
  • One of the best things about XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is that no matter how many hours you play, it never gets old. The story is full of twists and turns, ensuring that no two gaming sessions will be alike. One of the best things about XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2,” though, is the beautiful, vast, realistic depictions of various American landscapes. You’ll truly feel immersed in the world.
  • PS4’s “Monster Hunter: World” is also impressive for its landscapes. This third-person action game will let you choose between high-resolution gameplay, if you have a 4K display or framerate gameplay to ensure your combat is as smooth as possible. In addition to the breathtaking visual detail, you’ll also enjoy the ongoing downloadable content updates you’ll get once you buy the game, ensuring you’ll always have something to anticipate.
  • Impressive, customizable music sets Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” apart from competitors. Choose what you want to hear and start playing. You’ll also get familiar characters and fast, fluid action that will keep even the most experienced gamers satisfied.
  • One complaint with PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is that its quest to dominate the multiplayer experience has come at the expense of single-player mode. PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” doesn’t have a single-player campaign. If you plan to play in single-player mode, you may be disappointed. The overall goal of the developers is to eventually have a game that you can play solo or in groups and do completely away with the single/multiplayer binary.