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5:00 PM on 11.14.2014

343 'working 24/7' to fix Halo matchmaking issues

If I owned an Xbox One, I'd be digging into Halo: The Master Chief Collection right about now. Well, attempting to, anyway: the compilation has issues with multiplayer matchmaking taking forever or otherwise not working as i...

Jordan Devore


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Halo 5: Guardians has left me oddly cold and worried photo
Halo 5: Guardians has left me oddly cold and worried
by Abel Girmay

I am not opposed to change. While certain circles of Halo fans find it popular to hate Halo 4, I've always appreciated what 343 Industries did with that game. Sprint was a logical next step to character movement, while loadout abilities such as shielding, dexterity, and promethean vision felt like natural additions to Halo's formula.

With Halo 5: Guardians, well, I'm not quite so excited with what 343 is doing. During my time with Guardians I often struggled to find that feeling of playing a Halo game.

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Here's how Halo: Combat Evolved's PC multiplayer looks on Xbox One photo
Here's how Halo: Combat Evolved's PC multiplayer looks on Xbox One
by Bill Zoeker

At a recent Xbox event, I got to play a bunch of multiplayer stuff in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I was caught off guard when we were suddenly dropped into the online multiplayer for Halo: Combat Evolved's PC version, which was added to this Xbox One anthology to compensate for the original Xbox version's lack of online play. Naturally, when I posted this video on YouTube, there were a bunch of angry comments from people who got confused and thought of tricking them into thinking The Master Chief Collection was on PC to scam clicks because they have trouble comprehending sentence structure. Sigh. Anyway, Halo is cool.

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Review: Halo: The Master Chief Collection photo
Review: Halo: The Master Chief Collection
by Chris Carter

Although Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was a noble effort to remaster the original game that brought first-person shooters on consoles into a post-Goldeneye era, I couldn't help but feel a bit underwhelmed by the overall package.

I enjoyed the idea of replaying the original, but there weren't enough bells and whistles to keep me interested for a lengthy period of time. Enter the Master Chief Collection, which not only gives you the remake of the first game, but a fully-featured remaster of Halo 2, as well as Halo 3 and 4.

I never thought I'd see the day when four major Halo games are under one roof [disc], but here we are. With promises of full 1080p support and 60 frames-per-second across every game, Halo: The Master Chief Collection follows through where it counts, and is now the new standard for remakes.

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7:00 PM on 11.04.2014

I didn't make it all the way through the Halo 2 documentary

343 and Run Studios' hour-long Halo 2: Anniversary documentary is now up on YouTube. I enjoyed the first 20 minutes, a nostalgic look at the original game and its sequel with fun behind-the-scenes tidbits sprinkled throughou...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Master Chief Collection's multiplayer ranking system is just like Halo 2's

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is going to include a whole lot of multiplayer action. That's what happens when you cram four separate games into one bundle -- all of them renowned for their competitive play. As such, ...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 10.29.2014

Halo 2 Anniversary's new cutscenes look so damn good

Blur Studio has been killing it lately. You might not know the company by name, but as someone who plays modern videogames you'll surely recognize the company's visual effects. When Halo 2 Anniversary debuts in The Master Ch...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 10.28.2014

The Master Chief Collection's remastered Halo 2 maps look beautiful

Microsoft is calling Blood Gulch, and its successor Coagulation, the quintessential multiplayer Halo map, and I have to agree. After spending hundreds of hours playing LAN games in the original Halo on it, it was easily ...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

I'm down for this Halo 2 Anniversary making-of documentary

You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.10.2014

It's going to take so long to unlock every Achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

After looking over IGN's full list of Achievements in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, yeah, I won't be earning all 4,000 (!) Gamerscore points. Hell, I knew that after reading the literal first Achievement description: "Co...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 10.10.2014

343 Industries fixes Halo 4 achievement glitch...after months of waiting

In the grand scheme of things, achievements don't really matter a whole lot, but if they're included in games, you probably expect them to...work. Well that wasn't the case with eight achievements in Halo 4, which were comple...

Chris Carter





2:30 PM on 10.08.2014

Warlock is the final Master Chief Collection map to be revamped

Six maps from Halo 2 are being given preferential treatment when Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on November 11. The previously revealed ones are Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar, Sanctuary, and Lockout. ...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 10.03.2014

Halo: CE's PC-only maps will be in The Master Chief Collection

In a short FAQ on its blog, 343 Industries notes that the maps previously exclusive to Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 on PC will in fact be a part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Weapons like the Fuel Rod Gun and Flame...

Jordan Devore



Master Chief Collection seems to deliver on most of its promises photo
Master Chief Collection seems to deliver on most of its promises
by Bill Zoeker

I recently got to check out Halo: The Master Chief Collection at an Xbox event, which gave me a big ol' happy, because I love me some sweet, sweet Covie-killing action. In 343 Industries' presentation, they spent half of the time talking about The Halo Channel, which seems neat if you're into that sort of thing, but it rather bores me. They also informed us that Halo 3 and Halo 4 are being up-scaled to 1080p, and touched up a bit with current-gen lighting effects and such.

The main focus of the Halo showing was, of course, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition. We saw a sample of the cutscenes from this overhaul, all of which are being redone, and which looks incredible compared to the original. We also got to put our hands on some of the multiplayer, which feels just like the original, with the exception of the Gungoose.

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Straight hour of Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer photo
Straight hour of Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer
by Steven Hansen

343 Industries has shown off about an hour of the re-mastered Sanctuary and Ascension maps from Halo 2: Anniversary, which is one part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Halo 1-4) coming to Xbox One in November. 

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The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise photo
The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise
by Brett Makedonski

Xbox's flagship franchise isn't something that Microsoft's going to stray from anytime soon. Why would it? If there was any doubt about Halo's lasting appeal, it was dashed with the E3 reveal of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Life was suddenly jolted into fans of the franchise as many that weren't on-board with the Xbox One resigned themselves to getting the console primarily to pick up the four-in-one package.

As The Master Chief Collection provides an experience that ties together the included titles, Microsoft wants to offer a means to tie together everything Halo that fans could possibly want. At the company's gamescom 2014 press briefing, The Halo Channel was introduced, and during a speed run meeting with 343 Industries, we got a better glimpse at what it'll be like.

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