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Reliving the Halo experience

SINGAPORE — The Halo franchise needs no introduction as it has been one of the most popular first-person shooters on consoles since its first instalment in 2001. As the gaming industry awaits the release of Halo 5: Guardians next year, Halo: The Master Chief Collection provides the best introduction for those new to the series as well as seasoned gamers, for whom it is a great opportunity to relive the experience.

Halo 2 has received a graphics upgrade. Photo: Xbox

Halo 2 has received a graphics upgrade. Photo: Xbox

SINGAPORE — The Halo franchise needs no introduction as it has been one of the most popular first-person shooters on consoles since its first instalment in 2001. As the gaming industry awaits the release of Halo 5: Guardians next year, Halo: The Master Chief Collection provides the best introduction for those new to the series as well as seasoned gamers, for whom it is a great opportunity to relive the experience.

In it, you get all four Halo games released so far, from the remastered version of Halo: Combat Evolved to 2012’s Halo 4. Each has been upgraded and runs at 60 frames per second.

Halo 2 gets a major makeover 10 years after its release. In terms of graphics, there are significant improvements in the frame rate, resolution and textures. Cut scenes have been upgraded and are now fully pre-rendered, while the audio has been fully remastered. Halo players can even swap to the old engine in the middle of a game to see the changes.

One great feature is that players do not have to play through each game to unlock the missions they prefer — they can jump into their favourites and experience them in high-definition glory. Another plus is that multiplayer maps have been reintroduced in the collection.

First-timers will get good value as they can experience all the Halo games for the price of one. But the novelty factor may not be there for seasoned players revisiting some of the older instalments, despite the visual upgrade. Still, gamers will find Halo: The Master Chief Collection an enthralling experience, further cementing the franchise’s legendary status in the industry.

Rating: 4.5/5

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is released today and priced at S$69.90.

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