With the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation there has already been a flurry of remastered versions of previously released titles. Halo: The Master Chief Collection however strives to provide more value than other offerings by including four games in one unique bundle, with the two oldest titles receiving an impressive graphical update. With Halo 5 not far away on the horizon, it is clear that this is a way for Microsoft to get Halo fans pumped up for the next release while also ensuring that Halo players get their hands on the Xbox One.
343 Studios is due to release a matchmaking update to fix problems with the online multiplayer component of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The update will not require players to download a patch, with the official Halo site pointing out that the changes will be made directly to their servers. According to executive producer Dan Ayoub, 343 Studios has received a number of complaints about different issues but are focusing on fixing the matchmaking issues as the number one priority so that players can get online and jump into the action.
While the focus of most games tends to be on how good the gameplay is or how polished the visuals are, there is another aspect that is often overlooked but can de vital in shaping the overall experience – the soundtrack. When used effectively in games music can amplify emotions, create tension or drama and even immerse the player in the world in which they are playing. Some soundtracks are not just brilliant for video games but rival blockbuster films and hit television shows in accompanying the onscreen action with a beautifully composed original score.
343 Studios have today released brand new screenshots of the cinematic cutscenes from Halo 2 Anniversary. The gallery below shows a number of important characters from the game including the Arbiter, Sergeant Johnson and one of the Prophets, with each being given more detail than ever before. Earlier in the year, Blur and 343 released a cinematic trailer on YouTube showing off their updated graphics but these latest screenshots but them completely to shame. It is important to remember though that these screenshots are CGI and in no way represent the graphics of the game itself – we are probably still a long way off from having these kind of visuals during gameplay.
In a surprise move GAME, the UK retailer that specialises in all things gaming, has revealed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a rather snazzy special edition. While Microsoft has yet to officially comment on the package, the fact that it is listed on GAME’s website and is available to pre-order suggests that this is the real deal.
Microsoft Boss Phil Spencer told Gamespot while on the topic of Kinect that “As a first party we believe that Kinect will be important to all genres of games […] even games like Halo Anniversary has [sic] Kinect integration.”