(Update: Bungie has been removed, I guess I just assumed that they were involved because of 1 and 2. Point still stands though. Continue with hate.)
Now don’t get me wrong, when I was a wee lad of 14 I saved up for almost a year to get an Xbox (yeah the original big black clanky thing with the controller that could kill you, I’m old…) and this was mostly due to Halo. I played that game endlessly, beat it on legendary, tons of co-op games and multiplayer. Halo was arguably my favorite thing for a while, aside from other things 14 year old boys do that I don’t want to talk about. Halo 2 came out. Awesome. Spent more hours on Xbox live playing that than on my homework, and I did a TON of homework. I also didn’t sleep much. Halo 3 and 4, I played, I enjoyed, but they didn’t have that same magic to them. It was almost as if they were chasing after one of those banshees in Halo 1, you could see it, and you knew how to do it, but for whatever reason you just couldn’t get to them.
This metaphor is exactly why Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an absolute garbage idea that should have never happened. Microsoft clearly has quite a few projects going on right now, and hey, maybe Halo 5 will be badass again, it certainly looks like it has potential. That being said I don’t understand why they are taking time to remake 4 games for the Xbox One. To give them a graphic overhall? Playing Halo 1 and 2 on Xbox one is not going to serve the purpose they want. It may get people a little hyped, especially with the Halo 5 multiplayer beta in there, but ultimately it will just remind them that the story in the first 2 games about humanity’s struggle against an impossible enemy has already been played out to death, and brought back more times than Master Chief himself.
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343 and Microsoft are desperately trying to milk this franchise and, to use another metaphor, the teet is drying up. Admittedly, it would be fun to get those old multiplayer maps again, and maybe relive some of that fun, but ultimately it’s just going to be a reminder that the first two games were masterpieces and Halo 3 and Halo 4 have only served as life support on a slowly dying franchise.
On top of this the game is going to be 60$. Now I get that they had to do a ton of work for it, and there is a certain fandom out there that really wants all of these in one place, but I guarantee most people will put it down after they’re over the hype. Halo 5 will roll out and everybody will switch to that. Halo is quietly becoming COD in space, and even COD is going to space. It’s time Microsoft buried the Halo series. They’re clearly running out of ideas and if they focus on a new IP, maybe, just maybe they can blow us all away again.
Now jump to the comments and let the hate flow through you.