Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
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  1. Nov 11, 2014
    There's more love and care lavished on The Master Chief Collection than you see in countless other big-money, brand new blockbuster releases. The fact that the games themselves are fantastic fun online and off is the cherry on the icing.
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a love letter to the fans, and it delivers four great games in one brilliant package. The games are not only more beautiful than ever, but also far more accessible to play in whichever way you want.
  3. Nov 7, 2014
    This is the definitive first-person shooter experience, a no-brainer purchase for the vast majority of gamers, and the first true system-seller of the new console generation.
  4. Nov 10, 2014
    While not everything about the Anniversary versions is better, the overall look of Halo 1 and 2 has never been more impressive. It feels like you can finally see the worlds you were meant to see then, but that technology couldn’t properly display.
  5. Nov 17, 2014
    Halo the Master Chief Collection is the definitive version of this amazing series that plays and looks amazingly on the XBox One.
  6. Nov 23, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a whole saga immediately within our grasp. Four big campaigns, many memorable multiplayer maps, Martin O'Donnell's perfect scores, multimedia contents, new services and an open windows on the future of Halo.
  7. Nov 11, 2014
    If you own an Xbox One this game is a must own. If not, it might be time to buy one.
  8. Nov 11, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has stolen my gaming heart.
  9. Nov 9, 2014
    In terms of pure content, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is simply massive. In terms of the content itself, this package is astounding. Four of the best shooter campaigns ever made, in one box, all running at 1080p at 60fps, Halo has never looked so good. Throw in over 100 multiplayer maps and a bevy of Halo themed extras and you have a recipe for a true system seller.
  10. Nov 7, 2014
    As the definitive version of the core Halo experience, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is one of the few games that should be in any Xbox One owner's collection.
  11. Nov 7, 2014
    A great pack of four games full of content: over hundred multiplayer maps, great variety of modes, four epic and intense co-op campaigns and smoother visuals for the remake of Halo 2. It's a must have for any Xbox One owner.
  12. Nov 7, 2014
    Sets a bar that other remasters and collections will have difficulty reaching, much less topping. For players new to Halo, who have missed any of the included games, it is a stunning introduction to one of the most beloved series in video games. For Halo fans, it's a package that shows almost as much respect and affection for the Master Chief as they do.
  13. Nov 15, 2014
    This game pack is awesome. It not only breathes quality, it really shows the love that 343 Industries has for the Halo series. Both single-player and multiplayer within this game are solid, smooth and complete.
  14. Nov 11, 2014
    It's a grand celebration and a potent reminder why the green Spartan rose to a level of prominence that few can match. Many HD collections or remasters are often pleasant trips down memory lane, but this feels like more than that. It's a gripping reintroduction into all things Halo and something that will likely be enjoyed for years to come.
  15. Nov 10, 2014
    The total package of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is massive and intimidating, but none of it is crammed in or hastily included. Even the modes that appeal to a small dedicated group of Halo fans have received attention.
  16. Nov 11, 2014
    It's one of the best remakes/remastered editions we've seen so far, even though it's a shame Microsoft hadn't take this opportunity to make up for the voice acting issues Spanish fans had. There's no doubt it's the best chance to play the series, no matter if it's for the first time or once again.
  17. Nov 11, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection really sets the standard for all future re-release game collections.
  18. Jan 14, 2015
    Excellent choice for people new to the series, but also a treat for Halo fans who can add this great edition to their collections.
  19. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    Quality of individual games differ but as a whole The Master Chief Collection is amazing. [13/2014, p.70]
  20. Dec 3, 2014
    A lot of bang for little money – Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the finest example of how a remake should look like. Definitely the best thing you can now buy on Xbox One.
  21. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 1, 2014
    An incredible historical document, charting the rise and success of the Xbox's biggest franchises. Vital to any collection. [Issue#118, p.56]
  22. Nov 25, 2014
    The Master Chief Collection is a testament to the cult of fandom that Halo-lovers established around the series. Every map from every included game and their add-on packs is available in the multiplayer mode, and each runs in its originating game’s engine.
  23. Nov 24, 2014
    343 couldn't go wrong this collection and, of course, they did not. The Master Chief Collection is a package with lots of contents, which contains the best currently available versions of all the main adventures starring Master Chief.
  24. Nov 23, 2014
    For those new to the universe of Halo, a vast array of single and multiplayer content awaits, all revolving around one of the greater ongoing stories available in gaming and featuring the franchise's hallmark genre-defining arena combat. For the more initiated, a chance to go back and relive many fond moments from a whole new perspective, is also a boon.
  25. Nov 14, 2014
    This collection is remarkable.
  26. Nov 14, 2014
    This collection delivers more than a huge Halo fan like myself could have reasonably imagined and, even with its (hopefully temporary) online issues, it packs an insane amount of first-person shooter greatness onto one disc.
  27. Nov 14, 2014
    On sheer value for money alone The Master Chief Collection is a fantastic proposition, add in that it contains some of the highest regarded Xbox titles of all time, touched up, enhanced and fit for a whole new generation of players, it’s quite simply a must buy.
  28. Nov 14, 2014
    Even though it's not quite a perfect collection, it's a dazzling value and a brilliant way to prepare for Halo 5: Guardians.
  29. Nov 11, 2014
    The Master Chief Collection prepares a new generation of console gamers for one of the best shooter series ever made. This disc offers 4 high end single-player adventures, 106 multiplayer maps and a crazy amount of extra content. This is the game to buy this year.
  30. Nov 11, 2014
    The real treat for fans, of course, will be revisiting Halo 2's campaign and subsequently reliving the classic multiplayer...For newcomers looking to see what all the fuss is about, Halo is as vibrant now as it was a decade ago, and The Master Chief Collection is essential.
  31. Nov 10, 2014
    The Collection is an instantaneous embrace of past and present that combines gaming's powerful sense of nostalgia with its perpetual arms race of processing and graphical power.
  32. Nov 7, 2014
    The definitive experience for every Halo fan out there. If you enjoyed the Master Chief campaign and the epic Halo multiplayer, you’ll love this project. The average Halo 3 porting is the "worst" part of this anthology, but the game is still as good as most FPS available today.
  33. Nov 7, 2014
    This is the definitive collection of Halo: Combat Evolved through Halo 4, effectively presenting both classic and remixed content in a way that makes it feel like more than a simple trip down memory lane.
  34. There is an incredible amount of content across all four games, and having that much stuff means you can basically play it in any way you like. Further, every single aspect of the game is unlocked at launch, every map, every level, every upgrade.
  35. Nov 7, 2014
    If you have never played Master Chief's adventures before or you just want to enjoy its games again, this Halo anthology is a must-have for every Xbox One user.
  36. Nov 7, 2014
    This is the new gold standard for remakes. Well done, 343 Industries.
  37. Nov 7, 2014
    One last time 343 Industries (and consorts Ruffian, Saber and Certain Affinity) honors Bungie's legacy with an ode so expansive, that it beats Halo: Reach as the ultimate Halo-package. Halo fans, who probably already own Halo Anniversary, should get this for the 106 MP-maps and Halo 2 Anniversary with its amazing new cut-scenes, plus, of course, the Halo 5: Guardians beta, and should consider Halo 3 and 4 to be very, very nice bonuses.
  38. Games Master UK
    Dec 30, 2014
    Superb value for the money. [Jan 2015, p.80]
  39. Nov 11, 2014
    A very good collection of everything which made Halo the great blockbuster we all know. A ginormous amount of content in both single player and multiplayer aspects, including a very nice remaster of Halo 2.
  40. 88
    Simply put, there’s no reason for an owner of an Xbox One to not have Halo: The Master Chief Collection, well unless they happen to also be a robot. Robots can’t make good decisions.
  41. Jan 22, 2015
    The problems with the multiplayer modes of the game are still there, but you can't overlook the greatness of the 4 games this package offers.
  42. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2014
    Thirteen years in existence, Halo has defined many of the parameters of a console FPS. Now four Halo games are packed in one experience. Two of the oldest have gone through moderate modernization, but Master Chief’s Christmas Special isn’t the game, that you use to demonstrate the muscles of Xbox One. As a gamer, Halo is a part of general education. If you’re not familiar with Master Chief, now is a perfect chance to catch up on some video game history. [Nov 2014]
  43. Nov 9, 2014
    Longtime Halo fans get the opportunity to quickly and easily revisit their favourite levels, or jump into a reinvigorated multiplayer; newcomers to the series get the best, most seamless experience of the Halo series.
  44. Nov 7, 2014
    A very good bundle that offers a tremendous content. 50 solo missions, 100 multiplayer maps, 400 achievements to unlock, 4 player co-op and 16 players online, enough to keep you entertained until 2015 at least. A worthy investment without a doubt.
  45. Nov 7, 2014
    Massive, complete and nostalgic, Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t just a greatest hits collection. It’s a legacy that paves the way for what’s still to come.
  46. Hyper Magazine
    Feb 9, 2015
    Utterly broken right now, but the central appeal of four Halos on one disc is irresistible. [Issue#257, p.54]
  47. Dec 8, 2014
    These were already among some of the best multiplayer maps ever made and these tweaked, rebalanced and remade versions have maintained their verve. The same can be said for the collection as a whole, if not the online connectivity.
  48. Nov 25, 2014
    The 13th year anniversary of Halo comes with a blast: the re-release of all the greatest Halo hits without the need of changing console. A must have compilation for veterans and a chance for newcomers to unravel the origins of the Halo phenomenon that changed first person shooters and the world.
  49. Nov 18, 2014
    It might lack for Hollywood style extras (except for a few videos and a documentary that inelegantly punts you into the separate Halo Channel app) but this is as much a historical document as a video game. Halo is one of the few series with the gumption and legacy to pull it off. Now if only they can get it all working.
  50. Nov 16, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn't just a simple re-publishing of old games: it's an opera omnia that gives us a comprehensive and structured view on the past of the series and reminds us why those games are considered amongst of the best ones in their genre. Unluckily it's hindered by many problems in the multiplayer department, something that will surely be resolved but, at the time of writing, makes it simply unplayable online.
  51. Nov 12, 2014
    If you like games that are so big you can immerse yourselves in them for months, The Master Chief Collection offers excellent value. It’s an absolute monolith of a package, beautifully presented for the 21st century. And with the remastered next-gen GTA V due to arrive shortly, it seems that, at least as far as video games are concerned, nostalgia is the future.
  52. 80
    Aside from the cooperative experience and the massive amount of online options for competitive multiplayer (the number of maps is absolutely staggering at over 100 and the mode variety is quite extensive), Halo's single-player also feels compelling.
  53. 80
    Single-player feels dated but multiplayer is rock solid and you get 106 amazing levels.
  54. Nov 7, 2014
    If all you did was buy someone an Xbox One console and a copy of this, you’d have them covered for the next year should they really take to multiplayer or definitively clearing each campaign on the hardest difficulty with and without friends.
  55. Nov 7, 2014
    The Master Chief Collection is clearly the compilation Halo fans wanted. Overflowing with content, the game should give Halo fans plenty to do while they wait for Halo 5: Guardians' release.
  56. Nov 7, 2014
    Despite an unhealthy smattering of technical concerns, Halo: The Master Chief Collection really is an essential purchase for fans of the series, whether they’re in it for the campaigns, the multiplayer, or the best of both worlds.
  57. 80
    A no expense spared celebration of the most enduring shooter series of all time, with everything a Halo fan could wish for and more than enough to entertain everyone else.
  58. Nov 7, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has a handful of quirks and legacy issues, but those don't diminish the achievement. It's a stellar collection of some of the best games of the last few generations, with options galore and clever ideas like Playlists to breathe new life into old content.
  59. Nov 24, 2014
    If you take into consideration the single player campaigns and those alone, then what you get is a wonderful remaster, one of the best ever done on a famous brand. On the other side, if you're interested in the online (as you probably will be), just know that the current issues won't let you enjoy any of it,and that's not just an enormous issue, but an unforgivable misstep as well.
  60. Nov 14, 2014
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s multiplayer launch problems are an unfortunate blight on what would otherwise be an exciting way to experience the franchise’s evolution—online and off—in one smartly executed package.
  61. Nov 21, 2014
    While the campaign, UI and added value of betas and TV shows give Halo: MCC a lot to shout about, shoddy matchmaking means one of the biggest talking points for fans is being discussed for all the wrong reasons.
  62. Nov 19, 2014
    Four great games presented in full HD and 60 fps. Add tons of multiplayer options and interesting bonus content, like the TV-show Nightfall. Unfortunately you also have to add some jarring technical issues and an online mode that barley works – and even if it did it’s missing some important options like the ability to play Halo CE maps only. Halo: The Master Chief Collection should be a fantastic collection, but at the moment it just isn’t.
  63. Nov 17, 2014
    It’s still Halo. Only with more bugs than you remember.
  64. Nov 14, 2014
    If it weren’t for the multiplayer options, The Master Chief Collection would have garnered a much lower score. The multiplayer suite is truly the saving grace of this package and worth the price of admission alone.
  65. Dec 4, 2014
    Know that the single-player components of Halo: The Master Chief Collection are excellent and well worth the purchase; however, if you intend to spend months tearing through multiplayer, reliving glory days or forging new conquests in sci-fi shooter perfection, you’re going to be sorely disappointed right now.
  66. Dec 18, 2014
    As a huge Halo fangirl myself, it absolutely breaks my heart to see Halo tarnished in this fashion. This should have been a solid slam dunk for 343, not an utter disappointment.
  67. Nov 15, 2014
    And it's a testament to the quality of Halo games throughout the years that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an attractive package, despite the massive problems with online multiplayer.
  68. Nov 12, 2014
    Hopefully, for those that bought Halo: TMCC a permanent fix comes along sooner than later, or you can get some enjoyment out of the single-player experience for the time being. But it’s certainly not fair to wait for the product your purchased to work, and because of that, I want to be sure that my review score for this retail product reflects that.
  69. Feb 4, 2015
    A bit of a disaster...Why? It's a half-assed, crudely cobbled-together product prone to crashing, lockups (and as of press time) absolutely non-functional multiplayer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1923 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 11, 2014
    The MasterChief Collection was all I wanted. Replay old memories with new graphics and sound effects. The new cinematics really adds up to theThe MasterChief Collection was all I wanted. Replay old memories with new graphics and sound effects. The new cinematics really adds up to the game. Plus, you have all 3 other games with it. It's a very good deal overall for only 60$. It's a must have for your game collection on your xbox one.

    The only thing negative things are maybe loading that are too long, sometimes some FPS drop on campaign. Also, matchmaking are broken right now since it takes an eternity to find players. I hope it will get fix soon enough :)
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  2. Nov 11, 2014
    the multiplayer is broken- you can't see your friends online, you can't join games, i can't even get into a multiplayer game by myself. sothe multiplayer is broken- you can't see your friends online, you can't join games, i can't even get into a multiplayer game by myself. so unless you want to play the campaign why buy the game until they fix it? Full Review »
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    Most frustrating gaming experience ever. Took forever to install. Many of the original mechanics are broken such as crouch jumping in halo 1.Most frustrating gaming experience ever. Took forever to install. Many of the original mechanics are broken such as crouch jumping in halo 1. Matchmaking just doesn't work. Can't they figure this out with a closed beta?? Full Review »