Halo: Master Chief Collection almost seemed too good to be true when 343 Industries announced its existence at E3 last year. The impossible dream of having all four Halo games (featuring the Master Chief) on one console was finally being realised. That dream shattered when the game launched with a boatload of glitches and bugs in November last year. Now, about four months on, the game is still broken. And we’re not sure when it’s getting fixed.

Halo: Master Chief Collection was easily one of – if not the – most anticipated titles on the Xbox One in 2014 – it boasted four Halo games spanning 13 years, all updated and available on one console. Some players looked forward to playing the campaigns again, while others sought out a collective matchmaking experience wherein they could play all four Halo games’ multiplayer on one disc.

Bugs and the like are expected when offering four complete games on one disc; two of which ran on the original Xbox and now support two copies running simultaneously while in-game (hence being able to switch between old and new graphics).

The catch is that these bugs are game-breaking, and not entirely universal. To put it bluntly, some players can’t access the campaigns, some can’t unlock Achievements, and most can’t access the multiplayer (there are far more tiny issues, but that’s the gist of it). I myself can only play in the Team Slayer playlist, and that’s on the odd occasion I can find a game.

As an avid Halo fan from the very beginning, Halo: Master Chief Collection was a big let down. I have complete faith that 343 Industries and Microsoft will resolve the issues surrounding the game, and 343 has been great in handling updates so far, but until it’s entirely fixed they’ve alienated their core player base from what was supposed to be one of the greatest collections in gaming history; potentially even from the likes of Halo 5: Guardians.

I’m still a fan of Halo, and I play Master Chief Collection when I can, but it has the potential to be so much more. It’s just taking too long to get there.

  • andy

    But still a 9/10 or higher to alot of “gaming journalists” am I right? Well yeah I am because that was what everybody said before launch. It was even around the time every website ran an article that said “why the Xbone is now THE next gen console to own”. What a coincidence. Nothing fishy there at all.
    And even though still broken, countless articles will be done throughout the year praising this 343 Studio when they have nothing to show for it. Halo 5, 3rd time lucky?

  • 343 should seriously be dissolved. I’ve never been more mad at a series of numbers. My favorite online shooter (Which, may I remind you all, worked perfectly fine in 2005) has been ruined. Bugs riddle the multiplayer and thats if you get a match, and that is if you get a match with even teams.

    It’s a complete clusterfuck, it’s a disservice, and it’s the last time I’m buying anything with the 343 label. I’m hurt, Microsoft. Hurt.

    • Alan Knol

      Agreed. Halo is gone. Ruined. I don’t even want to play it anymore, even if it was working fine. It is really unbelievable how horribly Halo had been handled since 343 took over. Absolute garbage

  • Alan Knol

    The game is done with. It’s been broken for too long. Nobody wants to play it anymore and all that’s left of the community are the worst kind of gamers. Even if the game was fixed and worked perfectly tomorrow it is still a huge fail. Halo leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth now and the community of gamers that still play are absolutely the biggest group of douche bags on the planet. Halo has been my favorite game since we got the original xbox. I can honestly say it’s over now. The magic is gone and the community is dead. No longer a fun game to play.

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