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Halo: the Master Chief Collection. Kids Might Hate it, Adults Will Love it
Ten years ago we all lined up before midnight to get our hands on what was possibly the most anticipated game of our young, teenage (most likely), virgin (also most likely) lives: Halo 2. It looked phenomenally superior to Halo: Combat Evolved and the promises of competitive online play were just too damn tasty. This was a time before YouTube was available, and some people even bought later copies of Halo: CE just for the newly released video demo of Halo 2. Yes, a VIDEO demo, people were that excited about it. So most of us saved our money, stayed out late, and lined around the block for the midnight release.
A decade later, Halo: the Master Chief Collection is being released to satisfy all of our sentimental needs for a simpler time, a time when online first person shooters weren’t about grinding to unlock better weapons and abilities. There were no care packages, no leveling, no changing your load-outs in between matches – just dive in and duke it out. The younger generation (I’m guessing 17 and lower) might not appreciate the value in these games. It’s not their fault necessarily, what with the competition today; a game that was released in 2004 might not stack up. It’s tough not sounding like an old codger when thinking in terms of “my generation had better things because they were simple,” but this is Halo, damn it! These games were a staple in most of our childhoods, and I can bet that you would be hard pressed to find someone ten years your junior who has ever experienced a LAN party. Halo: the Master Chief Collection will feature Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, and their updated multiplayer maps and modes. So if you’re feeling nostalgic, or if you’re a youngster who’s really on the ball, be sure to grab a copy of Halo: the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One on November 11.