Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Violent sci-fi "greatest hits" bundle loaded with features.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Self-sacrifice, duty, and responsibility tempered by player-caused havoc, destruction.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Master Chief saves fellow soldiers, often at great risk to himself, but he does so by killing ... a lot.

Ease of Play

Easy-to-learn controls.

Violence

Violence, blood, and gore. You'll kill thousands of aliens. Many scream, bleed, and fall to their deaths. You can slice an enemy's throat, stab him from behind, or blow him to pieces by grenade.

Sex
Language

"S--t," "damn," "ass," "bitch," "bastard," and "hell."

Consumerism

This extremely popular franchise offers other products, such as a video series, graphic novels, books, action figures, and more.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes the first four official games in the best-selling shooter series. You play as a human super-soldier who must kill thousands of aliens from a first-person perspective. The player uses both human and alien weapons; watch for copious blood and gore when attacking enemies and during some cut scenes, such as slicing throats, stabbing enemies in the back, and blowing creatures to pieces. Along with the intense violence, parents need to know there's plenty of profanity -- including "s--t," "damn," and "ass" -- as well as an unmoderated multiplayer mode.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bykeith7198 November 14, 2014

An amazing collection...

I was compelled to write a review for The Master Chief Collection especially after seeing Common Sense rate it "Not for Kids" but give Sunset Overdriv... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written bythemom404 February 28, 2015

the best video game collection yet.

This thrilling first person sci-fi shooter has blown me away for the 5th time. It's one thing to re-experience halo games from the early xbox and PS gene... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAllCanadian February 9, 2015

It's FINE. JEEZ CHILL OUT.

It's non-violent and great fun.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLego_Aidan November 30, 2014

Halo: The Master Chief Collection - 13+

I think Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a great game appropriate for those of age 13 or older. The 5/5 (equal to 10/10) Violence claim by CSM is pretty in... Continue reading

What's it about?

An Xbox One exclusive, HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION is a greatest-hits bundle that features the previous best-selling games in the series, including the iconic Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 -- all remastered in 1080p HD resolution and running at a smooth 60 frames per second. The collection also has a ton of added multiplayer levels, a "playlist" maker (to choose the best parts of each game, such as the intro level of one or the finale of another), downloadable content, and other goodies. Also, the Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series is included, as is an invite code for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

Is it any good?

The remastered Halo games have never looked so good -- especially the older ones, which date back many years. Although the core play remains the same, the high-definition graphics, improved lighting, and faster, smoother frame rate will be the first thing gamers notice after booting up. As in previous remakes, such as 2011's Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, you can toggle between the new look and the old graphics. That said, the old games still don't hold a candle to today's, but developer 343 Industries did a great job. The sound effects and music have been redone, too, and they sound exceptional on Xbox One. Most importantly, the gameplay feels fresh and fun, whether you're playing against the artificial intelligence or tackling others online, using more than 100 multiplayer maps.

Be warned: You have to wait for a downloadable update to patch the collection, and it's more than 20 gigabytes. This is an unfortunate trend for many of today's Internet-connected consoles, and it's because of a "ship now and fix later" mentality. Matchmaking for multiplayer games will be another update, followed by Halo 4's cooperative "Spartan Ops" mode. If you can get past all this, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a "must-have" disc or download.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Halo: The Master Chief's sci-fi premise make its violence more acceptable. Does the killing of aliens make the violence more tolerable? What about the fact that humans kill other humans in multiplayer?

  • Talk about consumerism. Some companies seem to be repackaging older games in bundles, with updated visuals and some extras. Is this a tactic to sell more games, or is it a way to repay fans for their dedicated following of a franchise?

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