First released in 2010, Halo: Reach is an award-winning and critically acclaimed first-person shooter that gamers love because of it’s excellent multiplayer gameplay combined with great sound. It even won the Game of the Year Award at the Drunk Tank Awards 2010.
The game became an instant classic upon it’s original launch on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Because of this, this title made it to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) available on Xbox One X and PC at the end of 2019.
This collection version is a remastered one that lets players enjoy an improved edition of the game. If you are thinking of getting this collection, you may be wondering what features the Reach remastered offers. Read onto learn more about these features.
It’s Still the Same Game
One of the things fans dread when companies remaster their titles is that something they love is lost in the process. For some games that changed it’s title or menu screen, the remastered version takes away this particular nostalgic aspect of the experience.
This is not the case with Halo: Reach MCC edition. It is basically the same game that fans know and love, with the same campaign, themes, appearance, and gameplay. This means that you can expect a similar enjoyment you had when you first played Reach in the 2010s.
One thing to note, though, is that the map rotation remains the same. So, if you were one of the people who found the map sort of difficult or inconvenient to use, then it is best to temper your expectations when it comes to the map.
So, if the game basically is the same, what makes it an improved version of the original? The best answer to this is the graphics. You may remember that the 2010 version has a kind of blurry quality to it.
This is because of the temporal anti-aliasing (AA) used in the game’s graphics. AA is the setting that smooths out the edges of images to remove it’s pixelated appearance at the cost of smudging the lines. This is what gives the visuals a blurry look.
With the MCC version, the developers removed AA. If you think that this will make your game look pixelated, you will be glad to know that this edition comes in high definition.
In fact, you can play it in 4K with 60 frames per second on the Xbox One X and a moderate PC. This is a great improvement compared to the 720p and 30 frames per second quality of the Xbox 360 game.
You will also be glad to know that the color quality has improved, removing the harsher warm tone and giving it a more realistic coloring. You will also notice that it is fairly brighter compared to the original.
Improved Overall Experience
With the removed AA and high definition graphics, you can expect a higher frame rate with the remastered edition. You can definitely improve your gameplay with the HD quality of this version. Your performance can also improve, especially your aiming and precision.
If you are playing the game for nostalgia, then you can definitely expect this edition to offer a more sentimental experience, while giving a much smoother performance.
Halo: Reach has definitely made the franchise a whole lot better with it’s notable gameplay, sound, and excellent graphics upgrades. With the remastered version, you can enjoy these great features and so much more because of it’s great improvements in terms of graphics and performance.