Halo, to me, is one of the greatest video game series of our time. I still remember the first time I held a fat, original Xbox controller and proceeded to remove Covenant scum off the face of the planet (ring?). I wasn't the hero Earth needed; but The Master Chief sure was and his story and character captivated me for the rest of my childhood. It saddens me that most of the gamers of the new generation, especially among my immediate circle, have never played Halo or any of its sequels and have not experienced the epic duo of Master Chief and Cortana.
343 Industries aims to change the lack of classic-Halo awareness by bringing all the classic Halo games -- Halo: Combat Evolved all the way through Halo 4 -- onto the Xbox One with the just announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While the revamp can be criticized as a way to make extra moolah, passionate fans argue that the classics can't be beat and graphical upgrades, with their mechanics untouched, is the way to go to further revive the franchise. That's exactly what we're getting. A deliciously packaged collection of those Halo games with new graphics overlays and the same engine they shipped with a decade ago all on one disc. Now that's a mouthful.
In this day and age, while it's fairly easy to run out and grab a game released on a past console, especially at a good price, it's not very convienant. If you no longer own the console the game was originally released on or have it long unplugged and stached in your archive (garage), your situation is even worse. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 not having direct backward-compatibility doesn't help your case either. The only real way to take old classics and get them to appeal to newer gamers is to revamp them. It worked for Killer Instinct, I'm sure it'll work for Phantom Dust, and I know it will work with Halo.
I just hope 343 allows for cooperative camapign-mode play through all four games. You bet I'll do a 4-player, Legendary-mode, Halos 1 through 4 HD marathon extravaganza.... on ice. Yes ice. 200-hours of Legendary-Mode gameplay is bound to cause some pain. Alot of it.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will release on November 11th, 2014. The price at this time, according to a tweet by Larry Hyrb will be set to retail value: $59.99. You also get access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta with your purchase so that's a bonus. Comment below on what games you'd like to see revamped. I got my wish with Halo.