Halo MCC has done great things, I won’t downplay it, but shutting down the legacy game’s servers is a big mistake. You can buy the old version of Skyrim, Dark Souls 2, and many other games on steam. MCC just feels cheap, really cheap. Like a cheap rip of the classics. The original games felt more… heavy, I guess. More impactful. MCC is just another ‘colorful and seasonal’ game like fortnight. It fails to capture the lobby ambience and tone of the originals, and therefore isn’t a solid, definitive replacement. The blue flames and other things were more rare in the original, now everyone has them. The Reach opening isn’t even in the game. But the ODST one is. Perhaps the ambience can be remedied with ‘themes’. I have an idea. A solution:
Players can choose the splash screen opening. Whether it be the majestic Reach opening or from any other legacy game, or just the unified MCC one which would be the default. Players can choose the background. Perhaps a theme would change the background, ui textures, opening, and add menu ambience (distant sounds). Plus the original loading screens which were much more artistic. This would bring back the tone of the original. Perhaps add proximity chat like Players have been begging for. How about depending on what theme you have selected changes the engine your Spartans are rendered in. Also reach, a 10+ year old game, has faster, way faster, almost instant menu swapping. Like why is everything so slooooowwww. But my biggest gripe with MCC is its lack of ambience. Also, did they forget about avatars when they went all out with nameplates? There again is only ODST stuff there but no Reach. Why not custom avatars based off of your character. Idk, so much potential. This could be the definitive experience but honestly I enjoy the original more. It feels like Reach, or 3. This just feels cheap. Are they desperate to remove Bungie from everything and take credit for all the great games that they never created. I dunno. Also the season garbage is nothing compared to the solid CR system. I played the original Reach not too long ago, just seeing the CR gained in the corner felt so much more nostalgic.
For a company that raves about player choice as they make everything cross compatible, they sure don’t care about Player choice with this. Well I guess emulation is gonna come in real handy. Though most new people will just settle for the dumbed down experience of MCC sadly, so a lot of people won’t experience the CR system, the lobby ambience. I guess I’m just back in time lol bur honestly things keep feeling cheaper and cheaper and less original. I’m glad to be a part of the generations that started gaming. Anyway, rant aside… 343 seriously you got a lot of work to do to make this live up to the original.