Halo. A game that revolutionized console shooters is back on the Xbox one.
The Halo: Master Chief Collection is essentially 4 games repackaged on the Xbox one and all 4 can be played online (which is a new feature).
I have been a Halo fan since the original release back in early 2000’s. To be honest, they have no changed much with this release (which I like).
However, let’s get to that review.
This should not be a surprise. Most modern day shooters will release with a Mature rating. Mature is what ESRB (standard game rating company) says this game is suitable for. Mature rating is for those 17 years of age and older. However, most teens are able to get their hands on a copy even if they are under 17 due to the fact it is not illegal to sell an M rated game to a minor.
Halo is rated M for blood and gore, Language, and Violence.
It is a shooter genre of a game, so violence is a given. However, I think the only “gore” is when playing the campaign and shooting certain kind of alien enemies. They end up exploding. I have never witnessed gore while playing multiplayer “matchmaking” (arena style) games.
As far as the language is concerned, I remember hearing a few curse words here and there during the campaign (no F words, that I recall).
Point of the Game
You play as a super soldier known as “The Master Chief.” You protect the world against the Covenant and the Forerunners to save humanity. So, in essence, it is a futuristic war video game.
Many players just play Halo for the online competitive multiplayer. The gametypes range from capture the flag to slayer (first to 50 kills) to oddball (hold the skull for x amount of time to win).
Blood and Violence
Yes, there is blood. Since I was planning to write this review, I paid closer attention to the blood. It is not distracting with the amount of blood, but there is blood on the map from shooting your enemies (both online and in the campaign).
Like I said, it is not distracting or the main focus of the game but it is there.
Violence is there since it is a shooting game. Both the campaign and the multiplayer involves shooting. You do more damage against the enemy when you aim for their head. If you are close to your opponent, you can hit their back and perform an assassination. All in all, there is violence, but it did not seem overbearing by any means.
In the original Halo 1 campaign, the Master Chief’s AI (computer lady friend) is seen naked from behind. In all other Halos thus far she is a bit more covered (still immodest). With the upgraded graphics, they made her more clothed, but more revealing around her breasts. Please note, there is still an option to change it back to the original graphics and hence nudity.
When I play Halo, I play just for the multiplayer online. This is arena based game-play. Similar to paintball or airsoft. I hardly play the campaign because it gets boring to me, but many teens and adults enjoy the story of Halo by being the hero.
With that said, there is certainly some questionable content (immodest lady, gore, and some language). However, if your child plays games such as Titanfall, Call of Duty, and (or) Battlefield, then Halo would most likely be acceptable.
Discussion with Your Child
Here are some questions to discuss with your son/daughter:
Please help me understand why you desire to play this game?
What is your reasoning for wanting to play this game?
If you had a son or daughter, would you let them play this game?
Is there anything else you would like to add that you think would be beneficial as mom and dad think through this?
Parents, I would urge you to have a honest discussion with your son and (or) daughter. Listen to them and communicate that you are on their side. Despite if you come to the conclusion that they did not like, you want to be for them and cheering your child(ren) on