MS Declares Halo: Reach PC Launch a Blockbuster

Xbox Wire discusses the recent release of the Windows edition of Halo: Reach in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They're making a note here, huge success, calling it a blockbuster launch:
The long-awaited debut of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) on PC was worth the wait, thanks to the amazing Halo community as well as a host of all-new players experiencing the Halo universe for the very first time. The release of Halo: Reach in MCC on both PC and Xbox One on December 3 led to a monumental launch for the Halo franchise, with record numbers including:

  • Nearly 3 million players of MCC on PC and Xbox One during launch week
  • #1 top-selling game on Steam during launch week and the highest-ranking debut for an Xbox Game Studios title on Steam
  • #1 most-watched game on Twitch during launch day

When fans haven’t been playing MCC, they’ve been watching, viewing nearly 3 million hours of Halo streams during launch week, pushing MCC into the #1 most-watched position on Twitch during launch day.

PC players and media have taken notice of Halo’s return on PC, with MCC rated “Very Positive” across more than 35k Steam Customer Reviews and The Washington Post proclaiming MCC on PC as, “the best deal in gaming.”

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Dec 13, 2019, 00:51
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Still holds up. Runs much nicer than XBOX but those textures were made for 720p, not 1400p and it shows!

I like the gunplay. Like hell let loose, you need to confirm with yourself if you droped a bad guy, not have a ping sound tell you UNLESS IT's GRUNT BIRTHDAY PARTY.

It's way easier. Gun range is not more effective than it was, but visually you can see better further out with the higher resolution. Mouse is a big advantage, Legendary mode is still lethal but M/KB definitiely helps even the odds.

Absolute classic game. It might show it's age but being fairly ambitous for the time means it's still gotta a chance to wow you. The assault on the fighter lauch facility, trip to orbit for a bit of spaceship pew pew times, boarding the convenant ship and how that all ends... still awesome. Rest of the game dosn't hit those highs except maybe the very end but solid encounter design and fun AI to fight against and with makes it good times all the way.
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Dec 12, 2019, 21:37
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It feels weird playing a shooter in 2019 without a carrot on a string upgrade tempting you to keep playing. And also not having a hit indicator seems to leave me feeling like the guns are ineffective. How times have changed. And I really enjoyed this back I 2010. I bought an Xbox just to play it.
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Dec 12, 2019, 16:20
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Did they find it hard to overstate their satisfaction?
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Dec 12, 2019, 15:58
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CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 12, 2019, 15:06:
Console garbage sells. Another sad panda news for PCMR *lesigh*.

The peer to peer for co-op is horrible. Beyond that a pretty solid game.
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Console garbage sells. Another sad panda news for PCMR *lesigh*.
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Dec 12, 2019, 13:51
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I wonder if they could make those claims if it were exclusive on the Epic store.
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Dec 12, 2019, 13:16
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Dec 12, 2019, 13:16
 
OK, so I got to play through it for around 1 hour last night before I quit.


- MINI REVIEW -

graphics for the intro looked pretty good, but in game is barely passable improvement as any old game getting a texture upgrade can be... the characters & vehicles are better improved than the overall environment seems to be.

The acting/ voice overs are obviously dated / cheesy in their presentation. You can tell it is an old game. like a B rated movie on TV or something , you know. Not horrible but not great .

Overall sound is bad IMHO. Music is good but the sound effects are very tinny & hollow. It is almost like listening to it in mono or something ? , not impactfull nor realistic.

Gameplay was worse than my memory of it was. I could only look down sights on sniper rifle or pistol , but not on my assault rifle. ..etc... & not very interesting , is the best word I can find for how it felt.
I got bored pretty quick but kept playing anyways to give it a try...

The best rating I could give it so far would be a "C" .

This rating may go up or down as I try to play even further into it. BUT so far, it is merely OK . Nostalgia & all .
SO that is my first reactions. Yours may vary .
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Dec 12, 2019, 13:06
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The streamer Shroud was asked if he was going to play Halo. He answered: "Play Halo in 2019? No." Laugh

Every time I have purchased these must have ports of games from Xbox I have been disappointed so I am passing as well.
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Dec 12, 2019, 12:33
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MacLeod wrote on Dec 12, 2019, 11:44:
I'm curious as to how many normal (non-streamer), who haven't previously played Halo people actually kept playing the game after purchase.

I'd previously played the games, but it's been a LONG time. After getting this, if I hadn't known the games, I think I would have quit during the first two hours and refunded....


I can barely recall Halo (PC) --I spent a few days playing with it, IIRC. Didn't it offer at least a bare-bones single-player mode *cough*, or was it all just multiplayer ? I might pick it up for the nostalgia, but not if it's strictly a multiplayer game. Guess I'll do something radical, like read a review...;)

EDIT: This thread reminded me of wading through the RDR2 Steam threads (I bought RDR2 from RS direct for $48 cyber Monday.) Oddly enough, Halo discussion was notable in the Steam RDR2 thread. Usual assortment of "critics" was on hand to declare how much "better" the Halo release is than RDR2 PC, as if someone had actually asked, and the proof of that assertion they attributed to the fact that more people were playing on Halo's Steam multiplayer servers than were playing on Steam's RDR2 Online multiplayer servers.

More than a few remarks were therefore made to the effect of: "So the RDR2 Steam Launch is DOA. RDR2 PC is dead!" It wasn't apparent that these mystical prognosticators were aware of the single-player component of RDR2 PC being the main game in RDR2 PC, or even that they had known that RDR2 PC had been shipping from multiple sources, including from Rockstar direct, for an entire month prior to the Steam release. It's odd--but many who posted seemed completely unaware that games are sold anywhere aside from on Steam! Go figure....;)

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Dec 12, 2019, 12:02
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MacLeod wrote on Dec 12, 2019, 11:44:
I'm curious as to how many normal (non-streamer), who haven't previously played Halo people actually kept playing the game after purchase.

I'd previously played the games, but it's been a LONG time. After getting this, if I hadn't known the games, I think I would have quit during the first two hours and refunded.

The game literally has no opening. It's just "here you go, you're the new guy on this team." ... If you played the Halo games in release order, this is fine, because you know the setup, and such. But they've deciced to do them chronologically, and the beginning of this game is absolutely not engaging from a storytelling standpoint.

Also, it just kind of expects you to know mechanics (use energy weapons on shields, then bullets), without going over anything.

I'm also having issues with mouse/keyboard... there's just something "off" about the mouse controls that I can't put my finger on. I have smoothing and acceleration off, so it's not that.

It has to be you dude, I've had no issues at all with the controls. feel normal to me.
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I'm curious as to how many normal (non-streamer), who haven't previously played Halo people actually kept playing the game after purchase.

I'd previously played the games, but it's been a LONG time. After getting this, if I hadn't known the games, I think I would have quit during the first two hours and refunded.

The game literally has no opening. It's just "here you go, you're the new guy on this team." ... If you played the Halo games in release order, this is fine, because you know the setup, and such. But they've deciced to do them chronologically, and the beginning of this game is absolutely not engaging from a storytelling standpoint.

Also, it just kind of expects you to know mechanics (use energy weapons on shields, then bullets), without going over anything.

I'm also having issues with mouse/keyboard... there's just something "off" about the mouse controls that I can't put my finger on. I have smoothing and acceleration off, so it's not that.
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Dec 12, 2019, 11:37
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To be clear, only Halo Reach is available at the moment. No idea when the rest of the games will be ported to the PC.
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Dec 12, 2019, 11:17
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Too bad one of the best game of the franchise is ruined due to releasing the port before they could address the sound issues. One of the biggest things about the franchise is the storytelling. It brought cinematic storytelling to games but if you cant understand the dialogue it just becomes another shooter.

I hope they take their time with the remaining releases.
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I gotta admit I bough into the MC collection in the hopes some of my mates might get it so I could have someone to play with through the campaign. Not sure it works like that though but hell. It's actually quite a steal. Im not gonna go near it until I complete MW5 though.
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Dec 12, 2019, 10:45
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Thats pretty kewl, but look at all the money they left on the table over the years that these games could have brought in if they were released on the PC much sooner.

Reach was a lot of fun Coop. Looking forward to seeing the rest of this series released.
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