The gaming drought of 2014 is thankfully coming to an end, and a new wave of games is headed our way. Among four first person shooter titles coming out this fall, two in particular have an interesting connection to each other. Bungie, who once developed Halo, has since passed the torch to 343 Industries and is now inching ever closer to the launch date of their latest title, Destiny. Not too far behind that, 343 Industries is also releasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection – a collection of every Halo title featuring the Master Chief, packed into one disk. Two titles, both of whom share Bungie’s legendary legacy of excellence, are about to clash for top dog in the FPS market, but which one should you get this holiday season? Should you go with the newbie, or the undisputed FPS sci-fi champ?
Now it may be unfair to compare the two, seeing as Destiny isn’t even out yet and Halo is already a well-established series, but I believe Destiny’s beta spoke volumes. Looking at both games now, you could say that they are very comparable; however, Destiny is establishing itself away from its predecessor and simply saying that the two are alike would just be false, despite some similarities.
Halo: The Mater Chief Collection tells a linear, story-driven game, recollecting the events that will lead up to the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. Halo set the bar for first person-shooters back in 2001 and others claimed to be a “Halo-Killer” in an attempt to dethrone it, but Halo stood tall in a league of their own. Halo then skyrocketed itself past our atmosphere with the release of Halo 2, which improved upon everything in the original and changed the face of competitive online multiplayer on consoles. Halo 3 brought the original trilogy to an epic and (personally) heart-wrenching conclusion, and after Halo went to 343, Master Chief was needed once again, to face against an ancient foe in the new Forerunner story arc. Every major Halo title, over 100 multiplayer maps (6 of which have been remastered), a streamlined UI for the best possible Halo experience, the Halo: Nightfall live action series, and an invitation to the Halo 5: Guardians beta. Dang!
Destiny seems to be living in Halo’s shadow at the moment; some frequently stating that Destiny is just a multiplatform Halo clone. But neigh I say, it ain’t that way! In my Destiny Beta Impressions, I completely gushed about it, but I will recap some of the things I have mentioned. Unlike any other shooter out there today, Destiny has merged FPS, RPG, and MMOs together into one unique hybrid. You can build your own character, gather friends to form a fireteam, and roam the solar system in a fight against The Darkness. The signature Bungie feel is definitely there: the feel of the controls, the soundtrack, a grand sense of scale, it’s all there. How you go about playing the actual game would be akin to Borberlands if it mixed with a MMO. There are three classes to choose from, all of whom have different powers, abilities, armors, and you can progress through the game any which way you like: as a lone wolf, with friends, or just interact with others as you come across them.
Both Bungie and 343 Industries have a clear goal for their future, and that is to make 2 of the biggest franchises of this upcoming generation. Destiny seems to be the next big step for the first-person shooters as it enters territory not yet explored by the genre. The Master Chief Collection is bringing Xbox One users the absolute largest collection of games since The Orange Box, blowing it completely out of the water in terms of sheer content. Choosing either/or is easily justifiable, they’re both fantastic additions to gaming, so much so that I’d be inclined to suggest purchasing both. But everyone has different tastes, whether you like one, the other, or none of them.
To those who believe that this article applies to them, get whatever one you want. To be really honest, the amount of content in The Master Chief Collection is staggering; anyone who owns an Xbox One would be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this, let alone in general. Destiny on the other had has yet to prove itself, though it is still from that Bungie pedigree, basically ensuring us that a fun time will be had. Only when it finally launches, will we be able to justly analyze Destiny by its fullest potential. I for one am excited to play through them both.