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Halo Xbox Master Collection Is Here

Halo: The Master Chief Collection PHOTO COURTESY MICROSOFT

Halo: The Master Chief Collection PHOTO COURTESY MICROSOFT

Exclusively for Xbox One, Halo: The Master Chief Collection recently released, and it isn’t just a rehash of the previous Halos, but is more of a celebration of Halo and is a reminder of why it’s such a classic.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection packages the first four numbered installments in Microsoft’s beloved first-person shooter series.

It includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, 3 and 4, and features new achievements while all difficulty and play modes are unlocked from the start.

As you probably are aware, Halo significantly helped to establish the rules for the modern console first-person shooter games when it initially launched for Xbox in 2001.

As a recap, the story is largely about Master Chief, a supersoldier who takes on threats such as the alien Covenant, the zombie-like Flood and the robotic Prometheans alongside his iconic A.I. companion Cortana.

What makes The Master Chief Collection special is the ability to enjoy his saga any way you like — all levels from Halo 1 through 4 are unlocked from the beginning. You can opt to ride out the whole franchise or just battle through themed playlists that mash up the best missions from each game.

No story or gameplay changes were made to the original releases, but it experienced a multiplayer glitch at launch that had players wait for minutes up to more than an hour for matches to begin. Hopefully, by the time you read this, it will be fixed, but some call this one of the biggest video game disasters, since one of the biggest draws of the game is its multiplayer function. At least the game developer released a public apology for the problem.

Find it for $59.99 at your nearest retailer or Amazon.com.

If you become bored with Halo’s campaigns and multi-player, you can utilize the long-running Forge and Theater modes to make new arenas and watch and record matches, respectively.

The package also provides access to the Halo: Nightfall TV series — which wasn’t accessible at the time of review — as well as Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, which kicks off Dec. 29.

Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Goldbely

Still in a food coma from Thanksgiving, I shouldn’t be thinking of more food, but Goldbely is forcing me to.

Originally a startup website last year, it recently launched an app (iOS only) that allows you to order gourmet foods from around the country, whether it’s a real Philly cheesesteak, Maryland crab cakes or a deep-dish pizza from Chicago — and yes, there’s delivery to Hawaii!

The idea behind Goldbely is to allow anyone to experience the best of an area’s local cuisine while restaurants get to increase their distribution. There might be an extra charge for the special shipping preparation of items (e.g., flash-freezing or using dry ice), but it’s well worth it.

Goldbely’s focus is to bring you specialty foods from other cities while partnering with restaurants that already ship foods (for the infrastructure around packaging/shipping). Ordering from Goldbely can be a great option for the foodies on your Christmas list. Prices vary, depending on what you order, but expect to spend at least $70-plus, as that’s the average tab with shipping.