For so many of us, the Halo series played a pivotal role in our development as gamers. Perhaps your freshman year of college was defined by talking trash in the midst of massive Halo 2 system-link parties. If you're a child of the early nineties, your group of friends likely had to make the difficult decision between a game of backyard football or a 4 v. 4 sniper match. Countless gamers lined up at midnight for the latest Halo game, bought Xbox 360s at launch in anticipation of Halo 3, and tried to fit that ridiculous Master Chief helmet on their giant heads. Yes, at its core, Halo is a phenomenally-designed first-person shooter franchise, but to the gaming community it's so much more than that. This is a series that defines our hobby. It brought people together in a world where we're so often growing apart. For these reasons, and oh so many more, Halo: The Master Chief Collection simply feels like a dream come true.