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Halo: Spartan Assault

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Taking place sometime between March 2553 and July 2557, Halo: Spartan Assault puts you in the role of a Spartan-IV on the first mission of the Spartan Ops programme during the Battle of Draetheus V, the start of the second war between the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) and the alien Covenant.

What You Need to Know

As a top-down shooter, Halo: Spartan Assault is a different take on the iconic Halo series and features a story that takes place between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4 starring two protagonists, namely Spartans Sarah Palmer and Edward Davis.

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What’s New?

The biggest addition to the game over the original Windows 8 and Windows 8 Mobile versions of Halo: Spartan Assault is the co-operative campaign, which tells a different story to the main campaign, where you and a buddy will face off against a returning enemy, the dreaded ‘Flood.’

What’s the Same?

Spartan Assault on Xbox 360 features all the same story missions as the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Mobile versions, and also includes the Operation Hydra missions, which boosts the campaign missions to a total of thirty. The game also uses terminals to display story cut-scenes, similar to Halo 4 and Halo: Anniversary Edition, and instead of using in-game visuals the cinematics use a more motion comic style, which works well.

You’ll Enjoy Halo: Spartan Assault If You Like…

… the Halo universe.

… top-down shooters like Shadowgrounds.

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What I Liked

- 5.) The game features some very detailed visuals, which I think are on par with the other games in the series.

- 4.) The Halo series is well known for its music and Halo: Spartan Assault is no different. Tom Salta, the composer, has done an amazing job.

- 3.) The unique way of telling the Halo story with the motion comic cut-scenes and how it ties in with the other Halo games.

- 2.) The addition of the co-operative campaign is a great bonus – the game has the perfect design for co-op.

- 1.) The fact that the game takes on a different style of gameplay to traditional Halo games, which shows the story of Halo can be told using different methods.

Favourite Moment

The best moments were when I completed a mission to the best of my ability and saw the results screen with a gold star rating.

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What I Didn’t Like

- 4.) The game was designed for mobile with quick jump in and play levels, so certain levels feel a little too short.

- 3.) The co-op campaign is only over Xbox LIVE and not available for couch co-op. Maybe in a future patch they can add local co-op to the game.

- 2.) The game isn’t as stable as the Windows version. Every now and then after a couple of missions, the game would just freeze up and the controller would vibrate like crazy.

- 1.) Spartan Assault doesn’t have a difficulty setting, unlike other Halo games where you can choose between ‘Easy,’ ‘Normal,’ ‘Heroic’ and ‘Legendary.’ You can make it more difficult by adding Skull modifiers, but I would still like a Legendary option.

Least Favourite Moment

In my third attempt to get a gold star rating on a challenging level, all was going well with me racking up the score like crazy before the game decided to crash on me and I lost all the score and stats I was so working hard to get.

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What’s Extra?

The game also features some mission specific challenges. By completing these challenges you unlock XP which you can use to help you setup for a mission, like choose a different gun, perks and Armour abilities. If you played the game on Windows 8 and Windows 8 Mobile, your stats will carry over to this version but you will have to replay if you want to unlock the achievements.

The Bottom Line

Halo: Spartan Assault is a great addition to the Halo series. If you’re looking for a game where you can just quickly jump in and play a few levels, then this is the game for you – the missions might be short, but they are still lots of fun.


Halo: Spartan Assault was reviewed on Xbox 360


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