When Vanguard Games and Microsoft first announced a Halo game for your tablet / phone I was in between on my opinion. I really wanted to play Halo on my phone but was worried it might be a cash in at the same time. After playing some good hours in it I can finally have a true idea of what I like and dislike about this title.
Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The soundtrack featured is very similar to that in most Halo games. I was surprised to hear some new scores for this game so it was a added surprise bonus for me. Audio is nearly perfect as the game coming from my phone feels as if it is on my television or computer in terms of quality. Voice acting is sparse due to the fact the game is all about the combat which is completely fine with me.
Graphics, Physics, Glitches, Engine Performance: The graphics are by far some of the best I have seen in the mobile market and still look visually impressive on your PC. Glitches are rare as it seems to very well polished, but I have only one complaint about some parts were you try to get into a vehicle but you get ran over instead even if it’s not moving. Physics are what you would expect from a top down third person shooter of simple features. The engine they used to design the game is perfect for Windows 8 as it one of the best running games I have played in any form mobile gaming.
Controls: The controls featured on your phone or tablet are really good but some slight complaints. Certain vehicles are hard to control but still manageable at times. Running and gunning is simple and using grenades and armor abilities are very easy to understand even without a mouse and keyboard. I would not say it’s hard to control as it very well polished but some small things that could be fixed with a update.
Gameplay: The whole idea is simple depending on missions, either just simply wiping waves of Elites, Brutes, and Grunts. Maybe even helping snipers get into position. But the same idea of making sure you aim shoot and kill is all there is to know. It is similar to Gun Bros which if you want idea go download it now, it’s free. But at the same time it has that Halo twist making it much harder than Gun Bros. Before each mission you have load outs which will give you standard weapons. Some weapons can me purchased with XP others with credits. But you can only get credits by using real money. Luckily if you beat Halo 4 you get a good amount of redeems for the weapons you have to buy. The skulls available increase the difficulty but help you earn more XP. I find the top down third person shooter aspect a great fit for Halo from a game play standpoint.
Story: Spartan Assault’s story takes place sometime between Halo 3 and Halo 4. You must play as Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis and you must fend of a invasion. The whole game is really a simulation of those events. But non the less the story is not really deep but as we all know that is not the point. It is simply expanding the Haloverse to a different type of style and market.
Replay Ability: Very High
Final Verdict: The premise to bring forward a new way to play Halo is a cool idea. Luckily it payed off. Halo: Spartan Assault is already a instant hit on Windows 8. I find the game very fun to play for hardcore time or in your spare time. I found very little wrong with this title and call it one of the best things to happen to Halo yet. I award Halo: Spartan Assault a 9.75 out of 10. See you on the virtual battlefield.
Overall Score: 9.75/10
RGN Rating: Platinum Game
Developer: Vanguard Games / Microsoft Game Studios
Available On: Windows 8 PC, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 Tablets
Played On: Windows Phone 8
Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.