Who would have guessed that Halo would become mobile? That was a shocking surprise to many of us and we could not ignore reviewing this heavyweight title. Microsoft decided to release Halo: Spartan Strike [$5.99] along with another Halo spinoff called Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] and both are being sold in a bundle at a discount of [$9.99]. Unfortunately, we were disappointed to find out that the Halo games are top-down shooters; an extreme inversion from the classic First Person Shooter genre to which it stayed true for many years. So if you are not a fan of top-down shooter games, then you may be disappointed as well. That said, the game does come with a Halo theme in terms of story, characters and locations. We will compare both games to each other so that you may know which to buy if you do not want to buy the bundle. Attention! Halo: Spartan Assault was released early in 2013 on Windows devices and is not a new game. Microsoft decided to release it at the same time with the new Halo: Spartan Strike on the App Store to profit out of the old game. Continue reading to know more…
Starting with Halo: Spartan Strike, the control system was found to be very responsive considering its mobile interface design. It is even much more responsive than Halo: Spartan Assault, perhaps a minor anomaly that the developers have overseen. This does appear more advantageous as Halo: Spartan Strike is more vehicle oriented and you will find yourself using more vehicles to fight off the enemy in comparison to the other game.
Your character is customizable as you get to upgrade weapons through a credit based system. There is a sort of catch to this system, the harder you adjust the difficulty the more credits you are able to win. The initial missions will deliver credits easier than in mid-game and beyond. Of course, you will recognize many of the celebrated Halo weapons such as the Halo Spartan Laser.
In terms of storyline, Halo: Spartan Strike was found to be more purpose based and put much more emphasis on the narrative rather than on what was perceived as senseless objectives in comparison to Halo: Spartan Assault. You are a Spartan super soldier during the New Mombasa events of Halo 2, around the year 2552. Your objective is to save the Earth from being occupied by the Promethean enemies.
Furthermore, graphics look stunning on both but Halo: Spartan Strike was leading in its crispness and visuals as it is the newest out of the two. For a top-down shooter it definitely looks worth getting, especially if you are a Halo fan. Both games include different types of environments such as jungles where you will see beautiful sceneries and memorable cities from the Halo franchise.
In conclusion, while we expected Microsoft to bring to us the Halo that we are used to on console, we are not complaining in regards to the release of these beautiful apps after a long time waiting. However, we highly recommend that you get Halo: Spartan Strike and not Halo Spartan Assault for the many reasons aforementioned; that is unless you have extra money to spend on both games. We absolutely loved Halo: Spartan Strike as a dual stick top-down shooter but we hope for the real deal to be released in the future where we can engage in action from a First Person Shooter perspective. Thanks to Halo channel, you can check Halo: Spartan Strike trailer below.