As early adopters of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, we’ve been patiently waiting for the entertainment software to catch up with hardware. With the recent release of ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ we’re happy to say that the Surface now has the addictive core gaming experience that we’ve been longing for.
Set between the events of ‘Halo 3’ and Halo 4’, this (virtual) twin stick overhead shooter puts players in the armor of a dauntless ‘Spartan’ in order to dispatch waves of attacking covenant and to complete various campaign objectives. Although the iconic ‘Master Chief’ doesn’t make an appearance, ‘Halo’ veterans will recognize many other familiar allies, adversaries, vehicles, and weapons over the course of ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’s’ twenty-five levels.
Jointly developed by Vanguard Games and 343 Industries (for Microsoft Studios), ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’, features all of the polish and most of the trimmings of its console and PC brethren. The graphics are immediately impressive; and the game’s musical score and cinematics hold up remarkably well alongside ‘Halo 4’.
For Surface owners, buying ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ is a no-brainer. For those that don’t have the tablet, Microsoft has recently announced that all of the intense isometric shooting gameplay is inbound for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One in December 2013. In the interim, ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ may not sell the masses on the ‘Surface’s’ gaming potential, but it’s the strongest argument for it yet.
For Windows 8 and Surface gamers, ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ is available now for download from the Microsoft Store for $6.99.