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Impressions: Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One) photo
Impressions: Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One)
by Wesley Ruscher

Having all but ignored initial reviews for Halo: Spartan Assault when it first hit Windows 8 platforms last year, I was quite optimistic that I would thoroughly enjoy a top-down, twin-stick shooter set in Microsoft’s massively popular sci-fi setting. After all, Halo’s extended universe is generally of excellent quality and the company handling the franchise’s excursion into a new genre, Vanguard Games, proved they had the stuff to make an exhilarating run-and-gun shooter with Gatling Gears.

I should have read the reviews.

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7:00 PM on 01.09.2014

A new piece of Halo 5 concept art has surfaced

Hey look, Halo 5 news! Well, not news about Halo 5 itself, but more so on what's going on behind-the-scenes at 343 Industries. First, Tim Longo joined the team as creative director. His past work included Tomb Raider, Star Wa...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 12.23.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault is now available on Xbox One

Halo: Spartan Assault is now available on the Xbox One, one day earlier than planned. The Xbox 360 version is still coming out January 2014. The twin-stick shooter was originally released for Windows 8 phones and PC, but now ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 12.09.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault hits Xbox One in late December

While the twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault has locked in a December 24, 2013 release date on Xbox One, the Xbox 360 version won't be arriving until January 2014. Folks who buy the original Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 12.09.2013

Tomb Raider's creative director now with Halo dev team

Timothy Longo, creative director behind the Tomb Raider reboot, has made the switch from Crystal Dynamics to 343 Industries. As shown on his LinkedIn profile, Longo is now the new creative director at 343; the studi...

Harry Monogenis

11:00 AM on 10.29.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Currently only available on devices running Windows 8, the dual-stick shooter set in the Halo universe Halo: Spartan Assault will be coming to Xbox consoles, reuniting with the brand most closely associated with the shooter f...

Darren Nakamura





10:30 PM on 10.01.2013

There's a little Halo 5 in this Halo 4 GotY re-release

Halo 4: Game of the Year Edition is coming out next week on October 8 for $39.99. Note that when we first learned about this package it was listed at $49.99, so this is a much better price now. It's going to include the game...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:15 PM on 09.27.2013

Microsoft reportedly testing its own cloud streaming

From the sound of it, there will soon be no escape streaming games. Sony will use Gaikai to stream PlayStation 3 games to PS4, there's also the PS Vita TV, and similar functionality is planned for Steam users who purchase or ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 08.26.2013

Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition targeting October

Proving that if your game has DLC it too can be eligible for that coveted "game of the year edition," IGN brings word that Halo 4 will find its way back onto store shelves with a new price. A convincing albeit unconfirmed ima...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 08.21.2013

Impressions: Halo 4: Champions Bundle

Halo 4 has sort of dwindled, despite the fact that I still queue up on occasion and heartily enjoy it. After three map packs that have ranged from "meh," to "great," the Champions Bundle came out of nowhere outside of the Sea...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Halo 4 getting new armor mods, playlist updates

Halo 4 is receiving new some new updates next week. Playlist wise, the Rumble Pit playlist will be added back as the premiere free for all mode. Rumble Pit will have 15 new voting options that includes new Slayer and objectiv...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 07.19.2013

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn gets an Emmy nomination

I don't care if you like Halo 4, or any game in the series for that matter. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is far and away the best example of how to adapt a videogame franchise to a live-action setting. I watched it expecting lit...

Abel Girmay

7:30 PM on 07.18.2013

Halo: Spartan Assault now available for Windows 8 devices

Halo: Spartan Assault, the top down twin-stick shooter, is now available for Windows 8 based phones, tablets, and PCs. In the U.S., Halo: Spartan Assault is available for Windows 8 phones only to customers on Verizon Wireles...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 06.27.2013

Microsoft still discussing possible Halo 2 Anniversary

Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer tells IGN that the rumored Halo 2 Anniversary is still being talked about internally. While it hasn't been officially announced yet, such a re-release seems inevitable. "I'll be open," h...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 06.21.2013

Current Halo trilogy is now a saga, says Microsoft

The new Halo installment teased during Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference is no longer the second game in the Reclaimer trilogy. "While we originally said trilogy, we've actually expanded this to more of a saga, so we don...

Jordan Devore

1:06 PM on 06.10.2013

New Halo announced by 343 Industries, now with deserts

343 Industries is currently in the midst of working on the next iteration of the Halo franchise. Unfortunately, without the 5 after the title, there is no guarantee where this game falls in the series cannon. The clues of a ...

Jason Cabral