FPS Gone Two-Stick Shooter – Halo: Spartan Strike Review
Halo has become one of the biggest video-game franchises and it finally finds itself on mobile devices. Though, it’s not the first-person shooter you’d typically expect. Developers 343 Industries and Vanguard Games have created Halo: Spartan Strike for iOS, Steam and Other Mobile Devices. Halo: Spartan Strike is the successor to the previously released Halo: Spartan Assault. Both games take all the ingredients of the franchise like the guns, vehicles and characters and port it into a two-stick shooter, though Halo: Spartan Strike is a bit more refined than Spartan Assault. How does this famous FPS translate to mobile? Let’s take a look at Halo: Spartan Strike:
– High production value.(Everything from the soundtrack to the voice-overs to the menus to the cut-scenes are nicely done.)
– Looks amazing on the iPhone! Plus, no slow-down or lag even with all the action. (Played on iPhone 6)
– FIVE different locations with SIX Missions in each location. (30 Missions altogether, plus tutorial.)
– Various different objectives in each mission. (Fetch stuff, defend stuff, destroy stuff, kill stuff.)
– Missions are just the right size for a mobile game. (Not too big, not too small.)
– Shoot with all your favorite Guns, Turrets and Grenades from the other Halo Games.
– Kill all the typical Covenant Characters from other Halo Games. (Grunts, Drones, Brutes, etc)
– VEHICLES: Drive and Shoot from the Warthog, Tank and Covenant Vehicles.
– Use credits obtained from missions to buy weapons, armor abilities and boosters for your next mission.
– Use SKULLS to increase the percentage of credits you get from each mission, but with added difficulty.
– Connect the game to your Xbox Live Account. ( Don’t worry if you forget, cause it asks you EVERY TIME you open the Game, though you can semi turn it off.)
– No mid-mission check points. If you die, you have to restart from the VERY top. (Challenging, but sometimes annoying.)
– Touch-Control can sometimes lead to mistakes and death. ( Double-tapping to throw a grenade can be inaccurate and driving vehicles can be a mess.)
– No multiplayer.
Having caught Halo:Spartan Strike on sale for $0.99, I can say I’ve enjoyed this game quite a bit. I loved how close the game comes to being Halo, but in a totally different format. All the guns shoot like how you’d expect them to shoot and all the enemies act like how you’d expect them to act. The game presents a story that follows after Halo 4, but thankfully the story is non-abrasive and short, cause they typically save the best story lines for the major releases. There are 30 perfectly sized missions to embark on with locations from the streets of New Mombasa to the sci-fi themed Gamma Halo. My only gripe with this game is the touch-control while you drive any of the vehicles can be difficult to steer in the direction you want. Plus, throwing grenades can be very inaccurate at times, cause you have to double tap the right side of the screen, which works about 70 percent of the time.
Halo: Spartan Strike is a solid two-stick shooter that presents a high production value. Sure, it’s not the typical first-person shooter, but it stays very true to the Halo Franchise with all the iconic elements from the series such as: characters, weapons, vehicles and achievements. Sometimes the controls can get you killed, but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the game. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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