It has been a week since the release of Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One version), a top-down third person shooter game published by Microsoft Studios and developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Entertainment.
The game was first released for Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in July 2013. Microsoft has added less than an hour's worth of content to the Xbox One version of the game, suggesting that there's very little new content when compared to the PC and mobile versions.
One of the only significant additions happens to be the game's Co-Op mode, which is not present in previous versions.
IB Times UK brings you a round-up of some of the reviews that the game has received so far.
"Whether you're hurriedly exiting a Scorpion tank on its last legs or backpedaling away from a gravity-hammer-wielding Brute, Spartan Assault is not short of familiar, albeit select, Halo moments. In-app purchases do not intrude on Spartan Assault's overall appeal, though the selection of optional items is only of interest if you seek to improve your scores. The limitation on cooperative play is the game's biggest disappointment, so here's hoping that Microsoft Studios has more multiplayer levels in mind for possible downloadable content."
Twin-stick shooting with Halo appeal
Bite-size missions to satisfy 10-minute arcade fixes
35 missions fly by in a few hours
Poor in-app purchase implementation
Limited co-op play
"Halo: Spartan Assault is quite a fun little game, especially considering the library of titles on the Xbox One is relatively small due to it having just launched. The short, but satisfying missions are very easy to just jump right in and play when you may be in a hurry, while also still being fun in longer play sessions. The game actually feels just like a Halo game, even with a completely different playstyle, due to the familiar weapons and vehicles that are synonymous with the franchise. A lack of local co-op or competitive multiplayer is disappointing, but Halo: Spartan Assault is more than worth the $14.99 price tag, especially for fans of the Halo series."
The Good: Feels Like Halo, Fun Gameplay, Simple Controls, Variety of Weapons, Short and Sweet Missions, Co-Op
The Bad: Technical Glitches, Frustrating AI, No Competitive Multiplayer
"With all of the above having been said and explained, I'll conclude by noting that, even though it lacks a spark of originality and a great amount of replay value, Halo: Spartan Assault is still a decent game. As a result, those who are looking for some more Halo-inspired gameplay, or just a solid twin-stick shooter in general, should check this one out. Just don't go in expecting anything revolutionary."
"At its best, Spartan Assault is a frenetic, arcade-style tribute to Halo. The game's high points are less frequent than they could be, though, and the long-term appeal of the game is limited. You'll probably put it aside for good after 4 hours or so - which isn't terrible value for its $14.99 price tag."
"Halo: Spartan Assault, while fun, never quite escapes the groundwork that was laid out for it by the mobile original. The game never eschews anything more than a fun distraction. At $15 it's a tough sell too, especially considering it's loaded with free to play style microtransactions. The co-op mode is fun to work through, but missed what makes Spartan Assault fun to begin with. If you're a Halo fan and / or a twin stick shooter fan, you probably won't be disappointed with what Spartan Assault has to offer; but it's definitely not a top tier addition to either series or genre."
Overall Score: 3.5/5
This page will be updated with more reviews as and when they arrive.