Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Halo Spartan Assault Review

 Halo Spartan Assault Review

Halo Spartan Assault is a isometric shooter that is on xbox one , xbox 360, windows phone 8 & windows 8, I got the windows 8 version. The game you can play with mouse, keyboard,360 controllers, or touchscreens apparently. I do not have a touch screen so I can’t cover that. The game was made by 343 Industries, and Vanguard Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios. The game was $6.99 when I got it. It is entirely single player, no online multiplayer, or even split screen multiplayer… The games story takes place between halo 3 & halo 4 apparently….

It really isn’t that deep, or at least it doesn't explain anything outside of oh no the big bad aliens attacked when there was a treaty oh no let’s play this simulation game and see how these guys survived it. So it is a game within a game mentality.

The first thing you will notice after selecting a mission is that you start off with a assault rifle and magnum pistol. The next thing you will see is your weapon load out costs XP, and Credits for weapons. Now let me explain what XP. XP is in game free currency in which you earn by how well you do and skull multipliers.  Now let me explain what credits are, you spend REAL money to get credits… Micro transactions… Now you might be thinking, oh I bought the weapon now I will always have it…. NOPE…. You will only have it for that one time use.. If you want the weapon again you will have to BUY IT AGAIN…. Meaning you spend real money continuously for the right to use the same content in a game you already bought.. To have a weapon that is part of that game. For some missions you will need those weapons, especially if you are actually trying to get through the game with gold stars.

Speaking of the skull multipliers, there are 6 of them and they all add difficulty. I do not understand why there is a limit of only 2 you can apply at a time since someone such as myself would rather have all 6 activated. Outside of worrying about getting gold, which has no value to me along with the xp system since the only thing you can get with it is a sniper rifle with only 35 shots and no way to get ammo replenished I literally can just run and gun even with the skull that makes enemies harder to kill with the pacifist skull which lowers shields when attacking. Since we will be playing with the same 2 weapons the whole game more than likely you will want something actually to challenge you other than the abusive micro transactions.

Now I mentioned it was a isometric shooter so you would expect the typical generic  play style with dodging, shooting, throwing, and a melee weapon. DON’T expect that, throw that out the window.  You have grenades, shooing, and blunting(takes a long time to do actually). But you also have vehicles, but no dodging, jumping crouching or anything like that. Just hide behind things you think they can’t shoot through and there is a good chance they can but you can’t…

Which reminds me, level design is linear, short, and its clear it was effort less, if you are not bored by the only 2 same weapons while occasionally getting a weapon you will soon be throwing away after wasting 1000 XP on then you will be bored to death by the uninspiring level design. Its not all bad there are a few meh levels but the majority of them are just plain, dull, and more of the same as the previous level you were just at. They seem to phone it in here as well….

As I mentioned there is stars you get if you complete a level good enough but there are also medals, and achievements which you can aim to try to get as well. Now they advertised that the game’s achievements count as xboxlive achievements.  OOO big woop was my thoughts, I found out why they advertised that, believe  it or not but I found people in RL bragging about their gamertag score, and their achievements. They seem to only buy games to try to get all the achievements to get the highest gamer score to brag about it. So these idiots would buy it just to get a higher gamertag score, they wouldn’t care how bad it is, and they would spend money on the micro transactions each time just to try to get Gold stars every time…… I don’t understand these people.

The game is riddled with bugs and glitches as well as continuously crashing, and having performance issues to completely unplayable on devices that are well passed the system requirements. The options are a joke,  Select input method, which it saves so if you unplug, lose or break your 360 controller you will not be able to play the game at all to switch it to mouse and keyboard. Volume, play cutscenes and comic book view.

The games DRM is appalling, it is always online DRM, without being online you will not be able to play the full game and you will be locked out of the game you paid for along with that it has the typical windows 8 DRM which prevents you from viewing and modifying the files, so you cannot see what it is doing while its running. Along with that it incorporates cookie stealing, and internet history stealing meaning more spyware bullshit.

The game is SPYWARE, it has DRM that locks you out of content from your game, it has Micro-transactions to charge you for one time using weapons outside of 2 weapons, EACH TIME YOU USE THEM. This game being made and released the way it was should be a crime. This game is one of the worst games I have ever played simply by how abusive it is to the players.

Music and sound where cookie cutter re-uses, nothing notability different, its uninspiring. Along with that I think I should explain the AI, the AI is simply broken, both enemy and friendly. Slow-motion grunts walking to turrets to try to take you down but it’s so easy to kill them even with skulls enabled. No path detection shooting where you were not where you are going meaning as long as you circle around your enemy without being too close you win. Friendly AI will randomly stop shooting all together, get stuck on rocks, and just plain disappear…

AI:                                         2/10
level design:                            2/10
Controls:                                1/ 10
Gameplay:                              1/10
Music & sound:                     5/10

Overall score:          2.2/10   Abusing the users shouldn’t be tollerated

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