For all the Halo fans out there, who are also iPhone customers, Microsoft has released a new spinoff game. The title of the game is Halo: Spartan Strike. It was developed by Microsoft and their partners, 343 Industries and Vanguard Games. The game can be downloaded for $5.99 on iPhones, Steam, and Windows 8.
Microsoft stated in a blog post that the game focuses on a fresh storyline in the universe, sprouting from the conflict in Halo 2. Users play as a Spartan, going through about 30 missions. And no new game of Halo’s genre would be complete without all the newest toys, from weapons and vehicles to all new player abilities. Spartan Strike also comes with a new collection of advanced controls and graphics.
As an added bonus for those who choose to play the Windows 8 version, Spartan Strike offers players weekly missions that allow them to challenge their friends. They can also be awarded through that by gaining achievements to help unlock specific avatars and titles, such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The other spinoff game announced alongside Spartan Strike was Halo: Spartan Assault. Microsoft announced that both games can be bought together under the title Halo: Spartan Bundle, only for $9.99. Spartan Assault is a shooting game where the player becomes Commander Palmer, enacting the first few operations of the Spartan Ops initiative. Like Spartan Strike, it has 30 missions.
The end game for Spartan Assault is to defeat the Covenant. The game is meant for the players to learn the origin story behind the Spartan Ops program, which was highlighted in Halo 4. In the game, players are allowed to customize their avatars with any of its vast array of vehicles, armor, and of course, their weaponry.
Spartan Strike has dozens of areas you can travel to during missions, ranging from cities to forests. The upgraded visuals and graphics should make such levels more entertaining. One of the new vehicles in the game is the Kestrol VTOL, but it also includes previous ones like the Warthog. Just like with Spartan Assault, players combat the Covenant, but also the added threat of the Prometheans. Players are responsible for leading their UNSC unit in the defense of the Earth.
Microsoft had planned to release Spartan Strike back in 2014 as an exclusive game for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, but the project suffered delays. Microsoft made the decision to wait until they could make versions of the game for many different platforms. Spartan Assault, which was released earlier, in July 2013, has had to be reformatted twice. The first time was in December 2013 for Xbox One, and the second was in the beginning of 2014 for the Xbox 360.
While Microsoft has made it so that Apple iPhone customers can reach their fingers to the screen and download these Halo spinoffs, they’re still focused on other platform markets. In November 2014, they expanded their Office apps for Apple and Android customers. And coming later this year in October, they will be releasing Halo 5: Guardians. The details for it are expected to be announced at the E3 conference this summer.
By Matthew Austin Bowers
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