With the PlayStation 4 decidedly getting the better press in the early goings of the new console war, there’s one mammoth of a franchise that will undoubtedly sell a ton of Xbox Ones regardless: Halo.
Today, Xbox One owners can have their first taste at a Halo game on their new console with the release of Halo: Spartan Assault.
It’s not a new game, having been originally released in July for Windows 8 PCs and Windows Phones (all two of you who own one). It’s also not your typical Halo game, as it’s a top-down, twin-stick shooter that spans the timeline between the core titles Halo 3 and Halo 4. Still, it’s liable to attract plenty of purchases from owners of a console with all too few games to play on it just yet – at a bargain price of $14.99. And the fact that it has Halo in the name doesn’t hurt.
Initial reviews of the title are mixed – the PC version currently sits at a Metacritic score of 71 – but for fans of the franchise, there’s a lot to like if for no other reason than the twinges of nostalgia it evokes. There are countless memories tied to that beep of a depleted shield, and it’s difficult to resist the prospect of blowing away a Covenant ship or a horde of the Flood with that new Xbox One controller.
Best of all in this version, though, is the inclusion of online co-op multiplayer, sorely missing from the original release. So if you’re home for the holidays and you’re short on software to play on your shiny new console, Halo: Spartan Assault could be a decent way to satisfy that addiction to the classic franchise – even if we do have to wait a bit longer for Master Chief’s first appearance on the Xbox One.
Last Updated: December 24, 2013