Review: Halo: Spartan Strike (Steam)
Halo: Spartan Strike makes you a Spartan supersoldier battling evil forces. Delve into 30 challenging missions through cities and jungles using a devastating arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles including the iconic Warthog against the Covenant and Promethean enemies.
- Excellent detailed graphics. much more vibrant colours than the last company.
- Top down shooter gameplay.
- Steam Achievements.
- Earn in game credits to buy special weapons, armour abilities and boosters.
- Weekly missions to earn bonus credits.
- Stats show off how many medals you have unlocked and how many times you have earned it.
- Full 360 pad support.
- Online leaderboards.
- cut scenes are hand drawn art scenes.
- Authentic Halo soundtrack with all sound effects intact.
- Score based 3 star rating upon level completition .
- 30 levels to battle through. 6 levels within 5 areas.
- Huge selection of weapons to pick up in game. Classics such as the needler, shotgun, grenade launcher to name but a few.
- Drive vehicles! Including the Warthog, Wraith tank and ghosts and more.
- Bite sized levels.
- buy special weapons, boosters and abilities that are valid just for the next level. Special weapons include Spartan laser and sniper rifle.
- 3 optional side quests in each level for bonus credits.
- Skulls present that change game mechanics like no Shields, harder enemies etc.
- Boosters change gameplay with boosters such as score boost for example.
- Tutorial section.
- Video setting options: Resolution, AA and refresh rate.
- Subtitles on/off.
- Auto saves.
- Clear easy to read and understand UI.
- Can re watch unlocked cut scenes.
- Simple controls adopting a twin stick shooter approach.
- Save preferred control type ie controller or mouse and keyboard.
- 5 areas to explore and range from jungles to snow levels.
- Ability items are things like bubble Shields, healing and even drones.
- level areas are bigger and have multiple routes and more action.
- Constant checkpoints.
- No co-op this time round.
- View can feel too close with no camera controls.
- Levels can feel short.
- Cannot re-bind buttons on the controller.
- Driving is tricky at first.
- Buying special weapons can feel wasteful as you may not need them.
- Delay at the boot up as you wait for the pad to sync up, even with wired pads.
- Gameplay can feel slow with some levels having a bit of a no action gap between objectives.
- Missions can feel repetitive.
- No medal voice over like double kill, Killtrocity etc.
in Summary, The game is a huge step up from the first game in the series. With bigger areas and more vehicle action, it feels a lot more like a Halo game. Keeping the sound effects authentic and adding a Halo soundtrack keeps the atmosphere intact. The game is surprising really as you soon find yourself just playing level after level without realising it. Lack of Co op is a shame as I was kind of hoping it would get an overhaul like the single player did. That aside the game is a worthy addition to the Halo franchise. Now if we could get a proper online matchmaking version of This game that would be awesome! in short, Worth the monies for any Halo fan.