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Games with Gold for Xbox One Now Live for June

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The anticipated Games with Gold for Xbox One is now live on the games marketplace this month as both Halo: Spartan Assault, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, await your install. Quickest way to find them both is to “Xbox Bing” them with voice command to search for them and hit the FREE option. Both games are only available for a limited time, so grab the one you don’t own whilst you can for nothing. If you already own them both, hopefully next month’s titles will be eye-catching for you.

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Halo: Spartan Assault scored 85% in our review this year:

Gameplay is very solid as a HALO Experience. You have the action from fire fights against increasingly more difficult Covenant forces form Grunts to Elites, with the later missions throwing vehicle use into the mix with Scorpion tanks, Wraiths and Ghosts all of which can be piloted and used and you can even steal vehicles from enemies with the same satisfaction as booting an Elite off his Ghost just like a regular HALO game. The better you play means a higher score and reward in XP for that mission. Scores are uploaded to a Global leaderboard and you can compare your score against anyone on your friends list with the game as your score determins which medal you get for that mission, bronze, silver or gold for hitting their target scores.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood scored 70% in our review this year:

The first hour of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is spent outrunning the massive giant who inevitably turns its attention to Max. During this what you quickly see is the amount of depth Press Play bestows upon us is mind-blowing. Watching the size comparison between Max, the giant monster, the desert and the jungle tower was captivating. This chase serves a good purpose and forces you to get accustomed to Max’s tighter controls along the way. The game to this point felt like a genuinely solid plat-forming experience, that was until it introduced its main, defining mechanic in its second level: the marker.

Enjoy your freebies!

Games With Gold Will Start for Xbox One in June

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Games with Gold was first launched as a promotion last year as a reward and as a build up to the launch of the Xbox One for Xbox 360 users. The promotion which gives one AAA title and one XBLA title per month for free to those with a Gold level subscription. It was deemed a success and it continued long after the release of the Xbox One but those who did make the move to next gen Xbox gaming, have been waiting for Games with Gold to apply to them.

Announced last week alongside the reveal of the new Kinect-less Xbox One option, June will see the launch of Games with Gold for Xbox One users who have a Gold subscription. It will start with MAX: The Curse of Brotherhood and HALO: Spartan Assault.

HALO: Spartan Assault Xbox 360 Review

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HALO: Spartan Assault was first released as a game for Windows 8 devices last year. At Christmas it finally made it’s way onto Xbox One and this year on the Xbox 360. I originally bought and played this on my Nokia Lumia WP8 and really enjoyed it and was very curious to see how it would survive the upgrade to full Xbox Console, and thanks to Xbox, I got the chance to do just that.

Developed by 343 Industries (HALO 4) and working with Vanguard Games, HALO:Spartan Assault is set between the event of HALO 3 and HALO 4. You will take the roles of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight Covenant forces in missions not seen in any HALO game before. There are 30 missions to play in the single player campaign, split into six operations and each one has an Operational Movie that sets the scene and story for the missions you are about to play.

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The game is essentially a twin stick shooter. You play using the left thumb stick to move and the right thumbstick to aim whichever weapon you have equipped and firing using the Right Trigger. Like a normal HALO game, left trigger is used to throw grenades and the Left bumper is used to activate your Armour ability such as Sprint, Active Camouflage, Hologram, Healing Bubble and Remote Sentry.The Right bumper is used for  melee attacks.  All the weapons both UNSC and Covenant from the HALO series are used in Spartan Assault.

Being able to use a controller makes playing Spartan Assault far easier then I found it on my WP8, and felt more natural to use which enhanced the playing experience even more on the console version. Having the controls assigned to how you would usually find them in a console game was key to the success of this game and it is one that works sublimely well.

The best way to describe what HALO: Spartan Assault is like as a game is to say its a blend between HALO Wars and the Spartan Ops from HALO 4. Missions range from surviving a Covenant attack, defending a base, retrieval of UNSC staff and escort missions. Although it is not a FPS, like HALO Wars is has that HALO feeling threaded all the way through it as you play. As a huge HALO fanboy, one of the most enjoyable aspects to HALO: Spartan Assault is getting to see more of the HALO universe through the story told by the missions. Commander Sarah Palmer features in HALO 4 and in Spartan Ops but actually getting to play her story, learning about her career as a Spartan before the events of HALO 4 gives great insight, as a HALO fan, to her her character and presence in the series.

Gameplay is very solid as a HALO Experience. You have the action from fire fights against increasingly more difficult Covenant forces form Grunts to Elites, with the later missions throwing vehicle use into the mix with Scorpion tanks, Wraiths and Ghosts all of which can be piloted and used and you can even steal vehicles from enemies with the same satisfaction as booting an Elite off his Ghost just like a regular HALO game. The better you play means a higher score and reward in XP for that mission. Scores are uploaded to a Global leaderboard and you can compare your score against anyone on your friends list with the game as your score determins which medal you get for that mission, bronze, silver or gold for hitting their target scores.

The XP you earn from missions can then be used to select new weapons from the equipment screen before each mission. From here you can also purchase perks like Damage Boost and Score Boost. These perks will only run for a single mission playthrough. You only have one life going into a mission so should you fall, you will have to replay the whole missions and any perks and new weapons purchased will be lost. Much like HALO 4, Spartan Assault also has challenges in the form of ‘Assault Ops’. There are 90 in total which are mission based and will reward XP for completing tasks such as number of an enemy type killed to completing the mission in a particular way or time limit. There is also a weekly challenge which changes each week. There is always something to test you as a player, whether its beating your original score or trying to play for bragging rights by getting a higher score then a friend. The missions are relatively short time wise, but with 30 missions in the single player alone, that is quite a lot of HALO combat to enjoy in a game.

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New to the console version is the addition of a Co-Op campaign that can be played with a friend or you can search for another player over Xbox LIVE to work with. This campaign is set as a training program for Spartans. The AI Roland introduces it by explaining that it is to be used to prepare for a possible battle against an old enemy of Master Chief, The Flood. This makes a nice all round HALO experience for the game, and is great fun with another player and adds that much more value to this game compared with the original Windows 8 title which only had the Single Player campaign.

There is a micro transaction side to HALO: Spartan Assault as well. Whilst you can completely play and finish the game only using the XP you earn per mission to obtain perks, skills and new weapons, the game will also offer the player the option of using real money to purchase Gold credits, from 79p for 200 Gold credits to the maximum of £11.99 for 4000 Gold Credits. You use them when on the equipment screen were you can say buy the Damage boost perk for 800 XP or you can buy it for 40 Gold Credits. This is completely optional and as I said, you can completely play the game and only use the XP you earn, but it will mean replaying missions to earn the extra XP where as using Gold Credits is a short cut and fast track options should you want to use that way.

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For me, the console version is the definitive version of HALO: Spartan Assault. It benefits from having the use of a controller and looks amazing on a TV. Gameplay is smooth and fluid enough for an XBLA twin shooter and with a good insight into the characters of Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis before the events of HALO 4. If you, like me, already purchased this game on your W8 device then you will get a discount when buying it for your Xbox 360 or Xbox One, reducing the price to £3.99 so even if you have already played this, it is worth picking up again to experience it on your console.

The game will cost £11.99 if you are buying it fresh and if you are a HALO fan then it is good value for money for the HALO Experience you get with it and with the addition of co-op an even better experience when played with a friend or second player. I absolutely enjoyed this game the first time round on my WP8 but can honestly say the better experience has been with it on Xbox 360.

Would like to give a big thank you to Xbox for providing the Review Code for HALO: Spartan Assault

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HALO: Spartan Assault Finally Lands on Xbox 360 Tomorrow

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HALO: Spartan Assault will finally complete its trilogy of Microsoft platforms by being released on XBox 360 tomorrow. Enlist as a Spartan soldier and sharpen your tactical skills in battle!

Set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, is a new chapter within the award-winning Halo universe. Spanning over 30 missions in vibrant, dangerous worlds, dive deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars and the origins of the Spartan Ops program.

Like the Xbox One version, on Xbox 360 the game will have the new online Co-op mode, and watch each other’s backs with all-new Co-op missions. Engage in Operation Hydra, the expansion from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 game that brings mystery and a chilling addition to the single player Campaign. Wage war against a persistent and overwhelming enemy — encounter the Flood for the first time in Halo: Spartan Assault

Go in strong with an expanded arsenal that brings you more weapons, more armor abilities, and more upgrades — it’s the ultimate Spartan Assault experience!

 

HALO Spartan Assault landing on Xbox One December 24th

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Xbox Wire has confirmed that HALO: Spartan Assault will come to Xbox One on December 24th and in January for Xbox 360. First released for Windows 8 devices earlier this year, the game was a hit with HALO fans leading to the move to the main consoles.

A top down twin stick shooter, players take on the role of Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis during missions set between HALO 3 and HALO 4. The Xbox One version will come with added co-op mode, new missions and the expansion ‘Operation Hydra’ add On.

Those who have already purchased the game for their Windows 8 devices will be able to purchase the game as an “upgrade” in order to play it on console for both Xbox One and then in January for Xbox 360. At the moment UK Pricing has yet to be confirmed by it will be available for $14.99 as a full download and $4.99 as the upgrade option for those who own it on Windows 8 devices already.

Xbox One – Halo Spartan Assault Achievements Worth Double The Xbox 360 Version

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Halo: Spartan Assault, known for its action on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 is coming to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One – and the Achievements have been revealed showing how the Xbox One version Achievements are worth double the score!

Halo: Spartan Assault Co-op Achievements:

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Flooded Complete all co-op missions 30 GS 60 GS
Overachiever Earn all co-op medals at least once 50 GS 100 GS
Dynamic Duo Earn all Gold stars in all co-op missions 30 GS 60 GS
Extermination Kill 10,000 enemies in co-op 30 GS 60 GS
The Company of Strangers Complete a co-op mission with at least 5 different players 10 GS 20 GS

Halo: Spartan Assault Xbox One Exclusive Achievements:

The Enemy of my Friend Get a higher individual score than your partner on all co-op missions   NA 100 GS
Immune Finish a co-op mission without becoming infected   NA 100 GS

Original Halo: Spartan Assault Achievements:

Overrun Complete Operation A 10 GS 20 GS
Switched On Complete Operation B 10 GS 20 GS
Switched Off Complete Operation C 10 GS 20 GS
Evacuated Complete Operation D 10 GS 20 GS
Terminated Complete Operation E 10 GS 20 GS
Escort Service Keep all Wolverines intact in Operation A, Mission 3 5 GS 10 GS
Nowhere to Hide Prevent all Jackals from regenerating their shield in Operation B, Mission 3 10 GS 20 GS
Never Knew What Hit Them Kill a convoy target with every stationary gun in Operation C, Mission 3 10 GS 20 GS
Brute Force Finish the objectives using only the Brute Shot, melee and grenades in Operation D, Mission 1 10 GS 20 GS
Foot Soldier Finish the objective without using any vehicles/turrets in Operation E, Mission 4 10 GS 20 GS
Recruit Earn a star of any type in an operation mission 5 GS 10 GS
Prodigy Earn your first Gold star in an operation mission 5 GS 10 GS
117 Earn all Gold stars in all operation missions 20 GS 40 GS
Distinguished Service Earn all medals in the game at least once 15 GS 30 GS
Weapon of Choice Score a kill with every handheld weapon (excluding Rocket Launcher and Spartan Laser) 5 GS 10 GS
Powered by MJOLNIR Use every ability at least once (excluding Overshield and Seeker Drone) 10 GS 20 GS
Skull Combo Complete any mission with the maximum number of Skulls active 10 GS 20 GS
Vidmaster Challenge Complete Operation 5, Mission 1 with the Hollow and Black Eye Skulls active 15 GS 30 GS
Extra Credit Complete 75 challenges 10 GS 20 GS
Pension Plan Earn 25000 Spartan Points throughout your career 10 GS 20 GS
Archeology Complete Operation F 10 GS 20 GS
Silvertip Destroy all Mega Turrets with the Grizzly tank in Operation F, Mission 2 10 GS 20 GS
Vidmaster Challenge 2.0 Complete Operation F, Mission 4 with the Blind and Thunderstorm Skulls active 15 GS 30 GS

Via HaloWaypoint

HALO: Spartan Assault Coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One in December

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HALO Spartan Assault, the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Title has been announced today that it will be coming to Xbox consoles, both 360 and Xbox One this December.

Join Spartan Sarah Palmer as she battles an original enemy for HALO fans, The Flood over 30 levels of action and Co-Op Multiplayer mode. It will be available as a digital download for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One but there is no cross console support so each game is sold separately for each console and online modes available to its specific platform.

Halo: Spartan Assault Out Today for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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Ready up fellow Spartans with Windows 8 on their PC’s, Laptops and Mobile Phones – Halo Spartan Assault launches today as confirmed by Xbox UK’s Graeme Boyd (Social Marketing Manager).

Halo Spartan Assault has 25 unique missions featuring unrivalled action and intensity, the single-player experience allows you to compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills with Weekly Challenges. Replay the missions to collect more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals. For fans who already have a prospering Spartan career aboard the UNSC Infinity, “Halo: Spartan Assault” lets you earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and emblems for your “Halo 4” Spartan, with additional integration features available after launch.

At the time of writing it can not be seen on the UK Windows Phone Marketplace – keep checking throughout the day.

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8

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With speculation already rife since the domain name acquisitions relating to Halo: Spartan Assault, Microsoft and 343 Industries today revealed an all-new way for gamers to experience “Halo” – this time, you can do it on Windows 8 devices. Available this July only on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the all-new Halo: Spartan Assault will be the first top-down action shooter that brings a Halo game to touch-based devices.

The top-down action shooter will be set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, it also explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops programme and dives deeper into the backstory of the Human-Covenant wars. Play through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight in never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.

With 25 unique missions featuring unrivalled action and intensity, the single-player experience allows you to compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills with Weekly Challenges. Replay the missions to collect more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals. For fans who already have a prospering Spartan career aboard the UNSC Infinity, “Halo: Spartan Assault” lets you earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and emblems for your “Halo 4” Spartan, with additional integration features available after launch.