Halo: Spartan Assault leaves exclusivity, now available to all Windows Phone 8 users

Halo: Spartan Assault leaves exclusivity, now available to all Windows Phone 8 users
If you're a Windows Phone user on Verizon, you've had access to Halo: Spartan Assault for almost one month now, but everyone else in the U.S. has had to wait. Well, the wait is over, because Halo: Spartan Assault has left its Verizon exclusivity behind and is finally available too all Windows Phone 8 users on any carrier.

The only restrictions now are that the game will not run on Windows Phone 7.x, and your WP8 device has to have 1GB of RAM. It will not run on lower-end devices. Halo: Spartan Assault is a twin-stick, top-down shooter set in the Halo universe between the stories of Halo 3 and Halo 4. It has garnered pretty stellar reviews in the Windows Phone Store so far. 

The game will set you back $6.99, and there are also in-app purchases, which are completely optional. You can beat the game without spending anything on in-app purchases, but if you do get stuck the in-app purchases can get you nice upgrades to get you through a level (though they disappear after that level). 

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22 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

Seven bucks could buy me a sammich

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Microsoft can stop wasting there time on this garbage and go port Halo 3, Reach and Halo 4 to windows.

7. papss unregistered

How about you stop being a jackazz.. I know very good and well that you have no idea about this game. I just purchased this and its simply one of the best games on a portable and it has amazing for a phone graphics. You are the most absurd hater of WP.. If you don't like it don't comment. You come and spew hour idiocies and contribute nothing.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

This is Halo 2 all over again. When Halo 2 came out it "required" Vista to run (It was later hacked to run on XP), Microsoft is using this and many other "exclusive games" to trick people into buying windows 8.

11. papss unregistered

That's like saying m$ and Sony tricked customers into buying the ps3 and 360 because it couldn't play a game. Sounds like you have no idea how business works and spew more m$ hate. It seems you just like to put m$ under a microscope but no one else.

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Theres a huge difference between the Consoles and the PC. They purposely made Halo 2 use DX10 so it wouldn't run on XP even though the support was their to run in DX9. Modders were eventually able to get it to run in DX9 so it would work on XP. If any of the Halo Games got ports they would make them run in DX 11.1 so you would be forced to use Windows 8. The game would use no DX11.1 features, they would just disable it running on DX11.

14. papss unregistered

Again which company doesn't use this logic? When you're making something brand new like an OS what do you do? Make something to showcase and sell that product. You idea of how things work are clearly blinded by your fanboyism. The phone is 150.00, of course there should be things that it won't do.

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"Again which company doesn't use this logic?" Most companies support all popular platforms with their products if their is a big enough demand. Microsoft and Apple are some of the top scumbags in the software industry. Windows is horrible, if this was a perfect world and everything I needed was on a linux distro I would burn everything I have related to windows. Halo 2 did not make anybody buy windows vista, it just made a bunch of people on XP pissed of so they pirate and crack their game making their sales go down the toilet.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

1GB ram ????? So all devices including Lumia 520,620,720 user cant play it. most android phone with 512MB ram plays lots of HD games without much problem but all WP smartphone with 512MB can't, and people say android need more specs. c'mon MS its your game please support devices with 512MB ram.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And remember Lumia 520 is the most selling successful Windows Phone(also best selling Lumia) if you support 512MB devices then all these user can enjoy the game and you(MS)get more income from selling the game.

8. papss unregistered

And coming from a person who bought such a low end device you had to know there were going to be trade offs right? It may not play this game but it runs better as a phone than any in its price range. Point of the story is you can't have it all with that cheap of a phone, its bargain basement price had to bite you somewhere.

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I am saying android phone in this price range of Lumia 720,620 run hd games without much problems and offer nice experience even with less specs than these WP'S. okay i am using a law end WP device and I'm not ashamed of that but it definitely have nice specs, close to mid ranger(Lumia 520). but it wont run much WP games because of strict ram requirement even though it does have enough capabilities to run these games. its like having everything but can't do any s**t with it.

19. lorenzattractor unregistered

Support for 512mb RAM devices should arrive soon. At least that's what they said.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The game is being optimized to run on 512mb WP devices.. And, What are you talking about 512mb Android devices run more graphic extensive games than 512mb WP devices❔.. That's I no way true at all... That's why all the guys at work who have crapy low end Android devices are always complaining about the games they can't play❔.. You must have just had good luck with a few games that you like on Android... Android just can't compete with WP in the lower end when it comes to bang for the buck.. This is why WP will surpass IOS in less than two years, and will start to challenge Android for a piece of its market share.. At this point it's inevitable.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And that's why when someone says that one or another OS is very well optimized and doesn't require high specs, I always say that good specs are required not only for OS but for applications and games which are running on OS. Talking about WP and games, it is nothing new there already was inconveniences because of small amount of RAM memory in WP devices. They should consider that.

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

This An AMD Quad core + 4Gb of ram will run windows smoothly but it will have garbage performance in intensive applications/games.

12. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Thats what i have been saying for a while..even on Michael H article that says companies should stoo caring about specs...while i agree user experience is important but a person who buys a smartphone is not just gonna play with native stuffs...and better specs=better apps.lack of many 'heavy' apps on wp is an example..just like a desktop,we r always gonna need better cpu,better gpu,better/more ram...

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also higher specs means that there is bigger chance that your device will be updated to the newer OS in the future (or less "fragmentation" due weak hardware).

21. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

Higher specs means that you are making some trade off from other components like the camera or the mics of the nexus line

6. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Halo will support 512MB ram devices from september. MS has already announced that an update is on the way which will make it run on every device :)

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Great news...

20. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Awesome game. Love it.

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