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Halo: Spartan Assault review

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Windows 8 is a confused thing, so it’s little surprise to find that Halo: Spartan Assault is too. Like the operating system to which it’s tied, it’s been designed to work on smartphones, tablets and PCs but doesn’t entirely convince on any of them –jack of all trades and Master Chief of none.

PC users are spared the touchscreen version’s virtual controls, but it’s impossible to escape the feeling that you’re playing a topdown twin-stick shooter that doesn’t support twin sticks. Controller support is promised, but its absence is keenly felt here, especially when you hop in one of Spartan Assault’s vehicles and find it can only move in eight directions.

Halo: Spartan Assault is now available

Katie Williams at

It's here! The first Halo game to make its way to the hallowed PC platform since Halo 2! Well, to the PCs-running-Windows-8 platform, that is. Halo: Spartan Assault is now available, exclusively to Windows 8 gamers, to purchase via the Windows store. Since Vista exclusivity worked so well with Halo 2, we can only imagine that sales of Windows 8 are now gonna go through the freakin' roof.

Halo: Spartan Assault announced for Windows 8

Patrick Carlson at

Vanguard Games and 343 Industries have announced the July release of Halo: Spartan Assault, a top-down shooter which takes place in the always-evolving Halo universe. Although the developer is highlighting the game's functionality on touch-based tablets and phones, it should work on any machine that runs Windows 8, including PCs.

Gatling Gears out now, drive bots, blow @#%! up

Tom Senior at

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This is a call to arms! Gatling Gears has started its own personal war against punctuation. The innocent at symbol, hash, percent and the ever-cocky exclam are in the firing line, alongside an army of robots and a giant angry castle that fires lasers.

The exuberant shooter is set in the same world as Vanguard Games' charming RTS, Greed Corp. It's been out on Xbox 360 and PS3 for a couple of months, but has finally made it over to PC. Don't expect much resource management in Gatling Gears beyond the eternal search for weapon upgrades. Just hold down the fire button and don't stop until everything is dead.

Gatling Gears is out now on Steam at the slightly skewed price of £9.99 / $9.99. Find out more on the official Gatling Gears site.