Halo Spartan Assault: pocket rocket

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 13:59 GMT By Stace Harman

Is that a Halo in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? Stace Harman takes a first look at Halo: Spartan Assault as the series makes a long overdue return to PC. Sort of.

Halo: Spartan Assault

Halo: Spartan Assault is Windows-8-exclusive title developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games.

To promote Halo: Spartan Assault and further bulk-out its fiction, 343 has teamed-up with Dark Horse comics to produce a three-part tie-in story called Halo: Initiation, which offers more insight into the Human-Covenant wars.

There’s no Master Chief, instead players have the choice of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis and the option to customise their appearance and loadouts before each mission.

Halo: Spartan Assault launches in July, worldwide pricing is yet to be announced but it will retail for $6.99 in the US.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows-8-exclusive, single-player twin-stick shooter. It features touch-optimised controls and will provide a mobile Halo experience that’s supported by optional micro-transactions.

If you’re still reading then please set aside your cynicism for the next five minutes so that we can explore just what all of that means.

I’ll start with an admission, Halo: Spartan Assault is not what I expected to see when I accepted Microsoft’s invitation to experience its new, “non-console” Halo project.

I was thinking it would be something along the lines of the recently confirmed Halo: Bootcamp or, at a push, a PC-collection of its notably absent Halo releases from the past six years.

Instead, Halo: Spartan Assault is an arcade-style, top-down shooter for Windows 8 whose fictional purpose as a battle-simulator program aboard the UNSC Infinity addresses the question that’s on nobody’s lips: what do Spartans do for fun?

The answer will soon be apparent as the game is on its way to Windows 8 as early as July.

As a Windows 8 exclusive (did I mention that yet?), Halo: Spartan Assault will be available for all devices that run Microsoft’s latest operating system and while that certainly includes laptops and desktop PCs, the design ethos has been focused primarily on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

“We wanted to create a mobile Halo experience that you can take with you wherever you go but we wanted to make the right mobile experience, we didn’t want to just make a port of the console game,” explains Dan Ayoub, executive producer of publishing at 343 Industries.

“Halo has always defined the platform that it’s on, it’s always been the crown jewel of Xbox and Microsoft and we wanted to do the same thing here, we wanted players and other people in the industry to look at this and say ‘wow, how are they making the game look and sound this good.’”

At this point, disgruntled PC Halo fans may be asking not how 343 and co-developer Vanguard Games are doing it, but why. With only two of seven previous Halo titles released on PC, why is the series returning to the platform with an off-shoot of the main franchise?

The answer lies in that desire to create a mobile Halo experience, the host operating system’s mobile-friendly architecture and the simple notion that Halo: Spartan Assault looks to be aimed more directly at those searching for a quality mobile arcade-shooter than it is at series aficionados.

The Sarah Palmer Chronicles

That said, franchise fans will appreciate the wider Halo fiction that underpins Spartan Assault. Set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, Spartan Assault tells the story of Sarah Palmer and the events that led her from a UNSC Shock Trooper to become the Spartan commanding officer aboard the Infinity warship.

The game exists inside the Halo universe as a battle simulator that the UNSC uses to both educate and entertain its current crop of Spartan hotshots on their days off. The simulator serves to highlight important conflicts in the UNSC’s history, in this case the battle of Dreatheus 5 that took place in 2552 when a splinter sect of the Covenant ignored a ceasefire and attacked a UNSC installation.

This fiction provides a jumping-off point for Halo: Spartan Assault’s 25 levels, which each last between 5 and 10 minutes and include shooting aliens, planting bombs, commandeering vehicles, defending bases and the odd escort mission.

Ayoub estimates that playing through all of the levels will take around 2.5 hours and so the focus is really on replay value, which is added via mission-specific challenges, such as killing 20 grunts with a plasma pistol or destroying two shield turrets with a grenade. There are also varied weekly challenges and global leaderboards to keep you interested.

Meanwhile, Halo 4 players will be able to earn XP, achievements and medals while stat-tracking will be incorporated via Halo Waypoint and multi-platform play will allow progress to be tracked across all of your Windows 8 devices.

Of course, control schemes across those devices will vary. Halo: Spartan Assault will support keyboard and mouse on launch for laptop and desktop platforms, while Xbox controller support will be added a few weeks later. However, it’s the touch controls of tablets and mobiles that are intended as the primary input for Halo: Spartan Assault.

To this end, 343 and Vanguard have found an effective solution to the problem of “gliding”, where your thumbs gradually move up toward the top of the screen of a tablet device due to the lack of purchase on the smooth surface.

Here, movement is handled by the left thumb while shooting is assigned to the right and, without finicky on-screen thumbsticks, these controls will work no matter where your thumbs move to on the screen. At any point you can lift your thumbs away from the screen and plant them back down in either corner in order to reset their position.

Other controls involve double-tapping for melee and visible on-screen buttons for grenades, picking up items, swapping weapons and activating Spartan abilities. Vehicles utilise the same control set-up as when on foot with the exception of double-tapping being the trigger to fire heavy weaponry such as cannons.

The economic environment is still being finalised, but Ayoub explains that there will be two different currency types: one you earn and one you buy. Weapons, temporary boosts and customisation items can be purchased via microtransactions or earned in-game, though there is currently no word on whether certain goodies will only be obtainable by via one currency or the other.

From a brief hands-on with a handful of levels on a Windows 8 tablet, Halo: Spartan Assault looks to provide a series of fun, bite-sized levels with solid controls, high-quality visuals, recognisable weapons and Covenant species, familiar sound effects and ample replay opportunities.

What Halo: Spartan Assault does not provide is an answer to PC players’ ongoing calls that they be permitted to conclude the original Halo trilogy; nor does it offer them the chance to experience 343 Industries’ own Halo 4.

Instead, Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows-8-exclusive, single-player twin-stick shooter. It features touch-optimised controls and will provide a mobile Halo experience that’s supported by optional micro-transactions. So, does your cynicism tell you that’s all you need to know or is your curiosity urging you to give it a try?

Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows 8 exclusive title that’s set for release in July 2013.


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  1. Gheritt White

    The game that literally NOBODY was asking for. MS have officially run out of fresh ideas.

    There’s lots of scope for a tablet/smartphone game set in the Halo universe… but a twin stick shooter? REALLY? Talk about setting the bar waaaaay low.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Jonathan42TD

    I’m worried for the future of Microsoft. They are really loosing it! First the XboxOne, now this… this… sad excuse for a Halo game. They have absolutely no interest into making fresh, new IPs. What a disappointment!

    They just want to cash in on any given chance, just because the greedy bastards will do anything in their power to alienate themselves from the gaming community by selling out to mainstream consumers who don’t care much for games, just a TV that watches you when you sleep.

    The PS4 will stand over the XboxOne, and become this generations console. E3 is just a few more days away… that’s all I’m saying!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    I like twin stick shooters. Actually a real lack of good ones on iOS (I’m still amazed an MTX version of Geometry Wars hasn’t surfaced).

    I won’t play it as I don’t have a Windows device, but it looks nice enough.

    Feel like they’d have made a killing if they had gone multiplat.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TheBlackHole


    “They just want to cash in on any given chance, just because the greedy bastards will do anything in their power to alienate themselves from the gaming community by selling out to mainstream consumers who don’t care much for games, just a TV that watches you when you sleep.”

    Funny that, being a business and all.

    Remind me how well Sony’s hardware and platform division is doing?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Edo

    Ha ha ha ha NO!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Jonathan42TD


    A business, yes, I agree.

    How well is Sony’s hardware and platform division doing? In a word, ok. They’re not doing exceedingly well, but “ok”. Microsoft, however, is not doing any better. Both companies want to affirm themselves in peoples lives through consoles, phones, etc., but they have are not succeeding in a way that they expected, because they have other competition. Its a business, yes.

    On the other hand, their consoles speak differently. Sony has oriented the PS4 towards gamers. Microsoft has oriented the XboxOne towards a general public that want a multi-media device for their necessities.

    Microsoft has stated over and over again, that the console is for gamers who want a “better experience of entertainment”; and that’s a nice thought, but it still isn’t as promising as to what people want out of a gaming console, which basically are games, not a TV!

    I could be wrong, that’s a possibility. But… after reading and hearing all of their new policies on “Always-online” and “disc-linked profiles”, I just really feel let down. Maybe they will bring new models in the future with less restrictions, or gamer-friendly policies, who knows?

    Thanks for the comment ;D

    #6 2 years ago

    Other people put £thousands into their hobbies.

    Some so-called gamers whinge because they can’t ‘borrow’ a game.

    Not real gamers IYAM…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    Should have been a touchscreen Halo Wars RTS sequel…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    @7 Yup, I know a guy that likes racing. So he bought a new Caterham Seven (Zetec 1.6 if you care) at £18,000. He had to put it together himself. 2 weeks spent doing so, followed by days of tweaking. He then spends tons on race days, insurance, repairs, a trailer and a car to tow it with and so on. That’s a fucking expensive hobby. Makes ours look bloody cheap by comparison :D

    #9 2 years ago


    Yeah, those screens make me wonder why they ever canned Halo Wars.

    One of the best games MS have ever made…


    Yep. Even Sunday league football needs a whole lot of money spent on a regular basis.

    Skiing, tennis, golf, paintball, and even keeping fit costs a load of money these days.

    I honestly couldn’t imagine having a hobby where I rely on other people giving me stuff they don’t want anymore.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheBlackHole


    “Microsoft, however, is not doing any better.”
    $6b in profits and beating market predictions. I’m not being a pedant, but Microsoft are doing better than okay, even considering the Windows 8 debacle.

    “what people want out of a gaming console, which basically are games, not a TV!”

    But X1 clearly isn’t a television, it’s a very powerful piece of hardware that allows you to watch television through the device, via whatever cable box you already have. It’s simply being a hub for all your entertainment so you don’t have to keep switching channels and devices. It’s not a set top box, it’s a gaming console with a lot of bells and whistles, whether you want them or not.

    “after reading and hearing all of their new policies on “Always-online” and “disc-linked profiles” ”

    You mean the policies they haven’t actually released yet, and stated they would explain in greater depth at a later date? I admit that their attempts to explain the issues have been awkward at best and piss poor at worst, but ultimately nobody knows what these ‘restrictions’ genuinely amount to.

    Also, I’d like to point out that millions of PC gamers manage to cope with Steam and its restrictive DRM and lack of sell-on policies. I don’t see people damning Valve. I hate that blatant hypocrisy, but it’s not unexpected, sadly.

    Appreciate the response – always a good debate on this site.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ysleiro

    @#12 TheBlackHole

    Don’t bother citing legit numbers. Most commentators don’t know how these companies are doing (stock market) in the first place. The very fact he said “isn’t doing any better” means he is just clueless. MS and Sony are in VERY different financial situations.

    Guys complaining about this game: Would you have preferred 343 create another FPS only this time for touch devices? (WOULD THAT HAVE WORKED?)

    Give the studio a freaking break it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s different and looks new.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ayman03

    I hate M$ so very very much

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ps3fanboy

    Look at that shit, it’s just what every Halo fan wanted, HAHAHAHAHA!!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Hcw87

    Atleast it’s not Killzone, right?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    @16 Killzone is hardly as successful as Halo and as such fans are very picky to what they want to see. Personally this and the Halo TV series is not what no-one asked for.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    @18 after micro$haft have killed off their halo game and made into a crappy rts clone. only for win8 and tablets/mobil phones… i can promise you killzone will be the more successful.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Merlot

    As long as virtual controls are done right will be instant buy for my Nokia920.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. noamlol2

    the halo series died with the takeover of 343i

    Halo 4 was a disaster-a piss poorly made game, with terrible story,balls to the wall shot everthing that moves, and half finished multiplayer with a crappy comunity

    no thx, no more halo 4 me

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Jonathan42TD

    “But X1 clearly isn’t a television, it’s a very powerful piece of hardware that allows you to watch television through the device, via whatever cable box you already have. It’s simply being a hub for all your entertainment so you don’t have to keep switching channels and devices.”

    This feature that is implemented into the Xbox is set once the console is released in the U.S. In Europe, this feature will take some time before it is up and running when companies like Sky, Virgin, Ono or other free-view services have the needed requirements to broadcast the given channels through the box.

    Even so, doesn’t it seem that this console is tending towards an HTPC box? Given that the previous console already shared functions with WindowsMediaCentre, this console seems to be completely integrated for multi-media entertainment.

    You mentioned as well: “Also, I’d like to point out that millions of PC gamers manage to cope with Steam and its restrictive DRM and lack of sell-on policies.”
    This is true, and it is a pain in the backside. But that was one of the benefits of having a console; not to go through so many restrictions just to enjoy a game. Alas, now it seems that this will soon cease to become a benefit, and more like another restrictive policy.

    So, one could say that the Xbox is actually a PC than a console, if you look at it.

    I’m sorry if my phrasing on Microsofts status was inadequate, but I was making a general comparison between both companies in a console-gaming situation, not in a financial situation.

    And in retrospect to the Halo game, it would have been nice to see a sequel to Halo Wars; thats just my opinion. I still have hopes for 343i.

    Thanks for the feedback. I enjoy a good debate!

    I’ll add this here if anybody finds it interesting:

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Joe_Gamer

    Sweet! This is exactly the game that PC gamers…didn’t want at all. I fervently hope that Microsoft suffocates itself in it’s own fetid bowels as it turns itself inside out by jumping through it’s own asshole in a futile quest to become the one true “Apple”.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. redwood

    either you die a AAA with meager sales, or you sale millions of copies long enough to be spinned off into a mobile game.

    #22 2 years ago

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    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]