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It’s the Halo game no one really asked for.

Halo: Spartan Assault probably won’t get you to buy a Surface tablet

By Chad Sapieha

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Microsoft’s decision to leverage Halo, its most popular exclusive game franchise, to promote the struggling Windows 8 software platform was inevitable.

But we could have hoped for something a little more compelling.

Halo: Spartan Assault, a top-down shooter vaguely in the vein of twin-stick poppers of decades past, such as Robotron and Smash TV, is now available for Windows 8 – and only Windows 8 – devices. You can give it a go for $6.99 if you have a PC running the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, a Surface tablet, or a Windows 8 phone.

Everyone else is out of luck.

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Just a little more than 12 hours until Halo 4 finally goes on sale.
But since it’s been 5 years since we last laid eyes on Master Chief, our very own Chad Sapieha has a helpful primer to bring you up to speed on the Halo story.

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Just a little more than 12 hours until Halo 4 finally goes on sale.

But since it’s been 5 years since we last laid eyes on Master Chief, our very own Chad Sapieha has a helpful primer to bring you up to speed on the Halo story.

Tagged with:  #Halo  #Halo 4  #video games  #Master Chief

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It has been five years since gamers had the chance to play as Master Chief in a new Halo video game. Was Halo 4 worth the wait?

Check out Daniel Kaszor’s review.

(Hint: He says Halo 4 is downright awesome)

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“If you want to know why there aren’t more single-player-only games, look no further than this week’s leak of Halo 4.”

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“If you want to know why there aren’t more single-player-only games, look no further than this week’s leak of Halo 4.”

Tagged with:  #video games  #Halo  #Master Chief  #Xbox
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In honour of one of the biggest games set to launch this year, Halo 4, we’re kicking off our Tumblr with a picture of everyone’s favourite Spartan soldier, Master Chief. You can find all our stories at nationalpost.com/postarcade.

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Post Arcade is on Tumblr! Tell your friends. 

In honour of one of the biggest games set to launch this year, Halo 4, we’re kicking off our Tumblr with a picture of everyone’s favourite Spartan soldier, Master Chief.

You can find all our stories at nationalpost.com/postarcade.

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The average video game player is in their mid-thirties, as any adult gamer will eagerly tell you, but even if less than 20% are under 18, gaming is as much a part of kiddie culture as it has been since the dawn of Pong. In fact, gaming is aiming younger by the day.
“Throughout the years, games became more complicated and less accessible,” says Nintendo Canada’s Matt Ryan, who notes the motion-sensing Wii and touch-screen Nintendo DS helped the Japanese company reach an age range of five to 95. “We need to consider what that audience is able to do from an ability standpoint. That’s why we make games we call ‘pick up and play,’ which is a game like Kirby’s Epic Yarn.” ILLUSTRATION BY STEVE MURRAY

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The average video game player is in their mid-thirties, as any adult gamer will eagerly tell you, but even if less than 20% are under 18, gaming is as much a part of kiddie culture as it has been since the dawn of Pong. In fact, gaming is aiming younger by the day.

“Throughout the years, games became more complicated and less accessible,” says Nintendo Canada’s Matt Ryan, who notes the motion-sensing Wii and touch-screen Nintendo DS helped the Japanese company reach an age range of five to 95. “We need to consider what that audience is able to do from an ability standpoint. That’s why we make games we call ‘pick up and play,’ which is a game like Kirby’s Epic Yarn.” ILLUSTRATION BY STEVE MURRAY