Will an exclusive Halo title be the shot-in-the-arm Windows Phone gaming needs?

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Microsoft surprised a lot of people a decade ago when it not only released its first dedicated gaming console, but managed to succeed where even industry heavyweights like Sega had failed. It’s gained more momentum with the release of the Xbox 360, but we’ve yet to see all this new gaming experience really translate over to Windows Phone in any meaningful way; sure, there are plenty of WP games available for download, but a combination of not getting popular games from other platforms and lacking any high-profile “killer app” games itself has made this mobile venture a lot less gaming-friendly than the company’s consoles themselves. Could a new Halo title be what it takes to reinvigorate WP gaming? We’ll be finding out soon, with news that Halo: Spartan Assault will come to Windows Phone 8 and Window 8 this July.

Now sure, we’ve seen Windows Phone Halo apps before, but titles like Halo Waypoint aren’t so much full-fledged games themselves, as they companion apps for 360 games.

Spartan Assault is set chronologically between Halo 3 and 4, and combines the top-down look of Halo Wars with the sort of two-thumbstick control gamers are used to from the first-person Halo titles. From the sound of things, this one’s getting the production value we expect from the Halo series, and will be chock full of voice acting and feature cinema scenes to drive the story forward.

What do you think? Does this news have you excited, or is this too little, too late?

Source: WPCentral

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!