I am a big fan of the halo storyline (even if I dont own a X-Box and was only able to play 1 and 2) and was very disappointed by the story crash of Halo-Reach (only loved by people who dont know anything about the halo story or dont care about it), so my feeling about Halo 4 and Spartan IVs were "Meeh, its something."
But 343 are doing a way better job in telling Storys and making character development as Bungee. This short game is not a prime example of a brilliant AAA title, but
- it is really cheap
- has a online ladder
- a lot stuff to unlock and achieve
- running on not so good systems and a good game for when you have nothing else to do
The story is short explained like every other Halo short story. Somebody attacks humanity, some elite group of soldiers (here Spartan IVs) are send to clean up and finally some heroic sacrifice (like in every halo title).
The gameplay is Halo 2D from above. You controll your character with the arrow keys and aim with the mouse. Being ported from the X-Box the game actually feels...good! I played through the missions without bigger problems, died from stupidity in some cases and managed to complete the game and 80% of the achievs in over 3 hours.
Big minus are the tank controls. Like in Halo (PC version), the covenant tank drives like a charm, but the human tank is an uncontrollable mess. In this game, it gets worse. When you come to your one and only tank mission, you WILL totally loose it. instead of following your mouse like every other vehicle, the tank is controlled by the arrow keys and the tower follows your mouse. But W is not forward, W is driving up, A is driving left and...I think you got the problem. Having one vehicle with completly other controls is confusing as hell...
Big question are the boosts you can unlock from missions to 1-time use them on other missions. If you fail to complete a challenge, you can farm XP on other missions until you have enough to buy 1-time use bonus equipment, like the spartan laser. Makes bossfights a lot easier. But is also...well...easy. I dont know what to think about it.
I think I never had spend so well 3,50€. The game wasnt that great, but I finished it on the same day of installing and felt good after it. It was nice to see and on some parts really challenging (like killing X enemys in a row only with grenades and stuff).