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  1. kingkoopa09's Avatar
    Yea its awesome on surface kickstand helps make it seem like a big controller since the 360s isn't supported and I love my surface rt does pretty much everything on a normal basis plus keeps my Lumia charged
    07-21-2013 08:35 AM
  2. coip's Avatar
    I've read user reviews of the Windows 8/RT version and one user claimed you needed to be connected to the Internet to play the game. Is this true? So, no gaming mid-flight or out in the boonies?

    I'm still wavering on which one to get. If I didn't have the $25 credit on my Windows Phone, I'd definitely get it for my Surface RT instead. But, as it is, I don't think I'll use up all $25 on my phone before the points expire in 2 months, so I feel like it would be a waste to pay for it on Surface instead of getting it on my phone for free. But, everyone on here seems to say that the Surface RT version is superior, so maybe I'll just "splurge" and get that version. I'm so indecisive.
    Last edited by coip; 07-23-2013 at 12:08 AM. Reason: typo fix
    07-22-2013 07:20 PM
  3. jhoff80's Avatar
    I've read user reviews of the Windows 8/RT version and one user claimed you needed to be connected to the Internet to play the game. Is this true? So, now gaming mid-flight or out in the boonies?
    That doesn't seem to be the case for me. Maybe it's that you need to be connected to the internet the first time, but you definitely don't need to subsequent times. That being said, I'm not sure if you can save progress when offline. Almost all of the Windows Xbox Games don't save when offline, but I haven't had a chance to try that with Halo.
    07-22-2013 07:32 PM
  4. jlynnm350z's Avatar
    Bigger screen is much more beautiful, period.
    07-22-2013 07:38 PM
  5. coip's Avatar
    That doesn't seem to be the case for me. Maybe it's that you need to be connected to the internet the first time, but you definitely don't need to subsequent times. That being said, I'm not sure if you can save progress when offline. Almost all of the Windows Xbox Games don't save when offline, but I haven't had a chance to try that with Halo.
    Okay, so the game saves to the cloud on Windows 8/RT (i.e., unlike most Windows Phone games, which save locally, right?) and you cannot save it then if you're not connected to the 'Net? What happens, then, if you've been playing offline. You're playing for naught and have to re-do all that once you have Internet access?

    One more question about achievements, for those who own both versions. Do you get double the achievements if you play both versions, or just one set of achievements (I don't get how this works if the game allows for the 'save and switch devices and pick up where you left off' feature. If the achievements are separate but you can continue your game on WP where you left off on Surface, wouldn't you have achievement gaps? How does this work with other games that do this (like Skulls of the Shogun)?
    07-22-2013 09:18 PM
  6. alaskanjackson's Avatar
    I have it on both my 920 and surface pro. It doesn't give you "double" achievements like skulls of shogun. My two vents on game play is the surface is superior in every way. That being said, its simple to download on your non Verizon phone. Its just hard for me to use the controls on the smaller screen size.
    07-22-2013 10:04 PM
  7. coip's Avatar
    Well, I have Verizon so I don't need to bypass anything, but I think I'm leaning towards the Surface RT version. My only concern is that I only have 3.20GB of free space left. Will that be enough? I've heard that you need to have a certain number of GB open just to download it and run it. I sure wish they had a trial version.
    07-22-2013 10:29 PM
  8. danj210's Avatar
    Phone, 920,because it's always with me and I can show it off. Had a couple crashes but looks amazing and runs great.
    07-23-2013 04:35 AM
  9. Shad0x64's Avatar
    From what I can tell you get the same 20 achievements but each is dependent on the platform you achieved them on, still you can get 2x the achievements by completing the same on each. So far I've played on the phone more often and when switching to the desktop I continue from where I left off so im missing the first few achievements but I can always choose the first missions and get the rest.

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    Last edited by DiGzNY; 07-23-2013 at 05:27 AM. Reason: Added pic of both sets of achievements.
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    07-23-2013 05:10 AM
  10. jhoff80's Avatar
    1. It doesn't get that hot for me.
    Hmm, weird. I just played one level (A-4) on my Lumia 920 with a thermocouple probe taped to the warm spot on the back of the device. The outside of the phone reached 114.8F (~46C).
    07-23-2013 04:09 PM
  11. coip's Avatar
    Well, I finally decided and bought it last night for my Surface RT. It looks great on the bigger screen and runs smoothly (except for one time where it completely crashed my Surface, which then wouldn't reboot for several minutes...that was scary but it eventually came around), but there are a couple of things that irk me:
    1. Achievmeents: If you get an achievement the classic green banner and noise notification don't pop up (this is like my favorite sound in the world and all other Xbox LIVE games I know have it, so it's disappointing this one doesn't).
    2. The microtransactions: I hate games with microtransactions, requiring you to spend additional real money to buy the cool things like weapons and armor upgrades (I get why developers do this for 'freemium' games, but to do it in a $7 game is not cool). Additionally, I've heard from other reviewers that the weapons and armor you buy are only temporary! Is this true? You pay real money to use a weapon for one mission and it doesn't carry over? Who the heck came up with that? Regardless, having all the extra money on my $25 Microsoft card for the 928 promotion (in addition to the extra credits I can get via Bing Rewards), I'd rather have bought it on my phone to use to buy these upgraded weapons.
    3. The controls (overall): Overall, the controls work very well. The developers did a good job of adopting the "Rocket Riot" control scheme of allowing your thumbs to migrate along the screen but continue to work (instead of say, doing it like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 or NBA Jam and having a tiny little virtual stick that you always slide away from forcing you to readjust), with the left side of the screen controlling movement and the right side controlling aiming. However, for the same reason I prefer Rocket Riot on my phone vs. Rocket Riot 3D on my Surface, I guess my hands are a little too small for the 10.6" screen and I find it a little cumbersome to hold the tablet while also navigating the controls (particularly switching to other buttons such as changing weapons or grenades). I think a smaller screen would've worked better for me here.
    4. The controls (grenades):: Finally, while the controls are generally good, they really screwed up with their controls for the grenades. It is not intuitive at all. Instead of letting you switch to grenades and tap the screen where you want to aim it, it simply launches the grenade in the direction the character is facing. Even if you take the time to face your character at the intended target, more likely than not you'll still miss the target, thereby wasting the grenade.
    Last edited by coip; 07-24-2013 at 02:41 PM.
    07-24-2013 01:58 PM
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