Halo: Spartan Assault brings the excitement of Halo combat to Steam for the very first time. Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4. *DirectX feature level 10 required.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,975 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

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“Halo: Spartan Assault is an addictive shooter that retains enough of the look and elements of the Halo universe to please.”
4/5 – PC Magazine

“Spartan Assault is a true Halo game, even if the series signature scope and size are scaled down.”
8.25/10 – Game Informer

“Varied, bite-sized missions fit the top-down play perfectly.”
4/5 – Digital Trends

About This Game

Halo: Spartan Assault brings the excitement of Halo combat to Steam for the very first time.
Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4.

Earn Steam achievements, complete missions and compete against your friends for the top scores in the leaderboards.

It's time to join the assault, Spartan!

Features
  • Epic campaign featuring 30 action packed levels with a brand new Halo story set just before the events of Halo 4.
  • Command many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities, and customize your Spartan to create the perfect Spartan warrior.
  • Complete weekly challenges for XP and compete against your friends in Leaderboards for ultimate bragging rights
  • Game supports keyboard/mouse, USB Xbox controller and virtual joysticks for touch.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
    • Processor: Dual core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 compatible graphics card w/ dedicated 512MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3670, NVIDIA 8600 GT or Intel HD 3000)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 2550 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** DirectX feature level 10 required **
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
    • Processor: Quad core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 compatible graphics card w/ dedicated 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 2550 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
324 of 409 people (79%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Great game but seriously Microsoft put Halo 3 on Steam it will give you teh moneys.
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380 of 546 people (70%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
F.A.Q. LOOKALIKE REVIEW:

Q: What is this game?
A: Halo Spartan Assault!

Q: What is about?
A: Heroes (Spartans) fighting against a special Microsoft's team (Covenants) to stop the developement of Windows ME for year 3000 (if you know Windows ME from 1999/2000 you know what I am talking about)

Q: Is it fun?
A: You kill stuff and a lot of things goes boom and bzaak and puuf....yes is fun!

Q: Any sexy chick in this game?
A: Yes....but with their armour on....PERVERT!

Q: Can I play sat upside down with a beer on my right and a piece of pizza on the floor that I will munch here and there during the gameplay and with a squirrel that will massage my feet?
A: Yes you can thanks to the controller

Q: Is this the usual Halo?
A: No it isn't...is not a story even...well it is....some sort of spin off before Halo 4....but the missions are pretty much linear and you will end in doing the same thing often.

Q: Will you be able to use huge space ships to nuke entire Worlds?
A: NO....SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT!

Q: Is this better than Cooking Mama?
A: Depends...if you like to boil chickens, grill some hamburgers, cut some sausages and so on...you will probably not like this game.

Q: And what do you think?
A: If you are looking for an Halo game...well this could be actually a good spin off that will add more info about the original story. The game is fun but still it is a bit repetitive. If you like gaming you will end in trying to get all the stuff (medals, achievements, objectives and so on) if you aren't you will get bored a bit easily.

Q: Something missing from this game?
A: Co-op mode....shame for a game like this to not have Co-op for the story

Overall
Graphic 7/10
Sounds 8/10
Gameplay 8/10
Longevity 6/10
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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Halo Spartan Assault is a isometric top down shooter brought to you by 'Vanguard games', who holds reasonable pedigree, as they made the well received title 'Startling Gears' another top down shooter.
Originally made for Windows Phone, then ported over to Windows 8, then finally to Windows 8, as well as to both generations of Xbox consoles. Basically you'll find this title on virtually any platform you own.

Now onto the game. Is it fun?
Short answer: Yes.
Will it hold your attention however? Probably not.

From the very start, you can tell this is a ported mobile phone almost instantly. Giant menu buttons and a small array of graphical and audio options are not unexpected for these types of game. However it doesn't make it any more excusable.

Controlling your Spartan is easy. WASD keys will move your guy around, while aim and shoot with the mouse. Pretty simple. Everything here feels tight and responsive. Quite an achievement for a top down shooter, where many a time you'll find yourself struggling to control a slow and unresponsive character.
Gameplay wise, this is about as good as you're going to get out of this genre. Good stuff!

Graphically, the game is very pleasing to the eye. It's by no means going to win awards. But it definitely has it's own style and charm to it. Everything here feels like Halo. Plasma grenades explode with a satisfying buzz Halo players will no and love, while the chatter of different weapons all feel hefty and interesting. One of Halo's greatest strengths is it's weapons variety and while it does taught some of the best weapons from the game, I was slightly disappointed they didn't include more weapon variety.
Also, due no doubt to this being originally a Mobile game, some weapons are extraordinarily overpowered (The automatic rocket launcher for example) This completely breaks the tactical nature of the game, and really only limits you to a few weapons which you'll either start with at the beginning of the level, or by unlocking them XP points. None of the guns enemies drop are worth anything. And they'll more than likely get you killed if you attempt to use them on harder difficulties.

This brings me to another strange design choice the game has. Instead of paying for an advantage, on console and desktop versions of the game, you can simply buy OP weapons with XP points you earn by repeating levels. This to me, feels sloppy and hurried. Maybe I was expecting too much, but it would have been cool to have some kind of progression system to unlock more guns. It would have lengthened the games longevity somewhat also.

The story here is about as by the numbers as you'll get. Rookie Spartan Sara Palmer gets into trouble with the covenant. Davis, and her fight back and win the day. Pretty standard stuff. This is by no means going to make you fall in love with the Halo lore if this is your first outing of Halo. Which it very well might be,given MS's track record of releasing Halo games on PC.

One massive, and rather nonsensical issue I have with the game however is that MS has actually made the decision to strip the CO-OP mode out of the game entirely. Unless you own the game on Xbox One, (which I do) you wont be able to play with friends. Aside from the extraordinarily short sighted design decision to rip pieces out of the game so the Next gen port would look more favorable, I can't think of single reason to do this. This severely hurt the games fun factor as two players really makes this one of the best top down shooters out there.

Tl'dr version:


A fun and responsive top down shooter. Bizarre design choices and a weak story does not stop me whole heartedly recommending this game to anyone who likes this kind of thing. If you're a Halo fan you probably already own this. I would however advise buying this on a sale if you can help it as the games replay value is limited.

Now if MS would hurry up and get Halo over here on pc, that would be nice.
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53 of 68 people (78%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game was pretty fun, I'll admit. However, it has some really short levels, aswell as being left in the dust compared to its Xbox One port content. Halo: Spartan Strike is going to be a DIFFERENT game, not DLC or anything for this game (They both look like the same game, or is it just me :/ ). We need more Halo games on Steam, with surviving communities that COULD be saved if Microsoft wouldn't be so blind and stupid! They pay billions for Minecraft, but say no to putting Halo 1 and 2 on Steam, the two Halo games that already have been ported and could be added within what, a week/month? Microsoft could make so much more money from two very loved games without losing a ton of money, but they choose not to. Oh, I could rant for HOURS, I should just leave it at that.

Port Halo 3 to PC
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230 of 365 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
How do I teabag?
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Well, I finished this game today weighing in with a total of 5 hours time spent on the missions. It was a pretty fun game that can be plaed in bite sized chunks or all at once. Either way, there is no drop off. The game is presented in 6 chapters with 5 acts per chapter (basically). I played an act or two at a time for the most part, although I did run through the last two chapters today.
The gameplay is simple and intuitive. If you are familiar with the Halo universe and games, then basically, everything is the same except this is a bit pared down and of course is a top down iso shooter rather than the standard Halo presentation. Outside of that though, everything is basically the Halo everybody knows.
The difficulty is something you can scale yourself via in game options during the mission set ups. Experience points are used to purchase different weapons and shield upgrades pre mission as well as action augmentation (improved damage, shields, or experience).
That is basically it. You play as two Spartans, Palmer and Davis, and each mission features one or the other, plus generally a few marines to back you up. Some missions include vehicles such as the Scorpion, but most are foot missions, although you might pick up vehicles or use turrets along the way.

All in all, I thought the game merited 8 out of 10, especially since it was obviously designed to be a mobile game first (at least, so it seems to me).
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100 of 167 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
ok I bought it, now give me Halo: The Master Chief Collection
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
No, Master Chief is not here.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a SPIN OFF game (why are people still comparing this to Halo: Reach?) Anyways, for me, it's a fun top down shooter to kill time. In fact, this game captures the feeling of playing Halo games.
Grunts will panic like the cowards they are, Elites get pissed when you drain their shields, and let's not forget to mention the jihad grunts :3.

Overall, I recommend you pick this up if you want a casual arcade shooter with a Halo theme.
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78 of 132 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Let the buyer beware I guess. While I heard great things about a coop mode, the PC version does not have it.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
look, I'm a halo fan, went through 1~3, ODST and Reach on legendary and stuffs
but this game? no. just, NO.

the story ain't that meaningful in terms of the lore.
Commander Shepard Palmer is still a ♥♥♥♥, spartan IV are still ODSTs in better(uglier too) armor, covenant somehow is still the bad guys, nothing established in halo4 has changed.

the control doesn't work on a controller, the gun doesn't even shoot where you're pointing at when you switch to keyboard and mouse.
and then there is ridiculous credit store, where you spend the credits you earned to buy weapons that only last for one ♥♥♥♥ing mission.
this "game" is just plain ♥♥♥♥ing bad.

don't get it unless it's free.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This game is a fun twin stick shooter with a good amount of content to play for only 5$. It keeps the halo graphic style looking good. The gameplay is fun if you enjoy twin stick games. The bad things would be that it has only a small amount of guns for you to use so the ones you have can get boring to use. but overall for the price it is a solid game and i hope to see some real halo games ported to pc in the future. 8/10
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1,336.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
This game made me love Halo again. The Storyline is gripping, the visuals are insane for a top down shooter (I haven't played too many but this is one of the better ones!); overall one of 343's best works (It beats H4's singleplayer at any rate). Has convinced me to bring up my Halo 4 copy again, just to experience the Spartan Ops. Well worth the price.

For $5 you can't be beat, it's a great title and a must play for any Halo Fan (No Multiplayer in this edition unfortunately).







Also, MS, please, please, let me have my Halo CE on Steam (With a free Steam Key if I put my CD Key in somewhere)
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It's definitely not the Halo experience we were expecting for Steam or the PC, but in terms of the game itself, it's not too bad. Think of it as a top-down arcade game from the 80's, combined with the Halo lore. If you're a fan of Halo, you'll like it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
I didn't really played any Halo game before since don't own xbox, so i obviously won't talk about the series.

Now, to the review.

Graphics: For a game designed to PC and Windows Phone, it's great! But take a look at screenshots and make your own opinion, really, you will see if you like it. For me it's solid 8+/10

Music: Epic. Tom Salta did great job. It fits the game, that's one thing. It won't bore you at any point of gamethrough. Bah, i myself enjoyed listening it outside the game. 10/10, 100%, A+ or whatever best rate you wish for. I'm in love in main menu theme :3

Optimalisation: It works flawlessly on my year-old-and-cheap-as-heck laptop, that speaks for itself.

Gameplay: top-down shooter, seems similiar to Shadowgrounds, but it's kinda "faster". Short missions in which you annihilate Covenant troops and defend yours. What's interresting is XP system and challenges.
XP let's you "buy" another weapon you start with, upgrade your shield a little and buy a boost. Everything only for duration of that one mission. XP is gained by completing missions. Simple, and works, i like that.
Challenges makes the mission a little more difficult, but it lets you gain more XP for completion. Together with boosts it makes kinda nice combo.

I am willing to rate the game with a nice and honest 9/10. Very good graphics and gameplay combined with epic music makes it very interesting game. I just wish it had co-op.
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27 of 47 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
This game is horrible. Not much better than a Flash game with controller support. Using the controller, aiming is terrible, scoring is low, and gameplay is subpar. You run around and shoot at things with low-quality graphics with a top-down perspective. Each level is exactly like the previous, except sometimes you shoot at objects and other times you survive waves. You can edit your loadout but without solid aiming it really doesn't matter. You only get a decent score if you melee everything in quick succession.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
This a great, Halo spin off (like Halo Wars), visualy and gameplay wise; like many other games this game: Halo Spartan Assult is a fun interactive game that goes from FPS to a top down shooter, that feels like an arcade version of Halo. If you enjoy the Halo franchise, and are not dissipointed of not being an fps then you'll enjoy this game very much!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
The game seems fair in all honesty.
But really all it is a singleplayer mission version of Alien Swarm from what I can describe.

Too bad they won't add any of the ACTUAL halo games, but again Xbox is a greedy litle box, hopefully they'll finally add halo 5 to PC... Or add the old ones to PC, or both.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
It's good to see a Halo game on Steam. It's nothing like the Xbox version of Halo. I like how they actually took time for this port to be on computer, because most ports usually suck, this one on the other hand is pretty damn good. Can't wait for the next one, which is coming December 2014!

Now, I'm a huge Halo fan, I've played and beat the original Halo's on the Xbox and PC a couple hundred of times, no lie.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Not a fan with top-down shooting, but Halo:SA fits the bill and it is on sale at the time of this writing. At first, I would say it would be quite boring playing top-down method, but I became addicted to it after spending almost an hour with it. My first Halo game was Halo:CE, and it was great then.

I would recommend this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I'm a huge fan of Halo series and I was very excited when I heard a new Halo game is coming to PC.
I knew it was a isometric/top down shooter but since I like these kind of games I was fine with it.

The game really feels and looks like Halo even though is not a FPS. It has the same atmosphere and the same graphic and artistic direction, making it a real Halo game.

These being said, the game is actually designed for mobile touch enabled devices and the first thing that gives it away is the missions length that never reaches 10 minutes. In fact, you can finish most of the missions in less than 5 minutes(if you're good enough), making Halo: Spartan Assault the first casual game in this series.

The story is interesting and it's written in such a manner that can justify the moments when the game gets really hard.

The game features and experience system that allows you to buy new weapons and abilities. You can get XP points only based on the enemies you kill and the manner you kill them. This way you can earn the Bronze/Silver/Gold star or none (this means no XP points). You can also select 2 out of 6 skulls to make the game harder but gain more XP points.

The game is really enjoyable but unfortunately it has some serious issues.

There are moments the game feels so scripted and cheap that you really want to ditch it.

The default weapons set usually feels useless so you have to pick your own custom ones. However this requires a lot of XP points and force you to pick up skulls. This makes the game harder but frustrating and cheap.

While the Covenant troops have no problem in controlling the vehicles, you struggle to.
While the need 1-3 grenades to blow up their own vehicles when you are driving them, you need 3-5 at least to do the same thing with the same vehicles. While they can blow up you vehicle really fast with mounted turrets without stopping from shooting, you need more shots and time to do it and you also have to stop firing since the turrets magically start overheating when you use them.
And you also need more grenades to blow up the turrets when the enemy uses it than they need for when you are using it.

All those aspects make some missions so hard that you have to keep on trying to finish them. Sometimes you need to replay old missions to get XP points so that you can afford the right set of weapons and abilities since you waste all those points trying to figure the right set out, making a 5 minutes mission feel like a 30 minutes repetitive hell and a very bad way to make a game feel longer than it really is.

Even so, with all these problems, the game is really enjoyable for a $/€5.
I was however hoping that once you buy the game on Steam, to have it on WP account as well.

I give it a 7.5/10 hoping that Halo: Spartan Strike won't have the same problems.
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