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 (2,452 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

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Reviews

“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
70 of 74 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
I'm sorry the Halo game you really wanted isn't available for Steam. And yes this is a mobile port.

Now that part's out of the way, Halo: Spartan Assault is a fun little top-down twin-stick shooter and it's a great deal for its already low price (and an even better deal during one of the frequent 75% off sales). It's short, but I don't really see that as a downside, personally. As someone with a fairly short attention span at times (like the times when I am awake), I like that Halo: SA is a game that I can pick up and run through a level in a few minutes.

The graphics are nice, particularly since this started in the mobile sphere. I played using an Xbox 360 controller and I didn't find the controls awkward at all, though it did take a few missions for me to get the hang of things. The music's also really good. The story is pretty basic, but you're a recruit in training in some sort of Halo universe thingie, and you are using the game to re-enact the historic battles of some heroic spartan assault in some futuristic past. Probably this all makes great sense if you're already a Halo fan. What you get is a nice little series of missions in which you are some kind of badass futuristic soldier tasked with clearing enemies, escorting vehicles, holding strategic points, destroying heavy weapons, etc.

The enemies, weapons, power-ups, and the missions themselves are all varied enough that it keeps things interesting as you progress through the 30 or so levels. Surprisingly, there's also quite a bit of replayability, whether it's trying to get gold stars on each mission, going for all the achievements and medals, attempting missions with the "extra credit" parameters, farming for XP to buy upgrades, or playing with various handicaps (skulls) turned on. In addition, once you factor in the muliple difficulty levels and the ability to compare your scores to those of your Steam friends, you can easily play through several times.

Add nice Steam integration features (trading cards, achievements, leaderboards) and the only reason not to get this one is (apparently, judging from the negative reviews and threads I see) if you are too busy crying that Micro$oft didn't put the Halo game you really wanted to play on Steam.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
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.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Pros:
Famaliar weapons and universe makes the game easy to jump into
The conversion of the world lore from the FPS games is excellently done
Cheap (1/2 price of what is charged for the game on other systems)

Cons:
Targetting is often poor, ever for a twinstick shooter
Far too many escort and protect a character missions
No multiplayer campaign (the reason the game is 1/2 price of other versions)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Halo Spartan Assault is pretty fun and i like the challages and the missions are good wish they had more missions to do.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Microsoft be like :

"Hey ! Let's release Halo games for the PC !....

... that's NOT an FPS !"

I like this game though
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
As a Halo devoted fan all I can say is that I love it. Of course, it`s not like the normal Halo collection, but it`s quite good and i enjoy playing it. Controls aren`t hard and seems really fun to play. Too bad it`s not a co-op game, but still the Halo Spartan feeling feels really strong.
The story is also interesting and the cut scenes are really well made.
Also the price is fair well for it and i can say i urge every Halo fan to buy it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Let me start off by saying that Halo: Spartan Assault is not a "traditional" Halo game nor does it come close to the perfection of others in the series. But, nevertheless, it is a good game.

Aside from the movement and steering of some vehicles, which can get a bit sketchy at times, the controls are smooth and the gameplay gives a fantastic arcade feel to Halo. Considering the depth and magnitude of the story told throughout the rest of the Halo series, my only complaint about this game is that the story and connection to the characters simply is not there. This game is definitely more of a shoot-em-up type instead of an epic, emotion packed, story-teller like the other Halos.

Despite all of the anger and ranting by Halo fans concerning the series not being brought to Steam which seems to be directed at this game, I actually really enjoyed it.. and for only 5 bucks I definitely got my money's worth!

If you are considering purchasing this game, just keep in mind that it's very different from the other Halo titles and it certainly doesn't deliver the same experience, but it is a fun game and I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading, have a good one! :)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Lots of medals, achievements and other little challenges kept this little top-down HALO shooter running for me. There might have been some more weapons, enemies and mission types and also might have been co-op tho. Otherwise - simple gameplay, nice piece of Spartan stories, dem 0.99$ and 9 hours well spent!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
I can't get use to the camera view, it feels too much like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ M.O.B.A.

Please 343, become billionaires over night and port all of the Halo games to PC! Or atleast Halo 3...
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70 of 133 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Stop with the mobile port garbage and put haloCE on steam already
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
"None of your friends have played this game recently. Tell them why they should."
Because it's Halo.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Worth maybe bout 1,50$, controlls are meh. Story is meh. Not a decent Game of the franchise. You can see and feel its a Mobile Game. Do yourself a favor and grab a burger for the money, sit yourself down and Halo 1/2/3
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Just a boring game really. It's a twin-stick shooter that takes place in the Halo universe which sounds cool but it's missing alot of what makes Halo great and what makes twin-stick shooters great. There isn't an exciting story like Halo games usually have, in fact there isn't a story at all. No dialogue or cutscenes, you just kind of go mission to mission. But it does get a lot of other things right about Halo with its enemy types and weapon selection but that kind of ruins the twin-stick shooter aspect of it by making it very slow paced.

As a twin-stick shooter it doesn't bring anything special to the table. There are maybe 4-5 enemies fighting you at once, and then you run to the next group. No unique element to the gameplay whats-so-ever. The game is just a twin-stick shooter in its most standard form and takes place in a Halo environment. Nothing more.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I don't understand, this could have been 100 times the game it is. Not worth buying even when on sale unless you are some kind of Halo master fanboy. It clearly feels like it has been created by a team who do not understand modern PCs. If you are looking for a top down view version of Halo 3 or something you won't find it here. This is more like Halos take on Streets of Rage or something only that game offered more variety. I feels like a demo to be honest. You can't actually jump and the maps are just so linear and dull you won't notice any difference between them. They could have had huge pitched battles, multiplayer, Co-op. I don't know who the developers were but it is like they got hold of the office swear jar and used it as the budget for this game and made it in their spare time rather than looking at facebook on lazy Fridays. This game isn't even on par with Steam's 'Alien Swarm', which is free and a good solid top down game. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there we are. An amausing trifle. Which I regret spending £2.49 on.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
This game is underwhelming garbage. A mediocre phone game with production values less than Halo Combat Evolved. Guns feel bad, the game looks dull, enemies don't react to shots, missions are short and are not connected in any kind of a story. It's a wet fart of a game.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I'm a halo fan since the beginning, but this game is bad.
It's not fun, and the story not interesting.
Maybe it's a good halo on tablet, but on pc, you can play Halo:CE wich is better...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
As many other reviews have pointed out Halo Spartan Assault is not what you expect from a typical Halo game in the series, to start off it is a top down shooter and the aiming can be rather annoying and difficult at times, this might be justified since apparently the game was originally to be played on mobile devices. However, the story is kind of lacking and you can't access any of your game settings while on missions forcing you to abort and start over. Hopefully the sequel will be better but i wouldn't hold my breath or wait for it with anticipation.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
The only Halo game on Steam, it's almost a no brainer.

It is refreshing to have a top-down shooter in the Halo universe.
Spartan Assault takes place in between Halo 3 and Halo 4.

Multiple weapons to choose from, vehicles to drive and armor abilities to upgrade your Spartan with.

30 missions to complete - this game has plenty of content for it's small price tag.

8/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
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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