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.
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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2550 MB available space
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josh.edley
22.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
I have never played a halo game before and wile I know this is different type of game but I was interested in trying out this, to experience at least some aspect of the halo franchise. So is this a good game or is it a game that you should not buy?

The Positives
The game has a really good type of game play and I like that you can use the a selection of different weapons to use. The cinematic of each sections is used to tell you the story of what is happening in the game. You can make the game harder by adding a different type of skull in the deployment section. When you do this you can get reworded with XP after each assignment. This xp is not used to level up but your able to get a different choices of weapons or bonuses. what I like most is the choice of a assignment you have as you go through the game

Negatives
What I really disliked about this game is the use Spartan tanks I really disliked controlling them. I found it hard to move around when I use them . I prefer using the covenant tanks then a the Spartans. as for the story it's ok and it has some good point but I couldn't feel attached to the character it's not an issue (gameplay being the important part) but best mentioning.

Conclusion
So is this game worth it? well for the price yes it's as simples as that.
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Shadow-[crimson jackals leader]
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
I got this game on sale for $5 with spartan strike. spartan strike works. this does not!

I tried over and over to get it to work but it wont.
Most people that get it are having the problem where you load into the game and u hit the space bar to start the level then it crashes.

Not worth 5 bucks.
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The 25th Baam
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
basically alien swarm but boring
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candtripley
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
says it stoped working so i cant PLAYYYY.
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Vekotin
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
(ENG)
Spartan Assault is an ok casual version of Halo games. Gameplay is mostly fluent and missions are conveniently short so you can play also if you have only a little time (or just short temper). At some points you can see that the game is not of PC origin because it feels almost too easy. Luckily there's also a few more challenging missions. Spartan Assault is of course at its best for Halo fans to whom I also recommend the game. Otherwise it's just an ok top-down shooter. If you're not yet familiar with Halo universe I recommend playing the "bigger" Halo games first.

(FIN)
Spartan Assault on ihan ok rennompi versio Halo-peleistä. Pelaaminen on pääosin sujuvaa ja tehtävät sopivan pituisia lyhyisiin pelihetkiin tai lyhytpinnaisille. Joissain kohdissa pelin mobiilijuuret näkyvät pelaamisen helppoutena, mutta on mukana onneksi myös muutamia haastavampia tehtäviä. Spartan Assault on luonnollisesti parhaimmillaan, jos olet Halo-sarjan fani, joille peliä myös pääasiassa suosittelen. Muutoin se on vain ok top-down shootteri. Mikäli Halon universumi ei vielä ole tuttu kehotan mielummin ensin tutustumaan siihen "isompien" Halo-pelien avulla.
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CommanderAd | 1805 |
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
Ahhh yet another disrepectful game to the Halo series where to start...

343Industries

I rest my case.
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Justicebot5544
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 9
A decent top down game, could use some tweeks with the window.
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Mr.Lake ♒
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
Incredibly fun & addicting halo game, looking forward to playing the next one.
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Xx_ProMiner357_xX
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 3
Does Anyone where the multiplayer is i don't know and i give this game a thumbs up because its getting really intense already!!!
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۞[DF-L]VaniliaRose۞
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 3
Great game with some major set backs: (Spoilers to gameplay)
1. You're forced to play with a skull on at all times, the only option to change it is: You can only select between 1 - 6 skulls that have negative effects.

2. Gameplay is repetitive. Very, ver repetitive.

3. There is no set diffuculty = Some missions are too hard, others way too easy. Basically the more enemies there are, the harder the mission is supposed to be, but sometimes the game is completly broken forcing you to purchase specific weapons before heading into the mission. The problem with that? (Check 4)

4. "EXP" Currency you get from missions. You complete a mission and you get an insignificant amount of "EXP" to purchase gear for missions to come. The problem with this (Veiw 3) is that some missions (not required, but it feels heavily implied) will be very hard and buying gear will help you win the mission, but you might not have enough exp forcing you to replay old boring missions again ( See example 2)

5. Co-op mode is still missing lel

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GameZone's Jake Valentine gave the Xbox One version a 5/10, stating " Halo: Spartan Assault is a soulless, boring, chore of a game. The small glimpses of fun arcade like gameplay are drowned away by frustration and money grabbing."
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
(ENG)
Spartan Assault is an ok casual version of Halo games. Gameplay is mostly fluent and missions are conveniently short so you can play also if you have only a little time (or just short temper). At some points you can see that the game is not of PC origin because it feels almost too easy. Luckily there's also a few more challenging missions. Spartan Assault is of course at its best for Halo fans to whom I also recommend the game. Otherwise it's just an ok top-down shooter. If you're not yet familiar with Halo universe I recommend playing the "bigger" Halo games first.

(FIN)
Spartan Assault on ihan ok rennompi versio Halo-peleistä. Pelaaminen on pääosin sujuvaa ja tehtävät sopivan pituisia lyhyisiin pelihetkiin tai lyhytpinnaisille. Joissain kohdissa pelin mobiilijuuret näkyvät pelaamisen helppoutena, mutta on mukana onneksi myös muutamia haastavampia tehtäviä. Spartan Assault on luonnollisesti parhaimmillaan, jos olet Halo-sarjan fani, joille peliä myös pääasiassa suosittelen. Muutoin se on vain ok top-down shootteri. Mikäli Halon universumi ei vielä ole tuttu kehotan mielummin ensin tutustumaan siihen "isompien" Halo-pelien avulla.
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1,582 of 1,754 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
For £3.99 it's a pretty decent game. The use of Steamworks is really nice, it's good to see this game has achievements & full controller support.

The levels are short & simple, so don't expect a massive game. Achievements & leaderboards add some replayability.

This does NOT have micro-transactions. Previous versions on the mobile version had them, but they were since removed.

The only feature I would like to see added is co-op mode.

Also Halo 3.
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657 of 758 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
A Halo game on Steam? Hopefully the first of many more! I'm a huge fan of Halo and when I first heard of this game coming to Steam I got excited. The game is only 5 dollars which is a great price for the content it provides. Does the game run smoothly? Well yes! The movement is spot on and the keyboard/mouse controls are well done. So I love the controls, the gameplay, the price, and the content the game brings us in general. But, there are a few things I don't like about it. I don't like the video settings. They are very lacking for a PC game. The options are Resolution, Anti-Aliasing, and the refresh rate. And I wished it was Multiplayer. Maybe co-op; that would be very fun. But besides all of that, I think the game is great and worth the price!
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572 of 690 people (83%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Great game but seriously Microsoft put Halo 3 on Steam it will give you teh moneys.
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523 of 652 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
If you compare it to other Halo games it will be the worst of them all. But it is stilll a good game. The mechanics/controls are smooth and feel responsive. the story is interesting (if you are a fan of the Halo universe). The cutscenes are also really well made, same goes for the rest of the graphics. I think I beat it within 3 to 4 hours so it is not too long but is has some replay value.

Overall it is a nice little game you can kill time with. I think 4.99 is a good price for it and for me it was worth it.
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120 of 131 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
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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164 of 191 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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.




Elaborated version:

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 'Gattling Gears', another top down shooter.
Originally made for Windows Phone, then ported over to Windows 8, then to both generations of Xbox consoles, then finally to Steam, which means it will run on anything. Basically you'll find this title on virtually any reasonbly current gen platform you can find.

From the very start, you can tell this is a ported mobile game 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. This stuff does not belong on pc and, where I can forgive a smaller company the lack of attention to detail, this is f***ing Microsoft and Co!

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 its 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 insanely 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.
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1,157 of 1,673 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
Halo 3 would make more moneys Micro$oft
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609 of 872 people (70%) found this review helpful
155 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I'd say that this was a good run. It really made me spend some hours into this game, especially as a Halo fan.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a Top-Down Shooter that is a "prequel?" to Halo: Spartan Strike, and as noticed by the gameplay, it is significantly different from all the other Halo First Person Shooters you all know in love. But it is still considered a Halo game in my standards and it definitely deserves some recognition.

As with the story, you play as the characters that are seen in Halo 4, Spartan Palmer and Spartan Davis. As it takes place before the events of Halo 4, you're met with a series of missions in each specific Operation. There are 5 missions in each Operation and there are a total of 6 Operations altogether. Depending on your pacing of the game, it may take you less than a day up to a couple of days at the most to complete this game, depending if you're getting the achievements or not.

Lots of things return from the previous Halo games along with other stuff that are non-existant in Halo: Spartan Assault. One of the most famous things to return is the Armor Abilities. Along with the previous ones returning such as the Active Camoflage, the Autosentry, and Sprint also returns as an Armor Ability. Besides the old ones, there are new Armor Abilities that can be very effective and sometimes overpowered. The Overshield is one of the most overpowered Armor Abilites you can have in the game.

Some of the beloved vehicles return from Halo Wars as well. The Grizzly is the only vehicle from Halo Wars that is drivable, the others like the Hawk, Wolverine, and even the Elephant are just there for asthetics.

No Battle Rifle or some other fan loved weapons don't exist. :(

In my opinion, Halo: Spartan Assault had more replayablility than it did on Halo: Spartan Strike. Even after you finish the game, you still had to do some of the Spartan Ops that are available in every mission, but the only difference is that the Spartan Ops in Spartan Assault made you do more work than in Spartan Strike, sometimes having you to replay that mission more than once and making it tedious just to complete that specific Spartan Op. But after completing them all and earning all the achievements, it really does make you feel like you've achieved something after all that hours you put into (That is, if you're planning to do that).

Probably the only bad parts of this game are the sometimes tedious Spartan Ops and no multiplayer for this version. Since only the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions have multiplayer, it should be fair that the PC version should get multiplayer as well in my opinion.

$5 is worth it in my opinion and it's $1 cheaper than Halo: Spartan Strike, so you're basically geting more bang for your buck for this game. I know the gameplay isn't everybody's cup of tea, but you should still try this, Halo fan or not. If you're not convinced, then this game contains trading cards and Halo theme backgrounds and emoticons that some or most Halo fans want (Including myself).

In conclusion, Halo: Spartan Assault is a very decent Top-Down Shooter as it stands for most Halo fans and everyone else to try.

Should you buy this game?
As a Halo fan, you should! Looking for some decent games or getting into Halo? Give both Spartan Assault and Spartan Strike a try. Or you could just wait for this game to go on sale if that suits your tastes.
9.5/10

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