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  • Summary: Enlist as a Spartan soldier and sharpen your tactical skills in battle. Set between the events of "Halo 3" and "Halo 4," Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, is a new chapter within the Halo universe. Spanning over 30 missions in vibrant, dangerous worlds, dive deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars, the origins of the Spartan Ops program, and unravel a chilling mystery in Operation Hydra. Play through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces. You can also join with a fellow Spartan on Xbox Live, in battle against the Flood. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Dec 30, 2013
    It just doesn’t scream next-gen to me, despite being a really fun arcade shooter. Still, I did have a lot of fun with it, and I’d at least suggest checking out the demo if you’re interested.
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    You can tell even from the UI that Spartan Assault is a mobile game re-edited for a next-generation console. Missions are too short and repetitious, and the shooting system worked better with a touchscreen.
  3. Jan 16, 2014
    As a twin stick shooter, Halo: Spartan Assault is a decent game, but as an iteration to the Halo series, it leaves much to be desired both in story and content. Spartan Assault offers 30 short missions that, without the skulls, are an easy challenge for the player. The coop missions are the only pleasant additions, but there are only 5, in top of that, completing them also takes a very short time. Maybe if the single player missions from the campaign had received the same treatment, but that was not the case.
  4. Jan 7, 2014
    A bad port for a game that simply didn't work on home consoles. Still waiting for a real Halo.
  5. Jan 16, 2014
    Even though there are a few moments where the game is quite satisfactory, you’re always wishing for more than it ever truly delivers.
  6. Jan 4, 2014
    Without any real ambition or challenging design powering it, Halo: Spartan Assault is bland, unremarkable and far too safe given the potential of a twin-stick shooter spin-off.
  7. 30
    A disappointing twin-stick shooter, a waste of the Halo brand and an embarrassing installment into the Xbox One launch window line-up. [Issue#108, p.74]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 42
  2. Negative: 15 out of 42
  1. Dec 25, 2013
    Very fun game. I owned the title on Win8 also but the addition of co-op makes it a definite purchase. Would love to see a sequel with more coop and perhaps competitive multiplayer! Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    Already beat it on win 8 & wp8, so I'm glad now I enjoy new game play in halo franchise on Xbox one.
    interesting story, different game play
    and mechanics, also movies between levels. All halo fans must have to try something different in halo universe:) Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2014
    Spartan Assault is a great little addition to a fan of the Halo universe and it's extended fiction. As a top down shooter, the gameplay is simple and straightforward, but that is what one should expect from such a title. From a design standpoint it is very aesthetically pleasing and well made, the environments do a great job of making you feel as if you're playing within just a smaller space from a much larger world. I recommend this game to someone looking for a quick and fun Halo experience. Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2014
    There's nothing inherently wrong with Halo: Spartan Assault, but at the same time there's nothing that makes it unique. Short missions that range from 3-6 minutes in length, and about 30 of them, there are some challenges to accomplish when you finish the game, but those achievements feel more like chores rather than something I want to do. The guns feel fun, and there's an abundance of power when you're using the rocket launcher or spartan laser. It's graphically competent, and there's a story in there, but it's not one of much depth or intrigue. It nails the Halo atmosphere, but at the end of the day, once you beat it, you won't want to come back to it unless you're a Halo fanatic or you want every achievement. I had my fun, but now I'm done, it's a decent first Halo for the xbox one, but nothing more, nothing less. Expand
  5. Jan 10, 2014
    Decent twin stick shooting but the graphics are sub par and levels are wayyyyy too short. Feels like the Halo universe was forced into an existing game. Not bad but should have been a bit less expensive for what it actually is. Not terrible but not on the top of my list... Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2014
    Very basic top looking down 3rd person shooter. Very reminiscent of some maps of Contra on NES. Even though this is set in the Halo universe, in my opinion, it does not feel like Halo at all. The levels are simplistic. The graphics are good, but it just doesn't feel quite right to me. I have had to force myself to play it even though I love Halo and Halo Wars. The pay to play weapon and unlock scheme does not work for consoles. Period. I refuse to pay for a weapon or game trinket. If you want to make money like that then don't charge money for your game. Killer Instinct does the monetization the correct way. All in all, this game misses the mark with its repetitive maps and gameplay. Pay to play weapon and ability unlocks put the final nails in the coffin. Save your money and buy something else. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    I bought this game to play co-op. I was fooled. (1) There's no co-op campaign, weirdly, just a handful of cheap, short co-op missions. This is bizarre: this is a well-produced game and the art is fantastic, how did it fail so badly on multiplayer? I get the feeling the network programmers quit. (2) In-game purchases HIDEOUSLY OFFENSIVE, especially when you just paid for the game and are hugely disappointed already. NOW the game wants me to pay for a one-use weapon? F 343. Expand

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