Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Dec 30, 2013
    75
    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 7, 2014
    70
    A direct HD port of the classic shooter designed for Windows Phone (and PC too). Fast and furious playability, but it´s a short experience too.
  3. 70
    A solid port of its mobile and PC counterparts, Halo: Spartan Assault is an enjoyable twin-stick shooter that provides little in the way of real longevity or value for money. Still, if you've nothing else left to play on Xbox One, you could do a lot worse.
  4. Jan 22, 2014
    65
    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.
  5. Jan 8, 2014
    65
    Halo: Spartan Assault isn’t a terrible game, but more of a disappointing one. It is great that console players can finally play this once mobile-only title, and it is great the team added in the new co-op mode.
  6. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    As long as your expectations are tempered, Halo: Spartan Assault is a serviceable game. It works as a top-down shooter, but you'll miss the enemy intelligence of the older games.
  7. Jan 16, 2014
    60
    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.
  8. 60
    Though Spartan Assault boasts many of the aliens, armaments, and well-worn plot wrinkles we associate with the Halo universe, it lacks the polished sheen that just about every other game in the series enjoys.
  9. Jan 7, 2014
    60
    Halo Spartan Assault is not the best debut for the Halo Series on Xbox One. Its mobile roots don't fit the console market, and the lack of any cooperative mode for the story, a flat level design and a linear gameplay, can't enthuse everyone. Halo fans anyway will enjoy the deep link with the series while waiting for the next major episode.
  10. A decent twin-stick shooter that uses the touchstones of Halo combat effectively, but lacks the longevity or depth to warrant the price tag - and especially the microtransactions.
  11. Jan 5, 2014
    60
    Halo: Spartan Assault succeeds in keeping the Microsoft series' feeling also thanks to a great sound design, but gets dragged down by game-crashing bugs, an half-baked co-op and an overly higher price considering the same game is available for much less in the Windows Store. The worst game in the Halo franchise as of today.
  12. 60
    At the end of the day Spartan Assault is not a bad game, but there are a few hiccups that hamper what could have been.
  13. Dec 31, 2013
    60
    The limitation on cooperative play is the game's biggest disappointment, so here's hoping that Microsoft Studios has more multiplayer levels in mind for possible downloadable content.
  14. Jan 11, 2014
    58
    With all the crashing and lame microtransactions, it’s kind of ridiculous that this is the first Halo game to appear on Microsoft’s next-generation console.
  15. Jan 7, 2014
    55
    A bad port for a game that simply didn't work on home consoles. Still waiting for a real Halo.
  16. Feb 19, 2014
    50
    Even though Halo: Spartan Assault has a lot of charm and is somewhat fun to play, it is somewhat broken by greedy microtransactions.
  17. Jan 17, 2014
    50
    Arguably the most damning thing you could say about Halo Spartan Assault is that it is very easy to see that this is a game ported over from a tablet (or Win 8 PC for the pedantic), microtransactions and all.
  18. Jan 16, 2014
    50
    Even though there are a few moments where the game is quite satisfactory, you’re always wishing for more than it ever truly delivers.
  19. Jan 11, 2014
    50
    There’s a decent game beneath some unfortunate flaws and irritating business practice, and I would genuinely like to see Vanguard have another crack at a top-down Halo without such questionable deterrents.
  20. 50
    Still essentially the same game as released on mobile, but at twice the price and with microtransactions that are even more cynically-designed than usual.
  21. Jan 4, 2014
    50
    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.
  22. Jan 13, 2014
    49
    If you own a Windows tablet or Windows phone, just play this on those devices instead if you must. Even if you are a huge Halo fan, there is absolutely no reason to shell out $15 for this game when you can play the exact same game for $7 on mobile devices.
  23. Feb 16, 2014
    40
    Unsatisfying pad aiming. [March 2014, p.85]
  24. Jan 13, 2014
    40
    On the surface, Halo: Spartan Assault is a solid twin-stick shooter, much better suited to consoles than mobiles and PC. Ultimately, however, it feels like a mobile game, containing breezy missions that aren't much to look at and provide little in the way of a challenge. Oh, and it costs twice the price to access.
  25. Jan 9, 2014
    40
    Spartan Assault takes all the aspects that made the Halo series popular – expansive levels, an epic storyline, cutting edge visuals and inventive gunplay – and throws them all away.
  26. Jan 3, 2014
    40
    Halo: Spartan Assault is simple and boring.
  27. Jan 7, 2014
    35
    A cheap port of a mobile game with glaring flaws at its very core that does a disservice to the Halo brand, Spartan Assault should be avoided like the Flood.
  28. 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]
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 205 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 40
  2. Negative: 15 out of 40
  1. Dec 29, 2013
    3
    Somewhat fun, but ruined with micro transactions needed to upgrade weapons, around $2-3 per weapon. I never played this game on a windows mobile device, so I was unaware. And there's no mention of this on Xbox Live before you purchase this game, there's no demo and there's no refunds. The levels are too short and the aiming leaves a lot to be desired. Literally this is the only game I've purchased for Xbox One and it's a disappointing turd. Full Review »
  2. Dec 29, 2013
    1
    Short levels, little variation in gameplay, poor graphics, dumb enemy AI, clunky controls, poor sound ......

    Micro transactions? On a £12
    xbone download game, They must be having a laugh.

    If you want to pretend your xbone is a last gen smartphone, this is the game for you.

    A dismal game, an embarassment to the great HALO series, made worse by the frankly insulting inclusion of 'in game purchases'.
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  3. Dec 25, 2013
    10
    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! Full Review »