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Halo: Spartan Assault


343 Industries and Vanguard Games


Microsoft Studios

US date released

  • July 18, 2013[1] (Windows 8)
  • December 23, 2013[1] (Xbox One)
  • January 31, 2014[1] (Xbox 360)
  • April 4, 2014[2] (Windows Vista, 7)


Top-down shooter

Game modes


ESRB rating



Windows Vista, 7, 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One, Xbox 360


Tom Salta


Digital download[1]


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Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter game developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games. The game takes place between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4 near the end of the Human-Covenant war and details the first missions of the SPARTAN-IV Program through the eyes of Sarah Palmer and Edward Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity.

Halo: Spartan Assault was released for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for $6.99 on July 18, 2013. The price dropped to $4.99 on April 10, 2014.[3] Halo: Spartan Assault was later released on the Xbox One on December 23, 2013,[4] and for the Xbox 360 on January 31, 2014[5] for $14.99.[6] These prices dropped to $9.99 on March 25, 2014.[7] Players who purchased and logged into the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 versions of the game on or before December 15, 2013 are able to purchase the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game for the discounted price of $4.99.[8] Halo: Spartan Assault was released for Windows Vista and Windows 7 via Steam for $4.99 on April 4, 2014.[9][2]


Main article: Battle of Draetheus V

A Covenant Remnant fleet comprised of four CAS-Class Assault Carriers and five CCS-class battlecruisers jumped into the Draetheus System and attacked X50, Draetheus V's moon. Merg Vol, the Sangheili leading the attack, found and reactivated a monolith deep within X50's arctic circle, revealing the moon to be a Forerunner planet constructor. The moon began to deconstruct Draetheus V. Although Davis managed to shut down the device, the damage caused to Draetheus V was severe and the planet had to be evacuated.

Palmer commandeered a Phantom from Parg Vol's camp and traveled to the moon to eliminate Merg Vol. After killing Merg Vol, Palmer was assigned to find the source of a signal being broadcast from inside the moon. She discovered that the signal was Davis' last words relayed by a Forerunner construct and she was able to retrieve Davis' body.





Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter. It supports three different control schemes: touchscreen "twin-stick" controls, mouse and keyboard, and an Xbox 360 controller.

There are 30 missions which typically take 2 to 5 minutes to complete. Before starting a mission, players can purchase new options for their loadout using XP earned from completing missions or real money via microtransactions. These options only last for the duration of that mission. During a mission, players can pick up weapons and grenades, enter vehicles, and use armor abilities.

After a mission, players are scored depending on their kills, medals earned, and time spent. Each mission has a different score requirement to earn a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Star for that mission. Players earn XP depending on what Star they earned. The XP earned can be multiplied by activating skulls prior to starting the mission. Players can earn a rating higher than Gold if they complete a mission with the Thunderstorm and Black Eye skulls on and meet the score requirements for Gold.[10][11]

Integration with Halo 4Edit

Certain Halo 4 achievements give the player a free use of different loadout options. Additionally, owners of the Halo 4 Bullseye Pack who also complete certain requirements in Halo: Spartan Assault and then enter a glyph combination in Halo Waypoint's Classified section will unlock the following in Halo 4:[12][13]

  • Additional XP
  • DMR Striped STP skin
  • Air Assault Vision VISN skin
  • C.I.O. Rush RUSH skin
  • Determined stance













Armor AbilitiesEdit










Windows 8/PhoneEdit

On August 29, 2013, a free update called Operation F: Hydra was released. The update added five new missions, five new achievements, Xbox 360 controller support, and the ability to purchase all loadout options with XP.[14] Upon launch of the update, a cloud save issue prevented Windows 8 players from accessing their save files.[15] This issue was resolved with an update on August 31, 2013.[16]

Xbox 360/OneEdit

The Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions include five new cooperative missions and new achievements.[1] 343 Industries has not announced any plans to bring this content the Windows versions of the game.


Metacritic gave it 70 (PC)[17] and 51 (Xbox),[18] while GameRankings gave it an even less generous 68.79% for the PC version and 55.39% for the Xbox version. The game was given 6.7/10 by IGN and 7 by Destructoid. GameInformer gave it an 8.25.[19]


  • The cinematics resemble the art and style of the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Terminals and the Halo 4 Terminals.
  • Prior to its announcement, Halo: Spartan Assault was code named Halo: Bootcamp.[20]
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the second Halo title to earn an ESRB rating of "Teen" rather than "Mature." The first was Halo Wars.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the second Halo title to not be a first-person shooter. The first was Halo Wars.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the first Halo title to be made for mobile devices.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the first Halo title to be released on the Xbox One.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the third Halo title to appear on PC. The first two were ports of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the first Halo title to not be initially released on a Xbox console.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the last Halo game to be released on the Xbox 360.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the first game in which the player cannot change the difficulty in the Campaign without the use of skulls.
  • Although very unusual in other media, in Halo: Spartan Assault, it is common to fight against Jiralhanae and Sangheili on the same battlefield.
  • Though they are seen on the cover, Halo: Spartan Assault is the first Halo game in which the player cannot fight Hunters.
  • Halo: Spartan Assault is the first Halo game ever to be released on Steam.




Main article: List of Achievements for Halo: Spartan Assault

The Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions offer 25 achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerpoints.[21] The Xbox 360 version offers 28 achievements for 400 Gamerpoints and the Xbox One version offers 30 achievements for 1000 Gamerpoints.[22] Each achievement can be earned once per platform.

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Achievements in Halo: Spartan Assault
Campaign Completion OverrunSwitched OnSwitched OffEvacuatedTerminated
Level-specific Escort ServiceNowhere to HideNever Knew What Hit ThemBrute ForceFoot SoldierVidmaster Challenge
Experience RecruitProdigy117Distinguished ServiceExtra CreditPension Plan
Gameplay Weapon of ChoicePowered by MJOLNIRSkull Combo
Operation Hydra ArcheologySilvertipTour of DutyVidmaster Challenge 2.0A for Effort
Xbox One The Enemy of my FriendImmune
Co-op FloodedOverachieverDynamic DuoExterminationThe Company of Strangers


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