Excerpt: It’s not often a multiplayer only game inspires us to not only go out and buy it, but for the developers to go back to the drawing board and think about making a campaign to go along with it. That’s what Futuremark did with their first game, Shattered Horizon, a multiplayer only space-shooter where hurling bullets in zero gravity can make all the difference to the way you think about shooters.
Excerpt: Shattered Horizon is certainly an original and unique addition to the FPS genre, but the lack of content and variety, the small number of players online and the lack of Windows XP support make it a difficult title to recommend.
Excerpt: As you might expect from a company best known for benchmarking programs aimed at hardcore PC gamers, Futuremark's Shattered Horizons is rather demanding. This Steam-distributed multiplayer-only shooter requires a top-of-the-line CPU and video-card combo, along with either Windows 7 or Vista as an operating system because the game has been built around DirectX 10 without support for Windows XP. But you can't complain (too much).
Pros: Unique space setting and easy-to-use controls, Features like zero gravity and stealth add depth to combat, Atmospheric outer space visuals
Cons: Demanding system requirements that include Windows 7 or Vista, Only four maps and three modes of play
Excerpt: Zero gravity has always been a questionable modification to modern multiplayer shooters, love it or hate it. The biggest problem: decreased accuracy associated with the lack of cognitive motion. This lack of control makes judging distance and observing enemy movement difficult. Enter Futuremark Game Studios, a brand new game company which is a subsidiary of Futuremark Corporation.
Excerpt: The battle’s been quiet for a few moments, so all I can hear is my own breathing inside my spacesuit. My boots are latched onto a bit of rock, and I’m crouched just below the lip of an enormous ridge overlooking the sprawling mining facility we’re trying to defend. I pop my head up above the lip tentatively, looking for the telltale signs of incoming blues. There — somebody’s let himself float too high and away from cover.