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: 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.
Conclusion: Shattered Horizon is a unique game, it offers true zero gravity fighting where things are pretty much even between the players since they’ve all got the exact same armaments. You’ll truly have to rely on your skills if you want to do well in this game. Futuremark has a potential hit on their hands truly, as long as they keep up with additions to the game like new maps and new modes of play.
Pros: Redefines the FPS genre, Players have the same equipment for an even playing field, Beautiful graphics, Fun, fun and more fun, Zero Gravity combat for the win!
Cons: Only four levels that look very similar, Limited modes of gameplay, High system requirements, Can be tough to play at first