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
Excerpt: First-person shooters come in many different flavors. Historically accurate adventures, ultra-violent crime romps, and the occasional completely fantastical journey into Hell, or some such. Most of them tend to have one thing in common, however; namely, they all take place on some kind of ground. Shattered Horizon , however, well… shatters those horizons. Stuffing players in cold-war-styled cosmonaut suits, the game takes place amongst asteroid debris in space.
Excerpt: If you are a PC gamer or have been in the past, then you’ll probably know Shattered Horizon ’s developer Futuremark. They are well known for their 3DMark computer benchmark software, which determines how much of a monster your PC really is at gaming with the latest graphic technologies. Futuremark are now having a stab at making a full game.