Excerpt: Shootmania is the latest member to join the Mania Planet family alongside Trackmania and the upcoming Questmania. At its heart it is a highly competitive and customizable FPS. It bears many similarities to the previously released Trackmania in the sense that it relies heavily on community content to...
Excerpt: ShootMania was supposed to be the TrackMania of gun-games: a simple shooter in what’s become a tornado of killstreaks, unlocks and customisation. And it is, but only if you look at the bits where a mouse- click fires a gun at a bunny-hopping enemy.
Excerpt: Online shooters have evolved a lot over the last several years. From different classes to unlock-able perks and weapons, they have grown to a point where being competitive means spending a decent amount of time learning the classes and unlocking the extras.
Pros: Fun shooter, even if you are not good at shooters, Simple controls make it easy to learn, Unique modes, maps and environmental hazards/helps, Robust map and mode editor allowing for user created content, $19.99 price point is ridiculously cheap for all this game contains
Summary: It seems like all shooters released today follow the same formula. Start off with some guns, level up, get new guns, put attachments on guns and then rinse, wash, and repeat. There was a time however when fire fights with your enemies were fast paced and more about reaction time than simply having a...
Excerpt: There are a lot of shooters available on the market today, not the least of which in the genre would be those of the first person variety. Some believe that first person shooters today have nothing on those of old, and if you're similarly minded then this might be the game for you.
Summary: Jump and shoot, man Nadeo has already made a name for itself with its Trackmania racing series for PC. Quick and sometimes crazy user-created courses task the player with getting the best lap time, making for a pure gameplay experience which can be hard to put down.
Conclusion: ShootMania Storm is a throwback to the glory days of competitive first person shooters, like Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament, wedded with modern social features. The trip back in time is something you’ll either love or hate.
Pros: Old-school Quake 3 Arena feel is refreshing in an era of Call of Duty play-alikes, Smooth, fast gameplay with decent variation, Little Big Planet-style level editor and social features help keep things interesting
Cons: Simplistic gameplay might turn off some players, Not much graphical variety, as well as some rendering bugs, Social features could be a little more robust