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 stay alive. Given today’s market for first person shooters it’s somewhat rare to see fast paced twitch shooter being released with such a gung-ho attitude.
Summary: 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. The company is now trying to introduce some similar concepts into the first-person shooter genre with Shootmania Storm . Shootmania is certainly a simple game, at least on the surface.
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. The rest is a rebuilding of the competitive FPS, but with an odd logic that suffuses everything from the menus to the movement. It’s clear I’m in thrall to Nadeo’s eccentricities even before a shot is fired.
Summary: While this game may not have tried to reinvent the wheel, there is enough innovation here to make it one I will be jumping into from time to time when I just want to shoot something. It’s my hope that enough players from the US and the rest of North America will decide to take a chance on this gem. Trust me; it is worth your money. ShootMania Storm gets a 9 out of 10.
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. ShootMania Storm is a game built off the premise that the old school ways were the best ones: Fast and frantic action is the dish being served, no garnishing or fancy appetizers may come along...
Conclusion: For a first time FPS? Nadeo did a decent job realizing the genre in their own, unique way. Everything feels well put together. It leaves me waiting for how Nadeo decides to follow up their first foray into unknown territory. While scaling back the gameplay to allow for a balanced experience was a nice thought, what it fails to realize is that an FPS needs variety in the form of unique guns that feel nice to use and, most importantly, fun to use.
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