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  • Summary: Shattered Horizon is the first game from Futuremark Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of combat in space. This multiplayer first-person shooter is played entirely in zero gravity. A catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris. You and your friends will join intense 32 player battles to control hollowed-out asteroids, huge fragments of Moon rock and the ruined remains of the International Space Station. With simple and intuitive controls, you have complete freedom of movement in the distinctive zero gravity environments. Not only can you use your rocket pack to fly anywhere but you can also land on any surface to attack your enemies from unexpected angles. Shattered Horizon challenges you to take your FPS skills to the next level adapting what you have learned on the battlefield to create new tactics in a fully three dimensional battle space. With your rifle at the ready you can handle anything the enemy can throw at you. But if you let go of your gun, chances are you're already dead. [Steam] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Shattered Horizon manages to expand the first person shooter genre by literally another dimension. Sadly enough it is very well possible that this title might be relegated to a niche existence because of its originality.
  2. It's very admirable for Futuremark to make an exclusively PC game that is DX10 only, to boot, but I'm not quite sold on the longevity of the zero-G concept. It's a new and exciting spin on the competitive FPS genre, but I don't think it will keep me away from games like Borderlands or Dragon Age for long.
  3. Shattered Horizons is a solid, enjoyable multiplayer experience that takes an original idea and creates a game that is easy to enjoy.
  4. It's a great multi-player game, those looking for something deeper or a single player experience may not find what they are looking for here. Though a group or several groups that actually role play in their games may transform the experience to something on a deeper level.
  5. With more content, a slightly less steep learning curve and less strict system requirements it'd have been a no brainer.
  6. It's very thrilling for a short time, but the limited amount of weapons and levels will bring you back down to earth quite fast. It's still a dynamic and action-packed shooter with great graphics, but doesn't offer much in the long term.
  7. Futuremark could have made a great multiplayer shooter out of this concept, but, alas, they decided to sell a glorified tech demo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    10
    The realistic graphics six-degrees of freedom and addictive game play are what makes this game great. The only down side is the lack of players due to the need for a good graphics card and a strong computer. With the recent additions of new weapons the game is becoming more and more expansive and some say that a story mode is on the way. Even with the small down sides this is still arguably the best multi-player first-person shooter in video gaming history. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    9
    Despite the screams of anguish of certain melodramatic reviewers, this actually works very well on 64-bit Windows 7, if you have reasonably powerful hardware, so don't let that fear deter you from trying this excellent competitive shooter. This is only a team death match game, and it does that extremely well. The recently added single-player mode is a great way to practice your navigation, shooting, and avoidance skills. You'll need all the practice you can get because this game is all about skill and tactics. You don't get overpowering space bazookas and area of effect weapons. You have to be able to aim and you have to be able to do it as you're drifting in space and turning along three axes. And you need to be aware of your environment because the enemy can sneak up on you from any direction, including above or below you, and there are plenty of places where they can hide. It would be interesting to see this game expanded to have more roles, like the usual medics and engineers, or to add things like mines or defensive structures, or lockable doors/gates, etc., but the game is suspenseful and frantic enough that you don't really miss them when you're in the fray. The game is worth having just for the ambiance of the space combat. I don't know of any other game that gives you this, and the bar is set pretty high for anyone who wants to compete on this level. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    8
    For what it offers, Shattered Horizon is actually quite good. The controls (though in need of a little tweaking) are relatively well thought out and flow nicely with the 360 degree environment. While it does take a bit of a learning curve, it's pretty easy to get the hang of as long as you aren't lagging graphically. It does take a pretty heavy toll on slightly older cards, but still runs beautifully at maximum settings with newer variants. The small number of maps does make it feel a bit like a demo, but it's got enough substance there to warrant spending 5 or 10 bucks to get it on sale (It's been featured several times in Steam's Christmas and summer sales).

    Overall it isn't as complex or full-featured as Battlefield or Team Fortress, but it's still quite nicely done and should bring decent players a lot of casual fun.
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  4. Oct 13, 2012
    8
    I've never actually played this so I gave it a score of it's current user average so as not to skew its score. I am just wondering how an SMG is supposed to be fired in a weightless atmosphere? Since every action has an opposite and equal reaction, wouldn't this result in your body being recoiled backwards with the same force as the bullet? Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    This game has a lot of reviews referring to pre-patch versions, there is a nice array of diverse weaponry now. All have pros and cons. Also several new maps have been added, making the tech demo this game released as a coherent, complete game a year later. It works flawlessly on windows vista and 7, any reports of unplayability on 7 should be long since rectified, unless they run outdated drivers. The graphics are rediculously good even by late 2011 standards, completely AAA sound and video, the only thing this game lacks is an online player base. I play in the PST timezone (california) and there is rarely more than one server of players on after 8-9pm. During the day there are some great matches I just wish there were more going on. They have also added a bot system to make single player practice feasible during multiplayer downtime. They have varying difficulties and aim pretty well, almost too well, but their static objectives kinda remind you you're playing alone. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2011
    0
    Windows 7 users beware, this is a totally useless program. I was looking forward to playing this, and it won't even play on my laptop! Worthless, and the game designers are quite aware most users are running Windows 7 and most are running 64bit! C'mon! I would give this trash a negative ZERO, but they just don't let you rate it that low. Most usually why steam had it on sale! Expand

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