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  • Summary: Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is a top down action shooter with old school spirit. It marks the return of top-down shooters with new twists. The game has score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action, hordes of smart enemies, destructible worlds and ground shaking explosions.

    The events take place in an alternative universe where you control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons. Your task is simple, but nevertheless not trivial. In the fight against extraterrestrial invaders, you must prevail!

    Key features:

    - Enjoy fast paced and streamlined gameplay
    - Engage in online warfare with up to 16 players in any of the multi-player modes
    - Pave your way to victory with the burning remains of your enemies through 25 different missions
    - Complete Challenges and unlock First-Person camera mode
    - Create new missions or modify existing ones using the unique real-time collaborative mission editor and share them with the world
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jun 14, 2011
    Steel Storm is a nice scrolling shooter, with a few innovative features (as the first person view you can activate at will). Too bad it delivers a quite short experience.
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    Simple, explosion-packed action is what SS:BR looks like, and that's exactly what it'll deliver. Nothing more, nothing less. [Oct 2011, p.78]
  3. Jun 13, 2011
    Its good fun, but only for limited time and then it gets pale.
  4. May 27, 2011
    Ideas like collaborative mission editing offer tantalising possibilities for the creatively minded, but they can't mask the flaws of a game lacking a central hook.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 40
  2. Negative: 15 out of 40
  1. May 26, 2011
    I bought this game on release and it is fantastic value for money.

    The gameplay is nice and smooth and it reminds me a lot of the
    old-school shoot-em-ups, plenty of levels to play and a good variety of aliens you'll meet on each map, some of those aliens are very sneaky and will duck behind cover to avoid your fire.

    Nice weapons to use and good level design too.

    Highly recommended and a very enjoyable game!
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    Great ol' school shooter, well balanced, nice graphics, and even better entry price. i haven't finished the game yet, but what i have seen so far has bought me, i highly recomend this game. i got the game as an extra game from the indie humble bundle pack 3, and it was a great surprise even more when i get to play the game and discover that it was such a great games, Just buy game either for fun,wuality or just to support the developers because they desrve so. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2013
    I simply good fun top down shooter. Nothing extraordinary but nothing to cry about either. If you're looking for a good story, go for a RPG instead. It's rather though but feasible without cheating and, in my book, that's a big plus. OK, it will likely take you more than one try to complete a mission but you'll eventually figure out how to beat each level. That's one of the reasons I gave it a 9 instead of a 10: It always plays the same way so it's quite predictable. Music and graphics are very acceptable, not outstanding for sure, but for the price of the game... come on! If it's the only game you got to play then, OK, you can complain. On the other hand if, like me, it's something you play when you're tired of playing your RPG's, FPS's and SIM's then it's a good little fun challenge. Expand
  4. May 16, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I got this game during the humble indie bundle 3, so i had quite a lot of time trying out the game. the game. in overall, done nicely, though theres a fair share of problems, but not enough to ruin the game. gameplay - 8, smooth and nice, though once you get to the later levels it turns bland. while most of the weapons are balanced, once you get either the laser beam or the homing missiles, you destroy the enemies easily. the AI is not helping either, since the AI is most of the time forward into you, making circling, hide poking and homing missles techniques very easy to execute. editor- 7, better than most 2.5D games due to level editor being user friendly, sadly the map editor is completely different and lacking many stuff, including multi selection and instructions. added with AI and pathing bugs, brings this score down to 7. sound- 8, the sound is good, but quite repetitive. story- N/A, these kind of games dont really care about story multiplayer- 7, COOP works well, but DM and TDM consist of controlling laser beam or homing missles. gimmick- 5, the weapon way of collecting is nice, but ends way too fast and doesnt provide enough excitement. player support- 9, the developers are always there to respond to questions and thoughts mod support- N/A, not enough testing was done. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2011
    This game is an extremely good romp as an arcade shooter. I enjoy it well enough playing with keyboard and mouse, but I absolutely love it with the 360 gamepad. It's not really a complex game. You just control a little ship that can rotate 360 degrees. You have infinite ammo but finite life. Shoot things until they explode, dodge bullets, and don't die! The game deserves to be knocked down a few points, however, due to its rampant bugs. This is somewhat alleviated by the fact that it is sold at a very cheap asking price, but that does not change the fact that a commercially sold game should not sometimes start up with a black screen, shift half of the display offscreen during an in-game graphics change, suddenly lose textures, or just plain crash. For a commercial game, it still feels VERY beta. Hopefully they can get these issues worked out. Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2011
    The combat in this game is the same throughout every level you play. There is no intro to tell you what controls do what, what the pickups do for you and so forth. It gets boring after about 20 minutes of play. If you paly it in mediation, however, you may be able to extend you play time. I personally finished all the levels in about 6 hours on singleplayer. Not really worth a pickup unless you are a fan of these type of games. Expand
  7. Oct 1, 2013
    Simply said, this game is mind-numbingly boring. It's so bad it's not even a game, just a bunch of mechanics strewn together. I hate myself for wasting $2 to buy it, and now it's cluttering up my Steam Library. Don't buy it, and don't buy anything else from this horrible company that publishes unfinished games. Expand

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