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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: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 16 out of 42
  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. Jul 10, 2011
    This is a great game and a lot of fun. Before you know it your leaning around, like that would help. I bought the Linux version and runs extremely well. It takes good advantage of the XBox 360 controller under Linux. Give it a shot. It's a great price for a great game. Support indie games. Expand
  3. May 16, 2012
    Steel Storm brings new flavor to the top-down arcade shooter genre by adding freedom of roaming around and exploring the world, FPS control scheme (XB360 gamepad is also supported with fully re-mappable buttons), variety of the online gameplay and unconventional Artificial Intelligence. Steel Storm provides entertaining experience in short bursts over a long period of time for gamers who like old school genres. The game comes with collaborative mission Editor, which allows you to modify existing missions or create your own.
    If you are into run and gun kind of games, co-op, old-school carnage - you will certainly enjoy Steel Storm.

    NOTE: All these users who down-rated the game (red circles) here on MetaCritic are 1. Violating the terms of service because they don't write reviews (writing outside of the scope of the product), 2. Coming here with personal vendetta for the purpose of down-voting the game because they were (or their friends, or both) banned on the forums of the game.

    Download the demo and judge the game for yourself. This is the only way you can figure out if the game worth your time.
  4. Jan 26, 2012
    This is a superb top-down shooter, that I found after playing 10 mintues that you just seem so engrossed in. This game draws you in, and makes you want to play just one more time. I really want to see what it has in store for the later levels. Great job Kot in Action Creative Artel !! If you choose to aquire this from "Steam", make sure you spend the extra .49 cents to get the extra weapon pack. Very good "time" killing title. 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 12, 2013
    Buyer beware. Just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it's worth your money. Extremely simplistic gameplay mechanics, and the online feature is broken. Avoid. Expand

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