$19.99 Steam download
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Modern shooters can be very fun but most are overwhelmingly intricate. Sometimes I long for the old-school days when heavily modified weapons, kill-streaks, and invulnerable helicopters with mini-guns don't exist. It's times like these that I'm thankful for First Person Shooters like "Shootmania Storm."
Stressing skill over everything else, this hyper-fast, twitch-based shooter is like a cross between "Tribes" and "Quake." Players begin each match with a basic gun that fires a slow-moving energy ball. There's no need to worry about ammo because it recharges itself after four shots, but players cannot fire while recharging. It's also possible to find different weapons like sniper rifles and rail-guns throughout each map.
It's necessary to learn to lead enemies to hit them since players use the basic weapon most of the time. Predicting where players move can be very challenging, and low-gravity jumps don't make it any easier. It's even more difficult when players use special platforms and objects to catapult them forward or upward at super-fast speeds!
Most levels are wide open and provide plenty of room for moving around and blasting enemies. But if you don't like how one is set up, simply alter it! That's right, it's possible to change the map rules concerning everything from weapon placement to lighting to the ability to jump. In addition, players can use the built-in level editor to create maps from scratch!
Although the energy weapon effect is pretty cool to see, the overall visuals are rather mediocre. In addition, anyone used to modern shooters may get weary of the repetitive game play and lack of character advancement.
Regardless, "Shootmania Storm" fills the void for players who long for fast-paced, skill-based shooters.