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Shattered Horizon (PC)
Shattered Horizon, from Futuremark Studios, is a realistic space combat experience that combines strategic first person shooting with 360 degrees of movement. Following a cataclysmic explosion on the moon involving human refineries; the survivors must fight amongst a broken for what little supplies and aid are left.
360* of Freedom: Shattered Horizon manages to take fighting from any angle and make it work. Spin, strafe, barrel roll and attach to surfaces with the use of one mouse button and one key; it takes an hour or two to get used to, but it works perfectly.
Environments: Although the levels are limited in number – five with DLC on the way – they are quite large and you can tackle them from any direction, giving you limitless combat scenarios. Each and every environment is richly detailed with amazing backdrops; Ruptured space stations, an arc of shattered moon, and a massive satellite almost split in two are only a few of the unique and amazing locations you will visit
Combat: When Shattered Horizon gets going, fire-fights are frenetic and tense. Being constantly aware of your surroundings, looking at scenarios from different angles for the best cover and thinking strategically about your attacks all work in your favour, with ice, EMP and explosive grenades adding a nice bit of havoc to the game.
One gun: Your standard gun triples as your machine gun, sniper rifle and grenade launcher, but even with that, the range of weaponry in the game is still limited. It fits the realistic vibe they were going for, but a little more variety would not have gone astray; how about a shotgun mode, surveillance equipment, or proximity/remote mines?
In space, no one can hear you talk: Simply put, the game has no native voice chat support of any kind, killing a lot of the potential fun to be had with strategic battles.
Shattered Horizon is a title that dares to be different. It succeeds in being the realistic space combat experience they were aiming for, and does a great job of it, but for the same reasons might dissuade many who attempt to play it. For $20 on Steam, Shattered Horizon is well worth your money if you are looking for a shooter that requires a bit of patience, but offers an experience like no other on the market.
Reviewed by: Brendan Bennett
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