Shattered Horizon Gameplay Trailer

Space makes everything better – fact! Astronauts are cool, spaceships are cool, and zero-gravity is cool.

Also, combat makes computer games better. This is also almost a fact. There’s no proof to support it, but it is practically a scientifical fact.

So bearing these two points in mind, what isn’t awesome about this new multiplayer shooter from Futuremark?

(Incidentally, it’s really worth checking out the full-screen HD version at YouTube if you get a minute…)

In Shattered Horizon, a catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris. Survivors on the Moon are forced into conflict with those trapped on the battered International Space Station. Teams of players fight in zero gravity to control the limited supplies that mean the difference between survival and death in the cold of space.

One of my all-time favourite games of all-time is “Descent”, which I think is the nearest thing to a zero-gravity shooter that was available before this one. It goes without saying that “Shattered Horizon” is a bit of an advancement on that earlier game.

However, the question I asked you before the vid was a little bit of a trickery on my part – there is one thing that isn’t awesome about this multiplayer shooter, and that’s that it’s only multiplayer. I’ve found myself desperately out of touch with the movement toward a focus on multiplayer modes in games, because in my experience, the introduction of other human people into a gaming experience immediately introduces the problem that there will always be other people willing to put more time and energy into the game than you, which tends to screw with the balance of games quite a lot.

However, Astronauts! Shooting each other! But, like, in space, not in the newspapers!

Keeping an eye on this one… The official website is here, with the game running in closed beta at the moment, with a view to a Christmas 09 release.

GS Reporter: Nick!
Shattered Horizon Website

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