Shattered Horizon Review
40 years in the future, an explosive mining catastrophe causes billions of tons of rock to separate from the Moon and settle into orbit around the Earth. Thousands of scientists, miners, and other astronauts are stranded on the far side of what is called the Arc, an enormous field of debris surrounding the planet. With no chance for rescue or further resupply, war breaks out between the miners responsible for the incident and the scientists whose duty is to bring them to justice. In the fight for survival over remaining resources, who will prevail?
Okay, so the back story isnít the greatest, nor does it make the most senseÖ All you really need to know is the International Space Agency and the Moon Mining Cooperative donít like each other. In Shattered Horizon, the PC-exclusive debut from Futuremark Games Studio, you can take part in the conflict!
You may know Futuremark for their suite of benchmarks, or more specifically, the gaming performance tests. This multiplayer-only game is built from the engine used in the latest of those, 3DMark Vantage, and is priced to move at $19.99, only on Steam.
Speaking of which, thereís a pre-order special going on, advertising 10% off. However, looking at the store page, it lists the reduced price as $14.99, a full 25% off! Whether this is a mistake or not, you might take advantage of it if youíre looking to buy. Alternatively, you can go to Futuremarkís website to purchase the game, with discounts for beta testers and owners of their benchmark software. You still get a Steam key, but all of the proceeds go directly to them.
Set entirely in zero-gravity space, Shattered Horizon is bound to force you to retool your FPS strategies to account for the third dimension and to make you forget which way is up. But should you be reaching for your wallet or a barf bag? Turn the page to find out!