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User reviews: Mixed (29 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 17, 2014
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Welcome To The Shadow Operations Unit

  • 9 Brand new ships, each with different handling, firing patterns and abilities
  • Steam Workshop support with easy to use in-game editor
  • Earn mission stars by completing 'Shadow Missions' assigned to each ship
  • Prove your worth, rank up to 'Shadow Force Elite'
  • Each ship has a separate leader board; Show your skill and compete for the top spot

Shadow Operations Briefing


THE FLEET
The base fleet consists of 9 brand new ships, each with new handling, firing patterns and abilities

CONSTRUCTION
Demonstrate your design skills and create new ships for the Shadow Fleet

ACQUISITION
Download new ships created by other operatives and prove your skills by completing their missions

EXECUTE
Complete Shadow Missions to gain promotions and gain access to more craft

DOMINATION
Each ship in the fleet has its own set of leader boards
Prove you are the best of the best, get to the top of those boards

Classified Fleet Details



Highly focused firepower in a single tight beam.
This ship is like a scalpel, it delivers a massive amount of damage,
but requires speed and accuracy for that damage to be put to good use.


The most powerful ship in the hanger. It can deal more damage per second than any other ship.
However, this comes at a price as this ship is slow and heavy. Shoot first, move later!


Fast, small and nimble. Quick reactions and good flying skill will allow you to get out of difficult situations.


A very capable Auto-Aim ship with a good balance of firepower and manoeuvrability.


The smallest most agile ship in the game. If you can keep it under control you'll be able to punish the bad guys with its 3 beams of fire.


A large beast of a ship. Powerful engines make this ship fast, but its large mass makes it hard to change direction. High powered, but slow bullets, make an interesting combination.


An Auto-Aim ship the will hoover up all the pickups on screen. Large but reasonably agile, you should be able to clock up some big scores.


An Auto-Aim ship with a wide field of fire. An all-rounder good in most situations.


Hazards come from all directions, so this ship fires in all directions. If positioned well, you can safely get into the thick of the action and have no fear of incoming missiles.

Join the unit today!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz processor
    • Memory: 512+MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive: 40+MB of free hard drive space
    • Graphics: 256MB of video memory
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible sound
    • DirectX®: 9 or later
    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 250mb HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or equivalent
    • Processor: x86 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 250mb HD space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 10
This DLC comes with quite a few cool things. Cool new ships, the ability to make your own ships, and workshop support. Only problem is that you need to grind completely pointless "challenges" to actually unlock the DLC that you paid money for. It's the same stuff PAYDAY 2 pulled with the AK/CAR modpack. Do yourself a favor and skip this DLC. I didn't pay €4,50 just to get a huge chunk of locked content.

Congratulations Cold Beam Games, you have successfully alienated half of your playerbase.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 21
First of all, there are a lot of people who make this look worse than it is, so please let me explain this!

Pros:
+ this DLC comes with about 10 new ships
+ you can download really huge amount of ships from Workshop and almost all of them are usable and they also come with missions if those missions from native ships are not enough for you
+ you can make your own ship with certain restrictions

Cons:
- you're kinda forced into doing those missions even though you'd prefer to go straight into the game and just play with any ship you choose
- some missions are really stupid or boring

Either pro or con, it depends on your point of view:
~ Shadow Operation missions.. You basically have to complete certain missions in order to unlock ships.. Someone likes this, someone hates this, it really depends.. (missions example: Kill 10 Twin Bosses; Kill 300 Scouts; etc.)

TL;DR: 7/10 - Awesome DLC if you want to play with different ships and if you have a bit of spare time to do missions.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 28
When you are trying out the new ships, try not to look at them as 'better' or 'worse' that the standard ship. They are by turns quirky (the micro ship dances around the screen like an over-caffeinated child) to downright weird (the auto-targetting ship feels crazy!). They are certainly challenge modes, and some of the challenges are going to take me hours of effort to get, I think. Chaining multiple Insane level tracks without dying will be an interesting one for sure!

I made a very quick and shallow effort at building my own Shadow Ops ship, which was an interesting experience. I will certainly be taking a look at what madness other people have created! I can see all kinds of oddities emerging as people play around more with this.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: April 10
Shadow Operations Unit with an Eagle symbol.
Well, that means you either have a lot of money, or you are actually pretty good.

If you're not an average gamer, I wouldn't recommend you to buy it, unless you have a lot of money to spend.

Beat Hazard- Shadow Opersations Unit Rating: 10/10 - "Still too good for 200% Suicidal Mode"
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62 of 76 people (82%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 11, 2014
Don't get me wrong. Beat Hazard is a great game and I had a lot of fun playing it again. So what's my problem? Shadow Operations doesn't add too much content.

9 brand new ships, each with different handling, firing patterns and abilities
Different handling means some ships handle like ♥♥♥♥ (The Juggernaut and The Collector in particular). Firing patterns are almost the same everywhere. What about abilities? Auto-aim is worse than when you aim yourself, because it doesn't always target most dangerous or closest objects. Also The Collector is able to hoover up pickups.

Earn mission stars by completing 'Shadow Missions' assigned to each ship
I was happy to get new challenges, but after a few of those missions I realized that I just had to play the game without doing anything out of ordinary. Here are some examples:
  • Kill x standard enemies / bosses / twin bosses. Just play the game and hope the right enemy will spawn. You have to kill everything anyway.
  • Get x pickups. Same as above. Play the game. You collect things anyway, right?
  • Amass 20/40/60 million points. Same ♥♥♥♥.
Getting x points in one track and finishing x tracks on hardcore/insane/suicidal can be hard if you're new to Beat Hazard. Unfortunately most players are veterans who maxed it a few years ago. Getting 100% wasn't hard for me, just time-consuming. If you don't feel up to challenge, don't worry, play on lower difficulties. You'll be able to finish most missions.

Steam Store also says something about "proving my worth", "separate leader boards for each ship" and "competing for the top spot", but it's just marketing babble.

To put it simply, we get 9 ships that aren't all that different and missions that aren't challenging or interesting. It was fun to play it again, but because Beat Hazard is good, not thanks to Shadow Operations. Don't pay the full prize. It's not worth it.
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