Control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons as you fight against extraterrestrial invaders.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (238 reviews) - 64% of the 238 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 11, 2011

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About This Game

Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is a top down action shooter with old school spirit. It marks the return of top-down shooters with new twists. The game has score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action, hordes of smart enemies, destructible worlds and ground shaking explosions.
The events take place in an alternative universe where you control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons. Your task is simple, but nevertheless not trivial. In the fight against extraterrestrial invaders, you must prevail!

Key features:

  • Enjoy fast paced and streamlined gameplay
  • Engage in online warfare with up to 16 players in any of the multi-player modes
  • Pave your way to victory with the burning remains of your enemies through 25 different missions
  • Complete Challenges and unlock First-Person camera mode
  • Create new missions or modify existing ones using the unique real-time collaborative mission editor and share them with the world

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz Single Core Processor (Dual-Core Processor recommended)
    • Memory: 1 Gb RAM (2 Gb or greater recommended)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT+ or ATI Radeon 2400+ HD with 256 Mb of VRAM (512 Mb of VRAM recommended). latest OpenGL video drivers must be installed
    • DirectX®: n/a
    • Hard Drive: 900Mb
    • Sound: Windows Supported Sound Card
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or alike
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz Single Core Processor (Dual-Core Processor recommended)
    • Memory: 1 Gb RAM (2 Gb or greater recommended)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT+ or ATI Radeon 2400+ HD with 256 Mb of VRAM (512 Mb of VRAM recommended). Latest video drivers must be installed.
    • Hard Drive: 900 Mb
    • Input: Keyboard + mouse or generic 6-axis gamepad (XB360 gamepad is not supported currently on Linux)
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Just a typical arcade game where you fly some tiny ♥♥♥♥ in an overpowered ship and shoot other ships which have no chances against your super-mega-awesome-ship. Pretty fun for an hour, but then it gets very repetitive and boring. Do not bother playing it unless you really like this kind of arcade games (in such a case I'd say you should give it a try, at least on a sale), but otherwise it's not really worth wasting one's time.
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190 of 211 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
Apart from this being a boring game with controls so bad that it causes dizziness, I don't recommend this game because of the behaviour of the developers themselves.

Because of its low User Score on Metacritic (4.7 out of 10), the devs made an official announcement where they asked gamers to spam-vote perfect 10s in order to manipulate the result, while at the same time calling those who gave them low reviews "morons" and "trolls", among other insults. When I and a few others remarked on how unprofessional that was, we had our comments and posts deleted, as well as our names included in a very public "Hall of Shame" (which was also deleted a few days later) where the developers attempted to ridicule and humiliate us as "trolls".

When almost no one posted any favourable user reviews on Metacritic, they asked Steam to remove their Metacritic score from the game's store page, as it gave them bad publicity (and that's why it's no longer here), but not before one of the developers (called Alexander "motorsep" Zubov) posted a fake review, giving his own game a 9 out of 10.

Companies that behave this way don't deserve any business.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
It's nice, now and then, to high-five top-down shooters with an old-school spirit, especially ones that promise 'hordes of smart enemies', 'destructible worlds', and the under-rated added bonus of 'ground-shaking explosions'.
The bizarrely named Kot In Action Creative Artel evidently believes that Steel Storm shouldn't merely ape the endlessly scrolling Xevious style, and instead puts a more exploratory, objective-based spin on the shooting.
What follows is somewhat less thrilling, sadly. After bursting through the traps all guns blazing with its explosive scenery and intricate art style, the game quickly settles into a numbing monotony where the incessant rattle of gunfire begins to bore through your skull.
Apart from having to destroy anything in range, level objectives tend to have you moving backwards and forwards between two places, disabling force-fields and accessing new areas to take down specific installations.
But the one-note nature of the single-player quickly proves to be the game's undoing. One level blurs into the next and the repetition grinds you down. Additional weapons and new enemies help, but it's not enough to save a game that lacks a creative spark and the necessary variety to spur you on. Overall 4/10.
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36 of 57 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
The game is mediocre at best; horrendous controls/camera married to utterly average content.
What takes this from 'blah' to (a more enthusiastic vomit noise) is the complete lack of integrity on the part of the developers. Do /not/ give these people money.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2012
I got this as part of a bundle for free and I regret it. Painfully generic combat and graphics.
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