Control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons as you fight against extraterrestrial invaders.
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Mixed (242 reviews) - 65% of the 242 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)
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Overall:
Mixed (242 reviews)
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Tfcancerman
( 37.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Does anyone play thise anymore.. I've had it for years and have NEVER been able to play multiplayer, waited more the 15 mins trying to get into a coop match.. nothing.. game is dead..


Looking back.. if I knew it was such a limited game.. I wouldn't hae bought it.. dont buy it unless you like really short single player games.

ps 90% of the user made maps are absolutely impossible..
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jota87r
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Product received for free
Fun game, I don't know why so many downvotes
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KenMicMarKey
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
While I found the game somewhat entertaining, it quickly became boring and repetitive. Gamepad support is awful, I could only ever move in two directions with a controller.
Short and sweet: The game is mediocre at best, and plain boring at worst. I do like the arcade-y feel of the game, but there are others out there that replicate that feel so much better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAEFSECAcqE
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Sadie
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
I wish I had this on N64 or PS1. Dope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Friendly
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
bad game
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iconduck
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
My steam backlog clearly needed another crappy top down shooter with squishy controls and boring level design. As an added bonus, the odd 3d perspective gives me and everyone in the room nausea.
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Auramancer
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Aside from having the most generic title in gaming, Steel Storm also has a generic description: sci-fi shoot-em-up with loads of guns.

This is a top-down shooter (though there is an option for close camera third person, but its obviously not meant to be played that way) that takes place in 3D levels. Ammo is limitless, guns are plentiful and varied, and there is little story to speak of, aside from the short briefings at the beginning of each mission that tell you what to do, and sometimes, where to go, in the expansive levels. The main gist of it is: infiltrate enemy bases and blow up everything.

The 3D effects are neat, but they can be jarring at times. Sometimes enemies or even your own ship can get hidden behind a towering structure, but rotating the camera might reveal it. In a game so dependent upon positioning and reflexes, managing this can get tiring.

The levels are varied and interesting. You’ll explore frozen planets, underground mines, and sky fortresses. Some of the levels can be quite easy to get lost in, and it is easy to miss an important switch or key and have to backtrack. Taking the player out of the action for such a mundane reason is a big problem. The map provided is not very helpful, as it is full of icons that mean nothing to you, and aren’t explained in the legend.

Yet I still had a good time with this game. The cel-shaded graphics are cool to look at and the guns are satisfying to use. The enemies can be overwhelming, but with smart tactics and judicious application of rockets and plasma beams, they all explode eventually. The few boss fights in the main campaign are loads of fun. Repairs and shields can be obtained from crates lying around the battlefield, but it can be a little annoying to have to break open three hundred or so per level to find the few that contain what you’re looking for. A more consistent labeling or telegraphing what is inside would have been welcome.

This game is a great diversion for a few hours, an easy way to shoot bad guys and feel almost invincible, at least until they swarm you and remind you that you didn’t search enough crates for shields.
There is a DLC campaign called “Forgotten Prison” but I didn’t feel the need to play it. Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is a fine game in its own right, though it isn’t without its flaws.
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Kedna
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
What a bad game. It functions decently compared to all those early access craps that don't work at all but god, two levels and I was feeling sick to my stomack due to the horrible control and the map turning around you instead of your vehicle turning. This is not worth 15 bucks, clearly.
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Divide by 0 Please
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
♥♥♥♥ off
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bored222
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
A good solid top down shooter.

It's kinda hard, especially at the beginning when if you die you lose the good weapons you've picked up. If you like gams where you press 'A' to win, then you probably won't like this.

There is an option to play on easy. Which is still a challange.

It's the kinda of game you can play for 15 minutes a day and then get on with your life. A little lunch time buzz to save having to listen to Dave boring everyone with stories about paper.

I woudln't recomment you dedicate you life to this game; just play one or two levels per day.

Tip : When you find the big laser, don't lose it! Always keep it. Vrrooooshhhh = x5 bonus kill.

There is a story, but it's a shooter so don't expect to be gripped. Go here. Go there. Shoot things. A bit like almost all games - but it doesn't hiide it.

7/10 : It's a game. Shoot things. If your a bit feeble of mind/body you probably won't like it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
218 of 239 people (91%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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 in such anti-consumer ways don't deserve any business.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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39 of 60 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2013
MY NECK HURTS.

OH GOD THIS CAMERA
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
This game is awful. The camera is so poorly designed that it is the only game I have ever played that made me feel sick; my friend and I couldn't even last 20 minutes of gameplay time without feeling nauseous. Save your money and skip over this one.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
The ideas of a bullet-hell shmup with none of the polished audio, visual, or gameplay elements. Acceleration on your vehicle gives you a sluggish, floaty, imprecise feeling when you try to dodge bullets and stuff. Worst part about it is it gave me motion sickness because of how the camera is always moving based on where you are facing, but also because of the acceleration component of the turning and moving. The gameplay/level design is very old school and simple and consists of completing a certain number of objectives per map. A lot of times you'll be shooting at enemies offscreen or they'll be shooting at you, which is stupid and not fun.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Get swarmed by enemies -> Back up to a safe distance -> Shoot -> Repeat. I wish I could say more for Steel Storm. I really wanted to like it and I feel like it has a lot of potential. But it just lacks the elements necessary to keep players coming back for more.

+Cell Shaded Borderlands Style Visuals
+Guns and Explosions!!

-Slow Player Movement
-Repetitive Gameplay
-Lack of Story
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
July 18, 2015
I genuinely forgot about Steel Storm until the trading card update. The 90 minutes I played some years ago wasn't impressive. And coming back to it today, the game is shockingly familiar. The single-player campaign is the same, no improvements or changes stuck out.

Unfortunately, that campaign is pretty boring. I played a few more missions this time, but according to the only Steam guide on the game, I've seen almost every enemy except the final boss in just a few missions. The levels are bland, focused heavily on backtracking and trap sections. The AI is nothing impressive, even for 2011 standards, with most enemies being simple to fight. The only challenge of the game is the approach of traps and spawns. Even though these traps quickly become predictable, you can still be quickly overwhelmed as enemies spawn in all directions. Basic enemies can be threatening, and I've lost 100% of my health to a salvo of rockets I couldn't avoid. Due to this, the best approach is to exploit corners and weapons so enemies can't get a clear shot. Going toe-to-toe with hitscan enemies is a fight you can't win, so the strongest approach is to kill them blindly.

Pretty simply, the game is very underwhelming. It feels mediocre for a shooter, especially at the price point. Maybe multiplayer is better, but the community is not very active. Steel Storm doesn't really do anything special or noteworthy, and really isn't a game worth remembering.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2011
Very average "shooter" kind of game. The AI gets annoying at times like spawning all around you to overwhelm you; then you die... then you restart at the beginning of the level... without your startup weapon.

DISAPPOINTING... DO NOT BUY!
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