Control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons as you fight against extraterrestrial invaders.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (147 reviews)
Release Date: May 11, 2011

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June 16

Storm Engine 2 at first glance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r-SOxXFM3c
It's been a loooooong time since the last video. One of the biggest reasons is that we have been ironing out engine's bugs, enhancing rendering and porting over almost all existing tools (Material Editor doesn't help making materials quicker, so it was left broken, DoomScript Debugger was disabled in vanilla Doom 3, so it's in queue for resurrection).

This video is rather long'ish, so we suspect only diehard fans of the game engines, iD Software and their legacy, and of course Phaeton game fans, will watch it all :)

Changelog 06/07/2014:
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Rendering
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+ HDR 64-bit rendering
+ Fixed AMD crash with security cameras
+ Image based bloom (glow)
+ Ported evnShot cmd (render cubemaps)
+ Implemented RoQ video playback with support for high resolution RoQ video files
+ Partially fixed transparent surfaces sorting
+ Fixed majority of r_show* cvars
+ Updated all shaders to be compliant with modern standards
+ Added support for RGBA textures (material key defines whether image will be kept RGBA or will be compressed; useful for GUI elements, view weapon elements, etc.)
+ Added "mask" to exclude surfaces from motion blur
+ Replaced stock YCoCg encoder with threaded one, with much higher quality output
+ Skybox and RGB images now compressed as YCoCg "scaled" DXT5 to achieve highest quality possible

Shaders
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+ Ambient lighting
+ Blurry real-time reflections
+ Dither post-process for HDR rendering [1]
+ Fogging for transparent surfaces
+ Feathered particles

Tools
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+ Ported dmap/aas tools from idTech 4 to Storm Engine 2
+ Ported at full capacity and fixed Level/GUI/Particles/Lights/Sounds/AF/Decls/PDA Editors from idTech 4 to Storm Engine 2
+ Progress bar for images compression

General
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+ Created fully functional Flash GUI system
+ Removed SDL1
+ Overhauled input events handling on Linux
+ Implemented full support for gamepad on Linux via SDL2
+ SLD2 can be embedded on compile
+ Implemented video and cinematics skip on keyboard/gamepad/mouse press
+ Fixed decal projections when using FX system
+ Implemented savegame preview images
+ Implemented map loading progress bar
+ Modified .resources vfs to handle/package mods and eliminate assets duplication

Gameplay
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+ Re-implemented vehicles, with save/load game support
+ Implemented melee combat system (wip)
+ Implemented compass (wip)
+ Implemented grappling hook (wip)

Images:
1. Banding artifacts are gone now (levels have been enhanced to make it obvious to see; image compression artifacts are present due to TGA > PNG > JPG conversion









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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

PC
Mac
Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / 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: OS X version Leopard 10.6+
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 Gb of RAM (4 Gb or greater recommended)
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 900Mb
    • Sound: Standard
    • Other: latest OpenGL video drivers must be installed
      *Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported, Internet play requires broadband connection, LAN play requires network interface.
    • 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
1.8 hrs on record
Its fun but it relies too much on artificial difficulty like spawning enemys all around you to add callenge to the game still fun its just fustrating losing a ♥♥♥♥ ton of health cause 7 enemies spawned right next to you
Posted: October 7
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1.9 hrs on record
Kind of fun, gets repetitive, things like to pop-up just because.

Trying to get co-op to work is a nightmare.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Have not played PVP, but have played Co-Op.

This is a fun little game that reminds of of those old scrolling space shooters from my youth. Had a blast tooling around and blowing things up with some friends.

Graphics are acceptable, but not lacking. Performance has been good with minimal issues. Over-all I would rate this game for a generous 7/10.
Posted: June 9
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16 of 35 people (46%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
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!
Posted: August 16
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Great little action game. You're a tank, blow stuff up, get cool weapons!
Posted: June 25
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
NEVER BUY THIS GAME
THE PRICE WENT UP FROM ABOUT 2-5$ TO THIS ♥♥♥♥
ITS SUCKS HORRIBLE GAMEPLAY AND EVERYTHING
Posted: June 21
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Boring... Kinda storyless... Simple though... It was cheap though... You have to really love top down I guess...
Posted: June 11
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
It's ok I guess
Posted: June 6
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
awful, awful game
Posted: May 27
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
I got Steel Storm a while back in HiB3, didn't play it much at the time, but thought I'll give it a play now.
- I like it so far. It's a good fun and challenging game.
- I really appreciate your support for Linux.
- The AI seems quite good, and the combat is fun and challenging.
- I think it's perfectly okay to ask players to give the game a good review or rating, and I will do that.
- I will buy your new MOBA game. I hope the Linux support comes for that too.
- had a minor issue with framerate dropping to 6fps on one occassion. I think there's an issue with the AI getting bogged down in certain situation near a ramp. No big deal - I killed the tanks with the rogue AI and the game sped up again.
- the "other dev" who gave you a zero on metacritic is an ♥♥♥-hat if you ask me :)
Posted: May 20
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
I enjoyed playing through the first few levels of the game and I plan on playing more.
Posted: May 28
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2.0 hrs on record
Meh, this game was kind of boring. It is like playing an arcade side scrolling shooter but with no challenging bosses.
Posted: July 10
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4.7 hrs on record
Yes
Posted: July 23
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0.4 hrs on record
It's the old 90's type shoot-em-up plane game but instead of flying 1 directionally up the screen you can go in all directions and of course there are better graphics. However not really my type of game, not enough depth and the story was so generic it didn't grab me at all.

3.5/10
Posted: September 19
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0.9 hrs on record
Great old school top down shooter feel with bullet hell-ish twitch combat. Very tight controls and polished atmosphere.
Posted: August 5
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15.0 hrs on record
Great game, highly recommended!
Posted: July 28
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1.3 hrs on record
make it work with a 360 controller!
Posted: August 29
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0.1 hrs on record
This game doesn't offer much to those who aren't inclined to enjoy a top-down shooter. Its not poorly done, but I think for most of us this style of game isn't very enjoyable anymore.
Posted: September 7
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0.4 hrs on record
It's a generally enjoyable game but nothing too special.
Posted: August 15
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117 of 129 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
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 "♥♥♥♥♥s" 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.
Posted: February 10
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