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ShootMania: Storm

9 months ago

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Have you played… Shootmania?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Shootmania: Storm was an athletic multiplayer shooter. You moved fast, you jumped far and you only had two types of gun (one of which only appeared when you stood on a certain type of platform). It was about skill, not gear. Everyone died in the same number…

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4 years ago

Shootmania Platform: Free Speedrun Mode For New Players

Shootmania is to shooty games as Trackmania is to racing games: streamlined, almost austere, a platform for user creativity, and French. But though Trackmania cut away chaff to focus on the fundamentals of completing tracks quickly, Shootmania's own abstractions - unusual laser-y weapons and unique modes and so on - made it hard to comprehend to people trained on other multiplayer shooters. Shootmania Platform might…

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5 years ago

Gun Wubbers: ShootMania Demo

Nadeo has tried nearly everything to get people to play ShootMania: there was a pre-release beta, they have a friend-of-a-friend scheme for you to invite people to play, and let's not forget the 24 hour telethon that Bono hosted. The problem is that the Nadeo office radio has been set to Wub Wub FM, and when the team meets to ask about the next stunt…

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ShootMania’s Friend Game: Invites For Non-Players

When is a demo not a demo? That is a question that has plagued many, many, many people. It's why Plato and Socrates fell out at Wrestlemania -320BC. There are alphas, betas, demos, and even schemes that share games among friends, like Shootmania now has. Everyone who owns the game can invite a friend in to play the game in Elite mode, the 3vs3 attack/defend…

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Forecast: Lasers – ShootMania Storm Out Now

ShootMania: Storm is the strangest name. On one hand, it sounds like some kind of lighthearted term for craving or addiction - kinda like party fever, March madness, or meth ragekillsanity. But before long, the "Storm" subtitle rolls in all ominous and gloomy, raining  on even the most incurably diseased of parades. Naturally, then, ShootMania: Storm is a game about lasers. Oh, but there's also…

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6 years ago

Enwub: Shootmania Storm Open Beta Dubstep Moment

You know its time to play a fast-paced modern videogame when the dubstep drops. So it is with Nadeo's latest trailer, which heralds - via the medium of distorted bass and exploding people - the arrival of the open beta for their multiplayer FPS, Shootmania Storm. Yes, the keys are no longer required, and anyone can walk in through the front door. The big lure…

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Shootmania Backpedals To April, Storms To Beta

Ubi's French horn of public relations sends word that ShootMania Storm’s release is now set for the 10th of April. Fortunately, though, there's going to be a lengthy open beta for us to hop skip and explode into, starting 12th February and continuing, as you'd expect, until launch. It seems like earlier testing phases have give developers Nadeo pause for though, hence the delay. Nadeo's…

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Shootmania Storm Sees Red (Vs Blue) For Beta

Ubi send word that Nadeo's competitive FPS spin on the community-driven "Mania" platform, Shootmania: Storm, will soon be entering its second beta test phase soon: December 19th, in fact. That really is quite soon. Also check out this extract from their blurb: "Create your own frag style with the new movements and game modes." Haha, "frag style". That's how they say it on the street,…

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Hands On: Maniaplanet

Mr Griliopoulos has been to see Nadeo's Maniaplanet announcements. He's come away scratching his beard in puzzlement. We're at a ManiaPlanet announcement. But what's going on? I was told by Ubisoft that I was here to see the announcement of two new games. During the first half of head honcho of Nadeo-inside-Ubisoft, Florent Castelnerac, demo we're introduced to TrackMania: Stunters and TrackMania: Raid. Stunters is…

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On The Level: ShootMania’s Map Editor

ShootMania, my many well-placed sources have informed me, includes a potentially significant component of shooting. This, I believe, is probably an exclusive, so it should be treated with all the reverence and majesty such a title commands. But apparently - and I heard this through my ultra-secret source, who may or may not be a grapevine dressed in a trench coat that lives in a…

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Storm In a Beta Cup: ShootMania Storm

ShootMania: Storm, with its creative tools and its day-glo combat, seems worlds away from the brown, gray and blood of so many of today's multiplayer man-shoots. I've yet to play it myself but because it looks like a cartoon rather than a war, I'm tempted to poke my head in and risk the slight public humiliation of hanging around the roots of a leaderboard or…

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Calm Before The: ShootMania Storm Beta Approaches

It's been a good week for mania. Pyromania got things started in truly asylum-worthy style, and now ShootMania's filling the middle of our week with intrigue. And lasers. More specifically, Nadeo's DIY FPS is gunning for a closed beta in "early July," and registration just opened up. The window will slam shut on July 2, but there's a good reason for that: "Every player who…

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DIY FPS: You Could’ve Made This ShootMania Trailer

Well, allegedly. I mean, it opens with "This video has been created using only in game tools," so - once Shootmania Storm releases later this year - you'll have your canvas. Of course, I suppose you'll also need an eye for cinematography, a hand for level design, and an ear for music that makes people think "Is this dubstep? Is it going to become dubstep? No?…

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Impressions – ShootMania: Storm

It’s exactly like that training course scene from Starship Troopers. The one with the non-lethal lasers, I mean. Not the one where a man gets shot to death in the skull during a live fire exercise. In ShootMania, nobody gets shot to death in the skull – that would be much too violent. Violence isn’t really what this particular FPS has in mind.

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7 years ago

Nadeo Working On ShootMania: Storm + RPG QuestMania

Apparently all gaming news must now be released at 5.03pm, when I'm trying to make my tea. One of 900 emails that just arrived in the same minute includes news of ShootMania Storm, the new game from Nadeo, they of TrackMania fame. As the title somewhat suggests, it's an FPS, and as it doesn't, it's an online multiplayer that will apparently be made with the…

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