ShootMania Storm: Jump, Shoot, and Vaporize

Following the success of the TrackMania series, developer Nadeo has its sights set on a nonstop, chaotic first-person shooter for the pro gaming scene.

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ShootMania certainly isn't your standard first-person shooter. It doesn't have a huge selection of weapons--in fact, your arsenal never grows beyond one weapon. You don't sit and wait or sneakily stealth your way across a map to take out your enemies, either. Nadeo's shooter is all about momentum and annihilating your opponents as fast as you can. You stop, you die.

ShootMania: Storm is Nadeo's latest entry in the ongoing "mania" series of games. Cut from the same cloth as TrackMania, ShootMania is all about simple, fun online action infused with player customisation. The control scheme is simple, placing the emphasis on jumping, pointing, and shooting. You can move fluidly across maps, gunning down foes without hindrance. From the controls to the maps, game modes to gameplay, everything is simple to pick up and play. But ShootMania's simplicity is, at this stage at least, also the reason it's so much fun.

In true arena-based style, you can jump high and move quick, but ShootMania's flow seems more akin to the recent Tribes: Ascend than older arena-based shooters such as Quake III. This is partially due to all of the maps being based outside; hills, buildings, and other such terrain make jumping and moving lightning quick, a feeling similar to the thrill of skiing and launching in Tribes.

Controlling just a cursor on the screen, you take control of a Tron-esque character covered in brightly coloured armour and armed with a wrist device that shoots bright and colourful lasers. You are unable to see the device onscreen--to begin with, this feels rather odd, but it soon becomes apparent that this allows you more screen in which to spot enemies. Players all look like bright LED lights whizzing through the landscapes--it's quite a spectacle on night-based maps, where bright player armour and lasers create fireworks of colours across the map.

Although the game is simple to play, quick reactions and the ability to quickly guess where your opponent will jump next become essential skills to doing well. The frantic back-and-forth shooting can lead to exciting and nerve-shredding moments, with each player being able to survive only two hits before being vaporized. ShootMania also boasts a wide variety of customisation options, from the simple player armor down to being able to create your own game modes. With the ManiaScript option, you will be able to create your own maps and game modes, allowing you to tweak the gameplay exactly how you like it.

The simple, frantic action allows for nonstop movement, which requires your concentration every second of the game. With Nadeo and Ubisoft trying to sell ShootMania to competitive gamers and followers of associations such as MLG (an attitude quite apparent in their E3 press conference), they're clearly aiming for a crowded market. Although only in alpha, ShootMania: Storm is already displaying the signs of a game that could be successful both casually and competitively. Be sure to check out the gameplay clips that we captured above, and if you like the look of the game, be sure to check out the Cyberathlete Summit on Saturday June 23, 2012, which will be streamed live on Own3D--keep an eye out for the channel details closer to the event.

Discussion

26 comments
SamoanGrind
SamoanGrind

This game looks fun, and is already on the fast track for eSports so hopefully good things!

Atheosis
Atheosis

So are there no weapons?  Just glowing blobs?  Seems like that lack of variety would get really old really quick.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Excellent! I love a bit of old school shooting sirs!

illegalChronic
illegalChronic

nadeo realy hits that arcade feeling when it comes to gaming, so im kind of expecting controls that handle similar to 1.6

ShadowRun02
ShadowRun02

if it'll be f2p it'll definitely one of the best games in the genre (especially since all customization is cosmetic then gameplay\balance wouldn't be ruined by paying players),   

but if it'll be a full priced game then ill pass, right now the graphics and gameplay just don't worth any real money (especially with tribes out for free...)

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

I see ubi's name on the creds, hope their craptastic always online drm (even for single player)  doesn't make an appearance with this game. If it does, they can count me out. I don't know why they can't see how many sales that costs them. That's how I also lost interest in Watch Dogs-

 

ubi + PC = Disaster.

aetius_
aetius_

just another fps....

5000man
5000man

the graphics dont look so good

p4kman88
p4kman88

this is as if some lazy ass stoner that knows how to code watched too much tron and played too much tribes and he half-assed the two together......pass.

RetroSEAL
RetroSEAL

My only problem, I do like seeing a gun and hands. I never liked the feeling of being a floating ghost, or who knows, maybe even a cylinder with a camera strapped on it.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

I decided to check TrackMania out after seeing ShootMania at E3, and I'm pretty glad I did. TrackMania is a fun racer that's all about precision. With that in mind, ShootMania appears to be a fun shooter that's all about precision.

Sounds good to me.

:D

Rovelius
Rovelius

Trackmania, Shootmania and Questmania.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Oh come on, Ubisoft.. I began to like you so much, why do this?.. unless this wil be free to play?

minjod
minjod

 @Atheosis It's an early version. I read somewhere they said there will be more weapons and game modes.

MrOnage
MrOnage

 @Tidal_Abyss 

You sir, just went full retard. this game is an ONLINE shootergame. you can't play an ONLINE game without being ONLINE.

ShadowRun02
ShadowRun02

 @5000man this is the alpha version, i guess they'll put more effort in the graphics after they've done dealing with the basic gameplay

illegalChronic
illegalChronic

 @p4kman88 maybe he took two half assed games and made it one complete game. not like tribes ascend is a success, nor was tron.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

 @sergio_afonso 'OF COURSE this is going to be free'? I don't know what makes you so certain, since TrackMania is $25. I'd imagine ShootMania will at least match it.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

 @Armyboy5 Why do what, make what appears to be a fantastic first person shooter? I don't see the problem.

MrOnage
MrOnage

 @ShadowRun02 

No they will not, they are making this game look this way on purpose so every PC can run this game this game ;)

RYPER
RYPER

 @yearssomuch Trackmania has a free, limited version called Trackmania: Nations. I'm guessing Nadeo might follow suit with Shootmania by adopting a similar model: Gain huge popularity with a free game then entice players to buy the final, complete product.