Shadowgrounds is an epic sci-fi game that blends addictive oldshool gameplay and modern technology into one big, nasty alien-slaughtering carnage fest. The game is played from a classic top-down perspective that gives you a better view of the battlefield and allows you to use your gear to its full potential. As you progress through the game, new tactics become available as your arsenal is upgraded with even more destructive tools of mass destruction.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Violence, Language, Blood and Gore. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.5 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 128 MB 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2011-03-03 11:58:00 by Marchhare:
Shadowgrounds is a fun top-down shooter that hearkens back to the shareware era. And I mean that from a style, nostalgia and quality perspective.
The voice acting is pretty bad, the graphics weren't exactly groundbreaking at the time, and there's not much to it. It IS a bit fun, for a while (it's not terribly long or complex). I bought it and survivor on one of Steam's deepread more deep discount sales (might have paid somewhere around $3? it was over a year ago...) and I don't feel ripped off.
Maybe if they'd included Survivor, which is also a not-bad shooter, the package would be worth $10...maybe...
The bottom line is that, while you won't feel your time playing it is wasted, there are far, far better games you could be spending your ten bucks on. Wait until this one goes on sale. A deep sale.
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Posted on 2011-03-03 14:22:15 by Waltorious:
This game was a lot more fun than I expected. Many seem to compare it to the more recent Alien Swarm, but I actually felt that it played quite differently. Shadowgrounds feels more like an FPS that just happens to be played from a top-down perspective, rather than a traditional top-down shooter.
I also liked the level design and overall campaign in Shadowgrounds better than thatread more in Alien Swarm. The story is rather generic, but it's well executed, especially early on. A special note must be made of the lighting in the game too... some very cool-looking light and shadow make the dark parts of the game very tense. You'll need to use your flashlight a lot, and you'll be treated to some awesome dynamic shadows as you pan it over the landscape. And then you'll jump out of your seat when your light reveals some alien critters who were just about to jump you.
The weapons are very good overall and can be upgraded to suit your playstyle. There were only a couple that I didn't use much, and that's probably more to personal preference rather than any balance issues. Even the lowly pistol can be upgraded to be useful in the right situations.
Some others have wondered at the price... I think that objectively the game is definitely worth $10; I think I paid more elsewhere actually. The problem arises when you see some of the other offerings on GOG for $10. Shadowgrounds can't compare to some of the absolute classics that are available here on GOG, but it's still a great game and I don't think you'll regret the $10 spent on it. Especially if you have all those classics already.
One quick final note: The game supports full widescreen resolutions through an .ini file. Cutscenes are done in-engine and actually play at the resolution you've set, which means they look just as good as the rest of the game.
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Posted on 2011-03-03 09:13:09 by jmacmicking1:
An incredible action game that harkens back to the old days playing Alien Breed. The game has that "just a little bit longer" addictiveness that's so hard to find. Each of the game's multiple weapons has it's own upgrade options and upgrade points are fairly limited. Seems like you're always trying to get just one more upgrade point for a really cool ability--or spending theread more points you've been saving on something that can get you through a tough spot.
The levels in the game are fairly straight forward but there are often enough little branches and hidden caches to make exploration worthwhile. Ammo for the best guns is often in short supply so those caches make a nice reward.
The early levels of this game are a bit basic but stay with it--the later levels get a lot better. I'm giving it 4 stars only because the sequel is even better.
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