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Steel Horizon review

Sinks itself faster than a rat can flee the shipwreck


  • Spiffy cover art
  • Multiplayer...very slow multiplayer
  • Playing Advance Wars DS instead


  • Ridiculously slow gameplay
  • Messy graphics and sketchy sound
  • Just plain boring

Sept 5, 2007

The absolute most exciting thing about Steel Horizon - and this is no exaggeration - is its misleading, deceiving box art. Steel Horizon%26rsquo;s cover shows us guns, a fury of planes in the sky, explosions, sinking battleships, and more guns. But, actually, Steel Horizon has few-and-far-between action sequences, shabby effects, awkward movement, and gameplay that makes the original Battleship game ten times more appealing, even if you%26rsquo;re its biggest loser.

Steel Horizon is a strategy game. Now, sometimes, strategy games may be perceived as slow and time consuming, especially from a story perspective - the plot is usually just an excuse to fight some more. Steel Horizon's plot, however, moves so slowly it feels like it%26rsquo;s sinking in an ocean made of molasses. You%26rsquo;re immediately placed into a battle with no initial backstory at all - we'll admit there is a decent explanation as to why, but it's still jarring. The plot eventually molds into something, but this %26ldquo;something%26rdquo; is not at allfascinating. To make matter worse, the gameplay movesabout as sluggishly and is just not even remotely enticing. You command a set of battleships, and while your objectives vary, you typically have to...well, sink battleships.

More Info

DescriptionThis sea-faring strategy game sinks itself with slow gameplay and a lousy plot. Go play Advance Wars instead.
PlatformPSP, DS
US censor ratingEveryone 10+, Everyone 10+
UK censor rating12+, 12+
Release date:2 July 2007 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:PSP
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