Instead of creating a thousand new threads (or bumping threads that are old which several people have told me they don't like) I am just going to bump this one thread.
Warsow: Surprisingly the servers for this game are still active. I played for about two hours, so I think I can review this game fairly. It reminded me a lot of the old Deathmatch game. There are 8 classes, all of which I couldn't really see what the difference was. They all share a lot of the same guns that other classes have. Their seems to be 5 weapons that cycle between different combinations labeled as "classes":
-mines -shotgun -laser -melee -grenades
The only active game mode I could find was search&destroy. It's what you would think. One time plants a bomb, the other tries to stop them. If you get killed, you have to wait until the end of the match to respawn.
The game is free, so if you are looking for a game to play with your friends go ahead and pop on a server. You get what you pay for.
Galactix: This game is officially shareware, which is awesome. The core concept is that it's a top-down space shooter, but it goes beyond that.
That last part may seem odd, but let me explain the claw. This game is bullet HELL. Their are projectiles everywhere. You see that thumbnail image I posted, well you will be seeing that A LOT. Your health DOES regenerate slowly over time, but on the later levels if you get hit, your are going to get hit by more than just one bullet. If you don't know how to dodge properly, you are going to end up with bullets all over the screen. The trick is start on one edge, and slowly inch your way from one end of the screen to the other. You see, the AI is programmed to shoot the exact pixel of your ship. So you can just "herd" the bullets from one end of the screen to the other.
But, back to the claw. After destroying the Xidus ships, they sometimes explode into a power up. If you are careful you can use your claw to pick up that power up, because you are stuck to only moving left and right. This may sound simple, but remember this: There are LOADS of bullets being fired. Odds are you destroyed the ship right before it fired off its volley. I have no figured out a way to pickup that power up WITHOUT getting hit at least once.
Let me talk about the games graphics, they are sweet. It feels like I am playing a modern game. Some of you may not be a fan of pixelated graphics, and that's fine, but I gotta say they almost look 3d to me.
If you let the game sit on the menu for a while you get to see the backstory. It starts out with a phony news caster giving a news report, when a Xidus comes on screen and says he is coming to take over the earth. When the Xidus speaks he sounds bored. As if this is just another civilization that he has conquered, nothing new.
It is now your job to stop them. What more backstory do you need? I'm definatley tired of the trend for modern games to spend 20 minutes or LONGER explaining their game. Go ahead and try this one out. You won't regret it.