Project: Snowblind Demo

Today's stream of demos rolls along with the release of the Project: Snowblind Demo, featuring the Opera House mission from Crystal Dynamics' first-person shooter. The 213 MB download can be found on the Eidos UK FTP Server (direct link, thanks The Patches Scrolls), and mirrors are available on 3D Gamers, Computer Gamers Romania, FileFront, Filerush (torrent), Gameguru Mania, GameSpot DLX (registration required), and Worthplaying.
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Nasty choice of FOV
Apr 12, 2005, 15:43
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Nasty choice of FOV Apr 12, 2005, 15:43
Apr 12, 2005, 15:43
 
The field of view (FOV) is very consolish I assume. I feel like I have my eyeballs pressed against the monitor. The weapons dont' feel terribly solid and the enemy AI is really weak. I felt in no danger with the possible exception of the Robo-cop style mech.

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Apr 12, 2005, 11:35
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Apr 12, 2005, 11:35
 
#1 The only relation Snowblind has to Deus Ex is how developement on it started and that it's published by Eidos.

It's a purely action oriented game, where Deus Ex was an RPG, this is anything but!

That's hardly the only relation they have. I'd say that the only differences they have are that DX was a very good RPG, and Snowblind is a pretty lame action game. Why all the stupid security panels and air ducts? What's the point of adding all the Deus Ex-ish stuff in there? Why not just make a good action game if that's what they wanted? Seems like someone couldn't decide what kind of game to make and they split the difference and ended up with crap.


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Apr 12, 2005, 10:58
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Apr 12, 2005, 10:58
 
Eidos didn't make Deus Ex, they just got all the money for it.

And funded the people who did make it, of course. Not to mention funding the Thief games too. They've done some good ones along with the bad. Goes for every publisher.

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Apr 12, 2005, 09:24
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Apr 12, 2005, 09:24
 
hmmm makes ya wonder why they even released a demo...sales of the PC version must be really bad. They figured if they release a demo people will buy it? lol morons, eidos will be the next interplay.... well at least we did get an awesome Deus Ex 1 out of them, most developers never create anything that legendary.

Eidos didn't make Deus Ex, they just got all the money for it.

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Apr 12, 2005, 06:45
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No subject Apr 12, 2005, 06:45
Apr 12, 2005, 06:45
 
#1 The only relation Snowblind has to Deus Ex is how developement on it started and that it's published by Eidos.

It's a purely action oriented game, where Deus Ex was an RPG, this is anything but!

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Re: DO NOT BUY THIS
Apr 12, 2005, 04:16
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Re: DO NOT BUY THIS Apr 12, 2005, 04:16
Apr 12, 2005, 04:16
 
The crashes are pretty nasty, too. A nice message informing you that Windows has recovered from a device failure, and you should reboot to restore functionality. Click okay, and my screen goes black, monitor goes into standby, and the system doesn't reboot.

On the bright side, you can hear the game audio purring away in the background, and I can only imagine the fun I'm not having. Oh well.

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No subject
Apr 11, 2005, 22:22
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No subject Apr 11, 2005, 22:22
Apr 11, 2005, 22:22
 
hmmm makes ya wonder why they even released a demo...sales of the PC version must be really bad. They figured if they release a demo people will buy it? lol morons, eidos will be the next interplay.... well at least we did get an awesome Deus Ex 1 out of them, most developers never create anything that legendary.

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Re: DO NOT BUY THIS
Apr 11, 2005, 21:56
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Re: DO NOT BUY THIS Apr 11, 2005, 21:56
Apr 11, 2005, 21:56
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Thanks for the heads-up, Hump! I was wondering if it was any good...sounds like I'll be skipping it now.

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DO NOT BUY THIS
Apr 11, 2005, 20:22
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DO NOT BUY THIS Apr 11, 2005, 20:22
Apr 11, 2005, 20:22
 
the REAL attraction to Project Snowblind is the multiplayer. It would actually be worth the purchase for that alone but..... Unfortunately the game has a bug that causes many peoples systems to crash after several minutes of play or an especially intense firefight. It also has some issues with Nvidias latest drivers that locks up the screen and causes corruption in the menu.

The kicker here is that Eidos has shut down its forum to new registrants. Why they've done this one can only speculate but given the bugginess of their releases of late I'm sure it doesn't look good to see people complaining on their boards when your trying to sell your company so they've washed their hands of those nasty paying customers who arent grateful for their half finished software. EDIT: oookay. Apparently registration has once again resumed. 2 weeks ago when this started I had asked several people to confirm the inability to register just so I could make sure it wasn't an IP thing and none could. Not that it makes a difference as Eidos has not attempted to post any info on a forthcoming patch, only one post telling people to roll back their drivers which doesnt work. So continue reaching for your ankles kids.....

Of course support at Eidos is basically some guy reading from a script.

DO NOT support this game by buying it until its properly patched. Either that or get the XBox version (more people playing online with that anyhow)


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Re: bleh...
Apr 11, 2005, 19:43
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bleh...
Apr 11, 2005, 19:33
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bleh... Apr 11, 2005, 19:33
Apr 11, 2005, 19:33
 
I tried to like this game, but it just wouldn't let me. It felt so console-ish, complete with clunky interface. It was more like a poor-man's Deus Ex than anything else. I even liked Deus Ex 2 better than this game. It doesn't have the right feel to it. It's even worse than the other games when it comes to the "alternate paths". Alternate path translates into "air duct" or "conveniently placed security panel". This is pretty sad, considering how long it's been since Deus Ex. You'd think that the developers would have an ounce or two of imagination to dedicate to coming up with something a little less tired.

It's basically a run-n-gun with Deus Ex gimmicks thrown in, even though they weren't well thought-out or well-implemented. I still find it amazing how easily impressed most reviewers are. This thing is actually getting fairly good scores. Sad to see how low our standards have sunk.

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