Everything in this game looks and feels like it crossed G.I. Joe with the first Deus Ex. It has slightly over the top heroes and villains alike, constant combat, and lots of cool weapons and gadgets. From the deus side of the family it inherited some seriousness, but only enough, to make it entertaining for adults too. So, the story is there. It's not worse then say, a call of duty story, but it's nowhere near Deus Ex. Then again, you won't really notice that, if you're a fan of the other games, and like me, you imagine this game is part of that universe. It's hard not to. Apart from some very minor inconsistencies, it could fit in rather well in the universe. The implant even have that blue veins look, and there are a couple of characters with old implants, also, the pain caused by the body's rejection of said implants appears here as well. Also, if you like me, imagined this is indeed a Deus Ex game, then the G.I. Joe moral of the soldiers isn't that eerie, because you know that underneath the Honor and Heroism, there is something more sinister going on. There is even evidence of that here, too bad the games never does anything with it. The gameplay is a solid fps. You have a ton of guns, each with a secondary fire option, and the ammo is kinda scarce enough, to encourage you to use other guns then the assault rifle. Some of the guns have crazy overpowered alt fire modes. Right from the start, you have a silenced pistol, that can shoot a mini rocket, that has roughly the same power as a frag grenade. The sniper rifle can make enemies fight for you, and so on. There's also a gravity gun like thing, i never used, apart from trying out once, and an instant hack tool. There are also thrown weapons. Nothing special here, you have like 6 types of grenades, but also, there is a portable riot wall, and a walking spider bot thing...well, i guess it was something special back in the day. You also have powers. You can have energy shield, invisibility, bullet time, and a rather useless lightning attack. Seriously, the other 3 are golden, but the lightning....your guns are better. There's also an infra vision power, that can be useful at times, especially if you want to do the stealth approach. In theory it also helps against the invisible enemies, but in practice, those guys only appear in tight places, and you have plenty of area effect weapons to counter them. The level design is also a trait inherited from Deus Ex. You can mow down every single enemy if you like, but you can also sneak around the level, hack the turrets, and kill everyone. Or sneak into a vehicle and kill everyone. The only problem, is that it feels way to easy...but the last parts of the game make you forget that pretty fast. Until then, you felt like a one man army, and at that part, you actually have to be one. The multiplayer probably was fun with all the powers, crazy weapons and vehicles. Unfortunately, the online servers are long gone. You can still play in LAN. The graphics are also very dated. In the time of writing this is a 12 year old game, so it's not really a surprise. My brother said it looks like the first Half Life, but in my opinion, it looks more like a cleaner version of Deus Ex, with the lights turned on. So, overall, a pretty decent if short game. It only took me 6 hours to finish the story, but i loved every minute of it. If you like retro games, this one is pretty fun. PS: Snowblind is code name for EMP. There's no actual snow in the game...in fact, you never leave the city. I had to clarify that, because i read many praises for its tundra environment that i never encountered...maybe it's in one of the multiplayer maps.
If you're into FPS games and don't mind older titles then you should pick this title up! The graphics, audio, and gameplay are all great, even for nowaday standards! Eidos has always been instrumental at producing or participating in good game design, and this is one of those that doesn't disappoint. The voice acting is pretty good as well, but has it weaker points (one or two bad actors), although the action is relentless with plenty of stuff to destroy. The game installs and plays at a seamless level. And if you run an older PC that is not capable of running newest games - this is one of the prettiest and best shooters you will be able to run without any problems!
This is a really good and unique FPS. The tundra-esque setting looks great and the enemy/level designs are really cool. The weapons are a mix of standard and futuristic, and it controls really well. it doesn't have a very engrossing story, but it's more than fun enough to make up for that. There ae better games out there, but this deserved more than it got.
This game reminds me a lot of Deus Ex and rightfully so. It is made by the same developers and it is essentially a spiritual sequel to DE. They are both set in a sci-fi world with soldiers that are enhanced with powers (augmentations). Gameplay is really smooth and action-oriented and though very linear, it's not as scripted and riddled with cutscenes like many shooters nowadays. This is a game about shooting people, and not about dogs or fish-AI. Graphics are quite good and even stands up today as they didn't go for the realistic look. The only downside is that game may crash a lot on modern systems, and it's quite short. Although for this price it is definitely worth it.
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