My review of this game is easy.
If you like cleaner FPS games like Red Faction, Star Wars Commandos, or even original F.E.A.R., then you should love Snowblind. It has all the things I love about those games. Here are just some of them:
1) All environments are "real". By that I mean that they are all rendered in the 3D world. Anything you see, you can probably jump or stand on. No invisible walls except in the sense that the levels have to be defined by something. They aren't infinite after all. But it is usually something believable like a wall or fence.
2) Along with the above, and the addition of many game elements like alarms, being able to hack terminals and so on, you have many options for how you want to defeat your enemies. This ranges from a full on berserk attack to stealthily creeping around or hiding. Lots of air ducts to crawl through.
3) Plenty (and I do mean plenty) of weapons, additional equipment you can use and augmentations to you personally. Some of these are
-Increased vision abilities
-Spiderbots that follow you around, like the insects in Half Life, and help you out.
-EMP, poison gas, and frag grenades
-Cool shotgun, Carbine, Sniper rifle, and pistol
-Reflex augmentation that functions like the reflex boost in F.E.A.R.
-...the list goes on. This is only a very small part.
4) Lots of environmental elements like steam, lighting, being able to break windows, opening cabinets and breaking some crates for items. There also is a weapon similar to the gravity gun in Half Life that lets you move some things around and you can pick up certain objects.
5) Fitting AI and com chatter voices, for this kind of game. So, that means coming across humorous conversations as you sneak around and a CO that is pushing you ahead. I really appreciate all the background talking that is going on in this game.
There are lots of other elements that I like too. But, if any of this interests you, than I would just go get this game. I bought it for not much from BundleStars since it had been on my Amazon wishlist for some time. But, now that I know how good it is, I would pay the full $6 price for sure.
One final caveat: There are some graphical issues with this game. Mostly that it looks kind of washed out and low contrast on modern systems. BUT, I easily took care of it with a little trial and error in the Nvidia control panel. But, even without that, it seems like the biggest thing that helped was turning off "Fullscreen effects" in the games own options. You have to run its separate option utility to access it. Its not hard to get to. It just pops up when you go to play the game.
While trying to troubleshoot this issue, I ran across a lot of hate for this game. It is completely undeserved. Its an awesome game, if you like these kinds of games. Its NOT a COD clone or FarCry or Splinter Cell. But it is interesting and a lot of fun. Give it a try!