Not to discount the great gameplay, but the engine is a real gem. Bullets can go through not just windows, but walls and fences. The engine powering Silent Storm makes for a very interactive environment; in what is surely a case of overkill, a critical shot by a sniper demolished a wall of the building on the train level, and a machinegunner tore up the railroad tracks!
Perhaps thatís a problem with the way the game handles damage Ė assigning it all to one type Ė but the effects are rarely disruptive to oneís sense of disbelief. A wall thatís blown open in the right spot may offer brand new options in the current scenario, even if it is silly to think itís been blown open by a 7.62mm rifle round.
On the other hand, the game does allow for incredible options like the targeting of specific body parts, four modes of movement (run, walk, crouch and prone), six different ways to shoot a gun (snap shot, aimed, careful, sniper, burst and full auto) and a dozen other features that gamers have been wishing for ages, like crawling through windows or taking using the action points from multiple turns to take a really good sniper shot. On top of that, it doesnít go overboard with the penalties Ė changing from run to prone wonít cost you half your turn, nor is digging through your inventory absurdly expensive.
Thereís little else to say about this rocking little demo; pictures say a thousand words and I heartily urge you to check the screenshots out. To give you an idea then how highly we think of Silent Storm, consider that this demo has been out for two months already but we still dedicated time to reviewing it. The game is just that good, ladies and gentlemen.
Heck, here are some download mirrors: 3D Downloads
, 3D Gamers
, Gamerís Hell
, and FileShack.
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Wow, has Jakub lost all critical edge? Has his weakness for X-Com left him vulnerable to the charms of Silent Storm, or is the game good enough to pimp a demo? Or maybe heís been just plain bribed? You decide, you make the call and Sound Off! in the news comments.