Project: Snowblind

Common Sense Media says

First-person shooter is big on imagination.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character is trying to save the world, but his williness to die trying -- and his methods -- are pretty intense for younger players.

Violence

This game is about shooting and blowing up just about everything you see,

Sex
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although many of the targets are robots, most of the enemies are humans whose covered faces make them resemble the robots. The effect is dehumanizing. The game's goal -- to "save the world" -- makes it easier to justify the action.

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What's it about?

PROJECT: SNOWBLIND takes place in 2065 in Hong Kong in the year 2065. An insane general with plans for world domination has taken over. Enter the International Army's Lt. Frost, a bio-enhanced soldier who, while stranded behind enemy lines, must save the world.

As one of many soldiers fighting off an attack force, your introduction into Frost's world is intense. You must figure out how to use weapons such as grenades, machine gun/grenade launcher, pistol, etc. during the heat of realistic battle scenes. Just when the controls and equipment begin to feel familiar, your character is nearly killed -- and this is where the game truly begins. By the end of a game, Frost has acquired a long list of weapons and special skills, including five or six types of blasters, at least four types of grenades, invisibility, ballistic armor, and so on.

Is it any good?

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Some of the game's interesting features include the ability to slow time for other players and shoot lightning, and grenades with special uses like one that turns into a spider-like robot that intercepts fire and attacks foes. Artificial intelligence is sophisticated: Enemies lie in wait, trap, and stalk you and are quick to pick up on your presence and attack, even from a distance. The environments are both haunting and beautiful, and there is a battlefield quality to in-city fighting. The only weak parts are the driving sequences.

Make no mistake: This game is about shooting and blowing up just about everything you see, but it isn't quite as violent as many games in the genre. There is blood when you shoot someone, but it is hardly noticeable. And while the game does assume military duty and honor is more important than life -- an intense concept for younger players -- Frost is fighting for good. Overall, this is a fun and addictive game with details that set it apart from the pack.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether shooting targets that don't look like people makes fighting easier, and why. With older teens, you may want to talk about how prisoners of war often have their heads covered when they are apprehended. Is this a good or bad idea? Is it realistic for one person to be in the position to save the world? What other cultural heroes have that mission (Superman, etc.)? Why does this trope exist in our culture?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$47.88
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Eidos Interactive
Release date:February 23, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox)

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byfarmgirl84pi July 6, 2011
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13
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pretty good

It's a decent fps for what it's worth, lots of shooting going one and stuff, definitely appropriate only for teens and up
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Exciting

It is action packed. There is a lot of dying in it. There really isn't any educational value. Its hard at first, figuring out the uses of the guns.
Adult Written bywjbyman April 9, 2008
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This is an ordinary, FPS game

This is worth playing through once. The storyline is less than captivating, but the graphics are fine.

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