This is Gaming Cypher’s PC preview of Poppermost Production’s free-to-play, open world, winter sports game Snow, currently on Steam Early Access.
As soon I entered the world of Snow, the beauty of the snow-blanketed mountain slope simply took my breath away. The player takes control of a skier down multiple mountain paths, either doing challenges, racing against the clock, or simply free-styling with friends in multiplayer. Multiple maps and challenges are available to the player, which can be unlocked by leveling-up or purchasing with earned currency.
The controls for Snow are pretty straight-forward with different keys to maneuver and complete tricks with your skier. The keys definitely feel responsive but, knowing the controls does not always transfer well into reality. The world utilizes a realistic physics engine, pitting your mistakes against the full-force of Mother Nature. A single missed timing could lead your character sprawling down the snow. Luckily you can pretend your mistake never happened by rewinding back to an earlier point in the game. In addition to the gameplay, there is tons of customizability available for the player! Players can pick and choose from a vast assortment of apparels in the store to buy and outfit!
The graphics for Snow are astounding, with extremely realistic terrain and texture on the highest settings. The system requirements for this game are surprisingly low, and I would not be surprised if older systems can run it under optimal settings. Almost every aspect in the game can be tweaked and readjusted, including key-bindings and the controller-support. The in-game world can be adjusted for quality, texture, contrast, anything that you need for a wonderful skiing experience.
Keep in mind that Snow is still an early-access game and that there might be bugs. Some of the physics and objects in the game seem to be a bit buggy, with backward glitches, crashes, and object clipping. There does not appear to be a single player mode, as the game connects to online servers to record your progress. As such, the multi-player aspect takes away from the sandbox concept of the game. While many customizations and game settings are available to the player, none of it gets applied to the main menu and the loading screens. In addition, the default backgrounds for the loading screen and menu has a bright contrast that glares and strains the eyes.
While the core concepts of the game are solid, Snow can definitely benefit from fixing bugs and upgrading its interface and settings as a whole.
Here is the Snow Open Beta launch trailer:
We definitely give Snow a Thumbs Up and recommend that you try it out on Steam Early Access.