silicon skies by Smash Designs [web]
screenshot added by AbcuG! on 2005-03-31 14:23:21
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release date : march 2005
release party : Breakpoint 2005
compo : pc demo
ranked : 4th
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popularity : 61%
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Yet another massive 3d fly-by with generic music and a boatload of quite impressive 3d models. Totally pointless scenario/story though. ;)
added on the 2005-03-28 10:50:57 by tomaes tomaes
good 3d
added on the 2005-03-28 11:00:18 by uns3en_ uns3en_
first of all: do we need a kasparov remake?
'til the middle i liked it much better than those previous smash 3d-demos. at least there's lighting and some interessting play with cameras.
but those "bork"-models suck ass and so does the animation. the close-ups make it even worse.
added on the 2005-03-28 11:10:55 by hfr hfr
textures were nicely baked... but animations suck ass. could have been much better. a little bit more postfilters wouldn't do harm anyway.
added on the 2005-03-28 11:15:22 by jimmi jimmi
ok demo
nice 3D
... and what they said above
added on the 2005-03-28 12:40:23 by EviL EviL
oh yes and I forgot...
press right arrow key for hardcore speed
added on the 2005-03-28 12:52:31 by EviL EviL
I like most Smash Design stuff and the 3d work is stunning, but this one was too boring and unoriginal for my liking.
sucks added on the 2005-03-28 13:22:14 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
The Borg visit City17. hellfire brought it right down to the point.
added on the 2005-03-28 13:46:59 by turm turm
hm.. first part is kasparov refurbished. Not too innovative, but actually nice.

Then it gets ugly.
added on the 2005-03-28 14:43:45 by Stelthzje Stelthzje
Sorry but it takes like 2 minutes to load. And then ? 'Robots' attack humans. Where have we seen that before...
added on the 2005-03-28 14:50:46 by Navis Navis
16Mb ?
added on the 2005-03-28 15:11:58 by pK pK
Nah ! I very liked old previous SD demos like Sleepless and Event Horizon, but enough is enough. WTF ?

2 minutes of unpacking, boring, dull and no interesting 3D flyby featuring horrible cheap techno music by Sonic. AEG´s modeling skills are still impresive, but this all looks like some demo for game, not demo for democeners...

and of course, those flying probes inspired by the ones from Half Life 2 are cheap and dumb !!!
sucks added on the 2005-03-28 16:39:23 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
Good modelling + a decent scene player. Unfortunately, it's not very interesting too watch.. and the factory part looks like something farbrausch have done in less than 64k ;-)
added on the 2005-03-28 19:00:14 by samwise samwise
well atleast in the future I won't be unemployed \o/ so thumb up for the future!
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 19:25:29 by violator violator
Crashed hard in the railway scene - but wasn't too bad until then...
added on the 2005-03-28 20:37:31 by beavis77 beavis77
ok for me
added on the 2005-03-28 22:17:20 by denokan denokan
Too old Engine. Most games look much better today. I know this is not really an argument, but this is Competition...
added on the 2005-03-28 23:03:17 by Exin Exin
some really nice 3D there!

the atmosphere greatly reminds me of Half-Life 2 i've never finished :>
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 08:34:57 by Zest Zest
was fuckin' impressing on the bigscreen
the lightmaps and textures really make this demo
(although i have to admit, it wasn't that impressing on my home box)
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 08:55:57 by blala blala
Well,. the usual SD flybye demos, but I enjoyed this much better than the previous. It had a very nice start (refracted water, fishes and lightning and then the newspaper and grafiti credits with great textures, going inside factory from the newspaper, till here it was COOL!) then it was kinda slower progressing in 3d scenes, boring, but good sync at times.
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 11:06:30 by Optimus Optimus
better than previous SD prods, techinically speaking ( some speed improvements, and some nice lightmappd scene ) ... but unfortunately, the lack of goal/concept/idea ruins it all ...
PIggie then !
added on the 2005-03-29 15:03:55 by kohai kohai
cool 3dscene.
and I liked music.
however, the human model was horrible...
added on the 2005-03-29 17:45:37 by got got
Really great textures, liked them a lot at the demoshow... perhaps it's doing sort-of oclussion shading and it takes long time to calc it at start?
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 20:42:25 by winden winden
I stand corrected.
rulez added on the 2005-03-30 02:17:04 by Gargaj Gargaj
we had this discussion just BEFORE we saw the compo: "if smash designs are going to realse stuff, they release they release the same all over and over again"....

Like Cannonball said, SD got big with Event Horizon and Sleepless, do more of THIS stuff.
added on the 2005-03-30 12:30:44 by sobec sobec
well, clean looking, but very SDish (i.e. static design ;)
and i'm so fed up with all this industrial shit
Sometimes a bit boring but i love kasparov before and i should love this one too :)
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 14:24:36 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
Technically nice and pretty cool modelling, but the content is really boring on the other hand, therefore a pig.
added on the 2005-03-31 16:16:33 by nufan nufan
This only gets a rulez from me because of the really beautiful textures here and there. I really enjoyed the part with the walls. Overall, the first half looked really good.

But then... totally forgetable. And the concept? What was your message? Female robots are evil? I don't get it. Plus: a flyby. I don't like that.
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 19:52:20 by chock chock
Flyby. But a good flyby for once. Still only a flyby, and flyby equals piggie.
added on the 2005-03-31 23:46:07 by Preacher Preacher
One of the best looking demos i have ever seen, except for that woman though. But thumbs up for crystal sharp textures and rendering engine.
rulez added on the 2005-04-01 13:24:27 by Zplex Zplex
If I was the type of scener into flybys, I would most likely love this. But I'm not, and I don't. Sorry, but for me this was about as entertaining as watching static on TV.
sucks added on the 2005-04-03 13:17:57 by break break
some excellent lighting and texturing in this one
rulez added on the 2005-04-03 21:14:55 by jazzman jazzman
boring, yet good textures and modelling.
added on the 2005-04-03 22:48:42 by gloom gloom
Commonplace theme, cliche impacts. Didn't notice you saying a snigle new word. But efforts and persistence deserve a thumb up, I suppose.
rulez added on the 2005-04-04 11:09:42 by kraviz kraviz
factories! cyborg chicks doing monotonous, swinging movements! And the shader on their lips is great ;)
rulez added on the 2005-04-04 19:26:55 by kb_ kb_
At first, I thought SDs really managed to make a proper demo where the detail and artwork level really fits alltogether since the beginning was really great. But soon, you can see this plant-texture on the wall, spoling the demo again with its cheap and obvous texturish look. Then it continues like that, the railway cars bringing it to the edge: High-detail lit textures on a simple model are just ugly, nothing else. Not to mention high-detail lit objects which do not even cast simple shadows... And the borgladies look like a simple attempt to copy the techdemos which the gfx card manufacturers PR departments like to use in order to appeal dumb gamers...
Well, if there wasn´t the nice beginning, the soundtrack, the endscene and the generally high technical quality, it would have ended up with a thumb down.
added on the 2005-04-04 21:40:40 by T$ T$
well, the engine is really good...
but, somehow, the whole thing looks cheap...
if you compare what they have copyed, with the originals, the copy sucks in every way...

we have, kasparov, hl2, matrix and some borgs out of ST...

the camera was choppy, the "dolphins" naked...

sds proved it again, they need a designer...
but ill give it a thumb up, a lot of work here, needs respect !

rulez added on the 2005-04-05 08:01:53 by Igoronimo Igoronimo
hahahaahha hohohoho SUUUCKS :DD
sucks added on the 2005-04-07 11:55:15 by uns3en_ uns3en_
good 3d but sucks otherwise
added on the 2005-04-07 11:57:25 by uns3en_ uns3en_
Some incredibly huge amount of gfx and work which managed to be also quite very boring. The "Chefrockers" revelation didn't really work on me as a wow factor anyway.
sucks added on the 2005-04-07 12:07:24 by dixan dixan
yet another smash "design".
sucks added on the 2005-04-07 12:17:46 by kusma kusma
okish 3d and good textures, but the rest is just not good enough. it needs some kind of action, be it effects, be it stylish overlays or whatever.
sucks added on the 2005-04-07 13:11:55 by maali maali
awesome. architect style.
rulez added on the 2005-04-07 16:25:43 by bLa bLa
visually this is definetely the best of smash designs pc demos. but still, there are some major flaws, like the wannabe-graffiti pics in the intro/credit part and some other design letdowns. music is as always, solid but not my taste.

but all in all i like it.
rulez added on the 2005-04-07 16:48:51 by dipswitch dipswitch
better then the last 2 sd-demos.. but still not exactly my thing.. f.e. as TS said: it simply sucks to have high detail textures on an ultra low poly train.. and the "story" is SO cheesy..
added on the 2005-04-07 17:17:04 by toxie toxie
no thumb down cause the work in this is impressive, it's just so tediously boring!
added on the 2005-04-07 17:50:37 by okkie okkie
oh come on guys, this is the first smash demo since ages where they at least got the aesthetics right :)
added on the 2005-04-07 19:21:20 by Gargaj Gargaj
cool artwork. old idea, bad flow, boring. good 3d player + noise.
added on the 2005-04-07 19:46:34 by quisten quisten
could not watch it through...
sucks added on the 2005-04-08 13:54:48 by tcp tcp
(...which doesn't mean it was technically challenged!)
added on the 2005-04-08 13:56:54 by tcp tcp
Thumb up for nice modelling and texturing on the factory etc.
Organic things (fish, cyborgs etc.) are lacking in texturing and animation though, maybe the demo would have been better if it had stayed in Kasparov mode altogether... ;)
rulez added on the 2005-04-09 01:12:08 by Sdw Sdw
the demo isnt great technology wise. cool music with nice throaty bass; the integration of a little story is nice. has tons of halflife2 vibes tho
rulez added on the 2005-04-09 02:24:11 by root root
Extreme cool graphics and music. Maybe a tad on the long side and the female animation could be a wee bit better. But overall still a nice watch
rulez added on the 2005-04-11 01:36:53 by franky-- franky--
nice, the attack of the green things could have been lot better
rulez added on the 2005-04-12 11:14:49 by skarab skarab
it's quite nice to watch, except maybe for those bork-women..
but from a group like sds i expect more than just a 16mb 3d flyby. piggy.
added on the 2005-04-14 14:07:32 by gg|rhg gg|rhg
well, that was ugly.
sucks added on the 2005-04-14 14:16:39 by skrebbel skrebbel
++ for hammer time though
Good Factory :)
added on the 2005-04-17 03:27:25 by reality3D reality3D

loved the very beginning of the demo, these fishes and the industry: my native enviroment=) -- nice modelling! // and then, all of a sudden, it became ugly and boring

added on the 2005-05-03 14:55:31 by raver raver
Some nice textures and modelling here and there and the music is okayish but the rest didn't really work out...
added on the 2005-05-03 21:02:39 by zoom zoom
The first part had some impressive stuff, but then it started getting dull and cheezy.
added on the 2005-05-05 22:39:10 by s_tec s_tec
Awesome textures and (static) lightning. The 3D objects are great too.

OK, music.

The animation of the female cyborgs spoils the demo in the end. And moving objects in scenes with precalculated light always looks bad since the moving things never seem to be _in_ the scene.
added on the 2005-05-06 10:29:02 by ManJIT ManJIT
very nice demo
rulez added on the 2005-05-08 17:53:01 by las las
rulez added on the 2005-07-08 00:09:20 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
Props for very nice 3D models and textures. But that's not enough! Flyby with so simple animations and very naive story isn't really my cup of tea. My criterion for a good demo (or movie or anything else) is that it leaves you a feeling "I would like to see this again another time". This demo definitely doesn't give that impression.

I would like to see someday a demo from you with a good 3D world tight to an asstight direction. Effects wouldn't hurt either.
sucks added on the 2005-07-19 08:22:50 by j9 j9
very nice engine and models
added on the 2005-07-19 08:37:03 by v3nom v3nom
the only part interesting is the shadows of rotating fan. good 3d but boring otherwise.
Really liked the factory scene.. as good as current games, even. :) The kasparovy outdoor scene had good lighting as well. But the female models, eek.. 1) they're only harvesting women, not men?, 2) they all happen to be topless in the operating room?, 3) they have HOSES COMING OUT OF THEIR NIPPLES?! is this some kind of demented milking scheme?

I give it a pigface for the exact reasons jean9 listed three comments up.
added on the 2006-01-12 17:42:10 by phoenix phoenix
It has many WTF moments.
added on the 2006-01-15 09:30:32 by _-_-__ _-_-__
added on the 2006-02-08 15:00:11 by wie8 wie8
Not bad for a 3d flyby, but a bit boring and the "machines take over" concept is totaly unoriginal. And I would accept such a long loader from an intro but not from a demo. So a piggie it is...
added on the 2006-04-29 16:25:04 by sparcus sparcus
Damn this was boring.
added on the 2006-07-17 13:07:15 by blueflame blueflame
high quality textures that ran smoothly. yey!
rulez added on the 2006-10-14 10:32:38 by Gaia Gaia
"clean" smash design!
rulez added on the 2006-12-01 00:36:17 by gentleman gentleman
sadness + madness
rulez added on the 2007-03-15 00:52:53 by sokoban sokoban
Like the scenery in this one.
rulez added on the 2007-08-11 10:21:25 by hamster hamster
Pretty cool demo.
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 21:39:45 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
i like it.! flybyes mustn´t be bad,or.?!
we had that story,yes (Asimov started it i´d say.!)
...but i would rewatch it.!!! so my Thumb is yours ofcoZ.!
rulez added on the 2008-06-11 10:49:12 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
utter crap.
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