Nadeo has tried nearly everything to get people to play ShootMania: there was a pre-release beta, they have a friend-of-a-friend scheme for you to invite people to play, and let's not forget the 24 hour telethon that Bono hosted. The problem is that the Nadeo office radio has been set to Wub Wub FM, and when the team meets to ask about the next stunt to bring people in it drowns out the answers. And do you know where Geoff Voiceofreason sits? That's right: he's right next to the radio. For all those meetings he's been shouting "release a f*****g demo" over and over and over, but has been wubbed out. Well this time around he waited for the drop, shouted as loudly as his vocal cords would allow, and we now have a Shootmania demo. Thanks, Geoff! Have a lozenge.
So if you want to try the shooter you can. I quite liked Shootmania, even with its odd attempt to make a game out of old-school FPS movement bugs, but unless a ridiculous map comes along I can't see me making any more room for it on my hard-drive. It's not something I can just pick-up because I've already forgotten most of the rules.
If you like it, it's 50% off.