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Blood (DOS)

Mature
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Perspective
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84
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4.1
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Written by  :  Tom White (14)
Written on  :  Dec 07, 2004
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Summary

Bloody Good Fun

The Good

GAMEPLAY: Refined. Comfortable learning curve. Superb level design. Feels very good to play. Difficulty just right. Awesome weapons. Dark humour and pop-culture references. Fun and addictive. [5/5]

GRAPHICS: The Build (Duke Nukem 3D) engine pushed to its absolute limits. Nice crisp look. Detailed and attractive. Not state-of-the-art but refined. Enemies are 2D but I don't care -- they're quite detailed. [4/5]

AUDIO: Cool. The weapon sounds are crisp and punchy, although a tad more bass would be good (although just EQ it and you'll be right). Music is just there, mood enhancing but never intrusive. The one-liners are... odd. [4/5]

PLOTLINE: Utter rubbish. But fun, like a B-grade slasher. The dark god has forsaken you and you'll get even. Therefore, kill a bunch of boss monsters. Seriously, that's about it. Stylishly, of course. The mood is dark, menacing and grim, with a slight goth-western flavour, unlike Hexen which was goth-fantasy. [4.5/5]

The Bad

Did the weather have to be overcast ALL the time? Some rain FX would've be sooo cool for this game. Ah well, opportunity missed.

The Bottom Line

Duke Nukem 3D with a gothic-western flavour. That is, a tough but comfortable shoot'em'up with incredible level design and not drenched in puzzles. [4.5/5]

I utterly LOVE this game!