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At the suggested retail price of $29.99 a whack, Cryptic Passage may seem a bit on the pricey side. But believe me; it's money well spent. The level design is not just professional, but damned impressive. Caleb may have sent Tchernobog back to the netherworld, but there are plenty of hideous beasties in Cryptic Passage that will keep you from returning to your grave. If you're looking for some new blood, and creepy, beautifully designed environments in which to do your killing, Cryptic Passage is the only route to take.
The new levels alone are quite good, and do a wonderful job of adding onto a game that was wonderful to begin with. I'd compare it to the Plutonium Pack for Duke Nukem, although a few new weapons and enemies were made available there. The Cryptic Passage levels were created with the care that was obviously taken with the originals. If you are a Blood fan, and would like to play some more of the game, then Cryptic Passage is for you. It's even bargain priced so you do not have to spend a fortune getting your fix. If you are looking for new enemies and weapons, you won't find them here, but you will find ten large, new, challenging levels that continue Blood in it's original tradition. Bottom Line: A continuation of Blood that follows the tradition of the original quite closely. No new weapons or enemies. Level design is almost as good as the original. Contains nine new levels, one secret level, and four Bloodbath levels.
If you've yet to finish the original Blood levels, there's no real need to rush out and pick up Cryptic Passage. But if you've already extracted your revenge on Tchernobog and long for the sweet taste of bloody revenge once again, you can't go wrong with this expansion disc.
If you liked BLOOD and don't mind blowing some cash, CRYPTIC PASSAGE may satisfy you for a while. The actual design is better than many of the Internet levels, but the execution is a bit sloppy. If you want more than just a few levels and textures, wait until the PLASMA PAK is released.
If you really played all the way through Blood and you still want more, it may be time to think about expanding your horizons. But if you're seriously determined to stick with Blood, Monolith themselves are working on an add-on, and it's bound to be more interesting than this package. It could hardly be less. Add the lack of originality to the lack of quantity and you get a lack of desirability. Skip this one.