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Strife (DOS)

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Description

In the distant future, the Earth is ruled by a group of people who call themselves "The Order". Many disasters have plagued the planet, and after many wars, misery, and death, the Order controls people's lives and deprives them of their freedom. A rebel organization has been formed, seeking to overthrow the Order and whoever else might be behind their rise to power. Somewhere in the depths of a ruined Town Hall, a group of people who oppose the Order's regime welcome a lone wanderer to become the one who will free the Earth from terror.

Strife is a plot-driven first-person shooter that uses the Doom engine. Rather than taking the player through a linear series of levels, the game offers a continuous world with free-roaming elements and a central "hub" (the town), which the player can visit between missions and explore. Although there are no true role-playing elements in the game, it has several features rarely seen in contemporary FPSs: there are "friendly" areas where there are no enemies but people to talk to, stores where new equipment can be bought, and taverns where the latest gossip is told. The player can also purchase upgrades that permanently increase the player character's health bar.

The game has a branching storyline with a few paths that lead to three different endings. These paths are determined by a decision the player makes during the course of the plot.

Screenshots

Strife DOS One of the many charming folk you will encounter during your adventure
Strife DOS About to get my arse beaten down at the Order's power plant
Strife DOS Looking out across the river
Strife DOS Troops

Alternate Titles

  • "Strife: Trust No One" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Strife: Quest for the Sigil" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

Landmark FPS אולג 小奥 (168604) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
A sadly undervalued gem hydra9 (3853) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Doom with depth jTrippy (63) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
A neglected masterpiece. connor steven (5) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Absolutely brilliant AABBA (4) unrated
A truely innovative game which never caught on due to a somewhat outdated engine Alan Chan (3601) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Too late for a great game Emepol (1547) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Gameplay and technology may be two separate things, but you need both. Zovni (9367) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 05, 2012 16 out of 20 80
GamersHell.com Sep 16, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamesmania 1996 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot Jun 27, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Computer Games Magazine 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Jul, 1996 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Reset Jun, 1997 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Strife (at least, here in the UK) had a wonderfully controversial advertising campaign. The ad took the form of a recipe:

Strife
(for 8 people)
Ingredients:
1 brain (medium), 1 pair of balls (large)
Blend until smooth.
Sip during game play.


The main part of the ad was a huge photo - The surface of a kitchen table with a few nice-looking herbs scattered around and, right in the middle, what looked like a big, wet, recently removed human brain and a large pair of...of...ah...hmm...

Needless to say, there were lots of complaints and many magazines either refused to run the ad or plastered huge black boxes over the entire thing.


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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156) added Strife (DOS) on Mar 05, 2000