DescriptionIn 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.
- "Strife: Trust No One" -- Tag-lined title
- "Strife: Quest for the Sigil" -- In-game title
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: id Tech 1
- Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping
- Gameplay feature: Recordable replays
- Strife series
The Press Says
|Coming Soon Magazine||Jul 16, 1996||80 out of 100||80|
|GamersHell.com||Sep 16, 2000||7.5 out of 10||75|
|PC Zone||Aug 13, 2001||7 out of 10||70|
|Computer Games Magazine||1996||70|
|GameSpot||Jun 27, 1996||7 out of 10||70|
|PC Player (Germany)||Jul, 1996||60|
|Reset||Jun, 1997||6 out of 10||60|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Aug, 1996||60|
|PC Joker||Oct, 1996||59 out of 100||59|
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TriviaStrife (at least, here in the UK) had a wonderfully controversial advertising campaign. The ad took the form of a recipe:
(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.
Related Web Sites
- Crapshoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
- Strife FAQs (GameFaqs FAQ and Walkthroughs)
- Strife - Wikipedia (More history about this game)