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Blood II: The Chosen (Windows)

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Description

Over a hundred years have passed since the events described in Blood. CABAL, the cult dedicated to the worship of the Dark God Tchernobog, has turned into a huge corporation that calls itself "CabalCo", controlling much of what is happening in the dark, futuristic city. The undead gunslinger Caleb awakens from his slumber and continues his relentless pursuit for revenge. The company CEO, an ambitious man named Gideon, will stop at nothing in order to attain the kind of power CABAL was wielding before. But in order to fulfill his plans, he must get rid of Caleb first.

Like its predecessor, Blood II is a first-person shooter with a horror theme. The game uses the LithTech engine. There is a vast variety of weapons as well as a greater number of different enemies than the previous game. The levels themselves are rather diverse as well: In the first chapter alone, the protagonist travels from an ornate museum to a huge science facility, alleys of an ominous city street, and a futuristic flying machine. The game features a dark techno soundtrack. The player may choose to play as Caleb's companions that appeared in the first game; however, cutscenes are displayed only if the player selects Caleb.

Screenshots

Blood II: The Chosen Windows the temple
Blood II: The Chosen Windows dead bodies in front of me
Blood II: The Chosen Windows did! die! die! you big brute.. a soul drudge
Blood II: The Chosen Windows the main menu

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Caleb has lost his touch אולג 小奥 (171551) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
So boring and retarded it's not even worth bashing Maw (845) 1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars1.71 Stars
A different opinion... Jeff Sinasac (315) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Blood II is one hell of a disappointing sequel, but it's still fun enough at times to earn a pass. Kadath Bird (706) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Quintessentially mediocre Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Bloody. Absolutely Bloody *Katakis* (37838) unrated

The Press Says

GameGenie 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Shooterplanet Jun 08, 2006 89 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Game Over Online Nov 27, 1998 81 out of 100 81
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 29, 1998 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot Dec 04, 1998 7.4 out of 10 74
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 15, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 08, 1999 14 out of 20 70
IGN Nov 19, 1998 6.2 out of 10 62
Just Games Retro Oct 29, 2008 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Credits

The final credits scroll of the first release contained anti-credits that made fun of people the Monolith staff didn't like. GT Interactive made them remove this in later releases and they are were also cut out by the first patch (which is pretty much required to get the game to run correctly).

German index

On November 30, 1999, Blood II: The Chosen was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about what this means can be found in the description.

Humour

Blood II: The Chosen contains a lot of generic and cliche'd FPS elements, and the designers are self-consciously aware of this, including jokes such as a mission briefing that tells you to "push some buttons and kill some things" (that's really what it says, word for word), and a huge glowing sign advertising "Silver Key Industries."

Open Source release

As of 2005, Blood II: The Chosen is open source and its full code can be downloaded from the Blood 2 homepage.

References

There is a secret room in one of the levels parodying Unreal. It has a picture of a leaping Skaarj Warrior on the wall and the inscription: "I [heart] Skaarj".

Information also contributed by Maw Mickey Gabel and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Blood 2: The Chosen (Official game website)
  • PlanetBlood (Featuring downloads, reviews, hosted sites, fan fiction/art... just about everything that has to do with Blood 1 and 2. The perfect site for any Bloodite.)
  • The Postmortem (Sort of a monument-like fansite built for Blood and Blood II: The Chosen to keep it's soul alive for the next generation of Bloodites.)
Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2148) added Blood II: The Chosen (Windows) on Mar 26, 2000