DescriptionEternal War: Shadows of Light is a Christian-themed first/third-person shooter running on a modified Quake engine. Eternal War expands upon the gameplay formula of Quake by introducing additional features and playing modes.
The story of Eternal War is centred around a deeply troubled teenager called John Coronado, who is nearly driven to suicide by his inner "personal hell". John calls to God to save him, and the game's protagonist called Mike, endowed with holy powers, is sent into John's mind to purify it from inner demons and save the youth's life. It is implied in the intro that Mike is an angel, but not stated outright. The game manual simply calls him a friend.
Mike's journey spans 17 levels, which can be completed either in single-player mode or in co-op with other players. There is also another game mode called Flood, which involves fending off waves of demons and sealing the gates through which they come. This is primarily a multiplayer mode, but it can also be played with friendly bots.
The game's setting has strong medieval fantasy motives. The eight weapons at the player's disposal either come from a medieval arsenal (dagger, crossbow, sword) or are various holy spells like Smite and Trinity Blast which are powered by manna. Essentially, most weapons function similarly to those of Quake. However, each also has an alternate firing mode that can be toggled at any time. Alternate attacks deal more damage at the cost of increased ammo consumption.
The monsters also have medieval fantasy designs, sometimes reminiscent of Heretic or Hexen. These include zombies, levitating necromancers and various humanoid fighters in medieval attire. Many of the enemies have special abilities and alternate attacks, making them even more dangerous.
One special feature unique to Eternal War is the player's ability to pray, which allows Mike to regain full health. It is not possible to fight while praying, but the player is surrounded by an aura that will banish any demons that might try to attack him.
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|Christ Centered Game Reviews||Jun 01, 2005||80 out of 100||80|
|Family Friendly Gaming||2006||73 out of 100||73|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Mar 02, 2003||20 out of 100||20|
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Freeware releaseSince 2005, Two Guys Software were planning to create a sequel, also under the title Eternal War. The development started in 2007, and in late 2008, to promote this new game, Shadows of Light was released as freeware. The game is hosted by the Christ Centered Gamer website.
Source code releaseDuring the development of Eternal War, information about the game's engine was kept secret. However, because the Quake engine is licensed under GNU GPL, the developers were bound to release the source code with their game. The code package was available for download from the official website of Eternal War.
Related Web Sites
- Eternal War: Shadows of Light (official website)
- THE ANVIL - Eternal War Repository - 2004 (an official file repository for the game, preserved by the Wayback Machine)