LGR - Blood - DOS PC Game Review

LGR – Blood – DOS PC Game Review

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Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood: The trinity of major 3DR Build games. Released by Monolith, Blood is one disturbing yet awesome horror shooter. Do you like your hands bloody? Caleb does. And so does this reviewer.

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[LGR Theme] [fizz, sip] Aahhh! Blood. Now THAT is a proper name for a first-person shooter. And, man, does it live up to it. This is one disturbing and dark title, brought to you by none other
than 3D Realms and Monolith. Blood was released in 1997,
fresh off the success of Duke Nukem 3D. The developer of the game, 3D Realms,
looked to repeat its success with another game based on Duke's build engine, this time focusing on parodies
of horror and slasher films. However, when it was nearing completion,
3D Realms sold the game to Monolith, and they finished the game off
and released it that way. 3D Realms did this in order to focus on another game they were working on at the time, Shadow Warrior, which was also set to be released that same year. Soon after this, they started
work on Duke Nukem Forever, and the rest is a very sad and unfortunate history. Speaking of history, you may be wondering
what time period or location Blood finds itself in. Well, feel free to speculate, because
it never is specifically mentioned. In fact, the story itself is barely worth going into. But I'm going to anyway. You play as Caleb, who is a gunslinger in the
American Wild West in the 1800s, and the ex-leader of the Cabal cult, worshippers of the forgotten god of Tchernobog. The cult becomes awesome, but for some reason their god smites them all. And then Caleb somehow rises from the grave Army of Darkness-style, blah, blah, blah. I don't even know why there's any kind of story at all, especially when every last bit of the game is
a parody or ripoff of some movie or pop culture and the game never really
contains many story elements that lead anywhere. You'll occasionally get a little hint,
but it's really not that important. All you need to know is you're an evil undead guy with glowing red eyes,
a trench coat and a thirst for blood. The gameplay is nearly identical
to its forerunner, Duke Nukem 3D. The engine is a bit more advanced. Not as much as Shadow Warrior, but it does still use the 3D voxel objects instead of sprites for things like weapons. There are linear levels to navigate and shoot hundreds of enemies in, and find keys to get to the next level, with a boss fight in between episodes. Nothing amazing here. It's very standard '90s first-person shooter fare. But what is amazing is the level design,
atmosphere, and the feel of the game itself. First thing's first: you're going to
need a way to shed all of that blood, so there are plenty of deadly weapons at your disposal. You start off with a pitchfork that
can gorge and decapitate enemies, then quickly move on to a flare
gun that sets enemies on fire and blows them up in almost one shot. You can also get sticks of dynamite, a double-barreled shotgun straight from Evil Dead, a Tommy gun, napalm launcher, the shocking Tesla rifle, and even a voodoo doll. And flaming… skull thing. Almost all of the weapons have
something very unique for the time: alternate fire modes. You just didn't see that in games in 1997. You can shoot both barrels at
once for the shotgun, for example, or sweep enemies with the Tommy gun. You can also occasionally get the ability
to dual wield weapons akimbo-style, doubling the pleasure and doubling the fun. This is extremely useful, as the enemies that you encounter will die quicker. I really only mention this because you
will need every ounce of power you can against these enemies. Every undead creature, demon
or evil monk you encounter is absolutely hellbent on
killing you and killing you fast. It's really not uncommon at all to turn a corner and get slaughtered within a second, even with full health. And even on lower difficulties. You can often have 10 to 15
murderous ghouls after you at once, so dying is probably going to be very common. Of course, if he's back from the dead already, how does that work? That's a question for another day. Being called Blood, I do have to
mention the… blood real quick. There is no reason for this game to
have as much blood and gore as it does. Except that it is awesome. I mean, it's flying everywhere. It's on the walls, it's on the floors, it's hanging from the ceilings I mean, there's nastiness all over the place. This is easily the goriest game to date in 1997. The thrill of blowing off heads
and disemboweling demons with weapons that probably
shouldn't do so never gets old. You can even kick around the heads
until they fall apart, if you want. Interactivity. Yay! There's no reason for such things, and that is what makes Blood so fun. As with Duke 3D, there are lots of interactions
and goodies to find throughout the levels. As expected, there are plenty of
movie references to things like Frankenstein, Friday the 13th, of course Army of Darkness, The Shining. "Heeeeere's Johnny!" [gunshot] There's even a Jaws one thrown in there. "You're going to need a bigger boat." But there are also several memorable lines
by Caleb himself throughout gameplay, although he's not nearly as vocal as Duke or Lo Wang. And the levels themselves remain fun, with very few dips in enjoyment. Occasionally, they'll get a little maze-like, but that's just kind of to be
expected for whatever reason. Mainly due to similar textures being used. There are, of course, a few
annoying platforming sections, which I just to not think
belong in an FPS game at all. And some of the levels can get very confusing for the reasons I mentioned earlier. Also, you can have up to six keys
in one level that you'll have to find, which is a few too many, in my opinion. And the doors are really not
clearly marked either at all times, so navigation tends to be the
most annoying thing in the game. Still, it never made me want to quit playing, just to take a break once in a while and then go back and shotgun
some zombies' heads off, Dawn of the Dead-style. But simply, Blood is bloody fun, complete with all of the trademark aspects that make 3D Realms games so enjoyable. There is a lot of gameplay here too, more than the original Duke 3D
and more than Shadow Warrior. So you'll probably be playing it for
quite a while, should you choose to get it. And if you can locate the game
and the two expansion packs for it, The Plasma Pak and Cryptic Passage, there's even more to enjoy. But that may be the problem: finding it. The game didn't sell extremely well, the expansion packs sold even less, so it has become – well, somewhat
appropriately – a cult classic of sorts, and finding a complete copy at a decent price can be a very good challenge. But the search is honestly worth it, because if you like horror, violence, and a good time for the sake of a good time in a first-person shooter, Blood is one disgustingly wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

48 Replies to “LGR – Blood – DOS PC Game Review”

  1. SergKiev87

    Ah, Chernobog I remember him, he was very popular in eastern Europe back in pre-christian times. I can tell you about him if you are interested.

  2. Bober Bib

    What computer you run what screed card? I want get this in native reslution.les pixels.a lot these games did have bad pixel only on flat screen.

  3. FunkyFyreMunky

    I vividly remember a multiplayer game-mode that was set on a football (soccer) pitch. Hours of fun with my friends killing one of us randomly until a head is acquired for a game.

  4. Michal Zelenak

    I am sure this game isn't for everybody's taste, but there is definitelly more to it than what was said in this review. From my point of view one of the best atmospheric games on PC. Ofcourse, the HD soundtrack is a must.

  5. DonPandemoniac

    The style was amazing, too bad the sequel dropped the ball all the way down.
    I would like to see a remake, but that would not draw enough of an audience now.

  6. John Ellis

    Looking back at your older videos is a real trip. They were great back then but you've really improved a lot, keep it up Clint you're awesome!

  7. Mikey

    i remember getting this when i was in 6th grade (97)….i played all through the night but then wouldn't sleep without hearing the Gauls screaming…love it!

  8. Placeholder Name

    This game was so badass back then. Just the thought that you're some dude risen from the grave fucking people up with a pitchfork was hilarious when I first played it.

  9. HunGerMovies

    haha, I just wanted to download this game, but for some reason I thought this was a part of the Doom series…. thanks for reminding me of the game

  10. Juan Solo

    Blood was an awesome game. Doesn't even need a story. ANY story is just a cherry on top. It was fun to play. Hard as shit. Anyone who wasn't a pussy could try to play through on the most difficult settings.

  11. Izak du Preez

    I remember playing this multiplayer at LAN parties. If I remember correctly you can type in some random number and be teleported to some map. But my point is, there was a football (soccer) field where you could kick heads at goals… Why? Coz its freaking awesome

  12. Vestrill

    Well blood is on Steam now. Also I cannot believe you did not mention that bloody hand that jokes you to death. You can kill it with one shot but if it catches you, yeah you are screwed.

  13. rilagin1

    I love this game but after a while the level design just gets unforgivable and I find myself putting it down because I'm sick of walking around a level in circles, a great example of this is episode 3 level 6 which made me want to just skip to the next episode. Honestly the level design is terrible compared to duke 3d and people seem to refuse to acknowledge how much worse it is because DA WEAPONS R KOOL.

  14. Алексей Салихов

    As Russian, I enjoyed a "humorous localization" by Fargus, "V. Lenin, First Blood", where you play as Lenin, risen from his mausoleum.

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