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Posts tagged “New Blood Interactive”

Maximum Action adds weapon modding for extra gun fun

Despite being the resident retro FPS guy, I just realised I've not said anything about gun-fu sandbox Maximum Action. Today's addition of weapon modding is the perfect excuse. Still in early access and a bit rough around the edges, it has some of the most fun slow-mo shootybangs since the original Max Payne. Developed by George Mandell and now with help from Dusk's devs, the game…

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Amid Evil fantastically casts itself out of early access

I've had a rollicking good time with Amid Evil over its year-and-a-bit in early access, so I'm glad to say that the final version is out now and every bit as good as I'd hoped. Developed by Indefatigable, a small team of former Doom modders, it's a high fantasy '90s style FPS heavily inspired by Doom cousin Heretic, but has a few big ideas of…

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Amid Evil launches out of the cosmic void on June 20th

Old-school fantasy FPS Amid Evil finally has a release date after a year and change in early access. Indefatigable's Heretic-inspired shooter impressed me when it made its debut, and has only improved with each update. Current players have access to six different episodes, each with a unique look and monster-set for their handful of levels. As of June 20th, the seventh and final episode --…

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Amid Evil launches its penultimate early access episode

Amid Evil is in the final stretch before leaving early access, and has just rolled out the sixth of its seven planned episodes. Indefatigable's Heretic-like FPS is, in my humblest of opinions, right up there with Dusk and Overload as far as brillo neo-retro shooters go. It has fanciful Quake-like level design with vivid colours straight from Heretic and a sense of scale only matched…

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Feature: For it is in gibbing that we receive

DUSK review

DUSK rather undersells itself when it declares it's "straight outta the '90s". While absolutely going for that Doom/Hexen vibe, with outstandingly fast movement, gorgeous chunky pixel enemies, and big meaty guns that pack a punch, it also has a really quite fantastic amount of good sense where not to be faithful to those mid-90s gibby times. If anything, DUSK feels like the FPS that id,…

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Gory retro FPS Dusk rips and tears out of early access today

It might be Doom's birthday today, but its enthusiastic young cousin Dusk is invited to the party, bunny-hopping out of early access today. They grow up so fast, and David Szymanski's shooter has grown another two episodes in size since its debut in August last year, introducing new monsters and places to kill them in, plus a remarkably fun (if twitchy) deathmatch mode. The game…

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Chunky retro FPS Dusk rises from early access on December 10th

Channelling the dark spirits of Quake and Blood and packing a mean shotgun, Dusk is one of a handful of new but pointedly old-school shooters I'm excited for. It's been in early access for a while, and you can play the first two episodes now, but the last, weirdest chapter of the game now has a release date - December 10th. While the final few…

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Heretic/Quake/Unreal blend Amid Evil hits early access

The retro FPS renaissance is in full swing. Whether spurred by the seemingly immortal Doom modding scene, Id's own franchise reboot or just an audience hungry for something fresh after a glut of overly-similar 'tactical' FPS's, there are a growing number of old-school shooters featuring swarms of monsters, an absence of regenerating health bars and a focus on speed and mobility as survival tactics rather…

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Feature: BloodQuake

DUSK is a delicious cocktail of nineties shooters

A lot of people are comparing DUSK to Quake. They're not wrong to do that; there are enough brown polygons and chunky weapons to bring back memories of nailguns, ogres and Trent Reznor's ominous drones. My mind turned to Blood though. DUSK begins with b-movie horror tropes as chainsaws whirr and cultists shriek threats, and from there it takes a tour through pretty much the…

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Retro FPS Dusk strafes into early access

Here's a (partial) list of the things that explode in the early access trailer for David Szymanski's retro FPS Dusk: demonic cattle, soldiers, cultists, wizards, skeletal moose and a zombie ghost farmer. As in, a farmer that looks like a zombie ghost - I'm not sure what he spends his time farming. Souls, probably. Dusk released on early access last night. Dominic Tarason reports that…

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Grungy retro FPS Dusk hits Early Access on January 11th

Update: To clarify, if you buy the game now you'll receive access to episode 1 & 2 immediately, although the episode 2 launch isn't officially happening until January 11th, when everything moves to Early Access. Between Devil Daggers, Strafe, and the seeming eternal renaissance of Quake & Doom modding, it feels like gaming as a whole has come to terms with the idea that 90s…

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Amid Evil heretically adds to the retro FPS renaissance

We reported on the announcement of pointedly retro FPS Amid Evil a few weeks ago. This week, publisher New Blood Interactive let me play an early preview demo and, after a couple runs through the handful of levels included, I'm eager to share my thoughts on the game thus far. You can also watch a generous helping of gameplay footage below.

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Amid Evil aims to be a spiritual successor to Heretic

As the years pass, we find ourselves wiser every day, sliding ever-closer to absolute truth. Given the time to reflect, and perspective to offer clarity, surely we can all finally agree on one thing: Heretic was a way better fantasy FPS than Hexen. Doom modders turned indies Indefatigable clearly agree, because their debut game, Amid Evil, looks very much like Raven's 1994 fantasy FPS, albeit with…

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