Reviews: FPS

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (N64)
6Fair

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (N64)

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a first person shooter for the Nintendo 64. It’d make sense to start with the plot here, but unfortunately I do not have the manual nor am I familiar with the comics. So while I’m sure there’s some type of story to explain what’s going on, the game itself offers no explanation. Then again, it’s not a big deal because this is a more classically styled first person shooter. All you have to really know is that you get guns, you shoot down enemies, and you get through the levels. It’s some pretty basic stuff set in a prehistoric themed world. The gameplay is fairly standard. You run around levels picking up items such as guns and ammo. You use your weapons to gun down enemies, which include an increasing variety of types. There are the human soldiers that brandish all kinds of weapons, gigantic primordial...
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Doom 64
8Great

Doom 64

Doom 64 is a first person shooter developed by Id Software and distributed by Midway for the Nintendo 64. I’m going to assume you have already played Doom, seen my review of it, or know enough about it to avoid going over all of the basics. It was a largely popular game that has been ported to nearly every device imaginable. You might think that Doom 64 is just a Nintendo 64 port of Doom, much like the SNES port or the Playstation’s port The Ultimate Doom. However, this is more akin to something like the Playstation’s Final Doom in that it’s a game based on the Doom engine with all new levels. Though, unlike Final Doom, it’s considered a spinoff. I think this is due to the story, but it’s not really explained in detail in-game. Maybe the instruction booklet I no longer have briefs you on the main...
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Doom II: Hell on Earth
9Amazing

Doom II: Hell on Earth

Doom II: Hell on Earth is the first person shooter sequel to Doom on MS DOS. This review will assume you either know about the first Doom or have seen my previous review on that game. The events here pick up where the first game left off. You’re finally back home after fighting your way through Hell, only to find that the demons have taken over Earth. It’s up to you to save humanity, seal the door to Hell, and stop these monsters from ever coming back. The gameplay and overall presentation is nearly identical to Doom. You control the same way. Most of the enemies, weapons, and visual assets are recycled. You get keys and hit switches to open doors. You look for secrets. You shoot the baddies. You encounter some bosses. And you look for the exit. Pretty standard stuff. If it ain’t broke, leave it the hell...
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Doom
10Perfect

Doom

Doom is a first person shooter developed by Id Software for MS DOS. It’s one of the most popular and important first person shooters out there. I doubt you’ve never heard of it. It has been ported tons of times, played on many devices, and still seems to stand the test of time. It wasn’t the first first person shooter, but it’s definitely one of the first ones to come to mind when you think of the genre. So what is it about this game that makes it so damn appealing? Well, there’s probably a more detailed plot than I’m aware of… but I don’t have the manual. In fact, I just have the game digitally on Steam through the Doom 3:BFG Edition version, so I apologize for any inconsistencies. However, as I understand it, the main plot is basically that you’re trying to find out what happened on a...
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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
10Perfect

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

As a die hard fan of this game: “DISCLAIMER: BETA TESTER” Get ready to rumble in the jungles of the lost lands like never before with this Turok. This remaster is essentially the same game from 1997 that we know and love except improved with enhanced mechanics, settings, graphics, and performance especially. They took all of the stuff in Turok that wasn’t so great and made it gold. In 1997 Turok shook the world, Dinosaur Hunter quickly became one of the most recognized games of its time. It had dinosaurs and a Doom/Duke Nukem motive towards its gameplay(even noted by the original dev David Deinstbier). But it surely wasn’t just a clone. Turok really stuck out to me , there were some setbacks in the original release that have been preventing the game to really shine and last forever. It had 24-30 fps and an extreme amount of fog to...
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Jet Force Gemini
8Great

Jet Force Gemini

Jet Force Gemini is a blending of first person shooting and 3D platforming elements in a game by Rareware for the Nintendo 64. The Jet Force gets attacked by giant bug soldiers and are forced to abandon their base ship via their smaller, personal ships. You take control of Juno (a guy) and head out in search of your friends Vela (a girl) and Lupus (a dog). On your journey, you learn that the insects that infested your ship are minions of Mizar, a larger, more evil bug that has been causing all kinds of trouble this side of the galaxy. He has even enslaved the Tribals, a bearlike race, to do his work for profit. Can you and your friends save the Tribals and stop Mizar? That’s the basic story of the game. The gameplay is a bit tricky to explain. You see, you can move around and jump...
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Duke Nukem 64
8Great

Duke Nukem 64

Duke Nukem 64 is the Nintendo 64 port of the PC game Duke Nukem 3D, a classic first person shooter. If you don’t know already, Duke Nukem 3D is one of the big name pioneers of the first person shooter genre, alongside titles like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. The story of the game takes place immediately after the events of Duke Nukem II, although you don’t need to know anything about the two previous platformer adventures to keep up. On his way back to Earth, aliens shoot down Duke’s spaceship. Not only that, but they’ve invaded the planet! The worst part is that they’re trying to use Earth women as hosts for their offspring, and Duke certainly isn’t going to let some freakin’ aliens mess with his babes. It’s your job to fight through the city streets, the space station, and back on the planet once more in order to...
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Hard Reset
8.5Great

Hard Reset

Hard Reset is brought to you by polish developer Flying Wild Hog, the same guys who would later on bestow upon us the 2013 Shadow Warrior remake, or as they say, “bold re-imagining”. It’s their first game and man, what a game! Using their own in house ‘RoadHog Engine’ they blow us away with this fine slab of an FPS game. Would I say Hard Reset is an ‘old school’ style shooter? Hell yes! There’s only one rule and that is to shoot anything that moves and, in many cases, even things that don’t move! Now that we’ve lost the interest of the tactical FPS fans, and have most likely stopped reading, let’s get on with it, shall we? This is how you do an old school shooter in 2011. Great visuals, beautiful graphics, silky smooth engine, kickass weapons and industrial-electro-metal-whatever music! It screams polished in every sense of the...
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9Amazing

Toxikk – First Impressions

Toxikk is an arena style first person shooter that just recently came out on Steam via early access. It is advertised as paying homage to oldschool shooters as well as bringing us back to the roots of arena FPS’. I have a little over 10 hours of gameplay within Toxikk at this point and feel as though it’s time to give my first impressions of the game. There is only one map at the moment so I can only really comment on things having played that single map, but I will do my best to try and cover the major things I generally look for within an arena FPS. I won’t give the game an official final score or anything like that, until release, but I will give a score out of 10 to each category I believe is important. Atmosphere/Graphics: I didn’t originally plan on speaking on this because there...
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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
8Great

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Taking the role of an original character from the Painkiller series Daniel Garner is back better then ever with a heavy arsenal. A cool fact is that the voice of Duke Nukem Jon St. John voice acts for Daniel Garner and he really adds to the characters outlook, emotions, and personality. In a new fps world ran by assault rifles and pulse rifles Painkiller HD really stands out with some really nice weapons that have alternate firing options. The RPG/Minigun is one that will grab a hold of you quickly but the painkillers soul collector is one that will take even your soul. Most of the levels are better looking remakes of the levels seen in Painkiller Black(the first game in the series), to add a twist to nostalgia. This game also includes a multiplayer it features a very fun co op and the death match mode is actually well...
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