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Blood

31 May 1997
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510 Ratings / 2 Reviews
#87 All-time
#4 for 1997
In the Old West, notorious gunslinger and a devotee of the Cult of Tchernobog, Caleb, is betrayed by his own master and is plunged into darkness. Decades later, Caleb emerges again from the dead to exact his revenge on the cult once and for all.
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The best thing about Blood is that it's very much what you would call a "doom clone", which means the flow of combat is pretty solid. But back in the day this denomination could be seen as negative since this was the time in which FPS started moving away from being just doomlikes, mostly thanks to games like Goldeneye 007, Quake II, Unreal and Half-Life, which also had fully 3D graphics.

So even back then a game with pseudo 2D graphics and a combat system that's very much based in Doom would be seen as a kinda outdated. This strong influence can mostly be seen in the basic enemy composition, which is very reminiscent of the classic Doom games. Although that doesn't apply to some of the most annoying enemies like the small rats and crawling hands.

What makes Blood interesting is its arsenal of weapons, all of which feel good to use and do tons of damage to enemies. The downside being either that the strongest weapons can do damage to the player, such as the dynamite and the flares; or can run out of ammo quickly, which is mostly the case with the shotgun and the tesla gun.

One big downside is in the balance, and the main problems here are related to the most common enemies. The melee zombies are very easy to deal with, so the game constantly spawns them right behind you, which gets annoying and repetitive. The other annoying enemy are the cultists that have hitscan weapons, which can do huge amounts of damage as soon as you enter a new room or corridor.

The other major downside is the level design, which is trying to mix Doom non-linear dungeons with the more realistic-looking levels of Duke Nukem 3D, and for some reason it doesn't work. Navigating the levels is often confusing and annoying, probably because these levels are maze-like and interconnected, so it's easy to end up walking aimlessly. In Doom the levels are far more simple and linear than they seem, while in Duke Nukem the visual design was much more memorable.

The bosses are also not good, although this was a time in which boss design was often pretty flawed. The best use of the bosses is when they show up as regular enemies, although it's possible many people would just walk past them since they do consume a ton of ammo. In the end, Blood has a pretty solid combat flow, but it's also pretty flawed, and I think most people would find it frustrating and annoying, especially if they attempt to play it on the harder difficulties.
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One of the few games i can admit is a masterpiece but also hate.
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Arguably the best game made with the Build engine, at least technically. It's certainly the most challenging as even at the lowest level of difficulty, there are monsters and situations that are taxing.

By today's semi-exacting standards, it's pixelated nonsense, but at the time it was enormous fun, and just remember folks - there's no business like show business like...
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This is the best shooter from the classic 2.5D era of shooters but the only thing keeping it from being practically perfect is the behaviour of a few enemies, including the hitscanners having reaction times comparable to Nightmare enemies in Doom.
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the pinnicle of classic fps for me. the artstyle, level design, humour, writing, one liners, theyre all awesome. the game just reeks of badassery. the weapons are super memorable and really fun to use, and beating every level feels rewarding. cool game.

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g0fff3r Blood: Fresh Supply 2022-11-30T21:57:18Z
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4.5
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LuxInterior_00 Blood 2022-11-22T10:21:46Z
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cloudfilmer Blood: Fresh Supply 2022-11-19T19:33:19Z
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4.5
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Zenosyne_ Blood: Fresh Supply 2022-11-19T13:51:14Z
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4.0
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MaxFactory Blood: Fresh Supply 2022-11-19T04:56:49Z
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ESRB: M
Player modes
1-8 players
Media
1x CD-ROM
Multiplayer modes
Cooperative , Deathmatch / FFA
Multiplayer options
LAN, Online
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  • feargm 2022-05-31 12:36:31.605085+00
    happy 25th epic game
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  • cringeybabey 2022-09-02 07:01:11.438669+00
    AAAAAH IT BURNS AAAH AAAHHH AH AH AAAH ASDSHDSH AAH [2]
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  • lowplacelikehome 2022-09-06 00:56:54.980833+00
    looks pretty cool in youtube for the time, but my game was quake II
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  • RawheatC 2022-09-13 20:27:00.466572+00
    I'm happy at the high rating. What surprises me is how much higher it is rated than other Build Engine games.
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  • RawheatC 2022-09-27 10:40:48.735558+00
    At a high enough difficulty setting, this is probably one of the most pants-shittingly hard games I have played. Came close to rage quitting twice and I rarely ever let video games make me angry.
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  • cringeybabey 2022-11-07 00:17:35.879185+00
    MODERN ARTS AND FEARBOOKS
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  • ubnubmaster 2022-11-21 02:44:58.511064+00
    The level design in this game is fantastic. I love the fact that each level connected to each other in some way, but you would never have any idea what they would throw at you next. Such a visually stunning game with fantastic atmosphere and great sound design
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