Blood: Fresh Supply - Nightdive refreshes a Build classic

#1
  • Updated using Nightdive Studio’s KEX Engine
  • Vulkan, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.2 support, play with unlocked framerates!
  • Antialiasing, Ambient Occlusion, V-sync and Interpolation support
  • Support for high resolutions including 4K monitors
  • Fully customizable keyboard and controller pad support
  • Extended modding support, including support for already existing mods
  • Completely rewritten netcode supports up to 8 players:
  • Play online in co-operative mode, kill each other in “Bloodbath” or split the difference in classic 4v4 team-based “Capture The Flag” mayhem
  • Battle it out in local split-screen action
  • Roll your own soundtrack with full CD and MIDI music support
  • Look fully up and down with a new 3D view, or stick with the classic BUILD-engine style!

$10, out now on GOG and Steam.

#2

This was a nice surprise.

I picked it up on GOG and installed yesterday, but haven’t had a chance to fire it up yet; hopefully later tonight.

#3

Could be a “loyalty bonus” for owning the older Blood release, but this is currently 50% off on GOG for me.

#4

It is a discount for owning the original, yes.

WolfenDoom: Blade of Agony / Quake: Arcane Dimensions [Retro FPS]
#5

I never played the original, except for a…demo? shareware version? So for $10 I got it.

Some of the levels are really nice, like the haunted hotel clearly inspired in The Shining. I recommend to use the custom difficulty, to really hone how to play it: because the monks are a pain in the ass so lowering the acc is a godsend.

#6

Ooh, this must be a feature of this new version.

The hitscan monks were my only real complaint about the original game, as noted in the classic game club thread.

Blood is an excellent game. With the ability to nerf the monks I might even buy this version!

#7

I finally got bored of Blood. The first two episodes were good, but the third Episode unsold me on the game. Except for the Hospital level, it’s a series of boring levels, with bland design (grey/redsih city, industrial areas, sewer areas, still more gery), and confusing layout. In some parts I got stuck because the damn switches were gery and barely visible. A pity, because they were capable of doing much better as some of the other levels shown in the first two episodes.

Beyond the level design, the game also seems to lose steam around this part, because the enemy repertoire stops having new additions. You have the instahit cultists, the melee guys (zombie, fat zombie, fish man), the small things (rats, spiders, hand), the gargolye which in the end it’s just another melee enemy, the hellhound and the wraith. I feel as if the game needed 4-5 more enemy types.

The strongest point of the game was the weaponry. The flare gun is a very nice starting weapon with a cool twist, the shotgun and tommy weapon a well done, solid workhouses which is precisely what you want for your main weapons in a FPS, the dynamite gives the game a distinct feeling, because in other shooters explosive weapons are rarer and here they give you tons of it (but you may blow yourself, and need time to throw it at a distance), and the rest is also good (flame spray can, voodoo doll, etc).

#8

I agree with you, but I still think Blood is the best of the Build engine generation.

The originality of the weapons is one of the main reasons.

#9

Painkiller obsoleted Blood.

-Tom

#10

I enjoyed Painkiller, but it felt too much like I was fighting in samey arenas rather than making my way through traditional levels. Far too frenetic.

Yes, with Powerslave as a close second.
And Shadow Warrior in third.

#11

Painkiller was slow, and the entire premise was based around slamming the doors shut in a small arena and spawning wave after wave of mobs. I hate that. (I also hate Serious Sam)

Also the weapons kind of sucked and none of them stood out and were memorable, unlike Blood.

#12

Clearly you weren’t bunnyhopping enough. Painkiller was way better than Serious Sam; the bosses and most of the expansion levels sucked ass, though. Shoutout to The Pit, which was awesome.


I noticed a 50% off Blood coupon in my Steam inventory, now, the same discount that GOG is offering. I guess the fact that I prefer cheevos to DRM-free games shows the extent to which I have come to accept my shackles.

#13

Maybe I’ve got the wrong game.

Was Painkiller tr game where the first our was spent kiting knights in tiny graveyard arenas? And then the second level was some.kind of plague town, with the boss being some kind of flying witch? And you had a stake gun?

If so: that game sucked.

Edit: I just went to check if I owned any painkiller games on Steam and it turns out they’re all on sale

https://store.steampowered.com/sub/35563/

#14

Yes Painkiller is the one with a stake gun where you run backwards in a panic tripping over gravestones (though I kinda liked it). :-)

#15

Painkiller had my favorite weapons in a first person shooter. It’s probably still my favorite, as I don’t think much has topped it. The first was a shotgun that had a freeze ray as the secondary fire. The second was a stake gun with a grenade launcher as the secondary. The third was a rocket launcher with a chain gun as the secondary fire. And the last was a shiroken firing gun with lightning as the secondary fire. The weapons were awesome!

I think Doom 2’s supershotgun is probably still my favorite, but those Painkiller weapons come after that.

#16

Serious Sam FE and SE were better.

#17

Serious Sam had its highlights for sure. I enjoyed most of First Encounter, but it tended to oscillate between very easy and very hard. Second Encounter added the sniper rifle I think? That was pretty satisfying. Painkiller had a certain something though, with what it did with its cards. So you’re trying to get through that Zombie town only using the stake gun so you can get the card for that level, that is the kind of specific objectives that made Painkiller extra good for me. It was like lightning in a bottle though. I hated the first expansion, and then one of the sequels that I tried. It never quite captured the fun again.