|Blood 2 was played on a Pentium M, 1.6Ghz machine under Windows XP MCE 2005 with a 64 meg ATI Radeon Mobility X300(PCI-E) card and 1.25 gigs of ram. It was running with all options turned to their highest settings and at a screen resolution of 1280X800. The game was played through on the "Homicide(normal)" difficulty level.|
|Just for kicks, let me present the recommended system requirements:|
v1.0/1.01 -> v2.0 patch - Size: 12.2 megs
|166MHz or better CPU, 32MB RAM memory, 200MB(Minimum Install)Available Hard Disk Space(515MB for Full Install), 4X CD-Rom Drive Distribution Drive, 100% Soundblaster Compatible Audio System, DX 6.0 and above compliant 3D accelerator(or without an accelerator: P233, 32MB RAM) Video System, Keyboard, mouse, DirectInput compatible game devices Input Devices, Windows 95/98 OS.|
years after defeating the Dark God Tchernobog, the Cabal have hatched
yet another "thrilling" scheme to revive their evil leader. Caleb, along
with three others(known as "The Chosen") must put an end to
the cult before they destroy the world! Your part in all this will
to uninstall the game before you destroy your computer...
What's it all about?
|Graphics - Interesting character design, with some solid graphics to back it up. The enemies sport some nicely detailed textures, and though there is no end to the clipping going on in their models it still makes for an gory effect. The world architecture is also very good, and features some slick texture work. This is all topped off with some almost PowerSlave-like lightsourcing.|
|Sound - The soundtrack is slightly retainable, with a few decent pieces squeezed in between the generic filler. Sound effects, on the other hand, are outstanding. There's quite a bit speech in the game, with Caleb making more than a few humorous quips based on the popular movies at the time(The Crow, Jackie Brown, etc), and the enemies *constantly* yelling at you(even if they have yet to see you. Apparently The Cabal are all a bunch of nuts with Tourette's disorder).|
|Control - Questionable at times. Walking up to a door, switch or other interactive item and using it should be an easy task. Not here though. Sometimes you have to move back and forth in front of a door or switch to get it to register that you're hitting the fucking "use" key; sometimes you have look at it in a different angle with your mouse while trying to hit it. There's absolutely no consistency to the procedure. Past that though, everything else(control-wise) is alright.|
|Replay value - Low, low, low. As much as I truly believe that statement, I have to admit that I have played through this motherfucker *twice*; the first time off an ISO I had acquired from now-dead FrenchKiss Abandonware site, which had no music. The second was when I actually, and foolishly, bought it and wanted to play through it again with the music and whatnot. Honestly, if the music would have been included in the ISO, I probably would have passed on buying this one...or ever playing it again.|
|Getting it to run - Easy, with a few quirks. You'll pop in the disc, run the installer and basically be done with it all. As mentioned above, in the Patches section, you'll want to immediately patch the game before even starting it up. From there, the only thing left to do is make sure you have the game set to "Windows 98/ME" in the Compatibility tab for the executable startup file(blood2.exe). If you don't do this, *NONE* of the in-game music will play(though, oddly enough, the music that is supposed to play when you're in the game's options screen will still play). Oh, the game requires that the CD is in the drive...so before you break it, pop it in.|
for better gaming experiences:
After killing a Zealot, run like fuck!
The Ancient One is easy to defeat. Just run behind one of the rocks just outside its reach, for cover, grab the Anger and mow him down. You'll kill him in less than twenty seconds...
Finally, when you need help(and you will, trust me) you can find a full walkthrough for the game over at Planet Blood.
Yes, surprisingly enough. You can receive support for the game in the Support section of Atari's site. The official site is even still up...
|My rating: 42(out of 100) - An embarrassingly sad attempt at what could have been such a great game. The engine has so many issues, the AI is unbelievably cheap and though the gameplay isn't too bad, it's hard to see that when there are so many other problems. If you're going to try to squeeze some fun out of this one...you're going to have to be squeezing mighty hard...|
Miss Meowy Meowenstein says: Here's how I like to play Blood II: Pop disc into PC, install Claw demo, take disc out of PC, break disc, throw pieces at JD.
Oh no, here they come to (slowly)get me.
Two Zealots vs Caleb's knife...this is going to go well.
High above the city on one of Calbaco's Airships.
Behemoth's don't seem to take damage from the Orb...or any other weapon for that matter.
Stuff on the CD:
There are five demos available on the disc. The demos are:
Claw: Excellent side scrolling fun that actually works on XP!
Get Medieval: Interesting Gauntlet clone that uses rendered characters.
Rage of Mages: Sort of a Diablo/Ultima-like Adventure-RPG.
Shogo: FPS that features Mech and on-foot combat.
PowerSlide: Down and dirty racing!
Note: All demos need to actually be copied from the "Previews" and "PwrSlide" folders to your hard drive before running them.
stones in a glass house:
The developers of this shit-fest of a game actually had the nerve to attack Valve's Half-Life, calling it "Incredibly Onerous".