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Rise of the Triad (ROTD: dark war) (pc game)
4.18 out of 5 (11 votes)

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  • Aah, Triad, I get it!
  • He looks a bit dodgy. I'll choose him.
  • Ooh, drama!
  • Dual wielding is always fun
  • I don't think you can shoot your way through that
  • Since when did the Triads have floating platforms?
  • Come on, let's be having you!
  • I hope that lift drops on your head
  • That's a lot of dead bodies
  • This is kind of spooky
  • Game introduction title screen - cover
  • Twice as deadly
  • I'm gonna tear this place apart!
  • A snapshot extracted from game ending video.
  • ...and it tasted awful!
  • Courtesy of Abandonware Dos.
  • Courtesy of Arena 80.
  • Courtesy of Abandonware France.
  • Courtesy of My Abandonware.
  • Image extracted from youtube video.

Take out the trash

Following closely in the footsteps of classic shooters like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D and lesser known ones like Shadow Warrior, this is another gore-filled romp that isn't deep or thought-provoking but which is a lot of fun. It's got all the usual run 'n' gun action to go along with a neat range of weapons and some slick level design, all of which combine to make an entertaining experience. You play the part of a secret agent who is part of an elite organization that is tasked with taking down a madman who has plans to wipe out millions of innocent people. Unfortunately, your initial infiltration didn't go too well, and you now find yourself in the madman's island fortress, and the only way out is to go through the hundreds of bad guys protecting your target. What follows is a traditional first person shooter, where you wade through enemies with a wide range of cool weapons, blowing them apart in very gory fashion (for the nineties). The weapons include your usual pistols and machine guns alongside more unusual ones like the drunk missile launcher, while the enemies are surprisingly clever and exhibit a range of behaviors which mean you'll need more than just a fast trigger finger. Rise of the Triad is certainly not meant to be taken seriously, and as long as you're not easily offended, you're going to have a good time here. The visuals have that classic blocky look to them but still have a lot of charm, while the weapons are satisfying to use and the challenge level pitched just right. With nothing but fast-paced action, this might get old after a while, but while it lasts, this provides an explosively good time.

A decent Doom clone

Rise of the Triad is an even bloodier Doom clone than the original was, if that is even possible. The game uses a heavily modified engine of Wolfenstein 3D, and the difference can really be seen by the lack of the panel at the bottom of the screen and the graphics are a lot better. The game is played just like in Doom or Wolf 3D - you go around armed with guns and shoot everybody and everything in sight. There is a lot of blood and gore, so the game is definitely not for kids. The levels are mostly linear but there are some levels that have multiple exits to avoid that. The game is action filled and very exciting to play, just like Doom and Wolf are, still, not on the same level as those games. The graphics are very good, even better than in Doom, and the music is good, but not so adrenaline inducing as the ones in Duke pc game or Doom. They are too soft for such a violent game. Overall, a very good FPS game that tries to be like Doom, but will never get to the same heights as that legend.

Another Doom clone

Old Doom clone that was one of the first FPS to push the gore boundries to the limit (ludicrous gibs anyone?). Level design is pretty generic and levels are repetitive, but are broken up by the use of trampoline's and outrageous game physics. Nothing ground breaking but at the time it was a big step forward for gameplay mechanics that doom invented.

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