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.