I doubt I'm alone when I say that I greatly prefer the rather silly, cartoonish nature of mid-'90s first-person shooters to the not-always-successful attempts at "maturity" we see today.
Case in point: Apogee's Rise of the Triad. Originally conceived as a sequel of sorts to Id Software's classic Nazi-blaster Wolfenstein 3D, at some point in the development process I can only assume a lot of hallucinogenic drugs leaked into Apogee HQ's air conditioning, and subsequently Rise of the Triad became a game where you could turn into a dog and bark at people until they exploded into a shower of entrails. Or hit people with a magical baseball bat called Excalibat. Or make use of a God Mode that literally turned you into God, able to destroy people simply by pointing at them.
Can I tell you a secret? I always enjoyed Rise of the Triad more than Doom, despite its technical inferiority. Gosh, it feels good to get that off my chest.
My long-standing love of the original Rise of the Triad meant that I was a little skeptical when I heard Interceptor Entertainment would be rebooting the game using Unreal Engine 3. But as more and more information seeped out about the new version, I started to feel a little more at ease: it looked very much like the reboot would capture the chaotic insanity of the original game while bringing its audio and visuals thoroughly up to date. Hearing the recent news that one of the original composers was assisting with the reboot's music was the icing on the cake.
Apogee and Interceptor are apparently keen to capitalize on nostalgic types such as me, because they've just announced a rather tempting preorder bonus for the new game -- the so-called "Apogee Throwback Pack." This is a compilation consisting of the original Rise of the Triad: Dark War game from 1994, the Extreme Rise of the Triad expansion pack, and the two earlier Blake Stone sci-fi shooters from Apogee, Aliens of Gold and Planet Strike.
The Apogee Throwback Pack is available separately for $9.99, but you can get it for free if you preorder the new Rise of the Triad right now. And while the new Rise of the Triad isn't out until the end of this month, you'll be able to download the Apogee Throwback Pack immediately to get you in the mood for the impending reboot.
Rise of the Triad will be available on July 31 for $14.99. You can preorder it direct from Apogee, or via Steam, GOG.com and Green Man Gaming.
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