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Review: Rise of the Triad (2013)

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rott_logoRelease Date: 07/31/2013
Developer: Interceptor Entertainment
Publisher: Apogee Software
Platforms: PC (Windows-based only)
Availability: Digital Download Only
Services for Distribution: Steam (online DRM), Good Old Games (DRM-free)
Price: $14.99

Please Note: This is for the 2013 release.  The review for the original 1994 title Rise of the Triad: Dark War can be found here.

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It seems like more and more games are being rebooted from the past, specifically the mid 1990s, and given new life for today’s audience.  Of all the games that probably didn’t need to be brought back, Apogee’s Rise of the Triad is high on the list.  Let’s face it, the game wasn’t that good, most people didn’t play it, and save for coining “ludicrous gibs” it’s a title best lost in nostalgia.  From the initial announcement I’m thinking “why are they doing this?”  Well as it turns out this updated Rise of the Triad does the one thing I never expected: re-creates a classic “Doom clone” with all the dated gameplay style and features intact.  It’s like the last 20 years of first-person shooters (FPS) never happened and now we’re back with a fast paced, tough as nails, rocket launcher frenzy with awkward controls and heavy metal music.  It’s jarring at first and my initial hour made me want to put this title away and never think about it again – I had spent more than an hour trying to complete the first level, how was I ever going to overcome the entire game?  Once I overcame the initial hurdle of figuring how to adjust for 1995 shooter gaming I was rewarded with a crazy, addictive title that just shouldn’t exist today.  I’m quite happy it does.

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Written by Fred Rojas

August 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm