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  • Summary: You'll battle cultists, gargoyles, zombies, hellhounds, and an unholy host of other terrors in your quest to stop Tchernobog. You must not only defeat the Cabal--you must scour its dread name from human memory. If that means eradicating everyone and everything the Cabal has ever tainted, soYou'll battle cultists, gargoyles, zombies, hellhounds, and an unholy host of other terrors in your quest to stop Tchernobog. You must not only defeat the Cabal--you must scour its dread name from human memory. If that means eradicating everyone and everything the Cabal has ever tainted, so be it. Of course, you'll first have to make your way through fortresses, castles, mines, mansions, and estates guarded and kept by Tchernobog's malevolent servants. Fortunately, it is wits that make the hero, and although you're in serious danger of losing yours, you've got enough left to improvise some pretty effective tools of destruction. Aerosol hairspray can be frightening enough on its own, but apply it to a lighter flame and you've got an instant flamethrower (kids, don't try this at home!). Likewise, a flare gun can brighten your prospects considerably against even the grimmest odds, which is to say nothing for shotguns, Tommy guns, and dynamite. Who knows, you may even find that there are some spirits on your side when you find yourself clutching a voodoo doll. [Monolith] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Blood is everything "Quake" should have been. It offers unparalleled single player gameplay, dozens of beautiful visual effects, tons of new weapons, and killer multiplay. I've had more fun playing Blood in the past day than I have playing any other game in the past year.
  2. 90
    Blood's flaws are easily swept aside when your guns start blasting and the bodies start falling. If you crave a good, violent corridor shooter, this is a great addition to your PC library. It's bloody fun--right down to the last drop.
  3. PC Gamer
    85
    An excellent implementation of the BUILD engine that makes for a tuly wicked shoot-'em -up. [July 1997, p.208]
  4. By far the most extraordinary feature of Blood has to be its sound effects. They are nothing short of incredible. 'Manamax and spear books,' the cultists shriek, alongside something not dissimilar to the word 'bollocks'. The zombies endlessly crow about 'Brainssssss'. Set a fanatic on fire and he screams like a girl: 'It burns! Oh god it burns,' before melting into a heap of steaming entrails accompanied by the appropriate popping and sizzling effects.
  5. It's derivative, it's violent, and definitely tasteless at times - but it's almost always fun...If you like 3D shooters, give Blood a try. You might find that being totally evil - at least in a game - can feel pretty "damn" good.
  6. If Monolith could have tied the level design and action more closely to a real storyline, worked to smooth the engine a little, and created a few new types of monsters, Blood might have risen another notch or two up the 3D food chain. As it stands, the game is a little too uneven to be successful.
  7. The whole thing is so over the top that it ends up being like a B-movie gore-fest – more silly than scary. Still, plenty of folk are going to be offended. Once past the blood-hook, though, the game is a mixed bag.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. OzanD.
    Mar 9, 2006
    10
    fantastic! thats the game 4 everyone.
  2. RobeTS.
    Jan 16, 2005
    10
    One of the best games ever made. I had to turn the lights on when I played.
  3. mr.fab
    Nov 9, 2008
    10
    A brilliant game that still holds up even in 2008. Hilarious, violent, gory, and damn fun. Really, a game that hits all the old-school FPS A brilliant game that still holds up even in 2008. Hilarious, violent, gory, and damn fun. Really, a game that hits all the old-school FPS highs. It's as fast and furious as you want it, and you'll keep coming back for more. Expand
  4. May 26, 2019
    10
    This is by far the best Build engine game made with impactful guns sounds, destructible environments, a likeable protagonist and the level ofThis is by far the best Build engine game made with impactful guns sounds, destructible environments, a likeable protagonist and the level of detail with different screams depending on what kind of damage being dealt to you and kind of damage you are dealing to enemies. the new Blood: Fresh Supply source port work like a dream and its only $14.50 AUD on steam so there's no reason not to get it Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2021
    10
    The first time I played Blood was when it was released back in 1997. It was one of the first video games that gave me the creeps and being aThe first time I played Blood was when it was released back in 1997. It was one of the first video games that gave me the creeps and being a horror fan kid, I loved every minute of the first iconic mission, yet I did not progress much further due to my inexperience in shooters. Blood is a member of the holy trinity of Build engine games along with Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior (I personally would add Redneck Rampage to that list). Due to its scary nature, it was a bit less popular than Duke Nukem 3D, yet the game always had a cult following, despite the harm its sequel Blood II: The Chosen may have caused.

    24 years have passed. I have beaten countless shooters from retro classics (Doom, Duke Nukem 3D) to classics in transition period (No One Lives Forever, Half-Life), to modern ones. I usually love Nightdive Studio’s work with remasters and I simply could not resist to replay the game as “Blood: Fresh Supply”.

    Oh boy… It holds up so well. It plays like Duke Nukem 3D, where you find some keys, kill enemies and finally press a button to finish the mission. It separates itself from FPSs from the same era with its level design, soundtrack and unique weapons. You will not find annoying maze-like levels where you get lost. You will have extremely memorable weapons in your arsenal from flare gun and dynamite to voodoo doll. Any kind of incendiary damage will be your most effective tool here as you watch even the strongest enemies burn, screaming in agony. Enemies have good variety and none of them fell out of place, cultists being my favorite. Most importantly though, this game has sick soundtrack, which I had totally erased from my memory. It is the sort of music that you would find on a cassette tape that belongs to a satanic cult leader.

    I could not play anything else until I finished the game and all expansions including Cryptic Passage and Plasma Pak. It was a blast. I did not experience and compatibility issues thanks to the remaster and I certainly recommend picking it up. It’s definitely one of the best fps games ever made and one that you should not miss if you are into retro FPS classics.

    9.5/10
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  6. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    The most outstanding shooter of 1997.
  7. Feb 15, 2021
    8
    1997 was an interesting year. 3D games were becoming mainstream but the 2.5D still looked better than 3D. The gameplay is excellent, story was1997 was an interesting year. 3D games were becoming mainstream but the 2.5D still looked better than 3D. The gameplay is excellent, story was acceptable, the enemies were interesting, the weapons are great to play with it. The sound is good. I dont really have anything bad to say about it, only that the graphics are outdated and it feels like playing a "game" if you know what i mean. Expand

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