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So, now with the dreadful 007: Nightfire put out of its misery, the next game that came up on the Decision Wheel (name not final) was Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. This was one chosen by me because I wanted to pad the Wheel with options until there were enough people requesting stuff that it wasn’t necessary. I also was itching to try this game for a while, so now felt like a good time as any.

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The version I played is the recent remaster on Steam, co-developed and published by Nightdive Studios. Nightdive’s been hard at work re-releasing older DOS and Windows 95-era games and making them work in modern machines (or at least putting a DOSBox wrapper with it). Most notably is reviving the long-dormant System Shock franchise, and even trying their best to bring No One Lives Forever back from the dead, among other notable revivals. Naturally it makes sense to bring back Turok.

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Of course there would be a literal maze in a game like this…

The Turok game franchise is mostly known as a console series, where the main games were on Nintendo 64. However, the first Turok as well as its sequel Seeds of Evil did get PC releases, but rather than reverse engineer the game to work on modern machines like System Shock 2 or Aliens vs. Predator Classic 2000, the game’s assets — models, maps, sounds, and music — were ported to a proprietary engine known as the “KEX” engine. The engine is the same engine that handled the Doom 64 source port known as Doom 64 EX and even stuff like Powerslave EX. Basically this game is a mix of old and new: It’s like the console game, but not an exact port of the PC game. This might piss off some purists, but not me.

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For about a year or so, I had this idea: Play fairly cheap first-person shooters, third-person shooters and lightgun games that were $20 US or less. I struggled to figure out how I wanted to present this. It was almost a podcast, it was fairly close to being an edited video series a-la a few video series I’ve seen online.

But sometimes the simpler options are the best. I opted to use my (at the time) dormant Twitch channel and just play along for the internet. It’s a slight homage to similar “beat ALL the games” projects like NESMania, PSXsplosion and others.

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As I’ve said before: I’m a writer, not a graphic designer. 😛

Unlike those, this is practically a never-ending quest as there are lots and lots and lots of trai- er, shooter games out there to mess around with. But that’s fine, because this is more of a series of the interesting, the unusual, the good *and* the bad of the “shoot dudes in the face” genre. I’m okay with it not having an end goal except when I feel it’s done.

For the inaugural episode, I decided to go play through the 1993 classic, The Ultimate Doom. My friend Bobinator of HG101 fame tagged along as my co-commentator as I blasted through all four episodes in about three hours with various mods to spice things up. Coincidentally I played this on Doom‘s 23rd anniversary.

Watch as I kick ass and occasionally lick ass in somewhat dumb ways. Also since I haven’t streamed on Twitch in a while, there’s a bit of hiccups and on-the-fly editing that will likely not be there on the next stream.

If you wanna watch this series, you can follow me on Twitch at twitch.tv/tonicbh. There’s also a master list of games here. Leave a comment if there’s a game you wanna see in a future stream.

The next episode will be covering Gearbox’s first non-Half-Life game as they make a fairly cheap licensed game to tie into James Bond’s 40th anniversary: 007: Nightfire. Barring any complications, I’ll be streaming this on December 17th at 3PM PST. Won’t you join me?

For those curious, here are the Doom mods I featured on the stream. All of these are built to run on the GZDoom source port, preferably with a development build, seen here.

WadSmoosh: https://forum.zdoom.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=52757
Smooth Doom: https://forum.zdoom.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=45550
Johnny Doom: http://forum.zdoom.org/viewtopic.php?t=47229
Diaz: Last Hours of Purity: https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/combos/wwhcdiaz
MetaDoom: http://forum.zdoom.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=53010

 

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