Strife: Veteran Edition Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Strife: Veteran Edition by Rogue Entertainment and Nightdive Studios! I didn’t receive a key from the developers for this one, I picked it up during a Steam Sale so this one I decided to write for fun.
Time for a history lesson folks! Strife is a classic first person shooter/RPG hybrid game that released on May 15, 1996 for MS-DOS computers. It was later re-released as an HD Remaster on December 12, 2014 and is titled Strife: Veteran Edition, which is the version we’re reviewing today.
The game was originally being developed by Cygnus Studios (Creators of Raptor: Call of Shadows) for Id Software but Cygnus wound up cancelling the game. The game was later released as a shareware title with a full release following shortly after. The game was the last commercially released PC game to utilize the Id Tech 1 engine.
The game saw a lot of support from the community after official support ended. Most of them were created by DOOM source port developers using reverse engineering. These versions allowed for high resolution graphics modes, better mouse look, and expanded modding capabilities.
The Veteran Edition re-release is based on the Chocolate Strife game engine because the original source code had been lost by Rogue Entertainment. The original programmers for Chocolate Strife were contracted to do additional coding for the re-release. The source code for this version has since been made available for modders as well.
This game was also one of the very first FPS/RPG hybrid games to have released and set the stage for more popular games in the genre to be made, like Deus Ex.
Now that our history lesson is concluded, it’s time to move on to the game itself!
Strife: Veteran Edition puts you in the role of an unnamed, mercenary who has been captured by The Order. You start with a knife and you must fight your way out of custody. Once you’ve left your prison, you meet a resistance faction known as The Front who helps by giving you a crossbow and a mission. As the game progresses you meet a woman named Blackbird who aids you in your quest and provides intel on your missions moving forward. Eventually you’re given missions to take on The Order’s leaders with two possible endings for you to discover.
Strife features some fast paced and highly enjoyable combat. As you progress through the game you acquire various weapons like an assault rifle, rocket launcher and a grenade launcher. Some weapons like the crossbow and grenade launcher have multiple types of ammo. The crossbow can fire electrical bolts or poison bolts, for example. Poison bolts can be used to kill enemies silently without alerting other guards.
In the hub town there are shops in the hub area where you can purchase ammo, armor and health kits. You can also obtain items that allow you to increase your character’s accuracy and health. You can give these items to shop NPC’s to obtain the stat increases.
Overall, Strife: Veteran Edition is a pretty awesome remaster of a classic game. It features some gorgeous pixel graphics, fast paced gunplay and is wholly entertaining to boot. The game also gets pretty challenging as you progress so you’ll have to be both quick and accurate to take down your enemies.
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