1. Strife (Rogue Entertainment 1996)
Unlike DOOM and other FPS games, Strife attempted to offer different endings, choice, and interactivity via NPCs. In addition, Strife was not a ALIENS inspirited space base with a space marine, but a post-apocalyptic medieval world ruled by a religious cult known as "The Order". You play as a mercenary with no name that is working with resistance, "The Front" to stop the religious zealots with a host of weapons and several paths to the end of the game. While interesting and different than other shooters, it was graphically behind the times and lost among a sea of other titles at the time. In 2014, Night Dive Studios re-released Strife as "the veteran Edition", allowing the game a new lease on life by exposure to new and old fans.
was a game I was oddly aware of back in 1996, but it would take until 2014 until I learned its actual name. In 1996, I was in college in northern Oklahoma, and some friends and I packed into my car and we made a short trip to Stillwater to eat at Eskimo Joe's and see what kind of trouble we could get into. During that trip, we made a stop into a local Hastings to buy some CDs and they had a computer running the demo-disk of Strife. While my friends hunted down the CD, I played Strife and rather liked it. But, I could not recall the title and it wasn't until 2014 that I bothered to research the name of this long-lost DOOM Clone.
2. Sewer Shark (Digital Pictures 1992)
video review on this game.
3. Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (Monolith Productions 1998)
4. Metalhead (SEGA 1995)
5. Battlecorps (Core Design 1994)
6. Space Griffon VF-9 (Panther Software 1995)
7. Project: Overkill (Konami Chicago 1996)
8. Omega Boost (Polyphony Digital 1999)
9. Disruptor (Insomniac 1996)
10. Kileak: The DNA Imperative (Genki 1995) and Epidemic (Genki 1996)
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