The weekly mailbag - presented this week by Reactor
Latest issue: 7th March, 2000 - Next week's topic: "What are your feelings on LithTech 2? Will the engine attract a multitude of developers or will it struggle to make its mark in the industry?" Want to have a say? Get your mails in before 12th March.
Welcome to what is PlanetBlood's Mailbag section, as run by Matt "Infern0" Christopher and Reactor. If you have a point to make about recent events in the online Blood community, or you feel that there is something that no one has picked up on that maybe you feel strongly about, or maybe if you just fancy a rant, drop us a line at email@example.com and we'll see if it deserves inclusion. There are (as with so much in life) a few brief rules.1) The mail you send should not consist of technical queries, you should use Monolith technical support for those issues.
2) Your mail should not be some sort of personal attack unless you feel that it is relevant for everyone to read.
3) Finally, your messages can have anything to do with either Blood or Blood2, maybe even suggestions for Blood3!
4) I am allowed to grammatically alter messages that are incomprehensible in their native form.
Hello I'm ItBurn,
In the first few seconds of gameplay, where Caleb dug himself out of the dirt and stone from his premature grave, it was obvious that this game would be different, that this character would be different. His dry and raspy "I live again" sounded as if he had truly just beaten death, and was quite anxious to get back to where he was before his little "six-feet-under" interruption. The level was perfect, his tomb with the dripping stone, the graveyard complete with the funeral home... From there, the episode just got better, complete with haunted train stations, a moving train, a carnival "this promises to be fun!", several temples and towers of varying design, a sacrificial tower of stone, and if you were lucky, a truly demented funhouse. If I had to choose my favorite Blood episode, it would be the first one, since it was the first one I ever played, and therefore was truly impressive in every single way.
Ahh, Blood 1! The most terrific game! I could mention hundreds of special moments in that game, I especially remember the first time I played on that level... can't remember the level number, I think it was the third level on the second chapter/episode. Anyway, it was with that huge hotel (and with Johnny on the outside "Heeeeere's Johnny!!") with all the secret passages and all. It was wonderful to waltz half-scared through the whole hotel and get startled by every enemy encountered... and those secret passages were wonderful, they especially increased the horror in the level.... I can still remember how much I panicked the first time in that passage when I heard that ghost in it but could not see it (it was above me... found that out a little too late though). I could mention a special moment from every level, and I could go on and on about how much enjoyment I've gotten from that game. But I'll stop here and say my personal opinion about which chapter of Blood is the best... and I can only say, all of them! The whole game is Bloody great! And the superb support for co-op is definitely a wonderful uplift for the game, only to make a great game greater. The only thing I crave about the game is... more! But I reckon that creating genius and perfect levels like the original ones is no easy task, and it's a shame to find no other game which has the same level of perfection for their levels. Well, perhaps Thief and the levels Neil Manke made for Quake 2 and Half-Life can come up with some competition (I'm sorry, but I don't see Blood 2 as something with good levels, they're fun, but they're nothing terrific), but other than that it's very hard to find games with levels to die for. Unfortunately most games aim for multiplayer these days anyway, so people like me have to play old games over and over again to get the singleplayer/co-op satisfaction we need. Fortunately I still haven't played Plasma Pak so I still have something to be excited over.
Ahhh, Plasma Pack- the perfect medicine for a Blood fan in need of a fix. Not too long ago (and much overdue might I add) I picked this baby up myself. Needless to say, the nostalgic memories came flooding back, and I too began muttering passionate incoherencies to my entire family.
It must be a Bloodite trait ;)
My favourite chapter:
Because I loved everything, I have a hard time just picking one. But I can narrow them down to show what I did like:
One of my best memories from Blood? Wow. That's very vague for me... there are so many. The only games that have near as many memorable moments are Q1, Unreal and Doom1.... well... I've always loved the Phantom Train level in episode 1 and seeing it pull up to the gates on level 2. Episode 2 was all in all my fave episode 'cuz it had such a haunted house feel to it, then episode 1 I loved very much. But haunted houses always do it for me. My favorite map in episode 2 would be the Haunting (e2m5?) Such as the eerie ambience to it. The bloody welcome mat once you use it... and who could forget the floating candlesticks in the dining room? Then there's the shining references which I loved, and one thing I'm sure all bloodites loved....zombie
head soccer! There's practically to many great things in that game to describe properly in a measly email. Now I want to play it again ;)
As for the haunting, was that actually a level? I remember being so drawn into it, I'd forgotten that I was playing a game. Or was I? *twilight zone music plays*
My favourite episode of Blood is 'Even Death May Die', because it is a chilly, scary episode. And always has loads of explosive devices.
It is definitely the first one; it's the one that got me hooked on the game since I downloaded the demo, from the second his tomb is opened until the last bullet pierced the boss I was enthralled by the gameplay (and over the top violence) its all gaming goodness!
My favourite Blood 1 episode is Episode 2: Even Death May Die. I love the fridged arctic theme that episode has. Makes you feel like you are really fighting through an Arctic/Antarctic area.
this is a map i made and it took me a while
This has been a fun mailbag. I didn't need to load up Blood and play it, because everyone here was so energetic... so passionate about the game, I felt as though I was reliving the great moments as I read. Oh, who am I kidding. I'm out of here. I *need* a game of Blood ;)
Until next time, keep enjoying the most classic of them all-- Blood.