A nuclear war has turned the world into a wasteland. The pure-blooded humans have retreated in large cities while mutants live in small villages on the plains where they make a living by hunting the many monsters. Now one of the human leaders, Lord Dominix, wants to start a war to wipe out all the "bad-blooded" mutants. Your village chief has assigned you with the task of preventing this war.
Bad Blood is a top-down action game with light role-playing elements. You can not create your own character but have to pick one of the three predefined ones: Varrigg (a strong green mutant who fights with his bare hands), Dekker (a human male armed with a knife) or Jakka (she looks human but can shoot laser beams from her eyes like Cyclops of X-Men fame). The choice you make has only a limited impact on gameplay and storyline.
Gameplay consists of exploring the world map, visiting several cities and villages, talking with NPCs, picking up items and new weapons (like shotguns, grenades, Uzis etc.) and lots of real-time combat. Bad Blood lacks character stats and character development. The game has a day-night cycle which influences the amount of monsters on the plains and whether or not you can talk with some NPCs.
Bad Blood is a post-apocalyptic RPG by Origin Systems. Once again, humans and mutants just don't get along. What makes this game a little different from most games of this type is that you're on the side of the mutants, and they actually want to avoid conflict.
The game starts out with a meeting of creatures, in which they all learn the humans are gearing up to eradicate what they believe is a menace to society. Rather than to go to war, the mutants are looking for a more logical approach. This is where you come in.
You start by choosing to play as one of three mutants. Each has his own advantages and disadvantages - like different classes in other RPGs. Once you've made a decision you're off to start in the most commonly used setting to start a game: your house in your home town.
Bad Blood takes a classical bird's eye view. What is slightly annoying, though, is that your playing area is on a TV in the game, which takes away a lot of possible area for visibility. The concept of the screen and the bottle on the right representing your health bar is nice, but I often found myself confused as to where to go since the visible area is only just big enough to see how to get around a small house.
The controls are rather simple to learn, and some interface controls are listed on the screen to help you as well. The only annoyance is that sometimes you might miss a message the game displays, since simply moving around will automatically make it disappear. Other than that, it is easy to simply battle creatures in the real-time game environment.
As far as gameplay and fun goes, Bad Blood seems to start out kind of slow, but after a couple of minutes it really starts to grow on you. It is all real-time, so combat is pretty much "aim at the enemy and attack, attack, attack".
Overall, I would recommend giving Bad Blood a try to see whether you like it. It doesn't really stand out from the crowd, but it makes a nice addition to a collection of abandoned games and is quite fun to play.
It is a time after a great war. The world that we know is wiped out and a new race has emerged - the mutants. They differ from humans only by the way they look, but are rejected and hated. Now, the humans have decided to completely wipe them out, and You (as one of the three provided characters) are being sent by the Mutes to be the first one to strike - the best way to defend is to attack! Very good action/arcade game by Origin, the father of the well known Ultima and Wing commander series.
Finally it happened: the devastating nuclear war. Only few human beings survived and now dwell in destroyed cities holding up the last remnants of civilization. But they haven't been the only survivors - some mutants also survived. Poor creatures who suffered from radioactivity, mutated into various kinds, always fleeing from the "normals", because one thing mankind still hasn't learned: helping each other. Instead of working together, they brutally enslaved the mutants - only few have been able to get away, now living in small towns. But danger isn't over - rumors are spreading that the "humes" are planning a war and you are setting out to learn more.
The atmospheric graphics underline the story of this game, set up in a postnuclear time it hooks you up within minutes. Everyone who likes the Mad Max-movies will feel at home here. The interface is simple, reminding a bit at the newer Ultimas (who would have thought that - this is an Origin-Game too).
Bad Blood may well have been Origin's first RPG that tried to appeal to the action crowd by offering action-based gameplay and minimal statistics. It didn't quite succeed on that count mainly because the action sequences are quite repetitive and the enemies too easy to dispatch (by simply lining them up in your line of sight and keep pressing the fire button as they make no attempt to dodge the bullets). However, the game also has plenty of charm on its own: but the plot and NPCs are interesting enough to warrant a play-through. It's also worth a mention as one of the first games Wing Commander designer Chris Roberts designed for Origin, and his knack for creating cinematic moments is apparent even at this early stage.
Note: This download is the 1994 re-release version, which features updated 256-color VGA graphics and other cosmetic enhancements.
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