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Strife (DOS)

Strife: Quest for the Sigil DOS
Genre: Action, FPS
Perspective: 1st-person
Gameplay: RPG elements, Shooter
Interface: Direct control
Setting: Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi / futuristic
Published by: Velocity Inc.
Developed by: Rogue Entertainment
Released: 1996
Platform: DOS

A bit belated, but, nevertheless, quite an interesting representative of the genre. This game is interesting mainly because the plot in it is far from last.

The initial plot is very simple - you have to overthrow the evil tyrant, enlisting the support of an underground organization. But after he is overthrown, events will begin to take a rather unexpected turn.

You can buy weapons and ammunition in the game. Also, after completing various tasks, you can slightly improve your body, increasing its endurance and shooting accuracy. The game has a slight nonlinearity and a lot of atmosphere, it can quite be attributed to cyberpunk, but to its special type: only in this game the Gothic of the Middle Ages and the post-industrial era of cyberpunk, which science fiction writers promise us, are so successfully intertwined - an enchanting world that we want to believe in. Not a popular hit, but definitely an undeservedly forgotten masterpiece.

The game is not divided into levels, but into zones. You will have to visit some of them several times. A similar way of moving between levels will later be used in Half-Life. The graphics based on the DOOM engine, although looking a bit old for 1996, still did a good job of conveying the atmosphere.