Bloodnet Game Review
Bloodnet is an adventure game
published by MicroPose for the Microsoft DOS
operating system in 1993. It is a cyberpunk style game in which you have been
bitten by a vampire and are trying to stop the transformation. It is set
several decades in the future in Manhattan. Its graphics are slightly better
than Doom but the game itself lacks user friendliness. This can cause many
first time players to be frustrated; this article will discuss more about that.
The game is a cyberpunk style game that was released around
the same time as Doom. The game has two settings: everyday life in the future
and cyberspace. In cyberspace, you can move around amongst morphing shapes. The
graphics look surprisingly good for a game that came out over twenty years ago.
The game is simple to play; you point your mouse and click
where you want to move. In order to interact with an object, you must first
press the escape key, then click on the object that
you wish to use. To travel you must open the menu and select where you want to
The Cyberspace realm consists of floating objects. You play
a spinning man and interact with various objects floating in space. On my first
attempt to navigate cyberspace, I was trapped by tentacles and had to open a
menu in order to get out of there.
Navigating cyberspace seems simple, although it feels as if the
developers could have developed the cyberspace realm more. Cyberspace feels
more like a futuristic version of Frogger where you
try to dodge floating objects.
The game's controls were not user friendly. They are
initially confusing to figure out and some controls don't seem very
practical. The shooting system itself is interesting but takes some getting
used to. The walking system is one of the better aspects where one simply
clicks on where he/she wants to go. The walking system takes the 2D game and
gives it a 3D feel.
The menu is simple enough. The options are Combat, View,
Party, Deck, Computer, and Save. The combat option is used while one is in
combat. The view option is to move to different locations around the city. The
party option allows you to control members of your group and the deck option
allows you to enter cyberspace. Under the computer option, there is a feature
to go over dialogue that you have had earlier in the game. The save feature is
self-explanatory. Another point worth mentioning is that once you die, you are
forced to go to your last save point. If you forgot to save, you are out of
luck--remember to save often.
The game opens with you, Ransom Stark, being approached by a
woman in a bar. Her name is Melissa Van Helsing. She
offers you a relatively easy job worth fifty thousand dollars. Upon attempting
to collect the payment, a man named Abraham Van Helsing
bites Ransom. The bite is the first step in becoming a vampire. At this point, you are told by a chip in your
ear to stop the process of becoming a vampire. You have no idea where to go or
what to do and are left to figure it out on your own. The game involves you
talking to people and navigating your way around town until you kill Dracula,
which will end the transformation. Failing to kill Dracula will not only set
your fate to become a vampire but will also jeopardize all of mankind.
Due to the game being not very user-friendly, it never took
off like Doom. It does have a good
story, although it is overshadowed by the confusing and hard to maneuver game
world. While playing the game I had a decent amount of frustration which I'm
sure other users could identify with. Today, there are two main opinions about
the game online. One opinion is that the game was a lot of fun but was largely
ignored for the clarity and rigidness of the game made it unpopular. The other,
and more common opinion, is that the game started off fun but became
frustrating due to annoying features and not knowing what to do.
Do not talk to Shock Maraud at the Strawberry Fields if you want to finish the game
fast. Talking to Shock will start the battle system. By not talking to him, you
will only have to fight the bosses. However, talking to him will give you the
opportunity to find better weapons.
If you like retro style games, Bloodnet
might be a good game for you. If I had played it in 1993, I'm sure I would have
chosen to play Doom instead since I'm not a big fan of action adventure RPGs.
However, BloodNet's graphics are quite nice for how
old it is and the game's massive world allows you to get lost in the BloodNet realm. This is true only if you are able to master
the controls and are fine with the rigid gameplay.