Blood II: The Chosen

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Blood II: The Chosen
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Rushing a sequel to one of the best FPS games on the Build engine is always a bad idea. Thanks a lot, GT!!!
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Release Date: November 20, 1998
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: GT Interactive
Franchise: Blood
Previous Game: Blood: Plasma Pack
Next Game: Blood II: Revelations (cancelled)


Blood II: The Chosen is the sequel to Blood. This game was the only official sequel for Blood so far.

Bad Qualities

  1. Everything the first Blood did right, this game did wrong, due to being rushed out into development for launch.
    • The game is unforgiving just like the first game, but this time, because of a few enemies while the others are easily disposed.
      • The Shikari, one of the most common enemies, is extremely unforgiving and unsatisfying to battle. Consequently, the player may find it easier to run away instead of fight, missing out on the few interesting segments.
      • Another enemy that becomes common early on is the Drudge Lord, and he is far more unforgiving than the Shikari.
      • The enemies that grab Caleb, the Life Leech, the severed Hands and the Thief, will likely kill the player because the manuals don't state clearly what to do when you are grabbed. So the player will likely just watch while Caleb's life meter reaches zero.
      • Two enemies featured near the end of the game, the Drudge Priest and the Death Shroud, are extremely difficult.
    • The original Blood had repetitive graphics, but the use of 3D with 2D elements was well done and surprisingly made the levels feel different. This game is fully in 3D, with many textures and models being reused often and little to no attention to detail.
    • Forgettable and bland soundtrack.
    • The original Blood was noted for having a frightening atmosphere full of bloodshed. While this game is also full of bloodshed, the bad graphic quality, forgettable soundtrack, and repetitive textures take away any chance for it to be scary.
    • In the first game, Caleb, the protagonist, had many funny one-liners despite the scary atmosphere. Now he has far less lines, and lines he does have are rather uninspired.
    • The first Blood had many pop culture references. This game has far less references, and most of them will pass unnoticed thanks to the repetitive graphics and the fact that most players will be too busy running from overpowered enemies to take notice.
  2. Mediocre shooting mechanics, common to many FPS games at the time.
  3. There are many weapons, but they have very little differences besides damage level.
  4. At the time it was released, Blood II didn't work on some computers for technical reasons.
  5. The majority of the game take place in a single town. Because of this, many levels have reused scenarios because the protagonist is literally going through the same place again. The first level of the game, for example, is repeated three times.
  6. The game has only one expansion pack, named The Nightmare Levels, which is riddled with plot holes and anachronisms in relation to the first Blood and its expansions.
    • This happened because the player is not supposed to take its plot literally, but this doesn't stop this expansion from screwing the once perfect Blood timeline.
  7. Speaking of the expansion pack, it is a huge departure from the rest of the series with colorful scenarios, a few new enemies, and far more unforgiving difficulty than the base game. Most of the few new elements of this expansion pack were just taken and reused from a scrapped level of Blood II.
  8. It has a sequel-based ending and was supposed to have another expansion pack to fill it, named Revelations, but because of the mediocre reception this second expansion pack was cancelled. The situation is so convoluted that some Blood fan communities take the events of this cancelled expansion (revealed by the producers) and ignore the events of Nightmare Levels.
  9. The innocent NPCs are very annoying, screaming for the player to spare their lives, and they are everywhere in some levels.
  10. The final boss of the main game, the Ancient One, is just an "I'm gonna destroy the world because I'm so evil" antagonist, which is another huge (and bad) departure from the first game.
  11. This pretty much killed the Blood franchise, as there's been no attempt at a third game since.

Good Qualities

  1. You can cheat to deal with the unfair difficulty. The official website for Blood II even provided the cheats.
  2. Despite the game's terrible aging, it is still fun to play for people who really liked the first game.
  3. Blood II itself, without Nightmare Levels, took advantage of many plot holes from the first game and answered them.
  4. At least this game tried something new. There are more cutscenes, dialogue and character development.
    • It is possible that the final boss of the main game was also going to have character development in sequels.
  5. Some of the voice acting is surprisingly not bad, with Stephan M. Weyte reprising his role as Caleb.
  6. There are surprising references to The Shining in one of the levels.
  7. The Nightmare Levels expansion added new firing modes for the weapons and some new features on the main game for replay value.
  8. It has mod support, including the Extra Crispy mod which fixes many frustating difficulty spikes, touches up the graphics a bit, makes the playable characters stronger and gives them unique weapons at the start, and fixes other problems.

Reception

Blood II: The Chosen received mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans of the first game and is widely considered to be the second worst game from Monolith Productions next to Contract J.A.C.K. in 2003.

Gmanlives, being a fan of the first game, placed this game at number 6 on his Top 7 Disappointing Sequels to FPS games list.

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HunterZolomon

3 months ago
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I don't mind spending 1.25 dollars for this on Steam is this really that bad :D

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