|04-16-2012, 12:58 PM||#1|
Has anyone played/heard about this one? It's an oldschool-style 2.5D FPS from a Brazilian studio called Espaco Informatica, which was released somewhere around 1999-2000. The game is said to have enjoyed popularity in its home country, but it seems to remain otherwise largely unknown. In 2009, the developers have made Hades 2 freeware to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game.
The game's engine is quite comparable to the late 2.5D engines like Build. It uses high-resolution sprites, slopes, outdoor areas etc. etc., but of course for the time of its release it was already quite dated (which might have negatively affected its popularity). The sci-fi/horror plot is nothing special, but the game features a variety of weapons, enemies and hazards, all packed in a dynamic, interactive world. It has also reminded me of the Marathon games somewhat. At any rate, the game has an excellent retro look to it, and it has an overall good, quality design.
Hades 2 gameplay video at YouTube
Hades 2 Wikipedia article
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