Project Warlock is an upcoming first-person shooter from Crunching Koalas and Buckshot Software. The game is already available on Steam and has won itself a bit of a cult following already, given its tight gameplay and old-school leanings.
I’ve recently been through some of the game’s early levels, and I quite honestly struggled to put the game down just to write this. It’s bloody spectacular.
Old school sensibilities
Source: Crunching Koalas
The game is pretty light on story, continuing that old-school tradition. You play as an unnamed Warlock, traveling across various dimensions of space and time to vanquish a cabal of evil entities. You’re armed to the teeth with a variety of modern and esoteric weaponry, including spells, staves, and enchanted daggers. Each dimension is split into several smaller levels, some taking only a few minutes to complete, tasking you to wind through a maze of rooms and halls filled to the brim with a surprisingly large variety of monsters, demons, and Cthonic abominations.
Beyond the brevity of the levels and the visual stylings, Project Warlock also leans on an old school lives-based system. However, casual difficulty lets you respawn infinitely if it’s not your bag. For “Normal” difficulty and above, you’ll be given a total of three lives (although you can earn more via secrets), and if you lose them all, that’s it, Game Over, in the very classical sense. You have to start from the beginning, losing all of your progress.
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Feels so good
Project Warlock still has modern precision ballistics for gunshots and collision, and full 3D views (complete with optional crosshairs, if you don’t want to go too old school). Blasting enemies into chunks with magically-enhanced dynamite, or zapping them with a lightning staff feels as satisfying as it does in any other modern shooter, spreading giblets and viscera across the walls and floor.
There’s a vast arsenal of upgradeable weapons to choose from, including DOOM’s iconic sawn-off shotgun, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, machine guns, magnum pistols, and much more. There are also plenty of magical abilities, with a spell staff that can fry enemies with lightning or freeze them in place, and spells that utilize your existing weapons, turning them into enhanced versions. One spell lets you enchant your grenades or dynamite ammo, turning them into explosive projectiles rather than throwing weapons. The results can be spectacular.
Keep an eye on this one
Fans of DOOM, whether classic or modern, definitely need to check this game out. It feels great to play, has a ton of variety, and is cheap as chips at just $15.
Go old school with this magical DOOM-like
Project Warlock is magical in more ways than one, giving you dark powers in a DOOM-like shooter.
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