Aug 12 2009

MDK

zorro @ 11:16 pm

Shiny Entertainment was formed by the now legendary Dave Perry. Famous for the wackyEarthworm Jim series, Dave Perry has also worked on some superb platform games on the MegadriveCool Spot, Aladdin and Mick & Mack Global Gladiators. All of these games had gameplay oozing from every pore and it wasn’t long before Dave formed Shiny Entertainment with a number of like-minded programmers and graphic artists.

Dave Perry was the darling of the British gaming press and the Americans don’t mind him either. He actively participates in debates about the future of the industry and is seldom recalcitrant about giving his view.

After Earthworm Jim, Shiny Entertainment were snapped up by Interplay who purchased a large chunk of it. It looks like their investment has paid off with the release of the amazing MDK.

While other developers fight among themselves to produce the best Doom clone, it is companies like Shiny Entertainment that we should look to to provide us with the next genre benchmark. After all we were all playing strategy games and adventures before Doom came along. : )

Editor’s Note:

Having played MDK for a few weeks now, I can honestly say that it is one of the most innovative, cool, funny, hyper-violent, action-adventure games I have ever had the good fortune to play.

In a word – fab.

“MDK is quite simply the most impressive single player PC game ever.”
Rating A – PC Games

“There are too many innovations to the third person/first person action game to list here”
Computer Player

“MDK is everything you could want a game to be and it has an attention to detail that is rarely seen in games today. It lives up to its hype and then some
Rating 10 – Boot

“MDK promises 3-D technology so cool and action so…realistic that it will send everything else running for cover.”
PC Gamer

“It looks like one of the best-looking PC games ever!”
PC Zone

The story behind MDK

“Streams!”

Such a word often conjures up thoughts of relaxation. Languid days of quiet repose in the country, drowsed by the intoxicating aroma of flowers, while the ambling water slowly lulls you to sleep.

MDK SniperScopeWell, no more my friend, “energy streams”, now a phenomena, span the inky blackness of space. Close enough to tease Earth to harness and embrace this free energy source. Soon, pollution is but a distant memory.

Just streams of energy? – Maybe not – They are electrical discharge paths, spanning the Universe like an inter-galactic freeway, travelled at near infinite speeds by pure evil beings known as ‘Stream Riders.”

Soon like a tide of evil, they arrive too fast to be counted, as they take the off-ramp from hell. Eight giant moving cities crawl out of this chaos, wreaking more havoc as many Earth cities are inadvertently crushed by these great hulking monstrosities. The people of Earth go into hiding.

But little do they know there is still a chance. Five years earlier, inventor extraordinary, Dr. Fluke Hawkins, rocketed off on his five day mission to study the Palin Effect of “flange orbits.” He was never heard from again. After the first year his two companions, Max, an over zealous, genetically engineered dog; and Kurt, the Doctor’s young protégé, started to suspect something was wrong.

Bring out the "World's Smallest Nuclear Bomb"The goings on below don’t go unspotted by Max, ever on the lookout for anything that might threaten his dear Kurt. Filled with a terror he has never known, he rushes to tell the Doctor, who as usual, is busy working on another new invention.

The Doctor, often in a trance-like state when deep in the whirlwind of invention, is oblivious to the goings on around him. He finally snaps out of it and they rush to the monitors where they find their worst nightmare come true: some unimaginable aliens who can transform themselves into pure energy have invaded the planet through the Stream and are hell-bent on taking over.

Oh Boy! The Doctor turns to Max, “O.K. Max, I want you to.”

Before another word is said, off speeds Max eager to do the Doctor’s bidding, except for the fact that no “bidding” has been given yet — one of Max’s little problems! Giving up on any hope of chasing down Max, the Doctor grabs Kurt and they head for the Invention Room. The Doctor opens the door to reveal inventions of all shapes and sizes, but no time to browse, they need to act fast if they’re going to put a stop to this worldwide threat.  Ah, here it is! A suit designed to repel bullets — just the type of outfit Kurt needs to take on sentries! And there’s more where that came from: the “Worlds Most Interesting Bomb”, “Anti-Radar Spray Paint”, “The Worlds

It was nice to get outdoors in a shooter :)

Smallest Nuclear Explosion”, and who could ever overlook “The Human Mortar.” The Doctor can’t hide his excitement – now is his chance to test all his inventions created while orbiting, and Kurt is the perfect guinea pig! With an unerring confidence, and slight hint of insanity, the Doctor urges Kurt to attempt a mission.

This is the game that Shiny calls “Max, Dr. Fluke Hawkins & Kurt”. However the rest of the industry calls it Murder Death Kill.

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