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Blood: Cryptic Passage

Blood: Cryptic Passage
Platforms: PC
Publisher: WizardWorks Software
Developer: Sunstorm Interactive
Genres: 3D Shooter / First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 1997
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

A visit to the opera, dressed in black.

Want more blood on your hands?

Cryptic Passage, an expansion pack for Blood, includes only 10 singleplayer and 4 deathmatch levels. Don’t look for any new weapons, monsters or power-ups however, because you won’t find any. The levels themselves range from dull to entertaining, with the outdoor levels (docks, caves, a mountain monastary) usually coming off as least interesting. There are more good levels than bad ones luckily. Spooky sights include a graveyard, dark gothic library, opera house, decrepit paddle boat or boggy creek.

This packet of levels seems to have been tailored more for co-op, as rarely will you find yourself short on ammo or weapons – the gameplay consequently feels too easy, even on the higher difficulty settings. Key hunts present their own challenges but are overall tolerable and intuitively laid out (rarely will you get stuck here). Secrets are pretty difficult to find, as they should be, and sometimes contain references to old horror movies in true Blood fashion.

The game remains an attractively grotesque Build shooter, though you’re still better off playing the original before this one. And if you do insist on playing it, try to keep those standards low – with next to zero new content outside of the small number of levels, out of which most don’t surpass the quality of the originals, Cryptic Passage won’t offer you much you haven’t already seen.

System Requirements: Pentium 66 Mhz, 16 MB RAM, DOS

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