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Retro shooter renaissance

Your favourite throwback shooter so far?

  • Ion Fury

    Votes: 65 45.8%
  • Amid Evil

    Votes: 15 10.6%
  • Dusk

    Votes: 34 23.9%
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin

    Votes: 8 5.6%
  • Prodeus

    Votes: 20 14.1%

  • Total voters
    142

JohnnyFootball

GerAlt-Right. Ciriously.
IMO, the cream of the crop right now when it comes to throwback fps'.

My favorites that I own (have played a few more but not put the same kind of time into)



1. DUSK
2. WRATH Aeon of Ruin - I know this is early access but what is there is so good, and is my #2.
3. Project Warlock - Just really enjoyed the gameplay of this one.
4. AMID EVIL - Very solid, beautiful game, crazy art direction.
5. Ion Fury - Looks insane for a build engine game. Overstays it's welcome, but still a good purchase and easily worth it's asking price.
6. STRAFE - One of the first of these throwback / retro shooters to come out. It was ok.

I have played Nightmare Reaper and it's very solid with great gunplay and neat graphics but haven't played enough to form a valid opinion. I've played a bit of Hedon and it was really interesting. I think you can get it for free or you can buy a better? version on steam. I didn't like the Hellbound demo. I plan to dive into Overload when the time is right.
I want to know what the fuck is taking this game so goddamn long. This is what pisses me off about so many of these retro games. They get stuck and just sort of stop.

For example, where the fuck is Kingpin Remastered. That was announced back in 2019 or so and not a peep. Sounded so promising....ugh.
 

ChoosableOne

ChoosableAll
So I just played Ion Fury a few days ago...

I know that "boomer shooters" have their fans... But one of the main problems with the subgenre is that there's no real narrative for why you're having to go around and shoot things. I think that's why games like Half Life were such a breath of fresh air, in that they had solid campaigns.

I wish someone took the "boomer shooter" aesthetic, and wrapped it around a "new shooter" core shell.

With this in mind, a game like Half Life with retro graphics would be super cool.
That's how I like them. I don't need a narrative to shoot things:) Give me cool guns and that's all I need.
 
So I just played Ion Fury a few days ago...

I know that "boomer shooters" have their fans... But one of the main problems with the subgenre is that there's no real narrative for why you're having to go around and shoot things. I think that's why games like Half Life were such a breath of fresh air, in that they had solid campaigns.

I wish someone took the "boomer shooter" aesthetic, and wrapped it around a "new shooter" core shell.

With this in mind, a game like Half Life with retro graphics would be super cool.
Is that actually needed? Like all I need is some cool setting and backstory, and that's something that can be settled even before the game starts so with that you get your motivation to shoot and kil things, without the gameplay getting interrupted in favor of the narrative.

I get your point, and I like games like Half-Life a lot, but I think that kinda games and boomer shooters as we know them are two completely different beasts.
 

VN1X

Member
Selw
So I just played Ion Fury a few days ago...

I know that "boomer shooters" have their fans... But one of the main problems with the subgenre is that there's no real narrative for why you're having to go around and shoot things. I think that's why games like Half Life were such a breath of fresh air, in that they had solid campaigns.

I wish someone took the "boomer shooter" aesthetic, and wrapped it around a "new shooter" core shell.

With this in mind, a game like Half Life with retro graphics would be super cool.
Selaco comes to mind with regards to a lot of story/lore sprinkled throughout the environment and via more direct ways of PDA's and stuff.
 

drotahorror

Member

I want to know what the fuck is taking this game so goddamn long. This is what pisses me off about so many of these retro games. They get stuck and just sort of stop.

They do put out dev logs bi-weekly.

Their latest:

Greetings everyone!

It's time for a WRATH development update! Here is a short summary of what we have been working on during the past two weeks:

- More Episode 2 textures added
- Concepted and modeling E3 breakable props
- Gameplaying testing some E2 and E3 levels

Pictured: Texturing Episode 2



....So yeah, not much info still hah.
 

Shtef

Member
Started playing powerslave, its such an amazing game.
After that i dont know what to play, evsrything is still in early access.
I have finished ion fury, dusk and amid evil. Am i missing something?
 

SmokedMeat

Gamer™
Started playing powerslave, its such an amazing game.
After that i dont know what to play, evsrything is still in early access.
I have finished ion fury, dusk and amid evil. Am i missing something?

If you’re on PC then you’re missing Turbo Overkill, and Ultrakill. Prodeus is also pretty badass.
 
Been trying out the demo for Selaco. Pretty cool game! Love the mix of DOOM and FEAR.

That said... is there something going on with the optimization of the game? Or is my PC acting up? I got 144fps most of the time, but those went down for just a bit just before explosions and things like that.
 

Shtef

Member
I noticed the same thing, game is running smoothly 144hz but when shooting and explosion start its stuttering for some reason.
 

SmokedMeat

Gamer™
They are all in early access. Prodeus is really good though.

Ah gotcha. Early access doesn’t bother me, so I didn’t think to mention it. Keep an eye on them.

Another shooter that I’ve been having a blast with is Into The Pit, which is published by Humble. I picked a key up from CDkeys for under $4. It was on PC Game Pass as well if you have that.
 

ChoosableOne

ChoosableAll
Started playing powerslave, its such an amazing game.
After that i dont know what to play, evsrything is still in early access.
I have finished ion fury, dusk and amid evil. Am i missing something?
I'm playing Nightmare Reaper lately. It's so good. One of the best games I've played in this genre so far. Lots of cool guns/staffs/swords/grenades/bows etc. It needs SSD though(works on HDD too but with stutters).
 

Apocryphon

Gold Member
I'm playing Nightmare Reaper lately. It's so good. One of the best games I've played in this genre so far. Lots of cool guns/staffs/swords/grenades/bows etc. It needs SSD though(works on HDD too but with stutters).
Civvie's video sold me on Nightmare Reaper.


Ion Fury, Amid Evil and Prodeus are all outstanding. I'm glad this resurgence is happening now, particularly since I bought a Steam Deck. My installed game list is literally a retro FPS orgy atm.
 

drotahorror

Member
Been trying out the demo for Selaco. Pretty cool game! Love the mix of DOOM and FEAR.

That said... is there something going on with the optimization of the game? Or is my PC acting up? I got 144fps most of the time, but those went down for just a bit just before explosions and things like that.

I noticed the same thing, game is running smoothly 144hz but when shooting and explosion start its stuttering for some reason.


There's 3 options when starting. Did you try Vulkan/Open GL?
 
Greatly appreciate this thread. Ive added around 30 games to my wishlist. Gonna get them next steam sale.
Last sale I got a lot of older games between '96 and '10. PC had some exclusives back then that were amazing. Stuff like System Shock 2, Vampire Masquerade, Thief.
Now that Ive finished collecting the older games I got my eyes on indie titles.
Would like to see indie devs tackle survival horror (like re4) and immersive sims more.
 
Just finished Postal Brain Damage. It was fucking awesome. The first levels are a bit meh but the final chapter and its levels are top tier stuff. One of the best boomer shooters, no, one of THE best first person shooters overall tbh. Gave me huge Painkiller/Doom vibes. Great music too.
 

Bragr

Member
Is it time for more novel ideas in this genre?

There are a lot of retro shooters now and I think we are starting to approach the part where being "retro" isn't enough, we need new ideas cranked into the genre, and I'm not sure if new enemies and weapons are enough anymore.
 
Is it time for more novel ideas in this genre?

There are a lot of retro shooters now and I think we are starting to approach the part where being "retro" isn't enough, we need new ideas cranked into the genre, and I'm not sure if new enemies and weapons are enough anymore.

I wouldnt mind more immersive boomer shooters, stealth, multiple paths, etc. but indie devs are not quite adept at making decet/good AI for stealth mechanics.

That being said, excited about

 

Apocryphon

Gold Member
Is it time for more novel ideas in this genre?

There are a lot of retro shooters now and I think we are starting to approach the part where being "retro" isn't enough, we need new ideas cranked into the genre, and I'm not sure if new enemies and weapons are enough anymore.
You're not wrong, but the good thing about having this level of saturation is that we are far more likely to see innovation, even if you have to sort though the chaff to find it. Nightmare Reaper is one such game for example.
 
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Uiki

Member
Is it time for more novel ideas in this genre?

There are a lot of retro shooters now and I think we are starting to approach the part where being "retro" isn't enough, we need new ideas cranked into the genre, and I'm not sure if new enemies and weapons are enough anymore.
After 20 years of crappy linear shooters?

No thanks, I'll take 20 years of "retro" shooters.
 
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