Rise of the Triad Review: Prepare To Swear At Your PC

Multiplayer is a scream. At launch, it has Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes, and more are promised. Interceptor is providing dedicated servers, but the game also allows LAN, Direct IP and player-hosted games as well. That’s good, because you’ll need to practice with friends a lot before testing your mettle against strangers who will almost certainly destroy you.

ROTT will have, as promised, full modding support. The toolkit won’t be available at launch, but Interceptor says they’re shooting for a few weeks afterward. While you wait, you can always play around with the dev console (here’s a Rise of the Triad dev console guide to the codes you can use), which gives you access to cheat codes like god mode and flying that will remind you of a time when the distance between developer and player was often a matter of a bigger bedroom.

And definitely play around with the options menu. Among other things, you can turn off the excellent, updated soundtrack, and play the game with the original, cheesy synth score intact. (But do check out the new soundtrack, which is all metal and kind of awesome.)

Rise of the Triad isn’t for everyone. It’s a total throwback that openly defies nearly every advancement of the last 15 years. But for once, this is in the service of a great play experience and not simple laziness (or a time/budget crunch). It should come highly recommended for dedicated gamers looking for a challenge, and for those looking for a glimpse into the way we used to game before we got completely spoiled, that has more to offer than simple nostalgia. And at only $14.99, it’s an incredible deal, especially when you consider that DLC is going to be free. Get it. Play the hell out of it. And try not to mock me too badly after the fifth time in a row you’ve killed me in multiplayer.

Pros

  • Ably updates the classic original game
  • Challenging, fun, often hilarious
  • Variety of play thanks to characters, multiplayer/single players
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Difficulty is punishing, some gamers may find it becomes frustrating or tedious
  • Similarly, lack of modern game conventions may be off-putting

Final Score: 85/100


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7 Comments on Rise of the Triad Review: Prepare To Swear At Your PC

SupremeAllah

On July 31, 2013 at 11:50 am

I had the shareware version of the original and loved it. It featured a true “God” mode which I thought was great.

It should be unlocking any minute, so I can’t wait to try it out.

On a side note…what’s wrong with STP?

Iamhottoday

On July 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Terrific, and you know what? Let’s make another crappy WW2 Unreal mod no one gives a damn about. Because what else would we do?

gasmaskangel

On July 31, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I can’t wait for my paycheck to come in so I can play this. I’ve been on a major nostalgia kick for FPS’s recently, and after playing a lot of brutal Doom and Half Life 2, you know what the only modern FPS “innovation” I missed was? Iron sight aiming. And even then I didn’t miss it that much.

Harrison Lee

On July 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I can report that performance on “Ludicrous” settings is inconsistent to say the least. Visually, it looks about the same as High. The PhysX settings are bumped up a notch and rotating objects, like spinning blades, will drop the framerate when enemies are near. Otherwise, I get fairly great performance. It drops into the low double-digits when lots of enemies are exploding, but other than that, nothing too “ludicrously” bad to note.

JR

On August 1, 2013 at 3:49 am

Just got off a stint on this game. Worth more than 15 bucks! Totally satisfied!

Jim S.

On August 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

It’s a blast (literally)! I’m having a lot of fun and swearing like mad! Get it and play it-you won’t be sorry!

Federico

On August 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

man, i bougth the game after read this review yesterday WTF this game is the biggest crap I played in years. Stupid gamefront what kind of magazine is this ? did the reviewer get paid?