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May 01, 2013

Retro Review: MDK2


EDIT: Forgot one piece of content!

So you want a great playable character? We'll give you THREE!

*Check back Friday for my full review of MDK2!


Intro:


Kurt Hectic was seemingly given a break after the events of the first MDK, only to be tossed back into action with a new alien threat.

While his mission goes well, he encounters some "unforeseen consequences" and the rest of his team, six-legged robot dog Max, and incompetent but genius Doctor Fluke Hawkins, have to jump in and help out on a dangerous (and hilarious) mission to SAVE THE WORLD!

With three playable characters, and fresh, exciting levels, MDK2 is never boring. No, not once Sir, not once.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg

Released Date: May 2000 (RETRO)

Platforms: PC, Playstation 2, Dreamcast, Wii

Developer: BioWare

Areas of Concern:


Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

General Violence:

--Frantic violence against aliens and non-humans, with lots of green blood spraying. Aliens can also be blown apart with pieces of them flying everywhere.

You also fight against mechanical enemies which explode when defeated.

--You can use explosives to blow enemies up, knocking them over or blowing them apart.

Storyline Violence: 

--Darkly humourous violence

-An alien gets impaled on the end of a rocket.

-A few aliens are eaten up by a mutant plant with pieces of them spraying.

-An alien has it's brains exposed, and in one scene, it gets a piece of "Radioactive toast" impaled in it's head, which explodes and knocks it against a wall with goo spraying all over it. A man then jumps on the alien and it's brains *POP* out.

-You fight against a glowing orb enemy, which explodes when you defeat it.

-An alien "boss" can get abused in many ways: You can impale it with a drill, with matter/skin flying around, it can get squashed between two big flaps, and you can make fuel tanks explode in it's face.

-One puzzle involves you guiding a few gleefully oblivious aliens to their doom......a sawblade. You see them splatter (only shown in silhouette) and green alien blood fills a tube.

-An alien boss is defeated by traveling inside it's body and blowing apart it's organs with goo spraying. You also see it's eyeballs fall out and bounce around inside of it's body. The whole scene is quite gross with lots of fluids, but nothing really gnarly.

When you finally "clean out" it's body, you jump out and see it's stomach explode with blood and goo spraying. It then collapses, dead. 

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

The thought of such content in this game disgusts me greatly.

(Nothing) 

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

A lot of replacement swear words like "Jinkies", "Darn it" and such, except for one partial use of S**t, played for laughs. (And laugh you do.)

--One alien boss very noticebly flashes an obscene gesture at you.

 
Spiritual Content:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--One boss enemy can hypnotise you with it's spiral eyes, and you see a spiral on the screen as the screen rotates.

--The usual symbols, like spirals and stars. The spiral symbol features quite a bit.... 
 

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--The character Max smokes a cigar for the entirety of the game.
 

Gross Stuff/Gore:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--One scene where the Doctor sits down on the toilet, and you hear a farting noise followed up by a rather painful sounding "gnark" noise, and he "curses" in pain.

The rest of the game doesn't get more gross than that, but there is a lot of green fluids and blood to consider.

(Told you this was a crazy game.....) 
 

Scary Stuff:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy 

--Actually pretty intense because of it's extreme difficulty and one level features INVISIBLE ALIEN ENEMIES WHO CAN ONLY BE KILLED BY BEING SHOT IN THE HEAD.

Sorry, my CAPS lock key got stuck.....

Just be warned that this game isn't for young kids. It actually can get very tense.


Gambling:

--Some ads for casinos on an alien planet.....

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Blow up aliens, be clumsy, that's about it. Nothing much to the morality here, other than the fact the three main characters are trying to save Earth.

Thoughts & Impressions:



Ah MDK2, let me sing thine praises.....

One of my favourite games of all time, and it has a right to be: Witty, smart, and fun fun fun, MDK2 is very entertaining and challenging.

Especially the latter. This game is well known as one of the hardest games of all time. Believe me, if you're easily frustrated like me, you'll get pretty mad at a few parts. And I was playing it on easy.......

But once you get used to the unforgiving nature of the game, (No autosaves. SAVE OFTEN!) you'll love it. It's really fun, and it's not afraid to make fun of itself, something modern games unfortunately lack.

Also very good for old-school gamers, because of it's emphasis on power-ups and health pick-ups. (Hmmm, steak.) And you get a grenade which can open black holes. How cool is that?

The game's story is non-existent, but the game's dark humour will make you forget that. It's actually pretty funny. Not Portal 2 funny, but it will still make you laugh.

Especially Doctor Hawkins, who is the complete inversion of a superhero. (He can't even climb ledges!) His lame attempts at being intimidating brought a smile to my face.

The game alternates between Kurt, Max, and Doc, so every level is fresh and entertaining. There are plenty of great moments and memorable setpieces, but let me not spoil them for you. Seriously, the less you know, the better.
 
Go play this game! It's highly recommended. 


Look, if you don't like the idea of aliens, you won't like this game. And I do feel a bit iffy about the hypnosis that features, but all of this doesn't exceed a PG rating, at least for me.

Your decision, but I think this is one of the cleaner games out there. 

Verdict: 12+

Parental Guidance (PG)

For Cartoonish Bloody Violence and Some Spiritual References.


Outro:


Head over to GOG, where MDK2 is available for only $5.99! And it's worth every cent. I highly recommend this game.

I'll see you guys Wednesday with whatever game I find to review then.

Kyle out!

Writer Bio:


Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of Kyle's Christian Video Game Reviews. (KGR) He likes cookies.

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