As I write this the original Killing Floor is just about ten years old! That is pretty crazy, even crazier is that this game started out as a mod before becoming its own thing. The original Killing Floor is a blood soaked, gore fest of a first-person shooter and today we are looking at what made this stand out from the rest.
One of the things that first caught my eye about Killing Floor is that it is set in merry old England. The game is about a scientific base that was doing cloning experiments. Of course, this was a terrible idea, something went wrong and now there are zombies (sorry ZED’s as the game calls them) causing chaos. You are part of an elite military team that is sent in to clean the area of the infected. Killing Floor does have a story and while not bad. The voice acting is pretty terrible and the overall presentation could have done with some extra coats of HD paint. Still, Killing Floor is not a game that is trying to get by on its looks.
How Long Can You Survive?
In theory, Killing Floor is a pretty simple game. There are hordes and hordes of ZED’s and you need to survive wave after wave of them until you get to face a boss. The shooting mechanics feel great and the gore is completely over the top, so much so that there is a special slow-mo Hollywood style camera that shows all the gore in all its glory. Objective Mode is a more in-depth take on this formula. You will still be trying to survive for as long as you can. However, you also have different objectives that you need to do. Also, you get money, money which can be used to buy or sell stuff like ammo, weapons, armor and so on.
While you can play Killing Floor as a single player game, it is very much a game that encourages team play. If you do play this with friends you have to work as a team. You can share items with friends and when it comes to healing items, you will find that more health is given when a friend heals you rather than when you heal yourself. This helps to build up some comradery between you guys and it makes you have to really watch each other’s back. Like similar games, Killing Floor will keep on going as long as one of you are alive. If that player can survive to the next wave, the dead players get to come back, all be it without the weapon that they had when they died.
Lots to Customize
The selection of characters is great, but Killing Floor also has some great perks that you can use. These will upgrade as you play and can make a real difference. For example, one perk will make you a better marksman and the way you improve it is by doing headshots. There is a great selection of weapons for you to play around with ranging from melee weapons like an ax to really powerful shotguns. As well as weapons, you can also get survival items. These include things like a welding torch to seal doors and armor that will let you soak up more damage. There is a lot going on in Killing Floor and finding the best items for your play style does make it far deeper than many people give it credit for.
Killing Floor actually holds up pretty well. While the graphics and the voice acting are rather subpar. I do think that the fast and exciting gameplay along with the buckets of blood makes it still a fun game to play. Of course, the second game does improve on what this offers, but I still feel there is plenty of charm in the original Killing Floor.
- Has more depth than you would think
- Set in England which is cool
- Plenty of weapons to play around with
- The perk system is very interesting and kind of like a class system
- Over the top violence and gore
- The graphics have not aged very well
- Voice acting was terrible even back in 2009!
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Killing Floor Screenshots
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