MDK 2 - Dreamcast

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Also for: PC
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Bioware Soft. Co.: VIE
Publishers: VIE (ES/GB/IT/US)
Released: 9 Jun 2000 (ES/GB/IT)
Unknown (US)
Ratings: 15+
Accessories: Visual Memory Card, Vibration Pack


Ladies and gentlemen, Kurt has returned, web-like parachute intact, and ‘Hectic’ action is guaranteed. The first version of MDK was a massive success, a quirky and original shooter, played initially from a third person perspective, and always as the aforementioned, fearless and unusually-attired Kurt Hectic. MDK 2 is the dazzling sequel in which Kurt is called upon once again to save the planet from some alien unpleasantness. But this time around, he has some help.

In the original MDK, the only character available to the gamer was Kurt himself, but with MDK 2, you get to play as Mad Professor lookalike Dr Hawkins, or Max, the cheroot-smoking, six-legged dog, depending on your level of progression. As you go through the game, you have the opportunity to choose which character to play, so as to make your mission more effective.

If you are looking for a quick blast-away on a mere shoot ‘em up, then look elsewhere for your fast fix, because MDK 2 is a very demanding game. As soon as Kurt has landed on the planet, he’s surrounded on all sides by unnameable nastiness. Luckily, his outlandish suit is equipped with a sniper helmet (not available in the High Street, unfortunately), so taking out targets in the distance is made a little easier. Not too easy though!

MDK 2 is a mixture of shoot ‘em up and puzzle solving, with each character being more adept at one facet than the other. Play as Max, though, and you will find that he is the exception to this rule. This mean old dog is, if you’ll excuse the pun, tooled up to the max, and prepared to do away with anyone or anything that gets in his way.

Persevere with MDK 2 and you’ll be rewarded with some stunning graphics and hugely enjoyable gameplay. There’s also a uniquely humorous element to the interplay between the main characters, as the battle rages all around. MDK 2 is not only a worthy sequel, but stands alone as a fine game in it’s own right.