88 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
Spear of Destiny is another of id Software's amazing deliveries. A sequel to what is probably my favorite game of all time, Wolfenstein 3D.
The settings they chose for DOSBox don't appeal to me however. I am not keen on using filtered graphics. I like crisp pixels. If you would like to see what I mean there, is an easy way to set the graphics very crisp and original feeling, and while we are at it, we can also smooth out animation a lot:
1. Right-Click the game in Steam, and choose "Properties". 2. Click on the "Local Files" tab. 3. Click "Browse Local Files". 4. Double click the "base" directory. 5. Open "SOD.conf" with notepad. 6. Look for the "[sdl]" section. 7. Change "output=ddraw" to "output=overlay". 8. Scroll down to "[cpu]" section. 9. Change "cycles=auto" to "cycles=12000".
Save and exit notepad. Run the game and enjoy.
This smooths out animation greatly, and provides original crisp feeling graphics. Some people prefer the filtered look, if that's you, just leave it as ddraw and only change the "cycles" option.
89 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
Spear of Destiny is one of the most challenging shooters I've ever had the pleasure (although sometimes the pleasure turned into despair and anger) of playing in my whole life.
It took me my sweet time, several years, to finish it. But I finally beat the whole episode today. 18 maps of pure awesomeness. The last map is one of the best maps ever to be a final map in any game. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I saw it.
Now, this game is not for amateurs. If you beat the first Wolfenstein 3D game, and I mean all 6 episodes of it, in I'M DEATH INCARNATE, well, you're still gonna have quite the challenge when you play this one. Imagine the last map in episode 2, but 10x harder.
Any true Wolfenstein fan knows about this game, but if you've never heard of it and loved Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Wolfenstein 3D and are excited about The New Order, well, you should give this one a spin. Might be the little retro experience you were looking for. And, of course, it will keep you in your seat while you wait for The New Order to come out.
54 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2017
Note: This is a follow-up review to Wolfenstein 3D and thus will only cover what's new to the game.
Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny is the prequel (often mistaken as a sequel) to Wolfenstein 3D and was released the same year as the original game as the 'retail version' of Wolf3D, as the aforementioned title was purchasable via mail order only. Using the same engine and features as Wolf3D, it acts more like a standalone expansion pack than a full fledged sequel, but there are a few key differences.
The story is once again set during World War II, with B.J. Blazkowicz, the famous allied spy and the Allies' most valuable agent, is tasked with capturing the Spear that legend has pierced the side of Christ from the clutches of an already unbalanced Hitler. Stolen from Versailles by the Nazis and secured in the impregnable Castle Nuremberg (not Castle Wolfenstein despite what the back of the box said). With the Spear heavily guarded, this Nazi stronghold is far too risky to attack directly, therefore B.J. must infiltrate from the bottom up. It's said that no man can be defeated when he has the Spear in his possession, and Hitler believes himself to be invincible as his brutal army sweeps across a battered Europe. But is the legend true? And if so what other secrets does the Spear hide?
Unlike the episodic progression of Wolf3D, Spear of Destiny (or SoD as it'll be referred as) is a continuous set of 21 levels, two of which are secret (accessible from floors 4 and 12), that make up as one large episode of sorts, split into five distinct 'units', each with their own theme and boss encounter towards the end of each. The first five levels consist of the 'Tunnels', the next five the 'Dungeons', then the 'Castle' which makes up the main portion of the game, followed by the 'Ramparts' and finally concluding with the mysterious 'Death Dimension'. There is a variety of new tiles in addition to the old ones to convey the new themes, so that each unit is distinctive from one another.
While there are no new enemies (in the normal sense anyhow) there are five new bosses, and though there are no new weapons a box of ammo pickup was added that grants 25 rounds. These are fairly common due to the increased amount of enemies on average per level (especially on the hardest difficulty), where using rows of the original ammo pickup would look somewhat comical, but it's also just more convenient. There are also a few new music tracks, which all sound great in that Adlib fashion, albeit strangely enough you'll only hear them very early on and towards the end as most of Wolf3D's music was recycled.
As far as SoD is concerned it is essentially more of the same but what's on offer is a must play for the diehard Wolf3D fans as most levels are well designed, very challenging at times, and often more creative than those found in the original game. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for FormGen's 'lost' Spear episodes known as Return to Danger and Ultimate Challenge. While the new graphics are very spiffy, if more cartoony than the originals, and the sound design notably improved, the mapping is completely abysmal and boring to look at. Uninspired, ugly, truly maze-like, with little to no thought put into placement of enemies or logical progression throughout. Both even recycle the same bosses, and no changes were made to the source code, so ceiling colors and intermission screens remain the same as the base SoD game.
I recommend and rate SoD on par with Wolf3D, but I would give a 1.0 to both FormGen SoD games, even though they come included with SoD free of charge. If you want a proper sequel to Spear of Destiny, play AReyeP's excellent Spear Resurrection and Spear - End of Destiny instead. They're also free!
Having beaten Wolf3d many times and with The New Order coming out, I figured I'd finally get around to playing The Spear of Destiny. Yes, this is a lot like Wolf3d but that's not really a bad thing. The levels seem a little more open and the bosses seem a little more difficult. Actually, the game in a whole is a lot more difficult than Wolf3d. And while it doesn't have MechaHitler (who happens to be one of my favorite video game bosses of all time) the end level is quite awesome both pre and post obtaining the spear. A must play for anyone who enjoyed Wolf3d.. I actually think I liked it more.
99 people found this review helpful 19 people found this review funny
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I Am Thy Labyrinth
They speak... In the garden of the prophet Divine madness... The order of the cosmic immoral For what is humanity If not forlorn And crawling to my hands When the moment sings For I have read the signs And I have solved the riddle Of eternal life The Jinnah have spoken For I have read the signs And I have solved the riddle Of eternal life...
You could argue that this game is to Wolfenstein 3D what Doom 2 is to Ultimate Doom. It is, but that's not saying much, since Wolfenstein 3D didn't offer much to add on to in the first place. All the same problems are there, and the game is given a much shorter, higher intensity length with a better sense of context. It isn't especially bad, but, well, read my Wolfenstein 3D review to see my thoughts on this game. All the same pros and cons are there.
Using ECWolf, it adds many modernisations to the game, such as being able to shoot with the mouse, which we take for granted in modern-day shooters.
Every bit as iconic as the original Wolfenstein 3D, this game deserves to be played. As a bonus, Missions 2 & 3 (Return to Danger and Ultimate Challenge) are included free of charge. While certainly not essential after the base game, they are a pleasant addition regardless.
Played on Windows 10 Pro x64 without any problems.
28 people found this review helpful 11 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Spear of destiny on steam is a bit differnet than the one i played back in 1990s, this one has 3 versions:
1. classic version which we all played back in 1990s 2. Return to danger edition which has new voices and new looks for enemies 3. Ultimate challenge edition which has different arena design
I was 5 yearold when i played this game, i was 6 yearold when i played it again... i was 7 yearold when i played it again... i was 8 when i played it again.... i was 9 when i finished it again.... i was 10 when i finished it again... i was 11 when i finished it again... i was 12 when i finished it again.... i was 13 when i finished it again.... i was 14 when i finished it again.... i was 15 when i finished it again... i was 16 when i finished it again.... i was 17 when i finished it again.... i was 18 when i finished it again.... i was 19 when i finished it again.... i was 20 when i finished it again... i was 21 when i finished it again .... i was 22 when i finished it again.... i was 23 when i finished it again, i am 24 now and i am finishing it again on steam edition!
come back next year and i am finishing it again for 21st time!
This game and wolfenstein 3D are the main reasons you guys have first person shooter games today!