MDK2 coming to WiiWare, HD remake for PC

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by granville, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. granville

    granville GBAtemp Goat

    Aug 24, 2007
    United States
    Orlando, Florida

    Here's a pleasant surprise for fans of the old PC game MDK2- the game is now coming to WiiWare. In addition to that, the game will also be getting some sort of remake entitled "MDK2 HD" for PC's. Here's the official PR-

    (June 24th, 2010) — Interplay Entertainment Corp. and Beamdog partner to bring MDK2 to the Nintendo Wii™ and MDK2 HD to the PC.

    “It is a great pleasure to announce that we are returning to the adventures of Kurt Hectic, Dr. Hawkins and the 6-legged gun-toting robotic dog Max,” said Hervé Caen, CEO of Interplay. “MDK2 was a great title to work on and we're happy to have some of the original team working on these new versions,” seconded Trent Oster, co-Founder of Beamdog.

    MDK2 for Wii™ is expected to be released during coming Winter and is planned for electronic distribution through Nintendo's WiiWare™ service. MDK2 HD will follow on the PC through the Beamdog digital distribution platform. [/p]
    Very excited, and i'm glad this old classic is getting new life! I personally spent a huge amount of my childhood playing this gem on PC. It's a fantastic third person shooter originally developed by Bioware and published by Interplay. You may even recall the first MDK back in the mid-90's which was developed by Shiny Entertainment (Earthworm Jim). MDK2 was a shining example of how to make an engaging third person shooter, and featured some diverse gameplay thanks to the three different characters you could play as. I'd probably categorize it as a run and gun third person alien shooter, but it has some platforming and puzzle elements too. You play as three heroes who are trying to thwart an alien attack on earth. It is a direct continuation of the first game. Kurt Hectic is the Doc's janitor, a reluctant hero who is forced to battle alien hostiles on earth. When fitted with the jumpsuit the Doc invented, he has a machine gun, as well as a sniper rifle to pick enemies apart from afar. He can also glide thanks to his retractable parachute in his jumpsuit suit. Max is a badass cigar smoking robotic dog made by Doc Hawkings with 4 arms which he uses to hold 4 guns at once. He can equip a weapon in each individual hand (you can customize the weapon for each hand) and he has a huge arsenal including magnums, shotguns, uzis, gatling guns, etc. He can also use a jetpack in some levels for some cool platforming. Doctor Hawking has the most unique gameplay though. He's a rather silly old mad scientist whose primary form of weaponry is being creative with random everyday household items to create weapons and tools. His levels are more adventure-oriented and sometimes require you to solve unique puzzles, while making creative items from household items or even food. He's quite weak though (being so old I guess), he can't jump nearly as high and his health is much lower than the other two characters.

    The game is also hilarious and features some really funny voice acting and cutscenes. It has a really cool comic book style for some of the intro cutscenes. I'm not sure what they plan for the HD PC version (the game could already run at HD resolutions even on weaker PC's), but the WiiWare version is likely to be identical to the original or perhaps the PS2 version (which was subtitled Armageddon). The game worked best with a mouse and keyboard combination, so the motion controls could really make this a fun experience. MDK2 was originally released on Dreamcast, PC, and PS2. It is a classic i can recommend to almost anyone. I'm not even a huge shooter fan, but it has a wide array of gameplay styles. Even people not into action shooters can probably find something they like here! [​IMG]
  2. tk_saturn

    tk_saturn GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 26, 2010
    MDK (original) was an awesome game. Not quite sure how it would hold up today though.
  3. Fudge

    Fudge Remember that death is not the end, but only a tra

    Aug 26, 2009
    United States
    New York
    Oh shit! This looked awesome on Dreamcast! I can't believe it coming to WiiWare!
  4. mkoo

    mkoo GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 30, 2007
    I remember when MDK2 was first released I had a 233 mhz Pentium MMX with 2 mb S3 Virge so I couldn't play it. .. I think I actually like PC gaming more than consoles..
  5. granville

    granville GBAtemp Goat

    Aug 24, 2007
    United States
    Orlando, Florida
    My version of MDK2 came bundled with an old Dell PC i had-

    Pentium III @450mhz
    128MB RAM
    32MB Geforce 2

    Worked great too! I guess they wouldn't have bundled it with the pc i bought had it not been up to playing it! WiiWare should be able to handle that just fine, Wii is more powerful than that. [​IMG]

    I'm curious about the HD PC rerelease too. The game could be played at very high resolutions, but was rather low tech in terms of 3D models and animations.
  6. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    Sacramento, California
    I kid you not, I was thinking about this game while at work today, and how it's been so long since I last played it. Now, we get this announcement. It's like someone sent radio signals straight to the nostalgia center of my brain.

    I'm sure the HD version will play just like the original, except that everything will have that next-gen look to it, just like how Valve had a High Definition package for the original Half Life games, which had upgraded models and textures.
  7. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
    Interplay are already bringing Descent, Clayfighter, Stonekeep and now this which was pretty much expected a while back. I can already play these games (though Clayfighter I'd rather not play at all) but its nice to have them on the service, I just hope they're good versions.
  8. kael66

    kael66 Newbie

    Nov 10, 2008
    United States
    i love this game, it was a great game on my old computer [​IMG]
  9. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Former Staff
    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    MDK1 HD version too, pretty please? [​IMG]
  10. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    MDK2 was a brilliant game. Much much better than MDK1.

    Can't wait to play it again!
  11. Arm73

    Arm73 GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 4, 2006
    Hopefully we will get a Wii port of the PC game ( with Remote + Nunchuck controls ) rather then an awful PS2 port that requires a Classic controller.
    The game definitely screams for mouse-like controls, rather then analog.
    I played and finished it on the Dreamcast some years ago, it got kind of frustratingly difficult at the end, but then again it might be an entirely different story with better controls....
  12. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    I remember playing this, loved the birdlike character, really amusing game and the combination you could make with the toaster and all was really fun.
    Glad to see it coming to the Wii!
  13. DAZA

    DAZA Shaun's Mum

    Nov 5, 2002
    Interesting..... i do like the sound of that, i wish they would do the same for shadowman now that was a good / weird game for its time, never played the second one though
  14. jalaneme

    jalaneme Female Gamer

    Nov 27, 2006
    why release it only on wii? they could have made more revenue if they released it on the ps3 and xbox 360 instead of the pc, a real shame.