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Kingpin Reloaded looks better than ever in a before and after video

Published: 12:33, 07 September 2020
Updated: 12:47, 07 September 2020
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Kingpin Reloaded

Check out some of the enhancements in the re-release of the 1999 old school first-person shooter Kingpin: Life of Crime in a before and after video teaser.

Back in the days, there were a lot of good first-person shooters. When we say a lot, we mean A LOT. These days we see many of them coming back from the dead, in some form of remake or remaster. 'Kingpin: Life of Crime' was one of those games. A Quake II-engine classic, violent, old-school first-person shooter, is getting a remastered version called 'Kingpin: Reloaded' (by Slipgate Ironworks, a game development studio located in Aalborg, Denmark).

In a "Before/After" video teaser released by 3DRealms, we get to see all the improvements taking place, and it's so exciting to see a game like this getting makeover in 2020. When '3DRealms' logo animation stops and Cypress Hill's instrumental from their song 'Checkmate' starts playing, an instant rush of nostalgia kicks in.

The old, smudgy textures are being replaced with pretty, high-res ones. The display format standard that was used in 1999 (4:3) is getting a modern look in Ultrawide-format. The gameplay is being polished, there's a controller support etc. etc. Here's some more info provided by 3DRealms on their site :

Kingpin: Reloaded brings new life to the Quake II engine classic. 4K resolution, ultrawide support, and improved graphics in Enhanced mode enable the beautifully-depicted metropolitan nightmare shine. Controller support makes the game more accessible for anyone who wants to explore the depths of Kingpin’s depravity. Overall improvements like new quest and conversation systems make Reloaded even better than the original.

Stalk lamp-lit streets and take down rival gangs to let the Kingpin know his end is nigh. Kingpin’s immersive sim elements allow the Thug to recruit other gangsters with a conversation system. Increase the Thug’s influence through multiple hub-based missions. Run with the gang on a violent warpath with upgradeable weapons including Tommy guns, bazookas, and more. Location-based damage leads to bloody, thrilling battles: kneecap, maim or go for the head.

If that sounds too extreme, try No Violence mode. However, the “colorful” language proudly used by Kingpin’s gangsters remains. Lean even further into that era and start fragging in Gang Bang mode’s old-school multiplayer.

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Kingpin: Reloaded includes a range of new features:

- Re-balanced and Polished gameplay

- New Quest System

- Ultrawide and 4k Support

- Classic and Enhanced modes

Kingpin: Reloaded is coming out later this year for the PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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