Kingpin ist eine Geschichte von Rache. Werden Sie der Führer einer Straßenbande und stiften Sie Ihre Rekruten dazu an, zu attackieren, zu verteidigen oder auch mal einen Tresor zu knacken, um das nötige Kleingeld zu besorgen. Kaufen Sie mit diesem Geld noch fiesere Waffen und vernichten Sie Ihre schäbigen Feinde in diesem intensiven FPS.
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Veröffentlichung: 1. Juni 1999

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Kingpin ist eine Geschichte von Rache. Werden Sie der Führer einer Straßenbande und stiften Sie Ihre Rekruten dazu an, zu attackieren, zu verteidigen oder auch mal einen Tresor zu knacken, um das nötige Kleingeld zu besorgen. Kaufen Sie mit diesem Geld noch fiesere Waffen und vernichten Sie Ihre schäbigen Feinde in diesem intensiven FPS. Zum Ziel gelangen Sie mit Ihrer gemeinen Einstellung und mit voller Action.
Gründen Sie Ihre eigene Bande und rekrutieren Sie direkt von den Straßen. Wenn sich ein neues Bandenmitglied als Punk entpuppt, vernichten Sie ihn und machen Platz für neue. Steigen Sie auf in der Welt, aber haben Sie Acht vor dem Kingpin; letztendlich müssen Sie es mit ihm aufnehmen.
Irgendwo in der Vergangenheit, in der die Zukunft noch nicht begonnen hat, liegt die Welt von Kingpin. Verbrannte Gebäude und Ruinen bilden die Landschaft. Ansässige Banden streunen in den Straßen, beschützen ihre Gebiete und suchen nach neuen Möglichkeiten.
Einige neue Eigenschaften sind
  • 16-Spieler Mutlispieler Action via LAN oder Internet
  • Spezifische Schädigungen — schießen Sie einem Verräter in die Kniescheibe oder putzen Sie einen Rivalen mit einem Kopfschuss weg

Systemanforderungen

    • Betriebssystem: Windows
    • Prozessor:233 Mhz
    • Speicher: 64 MB
    • Grafik: OpenGL
    • DirectX®: 7
    • Festplatte: 350 MB
    • Sound: DirectSound
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JRR333
( 12.1 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 19. Mai
Fairly fun and solid if a little bit silly heavily modified Quake 2 engine late 90's early 2000's in between Half Lifes era instance of a brutal and quite dark - but human enemies only - instance of a classic iteration of the FPS genre. Doesn't deviate from norms too much but has the nice additions of weapons shops and NPC cooperation, this achieved early on in the development of suchlike in gaming. Gets quite tough, still haven't finished it, also it doesn't work on Windows 10. Really good flamethrower effects.
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Kailen
( 8.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 15. Mai
Good lord no. I'd been waiting more than fifteen years to finally get a chance to check this game out, and it is completely not worth it. Even forgiving the fact that the Quake 2 engine is showing its age, hard, the graphics in this game are terrible. It's virtually impossible to tell friend from foe apart, aprticularly from a difference, the game paints with all the colors of the sewer, and all the modly have this odd wobbling to them that's supposed to make them look good, I guess, but just makes the people and weapons look like they're made out of Jell-o. The story is non-existant, you start the game having been beaten down by unnamed thugs working for.... another guy without a name, for no reason that the game ever tells you. From then on it's just your basic revenge plot. Go find the guy who ordered your failed hit, and kill him. There's boss fights, but that only constitutes enemies that have even MORE hit points than the general thugs. Which already are bullet sponges on their own. On top of that, most of the enemies in this game have hitscan weapons that have perfect acuracy from across the map, no need to reload, and sometimes won't stagger. There's almost no point in exploring as most dead ends have nothing in them anyway. There's weapons, ammo, and medical rooms here and there, which becomes a fight from one of those stashes to the next. And that's when the stashes aren't right on top of each other for no good reason. The Steam version also ships without music. You have to be a really hard core fan of 90's shooters to even WANT to play this one - like I am - and even then be prepared for disappointment.
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Michael Jackson
( 0.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 20. April
This is such a bad game the control is herbal
So hard to play this one!

ran away

1/5
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M.A.R.T.I.N
( 1.3 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 15. April
Absolutely very good FPS!
It was my childhood game and it's just so good even today! :)

Love these golden memories! <3
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ramyland_maelstrom
( 14.1 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 15. April
Kingpin

Great&brutal FPS with heavy NPC interaction - still holds the test of time very well - highly recommended !
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BrutolMotent
( 6.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 4. April
Kingpin - Life of Crime was a classic FPS game that pushed the gaming boundaries when it was released back in 1999 that used the Quake 2 engine. The game is mature, violent, and filled with tons of bad words! If you're a fan of FPS games then this is a must have, which has great gunplay, awesome atmosphere with fully voiced NPCs, superb AI (your gang members know how to jump, climb ladders, flank enemies, etc.) and a cool revenge story.
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The Ghost
( 625.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. März
THis game was a ahead of its time and still is, the engine just needs a an oberhaul!
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Sp-6
( 6.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 8. März
PROS:
gangsta style and overall atmosphere
no need to kill everything that moves
open world feeling and side quests
good voice acting and sound effects

CONS:
relatively short

PROS > CONS = TOTALLY RECOMMENDED
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OZETERROR
( 47.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 26. Februar
GOTY at its time, this gangster FPS classic cam still be fun.
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yuff1
( 8.9 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. Januar
cypress hill provided some voice acting and three tracks for this.

do you really need anything else?
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Owlakki™
( 7.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 11. Januar
Kingpin is a very 90's game. It's a game very in-line with the "screw the censors let's have violence and swearing" mindset from around the same time that gave us games like Doom and Postal. Unfortunately this backfired for the game since it released around the same time as the Columbine shootings. Which gained it a great deal of controversy and seemingly didn't improve the sales of the game.

The premise of the game is you are a criminal who is beaten by several thugs in an alley. You pick up a lead pipe and decide to get revenge on the criminal organization that runs the city. The storyline is extremely minimalistic and there isn't much to get attatched to. The main protagonist isn't particularly well fleshed out and the motivations of the characters are never elaborated upon.

This gets into the brunt of my complaints with the game. The game feels like it lacks focus. The game starts out as a semi-stealth game before you get any good weapons or upgrades. Once you get access to a few decent weapons it turns into a straight up run and gun shooter. There's a mechanic where you can talk to NPCs in the world and even enemies if you put your weapon away. But it feels a little half baked since you typically trigger their aggro by accident and have to quickload. The writing of the characters was also pretty terrible. With enemies yelling "♥♥♥♥ER" frequently as soon as you're spotted.

However, I can see why Kingpin got a cult-like following after release. The game takes place in a 1930's styled dystopian city. All of the characters resemble 1940's mobster charicatures and you eventually gain access to a tommy gun. However, all of the dialogue is very 90s, and you see more modern inventions like monorails and helicopters. It has this strangely surreal vibe to it that reminds me of similar games like Manhunt although I don't know if it was intentional or not. It also has wonderfully good AI for the time that actually follows you through vents and up ladders. The game also does have this unique sense of progression. Where you start out the game waking up in the gutter and progressively become more powerful and influential. Lastly there are a lot of clear influences from films like the Big Lebowski and Pulp Fiction. With the antagonist of the game being a clear parody of Marcellus Wallace from the latter.

I wouldn't say Kingpin is a bad game but you have to go into it being aware it's a very mediocre one. I only recommend this game to people who are overly curious about old first person shooters who are willing to accept the game for it's very rough edges.
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kiseff
( 0.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 25. November 2015
[Awful] --------O------------------------- [Fantastic]
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Sargeswe
( 1.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 23. November 2015
Crowbar for a dollar? Better price for a crowbar can't be found in any other game! 10/10 nostalgia.
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✪M3K✪™m0nst3r®
( 0.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 23. September 2015
Old Style Gangster Life. Von der Straße an die Spitze der Macht.
Neber Gangs und Drogen lernt man neue Leute und neue Waffe
sowie Methoden vom knacken des Safes kennen die man gut in
seiner Umwelt einsetzten kann. Das selbe gilt für nicht jungendfreie
Ausdrücke...hier ist das Life of Crime.
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fjk1138
( 0.9 Std. insgesamt )
Vorveröffentlichungsreview
Verfasst: 13. September 2015
When I first played this game in 1999, I realized it was basically getting negative press because of the bad language and bloody violence it had. Nowadays, this is all completely common, so the game must have been ahead of it's time. Aside from the fact that the combat kind of sucks, and the enemies can take a crapload of hits before they die (even on the easiest of settings), it's kind of fun in a ghetto sort of way. Yo eat lead, man, and shoot it up.
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Jack
( 0.3 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 14. August 2015
About Kingpin:

PROS: Good story, cool enviroments, interactive(ish) enviroments, good, responsive NPC's.
Prepare yourself....
CONS: The controls are absolutely stupid. I can't stand playing with janky, broken controls. The hitboxes are absolutely random. This is part of the description: Location-specific damage — shoot a snitch in the kneecaps or snuff out a rival with a head-shot . This is wrong. The amount of damage you deal compared to NPC's is tiny, interaction with most items is impossible.

OVERALL SCORE: 4 / 10, Not Reccomended.
Thanks For Reading
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Kurumi
( 2.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 14. August 2015
1998's best "I'm a piece of ♥♥♥♥" simulator
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jayman
( 0.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 12. August 2015
controls are god awful
gives little to no instructions
and the graphics are really bad.
ALso you dont start in fullscreen
i give this game a
0/10
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[tea] terrible tortilla kæbab
( 16.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 4. Juli 2015
I've burried these mfkers. Overall - a nice first person shooter.

I kinda liked quasi-quest mechanics (get the battery for a bike or get the documents for Louie). I had tons of fun while playing the first 4 hubs, but the last two (Trainyards and Radio City) were getting a little bit boring, because there was nothing to do but to shoot people.
Plot is not very impresive, but the setting (guns, thugs, pawn-o-matic, music, sound effects) is golden.

+ Cypress Hill soundtrack fits perfectly
+ Nice setting
+ You can recruit up to 2 gang members
+ Nice sound effects
+ Exploisions are fun to watch

- AI is both stupid and too good
- Not too many "quests" at the end of the game
- Game gets repetitive at the end

If you're into gangster things - you might like it. But frankly - it's not worth that 9.99$. Look for a discount.
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6.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 4. April
Kingpin - Life of Crime was a classic FPS game that pushed the gaming boundaries when it was released back in 1999 that used the Quake 2 engine. The game is mature, violent, and filled with tons of bad words! If you're a fan of FPS games then this is a must have, which has great gunplay, awesome atmosphere with fully voiced NPCs, superb AI (your gang members know how to jump, climb ladders, flank enemies, etc.) and a cool revenge story.
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1.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. April
Absolutely very good FPS!
It was my childhood game and it's just so good even today! :)

Love these golden memories! <3
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625.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. März
THis game was a ahead of its time and still is, the engine just needs a an oberhaul!
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14.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. April
Kingpin

Great&brutal FPS with heavy NPC interaction - still holds the test of time very well - highly recommended !
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6.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 8. März
PROS:
gangsta style and overall atmosphere
no need to kill everything that moves
open world feeling and side quests
good voice acting and sound effects

CONS:
relatively short

PROS > CONS = TOTALLY RECOMMENDED
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7.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 11. Januar
Kingpin is a very 90's game. It's a game very in-line with the "screw the censors let's have violence and swearing" mindset from around the same time that gave us games like Doom and Postal. Unfortunately this backfired for the game since it released around the same time as the Columbine shootings. Which gained it a great deal of controversy and seemingly didn't improve the sales of the game.

The premise of the game is you are a criminal who is beaten by several thugs in an alley. You pick up a lead pipe and decide to get revenge on the criminal organization that runs the city. The storyline is extremely minimalistic and there isn't much to get attatched to. The main protagonist isn't particularly well fleshed out and the motivations of the characters are never elaborated upon.

This gets into the brunt of my complaints with the game. The game feels like it lacks focus. The game starts out as a semi-stealth game before you get any good weapons or upgrades. Once you get access to a few decent weapons it turns into a straight up run and gun shooter. There's a mechanic where you can talk to NPCs in the world and even enemies if you put your weapon away. But it feels a little half baked since you typically trigger their aggro by accident and have to quickload. The writing of the characters was also pretty terrible. With enemies yelling "♥♥♥♥ER" frequently as soon as you're spotted.

However, I can see why Kingpin got a cult-like following after release. The game takes place in a 1930's styled dystopian city. All of the characters resemble 1940's mobster charicatures and you eventually gain access to a tommy gun. However, all of the dialogue is very 90s, and you see more modern inventions like monorails and helicopters. It has this strangely surreal vibe to it that reminds me of similar games like Manhunt although I don't know if it was intentional or not. It also has wonderfully good AI for the time that actually follows you through vents and up ladders. The game also does have this unique sense of progression. Where you start out the game waking up in the gutter and progressively become more powerful and influential. Lastly there are a lot of clear influences from films like the Big Lebowski and Pulp Fiction. With the antagonist of the game being a clear parody of Marcellus Wallace from the latter.

I wouldn't say Kingpin is a bad game but you have to go into it being aware it's a very mediocre one. I only recommend this game to people who are overly curious about old first person shooters who are willing to accept the game for it's very rough edges.
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47.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. Februar
GOTY at its time, this gangster FPS classic cam still be fun.
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8.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Dezember 2014
Review verfasst am 22.12.2014

Kingpin - Life of Crime ist am 30.06.1999 zum ersten mal erschinen und bei uns einen Monat später, wegen dem hohen Gewaltgrad, indiziert worden. Ich hab das Game damals ausgeliehen bekommen, da ich selber keine Chance hatte es zu erwerben. Obwohl das Spiel sehr schwer ist, vor allem am Anfang, habe ichs damals schon durch bekommen. War von der Grafik und dem Sound sehr beeindruckt. Cypress Hill hatte auch drei Lieder dazu beigesteuert.

Heute geht das Siel als Retrogame durch. Die Grafik ist nach heutge Maßstäben mehr als veraltet. Der Sound geht noch so. Spiel ist komplett in englischer Sprache und lief bei mir unter Win7 absturzfrei. Die Waffenauswahl finde ich gut, da sogar ein Flammenwerfer mit an Bord ist. Manche Waffen kann man auch gegen Geld im Waffenshop upgraden. Mit einigen NPCs kann man auch interagieren, zb anheuern, als Schutz. Oder als Safeknacker, für einen Safe, den man selber nicht öffnen kann.

Als ich das Game zum ersten mal gezockt hatte, hatte ich leichte Wegfindungsprobleme. Ich wußte nicht was ich machen sollte, wo ich hin sollte. Ich war ja damals als Kind der englischen Sprache nicht so mächtig. Ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass Leute, die das Game zum ersten mal zocken, auch die selben Probleme haben könnten. Wenn man aber etwas überlegt, und ne gewisse Ausdauer mitbringt, müsste das Game zu schaffen sein. Gut finde ich auch, dass man sein Spiel jederzeit abspeichern kann.

Ich empfehle dieses Game allen Retrofans, die eine Herausforderung suchen, oder das Spiel schon kennen und lieben. Aber nur, wenn ihr das Game im Sale bekommt, denn momentan liegt der Normalpreis im Steamstore bei 10 Euro!
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5.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 2. Januar 2014
Klassiker!
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22.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 20. Juni 2015
best... :)
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0.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. Juni 2014
Wer Spaß an Retro-Games hat, sollte sich das Spiel unbedint kaufen.
Allerdings ist es durch die Skallierung des Bildes auf modernen Monitoren sehr anstrengend zu spielen.
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5.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 19. November 2014
es ist einfach zu schwer egal
auf welchem schwierigkeitsgrad!
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3.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 20. Januar 2014
Let us get one thing straight - this ain't Quake. Punishingly difficult to begin with, Kingpin is a deep, dark, and atmospheric shooter with RPG elements that stands the test of time. The voice acting is great, the script is full of unnecessary swears, and the game makes you fight for every kill you make.
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14.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 30. Juni 2014
Kingpin: Life of Crime is really interesting, what starts off as a tough as nails, slow paced, atmospheric first person experience which hates you quickly turns into an all out guns blazing fast paced action game that hates you even more. This is far tougher than the average 90's FPS game and will require luck, strategy and a skillfull approach to progress through it's big, open, levels.

The gameplay is varied, you can approach combat situations in different ways, going slowly and picking off enemies one by one or go in guns blazing like a typical FPS game from the 90's but don't expect to live for too long that way, the best approach is to use a mixture of the two.

The level design is somewhat reminscent of Quake 2's with non-linear layouts and multi-levelled structures that overlook area's of the map you're soon to visit or have already, mixed with some Half-Life's design choices. The levels are extremely well thought out and designed with not only looks but gameplay in mind and similar to that of Quake and Doom require you to look around for keys or items needed to progress and does not hold your hand and pull you through the map. The combat situations are often tough and leave you to overcome disadvantages which adds to the difficulty in a good way.

The AI is insane, the enemy will shoot you with almost instant, deadly accuracy as soon as you poke your nose around a corner which will frustrate a lot of people but I was able to overcome this by outsmarting the enemy in many ways such as luring them around corners and into your commandable gang members line of sight who will then mow the enemies down with the same ferocity the enemy AI shows towards to you which is really fun to watch. The AI is far from perfect, but in my opinion is WAY better and more interesting than what we see in modern shooters today, instead of artificially/dumbly taking cover behind barrels,walls and other forms of cover which makes them sitting ducks and actually easier to pick off, will run around, retreat then hide somewhere on the map, jump down from higher levels, climb ladders and attempt to out maneuver you which sometimes works to their success.

The visuals are amazing and take full advantange of the Quake 2 engine, with great lighting effects and detailed environments, there is literally nothing wrong with them but 50$ says this gets the bland, soulless HD remake along the line. The sound effects and voice acting are good, the weapons sound deadly and the AI has tons of classic lines, many including the 'f' word multiple times.

Overall this game really impressed me through-out, took around 8-9 hours of tough gameplay to complete, I wasn't able to finish this as a child due to it's crushing learning curve but if you stick around you'll experience a time when gaming was at it's peak but BE WARNED, a lot of patience is required!
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3.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. März 2014
Most underrated old school game. Best of its kind. This is one of the black sheeps of the 1990 known for its extreme violent content and abusive language
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2.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 24. März 2014
One of my Favorite games of all times. It brings back so many memories of being a teenager and playing the game your parents would go crazy if they saw you on it.
It is your typical action game, story is great and action is nonstop.
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11.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Oktober 2014
Please note, I played this game primarily with the "Rags 2 Riches" mod as it fixes how much of a slog the game becomes in the second half.

The game's bread and butter is shooting criminals in the face. The formula for the game is you go in an area, visit the bar, talk to some people who can get you access to a part of the map, maybe recruit someone. You go to the newly available area, murder basically everyone and loot bodies, then after doing whatever you need to do after, you go to the second part of the map, murder everyone, fight a guy with incredibly high health, then you move to the next level. Repeat. Each level has its variation on how this actually plays out but when you play you can easily see the formula. There are 7 levels, amounting to around 9 hours of gameplay, more if you play the base game. In the base game, your weapons are pathetic and are quite ineffective as the enemies have absurd amounts of health. You rely on the 1 or 2 goons you can typically get in all but 1 level of the game, and place them on corners, then you bait the enemies to the ambush point and they get smoked. Charging in all willy nilly is going to get you murdered, because the enemies have perfect accuracy and incredibly high health. In the Rags 2 Riches mod, you can still do this and on some parts its very helpful, but its much easier to just charge in gung ho with your crew and try to take on the bad guys.

Besides slowly increasing your body count with your crew, you'll be doing a few other things in the gameplay. You can Visit a shop called the "Pawn-O-Matic", despite not being automatic, is a store where you can buy armor, health, weapons, ammo, and mods that wear out over time without Rags 2 Riches. You can also talk to random people on the street, a select few will tell you stuff that can be incredibly helpful, others may do stuff for you for money, most will just tell you "Another freekin' night and no ♥♥♥♥♥." You can also visit the bar, found in all chapters but 1, where most of the helpful npc's reside, and where the recruitable goons usually are. You can also go exploring which can net you even more surplus cash to spend at the Pawn-O-Matic, ammo, armor, and health. Theres not a whole lot to be done outside of the main shooting bits of the game.

The plot sucks but its all you need. Some guy named Nikki had his shmucks beat the snot out of you in a back alley for unknown reasons, and you vow to get revenge and go around either a city or multiple cities, its not very clear, ravaging gang after gang. The Kingpin is like "yo kill this guy". Excuse me, he's more like "you ♥♥♥♥in ♥♥♥♥s better ♥♥♥♥in kill this ♥♥♥♥in ♥♥♥♥ or ill ♥♥♥♥in ♥♥♥♥ your ♥♥♥♥in ♥♥♥♥ up you ♥♥♥♥in ♥♥♥♥s." Seriously, this game has a lot of swearing, and violence. The dialogue is great, almost every line in the game has a cuss in it, and the main voice actor did a great job of making the lines memorable. Seriously, the line "♥♥♥♥ YOU ♥♥♥♥" that enemies sometimes yell when you alert them has been burned into my mind for 3 years now.

Easily the best part of the game is the atmosphere. The graphics, music, voice acting, and design of the world all are great. Forget I said music, the CD Music setting didn't work for me on the steam version, not surprised, and theres like 3 songs that loop on the radios you find in the game, albiet I do actually like one of the songs that loops. The lack of music helps create this forboding and tense and sorta creepy atmosphere. You could just be walking in this silent apartment building or run down area, and you have no idea where the enemies are hiding, while the ambient noises of cars in the background and a tin can dropping let you know that you're not alone, but you're not welcome either. The graphics don't help, which is a great thing. Almost every enemy you face is either some tattoo'd up thug looking for a fight, or some guy with a messed up face and demented smile, usually with some strange uniform to go along with it. The more regular looking people in the game are broad shoulder'd and taller than you, and the other model for the male characters is a short fat guy, it adds to the surreal feeling the game gives you.

The short version, the gameplay is a frustrating grind and eventually is hard just for the sake of being hard about 6 hours in, with Rags 2 Riches this is more or less remedied, still challenging though. Don't expect a gangster Deus Ex or anything, just a unique shooter with a nice setting. The plot is nothing special, but the atmosphere is incredible.

I say give this game definiately give this game a go with the Rags 2 Riches mod, I wouldn't say theres too much replayability in doing the whole game over again, but I would definately play the first level or 2 over and over.
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Verfasst: 15. August 2013
3rd time I bought this game now. First time back in 1999 for full price £ 29.99, second time for £ 6.99 from tesco's in 2003 and now (15.8.13) for £ 2.37 on a steam sale. Kingpin is just one of them games I need on steam.
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Kingpin was an awesome game at the time of relase. Nice to see it still avaliable. I had this back when it was released in 1999. At the time my Gaming Rig was a Windows 98 SE ,Celeron 300mhz Mendocino Slot 1 with 512mb SD ram with a Diamond Multimedia TNT2 Ultra 32mb AGP and a 14" SVGA CRT monitor.... So for the time of release the graphics was awesome! This game can be enjoyable for many people still. Don't smack down the game because you are ignorant of the times surrounding its original release. Remember this was rated M for Mature. While we are at it... Flash back to the original requirements!!

Kingpin: Life of Crime

Platforms: Windows 9X
System Requirements: •Windows 95/98
•DirectX/DirectShow 6.1 or Better
•Pentium 233MHz
•32MB RAM
•4MB 3d card (DirectX compatible)
•8x CD-ROM

System Recommended: •Pentium 266
•64 MB RAM
•8x CD-ROM

So go get the game and kick some butt!
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'I'm gonna bury those two ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.'

Kingpin opens with a cutscene in which the player character utters the above line after rising up from a beating with a swollen face. It tells a simple tale of revenge, or rather, -taking a cue from the Cypress Hill album that the game borrows tracks from- a tale of going from 'Rags to Riches'. You'll be going from town to town -taking down small-time mob bosses along the way- until you confront the current Kingpin to exact your revenge and usurp his throne. As for the journey, right from the first moment it becomes apparent that it will be a raw, brutal, harsh and above all else, very messy one (and unashamedly so).

Even though it is gritty, Xatrix's underdog may very well be the most aesthetically pleasing game to date utilizing the idTech2 engine. Where the other games that are based on the same technology are quick to betray their Quake II origins, Kingpin has a style and feel of its own thanks to the developers' meticulous work on the visual side of their creation. Beautifully textured and elegantly lighted, every single map therein has a life-like scale and quality to it. Though the meshes themselves are not more than a handful, the stylized characters also benefit from the top-notch 2D art, offering a great variety due to the three-way skinning that Xatrix coded in. The sound design is also of high standard; from the footstep sounds to the voiceovers of the NPCs, everything fits perfectly to the fictional world the developers try to portray. Simply put, the game oozes with atmosphere. The fact that this is the one and only shooter of the period that feels better without background music should alone be enough of a testament for the said quality.

But make no mistake, even within its era's boundries, Kingpin is a hard and unforgiving game. Rather than going Quake, it expects you to play in its own terms, that is, to traverse carefully and try to get the upper hand on your enemies. If you do not comply to that, don't expect your experience to be any different than a novice's in the midst of an old-school deathmatch wherein all the other players are seasoned enough to navigate the map perfectly and are capable of ripping you to shreds in a matter of seconds. Play it as intended though and you'll quickly discover that Kingpin is one of the most visceral and satisfying shooter experiences of the 90s.

Xatrix adds a few touches of their own to the engine to spice it up and expand its functionality. The most prominent are the ability of robbing the downed of their bucks which you use to buy weapons and stuff from specialized shops known as 'Pawn-o-matic's or hiring goons (two max) to back you up, alongside interacting with NPCs through the use of positive and negative conversation commands. But the most pleasing of it all is surely the impeccable pathfinding of the NPCs, especially the ones to be hired to fight alongside you: they run, jump and crouch their way through every single obstacle without a hitch to keep up with you. In fact, I spent two-thirds of my seven-hour trek with two on my side and there was only a single time where they needed extra care on my part. I was constantly surprised by the fact that they were able to traverse the map from one side to the other without an additional command to find me, as if they were not computer but human-controlled.

I believe Kingpin is one of the better shooters of the late 90s. It doesn't reinvent the genre like Half-Life did. Instead, just like its engine-brethren SiN, Daikatana and Soldier of Fortune, it aims for a more classical approach. Its strength lies not in its ingenuity, but in its solid design sensibilities. It has an overarching theme that is full of style and backed up by a ghetto tale told through cutscenes, offers a highly visceral yet never offending combat experience on top and builds up on an already solid engine without introducing any bugs or breaking it. I only wish that it had a longer campaign or an expansion pack of sorts. If it had been kept, the slightly non-linear feel of the first episode would have been welcome too.

Recommended for fans of old-school. Don't forget to answer the phone.

'What's the count?'
'Good... Real good.'
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