ON A GOOD DAY, ONLY 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE WILL DIE. As vast alien mining cities suck the power and minerals from every major metropolis on Earth simultaneously, time is of the essence as millions of civilians are expiring by the second.
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Very Positive (108 reviews) - 81% of the 108 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 1, 1997

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As vast alien mining cities suck the power and minerals from every major metropolis on Earth simultaneously, time is of the essence as millions of civilians are expiring by the second.

Using your stealth parachute and the now infamous 'Zooming' head-mounted sniper-weapon, your task is to slip in undetected from the sky, seek out and remove the alien leader by any means.

MDK gives you awesome super smooth 3D gameplay.

Plus, with the most advanced weapons ever created in a video game, you can 'take' out an alien's eye from five miles away or just neatly carve your name in his forehead!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium 300Mhz
    • Memory: 64MB
    • Graphics: DirectX
    • DirectX®: 7
    • Hard Drive: 650MB
    • Sound: DirectSound
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
If not one of the very first PC games that brought in the 3D Third person shooter genre. A classic game that is very underrated by people who played other shooters like Doom II or Half-Life 1. You play as Kurt the guy in the tight black suit with a one handed arm chain gun. Your mission is to stop an alien race from invading a futuristic looking planet Earth. Cause mayhem with a variety of different weapons and go through obstacles and platforms to progress further into the game. The graphics are pretty old but if you are looking to enjoy playing a good classic video game without flashy graphics this maybe the game for you.
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92 of 98 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
MDK is a must own! MUST OOOOWWWNNN !!! The first time I saw this game was on a PC in a Tandy Electronics store in early 1997. lol, boy I tell you, I played it as much as I could. Which was only 15 mins. But when I had to leave, I knew I had to get away from games like Doom, Quake, Heretic, Descent, Blakestone 3D, Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 3D ... etc. These 3D platform shooters were the next big thing!

The graphics amazed me back then. Now that I play it, I gotta admit it isn't as great as I had remembered, but the gameplay is incredibly fun that you'll pay no attention to the graphics. There’s this really cool slanting to the camera angle when you run left or right. I also find the parachute mechanism as integral and addictive to the gameplay as bullet time is in the Max Payne series.

MDK is about 6 hours long. For the amount of content to make things interestingly non-repetitive, I'd say this was well laid out by the developers. Some people might think the game is short. And maybe it is by today's standards. But if I remember back to those days as a kid, if a game was fun, you'd replay it again. It was that simple. And I would gladly load MDK up every now and then just to blast around and have fun today. That's the way it should be!

I can't even understand some of the pure genius of ideas in this game. Like I remember shooting this alien or whatever in the head and his eye popped! I shoot him in the nose and that got mashed. I mean like I shoot Ellis or Coach in the eyes in L4D2 and they don't pop ... you know what I mean? lol. Incredible detail and very imaginative game. Too much to explain. You have to play it to see it.

The control scheme is a bit wonky. You have to remember this was at a time where using the mouse to look around on PC wasn't that common. But I personally don't find it a bother. There are some people that have created modern mouse configurations for this game. But I recommend to use the keyboard old-school with the mouse only for sniping. Having said that, this game would be very user-friendly with a controller.

The music is pure awesomeness! It gives such great atmosphere. The sound effects like the gun shooting doesn’t get tiring.

What I don't understand is why the Steam version of this game lacks the ending escape sequence movie clip followed by this French music video. You'll need to obtain MDKEND.FLC and MDKBZK.MVE and place them in the MDK/MISC/FLIC directory to view the ending like normal. Thank god for the Internet and Google search, this problem is easily remedied.

The Steam overlay also doesn't work. So you'll need a program like Zeckensack's Glide Wrapper or nGlide. Apparently these programs also fixes wrongly displayed textures and "windowboxing" which the game defaults to.

Overall despite nearing 2 decades old, MDK makes it into my top favourite games of all time. It is so refreshing that it makes me wonder why a lot of triple A titles of today that use laser technology to scan actors into the computer as 3D models, combined with motion capture, life like level designs and Hollywood-like plots fail to draw me in! I would give MDK a personal score of 93/100.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
A true underrated classic! A little dated at this point, but it really just needs some minor control tweaking. Trapped in 480p but otherwise, its fun as hell.
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2013
My love for whole life. I finished this game abou 200x and I will do it again everytime I need some good nostalgic relax. MDK was best game of year 1997 and still is one of the best action games in the world.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Great game just like I remember it except one HUGE problem... They completely cut out the ending! After you defeat the final boss the game just abruptly ends, no awesome song and cutsceen. Also the screenshots they showcase on the steam game page are all from the beta version of MDK and none of those are actual screenshots from the current game. I'm happy to see the game on steam but steam has a lot of cleaning up to do with this game.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
The Steam release of MDK is a bit of a letdown. It inspired me to make a fan patch for the game since, not only does it not include any glide wrappers to make the game compatible with modern systems, it also missed a LOT of original content from the game such as cutscenes, artwork etc.

Using my patch though you should be able to experience the game as it was meant to be.

In my opinion MDK is a pretty awesome shooter. It's insanely easy to play (especially with a modern WASD+mouse control setup), easy to grasp and while the game is a bit short, it has an insane amount of variety in level designs and graphics, especially for its time when most shooters looked like brown and grey corridors (*cough*Quake*cough*) and the game also features more open arena-like spaces a lot.

A DEFINING feature of the game is the sniper rifle which attaches to your head like a helmet. Back in the 90's, this must've been the FIRST shooter I remember that had a sniper weapon that felt as good and simple to use as this. And it zooms in without any kind of pixelation as well.

The music is also stellar and composed by Tommy Tallarico who obviously took a lot of influence from Danny Elfman in his score for the game, using a lot of synthesizers mixed with rich orchestral sounds and themes. The soundtrack is as varied and whimsical at times as the game is and fits perfectly.

Graphically the game ranges from being really colorful to having almost gothic HR Giger'esque designs, especially with the main protagonist. The low polygon count gives the game a very unique look though it uses a lot of very impressive graphical tricks for its time such as a world consisting entirely of mirrored surfaces that still looks awesome today.

All in all, MDK, or Murder Death Kill as it's originally called, in my opinion is an underrated must-play title for all shooter fans.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I played this game as a kid and it's just the way I remember it.
So much fun and nostalgic.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2014
An old classic (maybe a bit underrated) third person shooter. Thought its not very known, its a very cool game, with a good ammount of action, funny moments (The world's smallest nuclear bomb used to open doors through the game its a little gem) and big open locations. Unfortunately, the Steam version suffer of some bug and glitches, (quickly fixable thanks to the Fan Mod released that you can find it here, http://steamcommunity.com/app/38450/discussions/0/864973123467667345/ ) and a very bad controly system that even an almost total remap wont fix totally.
SUMMARIZE. For the price on steam, its a worthy game to buy, that will give you a good ammount of playtime. Just remember that it will maybe require some fixes before it can be played properly.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
Good old PS1 era game.
Fast and trippy gameplay, just run in tunnels and shoot with your eyes closed while listening to one of the best original soundtrack ever.
Try it on one of those nights you have 3 hours to spare, it's fun.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
Well done Kurt!

MDK is a fast third person shooter that puts you inside Kurt's remarkable coil suit to fight against aliens that are trying to conquer Earth. For that, you're equipped with an infinite-ammo chain gun and a sniper rifle, combined with a lot of items (nuclear bombs, did I mentioned that?!) that can be obtained along the game (I mean NUCLEAR BOMBS!).

The campaign is linear, with six worlds to complete. It's a classic, tremendously funny. I still can enjoy it like I did in 1999.
If you're not familiar with classic games, give it a try on a sale. Otherwise you probably already have it on your library. ;-)

NOTE: The Steam version comes up with some bugs on newer systems (such as slowdowns and missing textures). There's a patch available that fix them all.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: September 4
This game was originally played on my parents PC when I was about 10 years old and largely shaped the gamer I am today.

Still fun to this day with the crazy action, stellar music and bizarre characters.
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9.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game features some mind-blowing art concepts for its time, best flash-action combat permitted by directx 1.0, unique acrobatics, catchy gun wielding, and the coolest sniper rifle sight ever. The sound tones coupled with the fitting background music set an immersive combat atmosphere. Lots of fun punk action great for training your reflexes. This no-nonsense game is just down-right cool. The downside is the patch you need to download before the game runs properly with Windows 10 without all the graphics glitches, one I got was from Alyxx, and even then my game breaks down near the end of level 3 despite several re-installations and game replays using different save files. A real gem from the 90s. This game seems to have inspired several later creations including Area 51 and Borderlands. Kinda puzzled why the new developer ridiculed the original product in MDK2 while coming up with something much inferior without that fine finish and attention to detail?
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9.1 hrs
Posted: August 1
The game is avesome, I love it, but you got to install some fixes to make it playable, if you are not a ♥♥♥♥♥♥, It would't take you a lot of time
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 11
Yes.. it's definitly refreshing to play this game again after so many years.

This is the very first game that offer mortal .. gernade.. and many different object interaction that's uncommon for FPS game at that time. Replaying this game after 20 years it feels quite a bit easier then what it was but it's still so much fun to zoom in and kills an alien that tries to taunt you miles and miles away.

You play a ganiter that works for a madscience and work with a humanoid looking dogs to save humanity from an invasion.. Ya.. MDK = Murder Death Kill and it's so much fun ever after 20 years.

Game difficulty is quite high compare to most other FPS because the controls are not easy to master. Doesn't matter if u use.. mouse. keyboard.. joystick or gamepad.. it's always a bit hard to manage the controls. But once u learn how to use it.. it's a very fun and rewarding game.

The graphics cannot compare to modern day FPS but it's still quite ok for fans of this game. The music is still one of the best I ever experienced for FPS game.

One thing you must take notice is that this game will need an unoffical pan patch to run properly with out any graphics glitch.

7.5/10.. and play this.. to experience the sheer fun of Murder .. death.. kill.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 4
This is a cult classic and i still have the Cardboard Box, played it a ton back in the DOS days :)
I have strong nostalgia goggles for it so i would absolutely recommend playing this... probably not an objective opinion.
I don't know how this would hold up for somebody who has never played this before... i would guess not at all.
I really can't tell you if you would like this or not.

That said, i can not recommend buying it on Steam, you should probably buy it on GOG instead, it already comes with nGlide (3Dfx emulator compatibility thingy) over there, on Steam you have to patch that in yourself to make MDK work or download fanpatches or half the textures won't even show up.

There is no "just install and play" here, it is literally unplayable how Steam delivers it because most of the objects, including the world or the character are invisible.

It is a really OLD game so some fiddling with it is required... but if GOG already did the fiddling for us, why buy the unplayable release from Steam who can't be bothered to do those clicks for us?

Game is 30FPS, but that isn't a problem, it just looks like a old DOS game, not stuttery like console ports would (i'm very pedantic about 30FPS ... i even downvote things with 60FPS locks if my 144Hz screen isn't used to its fullest...).
There are big black bars around the picture (letterboxing) on a 1080p 16:9 screen.

The biggest hurdle are probably the awkward keyboard keybinds that you need to get used to first... or change.

Sorry, the nostalgia goggles do not outweigh the need to fiddle with stuff here, can't recommend the Steam release, go get the GOG version.

Of course you can make the Steam version work as well, with some effort, i just think we should not support Steam's total lack of quality control.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: June 13
Epic game, my uncle showed it to me when I was like 10 and at the time I was used to games like spyro, this blew me away and still does today.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: May 3
This game is all over the place....Part third person shooter, part adventure game, part abstract puzzle game, part platformer.

This is a weird game with so many different ideas and designs put into it that it could've only been made in the 90's when experimental gaming was at its peak.
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3.1 hrs
Posted: May 3
it took me maybe 10 years to find this game after i played it on my ps1 for a single night
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