In the quarter century since Doom first invaded the realm of networked computers and blew everybody’s minds, surprisingly little has changed in the first-person multiplayer shooter genre.
Yes, there have been advances.Bullet Force Multiplayer has them in spades, including slight 3D visuals, a range of different modes, a number of maps to choose from, a currency system, and weapons that you can upgrade.
But the thrill of the multiplayer gameplay is just as raw and intense and outrageously fun as it was in the days of CounterStrike.
There’s a number of modes, but they all have one thing in common: you, charging around a custom-made environment with a gun in your hand, shooting people.
You get around using the traditional WASD configuration, with mouse to look, G for grenade, Space to jump, C to crouch, R to reload, and F to pull off a brutal melee attack — vital for those awkward moments when you run out of bullets or simply bump into an opponent unexpectedly in a corridor.
Each mode is different. Conquest sees you capturing flags and trying to hold them. Team Deathmatch sees you racing with another team to get to a set number of points. Free for All sees you shooting everybody indiscriminately.
Gun Game is perhaps the most interesting of all. It plays a lot like Free for All, but you automatically pick up the weapon of the player you’ve just killed, so you have to constantly change your approach as you adapt to different guns.
As you play you’ll get feedback in the form of little notifications telling you whenever you kill a player who has recently killed you (revenge!), or kill a player who is on the verge of killing another player (rescue!), or shoot somebody right in their dumb head (instant death!).
You collect points for pulling off these tricks, and you can spend these on opening crates that contain new weapons. That means you gradually build your armoury as you play, and your progress is expedited if you have mad skills.
There’s a nicely balanced variety of maps in Bullet Force Multiplayer, some of them open while others are closed and claustrophobic, calling for a range of different strategies.
All in all there’s a lot to get your teeth with this game. And you don’t even need to install it to make a start, as Bullet Force Multiplayer is played entirely on your browser. Check it out here.
If games with guns are things you can also find Hide Online on the CrazyGames site here too.