I do enjoy a good FPS every now and then. Ever since I played Doom I have enjoyed running around shooting people in the face. Therefore when I saw a freeware game attempting to recreate the old style of FPS I simply had to try it out.
The game in question is 8-bit Killer by Locomalito.
8bit killer felt really bizarre to play, mainly because I was still in the mindset of how one plays a current gen FPS. The first thing I noticed is that you can't aim up and down, this takes a little getting used to but I soon got the controls figured out. On that note there are no instructions (or I may have skipped past them) on how to play so it took me a long time to figure out that the right mouse button opens doors. Movement (WASD) is fairly responsive making it easy to dodge any projectiles.
The music reflects the old school feel very well and reminds me of bionic commando. The .zip file also comes with the complete soundtrack.
The actual graphic style of the game is quite bizarre. The texture resolution is substantially lower than something like Doom. Most likely to feel more 8bit but because of the content of the game and the engine it seems a bit out of place and something that definitely would not have been on an 8bit console. Anyway that's just a small point. The enemies you encounter look like something out of Mad Max, they are also incredibly stupid and walk straight into your bullets. The levels are quite diverse but nothing too special.
This game does not have a save function. Therefore you have to play it in one sitting and usually will take just over an hour, so not ideal if you are after something quick to play.
Overall it's worth a try if you want something to reminisce over but if you want some really intense action you may want to look somewhere else.