You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page!
tagline-image
GOG have now made Blood: One Unit Whole Blood Linux compatible on their store using DOSBox. It's an old sadistic FPS, and I took a quick look.

About Blood (Official)
You carved your soul to shreds in servitude to a dark god, but false promises and betrayal were your only reward. Now you have a score to settle and it will be measured in blood! Experience the madness in one carnage-soaked package! All the gore, all the unholy war! Zombies, gargoyles, hellhounds and blood-crazed hordes of horrors await! Crush loathsome evil of the mighty Tchernobog! Or condemn yourself to eternal damnation in this leviathan of unhallowed gaming action!

Includes the original Blood and addons: Plasma Pak and Cryptic Passage
Various, often crazy weapon types like a pitchfork, flare gun or a Voodoo doll
A grim atmosphere with an abundance of graphical violence, offset by dark humor and cheesy one-liners

I’ve tested it out as usual for you! Thanks again to GOG for supplying a key to make sure it’s in working order.

Some thoughts
It’s another rather retro release for us, and a popular one too.

As usual GOG has it nicely setup with DOSBox so you don’t really need to adjust anything, I’ve tested what I can and it seems to all work pretty nicely without any issues.

The control scheme is pretty bad though, and shows hold old the game is! It does play very similar to the old Duke Nukem games, but looking up what people think about it, the experience is quite different.

I haven’t been able to get very far, as even on the lower difficulty level i seem to get my ass kicked pretty early on.

What I can tell you is that it’s grim, really bloody grim. There’s mutilated bodies everywhere, blood flowing, really creeping looking dudes coming after you, and to top it off it has really creepy music. The atmosphere in my opinion is far darker than Duke Nukem, so I am sure that will appeal to plenty of you.

Check out Blood: One Unit Whole Blood on GOG for Linux, and play a bit of gaming history. One to check out for FPS fans of retro games that’s for sure. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
0 Likes
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG, Humble Store and Paradox Interactive. See more information here.
About the author -
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
The comments on this article are closed.
20 comments
Page: 1/2»
  Go to:

Cheogh 18 May 2015 at 7:34 pm UTC
I've been waiting for this.
Hamish 19 May 2015 at 2:08 am UTC
Full Disclaimer: I am the co-founder and head moderator of the Blood Wiki.
http://www.blood-wiki.org/index.php/Main_Page

So of course I am going to bristle a bit at the suggestion that the "control scheme is pretty bad". For what the game is and how it plays the control scheme is perfectly suitable, you just have to break out of the mouselook paradigm ingrained in your head by playing too many modern shooters. Same thing with the difficulty curve. Blood does take some investment, but if you do take the time to take it seriously it really does deserves its place as one of the greatest shooter games of all time. It is better than Duke Nukem.

Honestly though, I am still a little surprised that it showed up for Linux, considering how difficult it was to get Blood onto GOG.com in the first place.
rea987 19 May 2015 at 7:54 am UTC
HamishFor what the game is and how it plays the control scheme is perfectly suitable, you just have to break out of the mouselook paradigm ingrained in your head by playing too many modern shooters.

So, does that mean there is no proper mouse look support? If that is the case, it is a huge shame. Cause unlike Doom 1 (not 2), Blood has many vertical enemy placement which required precise mouse look to kill; at least for my gaming style... I played BloodCM (eDuke32 port) for a while; it perfectly recreates original Blood with proper mouse look and widecreen support.

http://m210.duke4.net/
http://www.moddb.com/games/bloodcm

I cannot even play Star Wars: Dark Forces because of lack of vertical mouse look support...
Crazy Penguin 19 May 2015 at 8:18 am UTC
CheoghI've been waiting for this.

HamishHonestly though, I am still a little surprised that it showed up for Linux, considering how difficult it was to get Blood onto GOG.com in the first place.

Why? All DOS-Games from GOG working fine on Linux, after some smaller adjustments to the DOSbox config file. Or if you are lazy run it with wine *cough*.

I'm only surprised that they haven't rebundled all DOS Games yet. As they work fine on Linux with DOSbox too.
ssokolow 19 May 2015 at 9:22 am UTC
Crazy Penguin
CheoghI've been waiting for this.

HamishHonestly though, I am still a little surprised that it showed up for Linux, considering how difficult it was to get Blood onto GOG.com in the first place.

Why? All DOS-Games from GOG working fine on Linux, after some smaller adjustments to the DOSbox config file. Or if you are lazy run it with wine *cough*.

I'm only surprised that they haven't rebundled all DOS Games yet. As they work fine on Linux with DOSbox too.

Because, if it were merely a matter of technical matters, GOG would have most of their catalogue on Linux, either via DOSBox or Wine, by now. (After all, they have no problem making Wine bundles for OSX and they demo'd proof of concept by making Wine-based Linux releases for Flatout and Flatout 2.)

It's standard practice for publishers' lawyers to explicitly list what is allowed in a contract with a company like GOG so they can't be unpleasantly surprised. That means that GOG can't release anything for Linux until they renegotiate the contract to add "and Linux" to the list of allowed platforms.
Xylemon 19 May 2015 at 9:41 am UTC
I sure love Blood, such a great classic FPS! Nice to see official support for it rather than the pain of doing it yourself.
Cyba.Cowboy 19 May 2015 at 12:35 pm UTC
In an attempt to "grab headlines", GOG.com made such a big song-and-dance about supporting Linux-based operating systems a while back... And yeah, they hit the 100 games they claimed they would offer.

But the trickle of games since has been just that - a trickle.

I had high hope of GOG.com, considering I've been a happy customer since the start... But I take their claims of enthusiasm for Linux-based operating systems with a grain of salt.
ricki42 19 May 2015 at 1:27 pm UTC
CybaCowboyIn an attempt to "grab headlines", GOG.com made such a big song-and-dance about supporting Linux-based operating systems a while back... And yeah, they hit the 100 games they claimed they would offer.

But the trickle of games since has been just that - a trickle.

I had high hope of GOG.com, considering I've been a happy customer since the start... But I take their claims of enthusiasm for Linux-based operating systems with a grain of salt.

It's not that bad, they had ~170 Linux games in January, and have about ~260 now (some of those 'games' are special edition upgrades, but I didn't want to go through and count them individually). That's 90 games in 5 month. More than 20% of their catalogue is on Linux.
My main gripe is that there are a number of games that have Linux versions on Steam but not on GOG. But in many cases, there doesn't seem to be much GOG can do. For example, I think Age of Wonders 3 developers (Triumph) said that managing different builds on GOG isn't currently feasible for them.
ssokolow 19 May 2015 at 1:27 pm UTC
CybaCowboyIn an attempt to "grab headlines", GOG.com made such a big song-and-dance about supporting Linux-based operating systems a while back... And yeah, they hit the 100 games they claimed they would offer.

But the trickle of games since has been just that - a trickle.

I had high hope of GOG.com, considering I've been a happy customer since the start... But I take their claims of enthusiasm for Linux-based operating systems with a grain of salt.

If the publishers are dragging their feet on authorizing an amendment to the contract to add Linux to the list of allowed distribution platforms or the indie developers aren't willing to let them use a port from a Humble Bundle, there's nothing they can do.

(Note things like Bastion where not even Humble Store is allowed to sell the DRM-free Humble Bundle build to new customers despite it already being in their CDN)
loggfreak 19 May 2015 at 1:42 pm UTC
was hoping more for a source release, like we have with doom, i mean, who doesn't want to see a new Brutal Blood mod?
  Go to:
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon, Liberapay or Paypal. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
  • Battle Planet - Judgement Day
  • Date:
See more!
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Comments
Latest Forum Posts