Reviewing Every Throwback FPS | Nostalgia Nerd

21 feb 2021
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Head to ​ to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code NOSTALGIANERD.... Things have changed since Doom, even Doom 2016, so much so, that the retro FPS is back, but there are SO. MANY. RETRO FPS. GAMES. Seriously, when I started out on this mission, I didn't expect to uncover such a treasure trove of retro style FPS games. I expected games like Dusk, Amid Evil even Hellbound for sure, but the rabbit hole is much much deeper my friends, and it's glorious. Join me on this voyage of discovery as I examine (at least) 30 retro inspired FPS titles. Beautiful
*That's I could find and that is decent.
Chad Doomguy:
00:00 Historical Context
02:05 Retro FPS Core Elements
05:21 Ad
06:00 Commercial Games
25:31 Upcoming Games
27:41 Alternative Games
29:35 Indie Games
30:40 Credits
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Heavy Bullets
Devil Daggers
Maximum Action
Project Warlock
Amid Evil
Nightmare Reaper
Ion Fury
Post Void
Dread Templar
Demon Pit
Waifu Hell
Bad Trip
The Night That Speaks
Blood Letter
Virtual Wave
Shrine II
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  • Oh crap, I forgot the include the link to the best one of them all in the description. RETRO FPS:

    Nostalgia NerdNostalgia Nerd2 månader sedan
    • DELVER

      BurnRoddyBurnRoddyMånad sedan
    • Where can i get that commodore 64 looking keyboard?

      REK WAREREK WARE2 månader sedan
    • @Cricket England Whatabout Catacomb 3-D? Wolfenstein used enhanced version of the same engine, written by John Carmack. Catacomb used only 16-color EGA graphics though, LOL.

      robsku1robsku12 månader sedan
    • Wolfenstibe 3D will always be the original and best

      Cricket EnglandCricket England2 månader sedan
    • Did you say "clearly defined e.rection"? Yes you did. I checked three times. That's what you said.

      cheater00cheater002 månader sedan
  • I know this is already a long video with a lot of games to go through but man, I wish you had gone a bit more in depth on most of these. still, good video, glad to have found it

    lando_cslando_cs5 timmar sedan
  • That Squarespace ad, lol!!!

    ComfortableWedgieComfortableWedgie4 dagar sedan
  • Prodeus scoring higher than DUSK and HROT? WRATH scoring equally to those?? Great compilation and entertaining to watch but you have some pretty poor taste in retro shooters.

    Jay YJay Y5 dagar sedan
  • I love how he considers Prodeus to be so much of a Doom game, he actually accidentally called it Doom at 23:16

    MatMat10 dagar sedan
  • Your British, why are you calling it Gzee doom its Gzed doom. sick of perfetic British people pandering to Americans

    FaithlessFaithless12 dagar sedan
  • 0:08 Back in my day we called these games FPP (First Person Perspective), because FPS stands for Frames Per Second. So no, this term was not around since the beginning.

    Polan StronkPolan Stronk13 dagar sedan
  • Shotguns have fallen out of favor in modern era of fps games because they have unrealistic damage fall off. One recent game to have it in line to what the drop off for shotguns have is PUBG.

    Grumpy IanGrumpy Ian13 dagar sedan
  • 18:45 Bahahah Seeing YOU the british toilet miss those Strafe shots in an game where you can't do so unless you ALSO flick your mouse + consider the 3D spacing when strafing is different . Thats awsome .

    Sean BrissonSean Brisson14 dagar sedan
  • Amid Evil really feels like it could be a "Heretic III". Absolutely gorgeous design.

    KRAFTWERK2K6KRAFTWERK2K616 dagar sedan
  • 9:37 Dual Wielding. Haha yeah, also known as AKIMBO Style :P

    KRAFTWERK2K6KRAFTWERK2K616 dagar sedan
  • Ah yes Throwback first person shooters. The "Synth Wave" or "V A P O R W A V E" of videogaming ^_^ from the gameplay, leveldesign even to the pixelated textures. 6:44 Devil Daggers really looks like a game that could have even been released back then on the Saturn and the Playstation.

    KRAFTWERK2K6KRAFTWERK2K616 dagar sedan
  • Gai guh

    Kristian GrothKristian Groth16 dagar sedan
  • its laptop-shot reviews of shooters based entirely on received opinion and yes it does hurt to take in

    Friendly DogFriendly Dog16 dagar sedan
  • Paranautical activity!!!!! Been so long since I’ve heard that name.

    hoawerhoawer16 dagar sedan
  • A new one coming up in GZDoom is Selaco. It looks like a more story driven Ion Fury.

    shinobodyshinobody17 dagar sedan
  • Selaco is like a retro FPS made in GZDoom.

    Nurse XóchitlNurse Xóchitl17 dagar sedan
  • "FPS"? Didn't you mean "doom clones"?

    Björn P.Björn P.19 dagar sedan
  • Which came first? Civvie 11 or Nostalgia Nerd? I'm sensing a bit of style ripoff.

    Sgt. ThundercokSgt. Thundercok19 dagar sedan
  • Niche popularity until the cool kids grow bored.

    Sgt. ThundercokSgt. Thundercok19 dagar sedan
  • wasn't Heretic and Hexen Ravensoft. on the IDtech engine

    Corosar KarkarnCorosar Karkarn19 dagar sedan
  • When he said “Hell Hunt” I thought he said “Hell C*nt” and that would be an AMAZING name for a game. Or band.

    Luke HooftLuke Hooft20 dagar sedan
  • I'm sure someone has already said this but Heretic was definitely Raven Software, not id.

    KatatsumuriKatatsumuri22 dagar sedan
  • You play some really SHIT games.

    Joe ManningJoe Manning26 dagar sedan
  • You play some really SHIT games.

    Joe ManningJoe Manning26 dagar sedan
  • That Belinea tho! I swear we still have one somewhere unless my mother chucked it.

    Thomas MylesThomas MylesMånad sedan
  • I just love your videos! Great job!

    Hugin & MuninHugin & MuninMånad sedan
  • Now make an episode about adventure games appearing on the indie game scene like Invasive Recall please

    Domby88Domby88Månad sedan
  • fun fact in 1995. i bouth my first windows 95 pc. i whas around 12y then. and my mom touth doom whas a flight game. so she bouth it for me. but when she saw what the game really whas about. she stoped me from playing. i got mad. (sorry for bad english iḿ swedish)

  • This video is just what I was looking for! Perfect, thank you!

    penny wisdompenny wisdomMånad sedan

    BurnRoddyBurnRoddyMånad sedan
  • Its not like I hated Doom but Catacomb3D is a much superior product IMO. Ans I don't mean Doom isn't the better game but by the time Doom came around there were a few FPs already bur Catacomb3D INVENTED the genre. Doom was an IMPROVEMENT over Catacomb3D but Catacomb3D was REVOLUTIONARY.

    BurnRoddyBurnRoddyMånad sedan
  • 30:36 Not even the Nostalgia Nerd can escape the call of the Doog. Yubi Yubi!

    CrimsonDragoonCrimsonDragoonMånad sedan
  • We need to bring back 90's RTS.

    DeathTrooper 67DeathTrooper 67Månad sedan
  • I feel like the modern crop of throwback FPS owe an additional debt to Serious Sam. I felt like that was the first, modern old school FPS.

    Timothy SoenTimothy SoenMånad sedan
  • Heh, watching that Doom footage at the start caught me off guard for a second...he was playing in full screen mode, no borders! What a beast of a CPU!

    Plaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachinePlaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachineMånad sedan
  • I guess I'm old. I remember Wolfenstein and remember when 'throwback' wasn't a work

    N HN HMånad sedan
    • Wow, you are old! "Throwback" has been a word since the 1800s

      Plaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachinePlaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachineMånad sedan
  • I cannot wait for the console release of Prodeus. That graphical style is totally my jam, late 90s retro graphics need to be more of a thing. Reminds me of the now forgotten Disruptor.

    jcardboardjcardboardMånad sedan
  • I take my nostalgia goggles off and realize the core of these games doesnt change, not that they are all First Person Shooters but that they all are clones of the same essence. To summ it up you could just as much play Brutal doom and Hexen (on Zandorum) to get 90% of the gameplay value of the games that were shown, the other 10% is mostly just a skin/theme changes on top of the core gameplay. Edit: im not saying they are all not fun to play its just... the novelty does where off after a while for me.

    Christian SunnarborgChristian Sunnarborg2 månader sedan
  • The voice actor for Viscerafest sounds like the same person who did the voice acting for Miss Fortune in LoL.

    stillcoldstillcold2 månader sedan
  • Great list...can't get enough of these games

    steelcurtain187steelcurtain1872 månader sedan
  • Realistically I think some of these "reviews" should be 2 or 3/10.

    Lord ZordidLord Zordid2 månader sedan
  • DSA Dolch in da houzzzz

    Robert RadaRobert Rada2 månader sedan
  • Welcome to the dungeon Nerd

    Roland KatsuragiRoland Katsuragi2 månader sedan
  • Weifu?

    Roland KatsuragiRoland Katsuragi2 månader sedan
  • Love this change up NN. Great video!!!

    grymmjackgrymmjack2 månader sedan
  • Prodius > Doom Eternal

    Jacob PedersonJacob Pederson2 månader sedan

    NatanielNataniel2 månader sedan
  • Bonus info; Project Warlock runs just fine in Windows XP.

    GarchampGarchamp2 månader sedan
  • My long-time FPS favourites are Return to Castle Wolfenstein (because you get to make holes in Nazis, and because the levels are so big and detailed that it feels almost open-world), and Postal 2 [Share the Pain] (because who needs guns if you can just whack a shovel over some Talibani's head and then set them on fire, and also because it has a rather unique solution for your bladder issues..)

    Markus StranglMarkus Strangl2 månader sedan
  • Project Warlock is so badly optimized it's beyond logic. It runs at 2-10 fps for me. I don't have a great computer, but it really shouldn't require one. I can run games like Ori and the blind forest, Unravel, all source games on high etc. with no problems.

    Marcus LindgrenMarcus Lindgren2 månader sedan
  • 10 to prodeus and 9 to Dusk and Ultrakill, not sure I entirely agree but yeah theyre all amazing.

    B. EkovB. Ekov2 månader sedan
  • Ion Fury & Doom:Sigil !!!

    Militaires Sans FrontièresMilitaires Sans Frontières2 månader sedan
  • How much freaking ads are you shoving down for viewer's throats? Unsubscribed!

    Alin AbabeiAlin Ababei2 månader sedan
    • lmao use ad block, genius. Also, someone with almost 400k subs doesn't give a shit if you unsubscribe...

      Plaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachinePlaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachineMånad sedan
  • Project Warlock is currently £3.40 on Steam. Be rude not to!

    Stooo MarshallStooo Marshall2 månader sedan
  • Too many games. Slow down. I can't keep up.

    thebuccaneersdenthebuccaneersden2 månader sedan
  • The enemies in Quake 1 weren't sprites, they were full 3d models, the only use of sprites in Quake 1 was for things like the muzzle flash and GL/RL explosions.

    beanwithbaconbeanwithbacon2 månader sedan
  • Horses! HROT has horses!

    Some PotatoSome Potato2 månader sedan
  • Calling Heretic an id game? Meh.

    DandusDandus2 månader sedan

    A Random GuyA Random Guy2 månader sedan
  • Whoever drew the dude on the thumbnail really likes big... 🤣

    Richard LandgrenRichard Landgren2 månader sedan
  • That asthmatic joke at is totally uncalled for and as asthmatic myself I find it offensive. Reported. Unsubscribed.

    asavahasavah2 månader sedan
    • Cry harder LMAO

      Plaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachinePlaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachineMånad sedan
  • Black Mazer...

    ArthurTheErrorArthurTheError2 månader sedan
  • @17:13 The reason they didn't want Shelly say something like that(or everything like Duke Nukem) because they don't want IF/Shelly just a copycat of Duke3D/Duke Nukem. They tried make her has some her own personality...yeah it disappointed some fans but to me...I don't care, she still kick ass. :P

    PlayerLinPlayerLin2 månader sedan
  • Man literally not heard of any of these,,,Shame on me! ,,,Thanks for sharing!!

    GAMES made of CARDBOARDGAMES made of CARDBOARD2 månader sedan
  • A great video, and it truly covers just about all interesting retro-themed shooters out there. Thanks! 💪🏻

    Masuteru BarufutōMasuteru Barufutō2 månader sedan
  • But where is AssaultCube?

    [Programmer] Michael Agarkov[Programmer] Michael Agarkov2 månader sedan
  • Woah, I had the EXACT same Belinea monitor as a kid. It was actually the very first monitor I owned all for myself, a present from my awesome aunt. A friend of my sister gave me a VGA capable graphics card a few days later as well, and this was when I finally escaped the Hercules days my dad's PC had until then. It took me saving up for another 3-4 years to finally buy my whole own PC, and that trustee monitor still did its job on it for another couple of years. I finally donated it to a good friend after being able to buy my first LCD screen thanks to my first few jobs. Another Belinea. Man. Memories. Thanks.

    Fonk BadonkFonk Badonk2 månader sedan
  • Dusk actually did a good job at subtly telling a story of cosmic horror and science gone wrong

    A Really Bored IndividualA Really Bored Individual2 månader sedan
  • OUCH!

    Ross ScarletRoss Scarlet2 månader sedan
  • what game is the game at the start of the vid??

    Diego CarrascoDiego Carrasco2 månader sedan
  • I think Prodeus and Wrath should have appeared in the "upcoming games" section rather than under "commercial games". They are both still very much in early access at this point.

    GregorGregor2 månader sedan
  • I can't play any of those games… I have an old Thinkpad x201i without any gpu, only a first gen i3 and 4GBs of RAM

    Francesco LamorgeseFrancesco Lamorgese2 månader sedan
  • Hellbound looks less like Doom, and more like if Painkiller were an edgy 90s comic.

    Michael VaughanMichael Vaughan2 månader sedan
  • "A DLC option I am not clicking here." Very understandable, but some might wonder if you clicked it once you were no longer at risk of being demonetised.

    Iain BrownIain Brown2 månader sedan
  • ultra void gave me a headache and I'm not even photosensitive

    Sammy FoxSammy Fox2 månader sedan
  • Graven looks good too, spiritual successor to Hexen 2

    caktalfraktalcaktalfraktal2 månader sedan
  • Doomguys strangely large bulge in the thumbnail... lol

    SasukeitachiUchihaSasukeitachiUchiha2 månader sedan
  • Black Massah? Quake used sprites? Way-fus? ...tut tut. For shame.

    Chris MadisunChris Madisun2 månader sedan
  • The citadel is very fun. You should play it.

    John CaplanJohn Caplan2 månader sedan
  • thinking about the satisfaction of shotguns in games, I reckon there's a subtle but crucial effect in games that get it right, there's a very slight delay before the BOOM. I think it works in a similar way to how old fighting games paused for a split second upon a hit, it's giving a sense that you're momentarily overwhelmed with the BOOM!.

    Sion JonesSion Jones2 månader sedan
  • HACX should be among these games. A commercial Total Conversion for DooM 2. I reviewed the free demo version in early 2000's, they contacted me and asked if I wanted to review the full version - I said, ok, if I can be honest about it. They sent me a HACX T-Shirt (so sadly lost) and a CD. They licenced the engine for commercial use, although it was just a Totall Conversion that used DeHackEd to modify the DooM executable. Nowdays they give it freely to download! My review is at: Despite saying that I will give bad rating if I don't like it, I ended up giving it 5 stars :)

    robsku1robsku12 månader sedan
  • first glance at HROT made me think of Chasm: The Rift from 1997... Just the general style and feel there.

    TheChaoticBikerTheChaoticBiker2 månader sedan
  • 3:35 "with less friction" No, thanks! I want my character to stop when I stop pressing the keys, not to slide around.

    LovuschkaLovuschka2 månader sedan
  • Post Void is when you fall into a bathtub with a sheet of acid in your pocket.

    Brett RudyBrett Rudy2 månader sedan
  • you said the original Quake had sprits, but that was fully 3d. items, characters, world. even the lighting from the lightning gun was a 3d model

    KaylaKayla2 månader sedan
  • Kingpin 10/10 toilets

    Alan CheatleyAlan Cheatley2 månader sedan
  • Sadly no UT99 in the video! ;)

    UT99 Friday Frag Nights!UT99 Friday Frag Nights!2 månader sedan
  • 18:20 The original Quake had sprites? What?

    Máté BMáté B2 månader sedan
    • @Plaguis - KFP Dishwashing Machine I vaguely remember those being 3D too, that's why animation interpolation in darkplaces makes some look weird.

      Máté BMáté BMånad sedan
    • Technically there were sprites. The muzzle flashes and such. Pretty sure that's not what he meant though, lol

      Plaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachinePlaguis - KFP Dishwashing MachineMånad sedan
  • My only complaint about this video: I wish it were longer and showcasing the games more.

    Terry LynnTerry Lynn2 månader sedan
  • Awesome video. Project Warlock has been as low as £3:40 so I'll save my pennies and wait. Prodeus has only just come out so it's a bit early for a sale.

    Robert SmithRobert Smith2 månader sedan
  • For me after Catacomb Abyss it was Wolfenstein 3d that brought me to the FPS genre.

    VorrnthVorrnth2 månader sedan
  • Ok Boomer

    Retro80sManRetro80sMan2 månader sedan
  • Don't you get the shotgun in like the 2nd level of Project Warlock? Did you only play the game for like 10 minutes?

    Dan RossDan Ross2 månader sedan
  • hey Civvie11

    donkixottdonkixott2 månader sedan
  • FANTASTIC list Pete. Thanks for these. Erm...dont forget, the Genesis of in game toilets was Duke 3D and they were 2D sprites, but, cleverly imprisoned in cubicles (not sure where else they'd be of course) so you didn't notice the "rotate", while urinals (also functional) were flat sprites against walls, so again, no rotating effect. While not a toilet, I was surprised to see the rotating sprite effect re-emerge in Elite Dangerous on PS4, which I found very very odd (it's there, trust me). Right...stopped reading by this point? ok then. :D

    005 AGIMA005 AGIMA2 månader sedan
  • I see you cover both exploding barrels and shotgun barrels. So you could say you’re giving us both barrels in this overview. ;P

    GreyHulk2GreyHulk22 månader sedan
  • Geegar. Ha!

    Ryan WhitelawRyan Whitelaw2 månader sedan
  • I'm going to say it - Doom 2016 was better gameplay than Doom Eternal.

    chbruleschbrules2 månader sedan
    • Thank you!! 100% agreed!

      datamanmachinedatamanmachine2 månader sedan
  • This video was sorely needed, thank you for making it.

    WolfbayneWolfbayne2 månader sedan