Before the release of Doom 3 back in 2004, there were countless talks about a Russian game that was supposed to one-up Bethesda & ID’s landmark entry before it was even released. The motive was to completely destroy Doom, turn it into ashes and make people forget it ever existed. Russians were enthusiastic and ardent about this so-called Doom 3 killer until the game released and flopped, to no one’s surprise. The game, ladies and gentlemen, was called Kreed – originally to be titled “Doom3 Killer”.
Kreed is a first-person-shooter developed by Burut Creative Team, the team behind UberSoldier 1 as well as the sequel, using a different engine called X-Tend. The game was published by Russobit-M back on 23 August 2003 for PC. Kreed is set in a futuristic-Sci-Fi timeline, specifically in the year 2944 where humanity is still at war against strange species called ”Tiglaary”. Scientists and soldiers will try to enter a peculiar spaceship called ”Kreed” in which the events of the game happen. On the other hand, some religious groups in the game believe that Kreed is a superior being. Those scientists are blinded by the belief and try their best to enter this ship full of monsters with the help of a high ranked officer called Teofrast Rumi. The latter will have to solve the major mystery behind everything and declare war on Tiglaary.
The graphics look okay for a 2003 game. First of all, the game is a straight forward first-person shooter lacking puzzles or any other sort of mechanics, pretty similar to the Chaser video game. However, the game is full of backtracking and on top of that, the areas can get confusing and frustrating for many players.
Secondly, through your campaign, you’ll get to meet people who’ll supply you with objectives, such as freeing prisoners, killing aliens, but these objectives aren’t easy to solve because the map can be pretty confusing in addition to how the game has a low gamma set as default as well as glitches the player will encounter during the playthrough. Also, like any first-person shooter, the game has a variety of weapons to choose from. Sadly, there’s nothing impressive about these weapons that can compete with the biggest FPS games on the market.
Thirdly, the aliens in this game or any kind of threat are suicidal, running at you hastily until you shoot them dowm with a spray of bullets. The alien design isn’t the best thing to look at either; nothing a gamer would consider original since every enemy the player will encounter looks almost similar to the previous one.
A bad version of those aliens from Aliens vs Predators? This doesn’t stop here: the AI is dumb since they keep repeating the same action again and again and AGAIN. To make it worse, the campaign’s length is 10 hours, making it frustrating to endure this repetitive behavior. Kreed will fascinate you in the first hour or so, after that, the fun is over. The game is generic by all means with its poor level design, unbalanced weapons, and bugs throughout the playthrough – especially when climbing ladders, sometimes the player will get stuck leaving the player with no choice but to reset the game and lose progress. In addition to the mouse sensitivity being not that good, this just makes it a nightmarish experience for many players.
In the end, the team at Burut Creative had bigger hopes to crush Doom 3 and divide its community, but their plan flunked, and they ironically crushed themselves with their own hands. Sadly, nobody remembers the game these days, nor are they asking for it to come back either on GOG or Steam. To end this article, good luck getting the game to run on your modern hardware with no issues.