I decided to download the current build R2 of the Xl engine and checked out Dark Forces. Keep in mind that I'm 100% not a fan of Star Wars/Star Trek/Battlestar/etc. I was never into that, I grew up on Horror films (hence my excitement over Blood XL) but I do enjoy the Red Letter Media reviews of the prequel trilogy
But a shooter is a shooter. First time playing this it kept crashing whenever I started and set my name to 'ass' when I changed it to just 'a' I was able to start the mission. I guess the game doesn't like mild cursing. Started it and wow. For a Beta this seems 100% playable. I detect no graphical errors, no clipping bugs, nothing. I'm up to Level 3 and I'm not noticing anything at all that would indicate it's unfinished aside from Alt Fire being bound to R. Congrats to Lucious.
As for the game, it's pretty good. Pretty tedious with the Storm Troopers posing no real threat except in numbers. Question: How do I use the Medkit? I was wandering in the dark for a while until I realized I could hit F3 or F4 to bring up a headlight and F1 would bring up my stats and state my objectives (a very
useful feature for a '95 shooter). Good FPS, doesn't feel like a Doom Clone at all unlike Heretic (I Love Hexen, but Heretic is really just a TC of Doom).
Really looking forward to Blood XL. Even though I never played Outlaws I'm sure it'll be good. The mods and the graphic enhancement are the big things I'm looking forward to... and correcting the auto-aim and Mouse Control in Blood.