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This is a list and index of outside media that have references to Blood or characters from that universe, or those that contain content similar to Blood.

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Possibles

Fighting off Zombies in Eternal Damnation using an Aerosol Can
  • The video game Duke Nukem Forever features a number of lines that are similar to those in the Blood series, such as "time to paint the town red", "another day, another disembowelment", "rainin' blood, baby", and the Army of Darkness quote "good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun". The quip "when you get to hell, tell 'em Duke sent ya" is particularly curious as the taunt "when you get to hell tell 'em I sent ya, you'll get a group discount" was an original for Blood II submitted by Glen Maydom in a fan one-liner contest. As another sequel to a Build engine title, opinions were similarly divided as with Blood II - only Blood II had notably higher scores on average and many think that Blood II was rushed out, something Forever certainly was not.
  • OpenArena, a free software arena first-person shooter game built on the ioquake3 engine, contains many Blood-like bots such as gargoyles and spiders (and a cultist-like bot called an "Assassin"). Also one of the original OpenArena developers has a user page on Death Mask (with the comment "Gargoyles are cute"). It is possible that these connections to Blood were deliberate. It is also worthwhile to note that the Q3 BloodBath maps and the Caleb Quake III bot/model both work in OpenArena.

Coincidences

Pre

These games pre-date Blood, and therefore can be safely said to be, at best, inspirations for the game.

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  • The 1994-5 first-person shooter Rise of the Triad features the player fighting an evil cult, although with more a fascist militaristic edge than the Cabal (from its initial conception as a Wolfenstein 3D expansion). Robbed opponents begin showing up in episode four, with Death Monks and Death Fire Monks, as well as the game's ultimate boss El Oscuro. The entire game is based on the premise of a special forces team called HUNT infiltrating a captured monastery on the island of San Nicholas. The last episode also makes a magical staff weapon available to the player. The game also premièred many features present in Blood, such as destructible objects, bullet holes, varying forms of armour, a variety of environmental traps (including flung fireballs), the use of push walls as essential game elements (foreshadowing the dynamic sectors present in Blood), using player translation to avoid engine limitations (elveators in ROTT, room-over-room/underwater in Blood) and heaping doses of graphic violence, and is often considered as a dry-run for then in-development Build engine games (ROTT being the last title to use the Wolfenstein 3D engine, although heavily modified, including the fake ability to look on the vertical axis used in Build, as well as some shared code from the Doom engine). Although tongue-in-cheek, the game's Dog Mode is not dissimilar in concept to the Beast mode originally conceived for Blood; as well as the option of selecting multiple player characters which eventually was added in Blood II: The Chosen. The Blood Alpha contained gas mask and asbestos suit items similar to those found in ROTT. This title has also received a recent, and very loyal, remake built on Unreal Engine 3 by Interceptor Entertainment (now owner of 3D Realms).
  • The first-person shooter Killing Time features numerous stylistic and game-play similarities to Blood. Its arsenal includes akimbo pistols, shotgun, and a tommy gun (as well as using a crowbar as a melee weapon before Half-Life); molotov cocktails function similar to dynamite. Enemies include various types of zombie and even two-head dogs. The Windows/Mac version also features a hedge-maze environment, among many other similar environments in and around Tess Conway's island mansion. However, it needs to be noted that the PC version was released in 1996, one year before Blood, and the original 3DO incarnation was released a year before that in 1995 - meaning it is only possible for it to have inspired Blood, and not the other way around. The game also took the then-popular full motion video route for its cutscenes, while Blood used the competing format of pre-rendered 3D cutscenes.

Post

These games were released around or after the release of Blood or Blood II, and therefore might not actually all be coincidental.

  • Although conceptually distinct, the action role-playing game Deus Ex does bear some artistic similarities to the Blood series, most importantly due to it's gruff voiced trench coated protagonist and it's emphasis on dark urban environments similar to much of Blood II: The Chosen. Both games place a heavy emphasis on subway systems, and Deus Ex does have two sequences taking place in a crypt and one in a cathedral.
  • The first-person shooter video game Soldier of Fortune contains one level set on a train similar to that found in E1M3: Phantom Express. The opening subway level is also reminiscent of several levels found in Blood II. It also includes a "Microwave Pulse Gun" which is in some ways similar to the Tesla Cannon. The GHOUL engine that powers the games "gore zones" provides similar features to those supplied by the Limbloss modification for Blood II by Andy Guillaume.
  • Postal 2 features a wide variety of similarities to Blood and Blood II such as a talkative anti-heroic trench-coated protagonist (though more morally ambiguous then down right evil), an implementation of head kicking, similar urban environments to Blood II including a meat factory and water filtration plants, and interactions with non-playable characters similar to that of Innocents. Both games feature deliberately over the top violence but Postal 2 also features obscenity, stereotypes, and other shock-value functions as well as subtle social commentary. Reviews and user comments of the game also have compared the Postal Dude's numerous quips to those of Caleb.
    • The Postal 2 expansion Apocalypse Weekend also features some similarities to the Blood series such as the introduction of zombies which can have their heads removed (though unlike Axe Zombies, they will continue to move and attack the player unless the head is actually destroyed) and hospital levels exhibiting some of the dark tones of E3M4: The Sick Ward, or the Blood II fan map Hospital of Souls, as well as a bridge level. It also for the first time allowed the player to dismember bodies, a feature similar to that provided by the Limbloss modification for Blood II by Andy Guillaume.
      • Several weapons and elements from both the Eternal Damnation (see above) and the A Week in Paradise fan modifications have made their way into the main product as updates, bringing the original game even closer to Blood.
Various forms of fat zombie
  • In Doom 3 there is a new type of zombie that does not appear in any other Doom game: the Fat Zombie, which is similar to the Bloated Butcher, except that it wears a open shirt, and attacks only with its fists. There is also a section of the game where the protagonist is riding on a Monorail eventually crashing it it in a manner reminiscent of Blood II: The Chosen. Some parts of the Delta Labs also share a similar feel to C3L7: Research and Development, with new weapons and portal technologies being developed and various specimens from other worlds or dimensions being experimented on. CabalCo and the UAC share many similarities: a focus on R&D, caring about progress before safety, a willingness to risk their own members in scouting missions to hostile new dimensions (compare the scouts in hell to the scouts in Reality Beta), and sheer monopoly over many industries giving them no legal or moral obligations and control over dangerous advanced technology.
  • The Bloat, of Killing Floor, greatly resembles the Bloated Butcher: both are obese zombie-like foes that use meat cleavers and corrosive vomit to attack the player(s). However, the Bloat is nude and can be heard speaking actual phrases, compared to the fully-clothed Bloated Butcher, which can only moan incoherently at the player. Additionally, the Bloat cannot toss its meat cleaver at players like the Bloated Butcher can.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 coincidence
  • In Call of Duty: World at War, a minigame known as "Nazi Zombies", in the maps "Shi no Numa" and "Der Riese", contains a weapon known as "Wunderwaffe DG-2", which fires a bolt of electricity towards enemies. The file name for the DG-2 is apparently "Tesla", which is coincidentally a nod off to the Tesla Cannon. In addition to the two maps, an enemy known as the "hellhound" (a demonic dog that attacks with its fangs and claws or explodes on the player) is featured in the game; when injured or nearing the player, the hellhound suddenly catches on flames, indicating it will explode when killed or on contact - similar to the fire based attack of the Blood Hell Hound. World at War also contains weapons that also appeared in the Blood series, such as the Sawed-Off Shotgun, Thompson Submachine Gun (which appears more like its military counterpart), a ray gun, a combat knife and an type of timed explosive known as the "Monkey bomb".
  • The Trine 2 expansion pack Goblin Menace includes a level set inside a worm's stomach which plays rather similarly to E4M7: In The Flesh from Blood.

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