IntroductionLet's play Вивисектор aka Вивисектор: Зверь Внутри aka Vivisector: Beast Inside aka Vivisector: Beast Within aka Vivisector: Creatures of Dr. Moreau aka Duke Nukem: Endangered Species.
The wedgie-giving lion redefining chainmail bikini on the cover of the 2005 CIS release is not the main character.
He's on the 2002 Apocalypse Now-ish wallpaper. It looks like an ad for a razor company (with a side business in ear transplants).
Read, if you've never heard of it
Vivisector is a 2005 Ukrainian first-person shooter combining some elements of Serious Sam and Half-Life, and a dose of pre-BioShock philosophising on ethics. It was developed by Action Forms, previously responsible for such classics as dinosaur-hunting sims Carnivores 1 and 2, a being-fucked-by-a-yeti sim Carnivores: Ice Age, and a Quake-styled FPS Chasm: The Rift. I've played them, so I might mention them in the LP. I barely touched their only post-Vivisector release, Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason. The Archive has two LPs of that.
Vivisector's unique feature is the ability to rip huge chunks of flesh out of cyborg animals. In Ukraine no one can hear PETA scream. May it stay so.
Read, if you've heard it's shit
Vivisector is a 2005 Ukrainian first-person shooter combining some elements of Serious Sam and Half-Life, and a dose of pre-BioShock philosophising on ethics. Guess, how well THAT goes. The very first chapter is stupidly annoying. Those who pull through are met with shady weapon balance (and that's after a patch improving it), iffy AI, buggy physics, and questionable design decisions. Also, at the time of its release Vivisector ran about as well as Cryostasis did, putting most PCs to their knees with its CPU-dependent graphical gimmicks.
It works much better now, offers a variety of settings, and occasionally manages to be fun, but, just in case, keep your story cliché counters calibrated and ready. No direct spoilers but feel free to make guesses, what will come next.
Read, if you can't Russian
I happen to have the Russian CIS retail jewel case pictured above, which is not surprising for someone from Russia. However, it turned out that a mostly complete script for the English-language release is already on the disc. Some file-renaming magic allowed me to create a build that combines the original Russian dub with the beta English text in the interface and the subtitles. It's playable and beatable, I did it twice this year alone
... Duke Nukem: Endangered Species?
In 2000 CE 3D Realms commissioned Action Forms to make a cheap hunting shooter, which was supposed to feature Duke, open-air levels, animals and guns. It was apparently cancelled in 2001, but it's very likely some of the DN:ES work was used in Vivisector. Perhaps, DNF should have been given to these guys as well.
Anyway, according to the manual it's February 1987. A squad of Navy SEALs gears up to rescue a different squad of Navy SEALs from the island of
CHAPTER 1 aka Knee-Deep In The Cat
CHAPTER 2 aka Ram's Maw
CHAPTER 3 aka Farewell to Wolves
CHAPTER 4 aka The Stronghold of Dr. Brain