MDK2 is a cult classic, filled with inventive gameplay and well-written humor. The game isn't talked about as often as other rare games, and it's a shame; it was something special on the Dreamcast, PC, Playstation 2, and most recently the Wii. Overhaul Games, a division of Beamdog, has created an updated, high definition version of the game for PCs. It's out today, exclusively via the team's eponymous digital distribution service.

Here come the bullet points:

  • 10 levels
  • Over 20 enemies
  • Three different player characters, Max, Dr. Hawkins, and Kurt
  • Unique levels and items for each character
  • Brand new HD graphics
  • Enhanced audio from the original sources
  • Tweaked gameplay—now Easy really is Easy, while Hard is BONE CRUSHING!

The game features three playable characters: a janitor who wears the Batman-like "ribbon suit" that allows him to glide around the levels as he snipes at enemies and picks up a wide array of interesting grenades, a six-limbed dog that can equip and fire four guns at once, and a mad scientist who fights aliens with the power of invention. The game leverages its absurd situations and premise very well, while remaining fun to actually play. This is one of those rare cases where the game's mechanics are just as good as the writing and humor.

I had the chance to play a preview version of the updated game on the PC, and it looks great, while the game controls work very well with the mouse and keyboard. A few of the game's environments betray their decade-old age, but the game's sense of fun and adventure shine through, and the HD facelift looks great. This is a great way to revisit a classic or try a quirky game for the first time.

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