My first memory of MDK was borrowing a friends playstation with only a few games some years ago, and it was one of those games. At first I thought it was ok, but it grew on me. And by the time I had to give the playstation back, it was the game that was the most played. And for good reason as well.
The gameplay was so smooth and it was so much fun to play. The graphics were ok for the time but a bit dated by the time I got to play it. I just recently found it for download for PC and it’s still just as fun as I remembered, and just as fluent as I remembered as well. The graphics are certainly better than its playstation brother, the d3d support patch added to improve the graphics even more. They are still outdated though, but that’s not the whole point.
I now come to the weapons, there are a few innovative weapons that are a lot of fun to use, like the “world’s smallest nuclear explosion”. There is a sniper mode as well as the third-person mode, and throughout the game you'll need to switch between the two in order to progress. There are a number of different bullet types for sniper mode, and you can get a super chaingun enhancement for your normal machinegun that lasts for 400 bullets.
The level designs vary wildly enough for you to differentiate between levels. Although there is some usage of the same textures in the different levels, and the lighting can leave a lot to be desired. Before you enter each level, there is a freefall sequence where you have to try and avoid the radar beam and missiles, I personally don’t like this as I generally want to get straight into the action. You can use a controller/joystick and you can get a patch to add force feedback support but I couldn’t get either of the 2 options working as my controller isn’t supported. Overall, I think this game warrants a 4 as the small problems hinder it a bit.
The game needs to be extracted to c:\mdk. If you extract it elsewhere, you have to manually edit mdk.cfg file and enter the directory it is residing in.
You will have to run this game in Windows, by using the MDK95.exe file.
Be careful NOT to press the Windows key while playing the game, as you will have no way of getting back into the game. This is not the game's fault, since keyboards didn't have a Windows key back then.
Also, the game is runable in DOSBox, but you will have to have an incredibly fast machine. If you want to use DOSBox, then use the MDK.exe file.