MDK2 HD hits PCs next month

High-def makeover for BioWare-developed action game set to launch exclusively on digital distribution storefront Beamdog for $15.

One of BioWare's first games is getting a high-definition facelift next month. Overhaul Games today announced that it is ready to release MDK2 HD for PCs next month.

MDK2 HD features three main characters and three distinct styles of gameplay.

A high-definition remake of the original 2000 action game, MDK2 HD features tweaked visuals, audio, and gameplay. As for what hasn't been changed, the game still follows the trio of Max, Doc Hawkins, and Kurt as they repel an alien invasion. The protagonists feature their own dedicated levels with a different focus tailored to their unique abilities. Kurt's high-tech coil suit lets him glide through levels, with a long-zooming sniper functionality that puts nearly any enemy within range. As the brains of the outfit, Doc Hawkins will be faced with an abundance of puzzling predicaments, while the Uzi-toting, six-legged, cigar-smoking canine Max is best suited for run-and-gun tactics.

MDK2 HD will launch in September exclusively on the downloadable game storefront Beamdog. Once live, the game will be available for $15. For those who can't wait for an HD edition of the game, MDK2 is already available on the Wii's WiiWare service. Additionally, Beamdog sells the standard definition version of the game for $7.

For more on MDK 2, check out GameSpot's review of the PC original.

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predcon1
predcon1

@EveryoneAskingAboutWhyTheyDidn'tRemakeMDK1 It probably has something to do with the fact that MDK2 is a BioWare-developed game, and MDK is a Shiny-developed game. Both were published by Interplay. It might even be that the only reason Beamdog and Overhaul are doing a remake of MDK2 is that both were formed by ex-BioWare employees, and probably had a "foot in the door" as far as licensing such a remake.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Excellent. People may want MDK, but I liked the Dreamcast version of MDK2 a ton more. It was more...refined. I'll buy this if it comes to XBL or PSN.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Agree with and want to echo what everyone else is saying here; where's MDK1? That game was absolutely more of an icon than the sequel, which I felt was much weaker. Bring back MK1 and I'll bite; it's a classic and needs to be remade for an OS past Win 95/98.

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

Why 2nd part, 2nd was fail for young kids, first for adults

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

What advantages will this have over the version already on GOG?

Code135
Code135

Why go for MDK2 when MDK1 is not released in HD ? Not to mention that's the begining of the story ? It's like playing HL2 while not played HL1 or playing GoW 3 while you haven't even seen and played the first 2 games ? This. Does. Not. Make. Sense ...

margevich
margevich

MDK1 makeover would make more sense..

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Darnasian Something called HD if it has a minimum resolution of 1366x720 or 1280x720 = (720p) = HD. there's no real differences though :P

SPD_WeBmAsTaH
SPD_WeBmAsTaH

I still have my PS2 version of the game in excellent condition.

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

I've been really hoping for a Pac Man or Asteroids HD remake.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Great news ! I wonder if this could start a new trend...game classics remade. All we need now is for them to buy the X-COM license !! ...sigh...

BloodMist
BloodMist

If the graphics really are improved then this will be an instant buy for me.I played it way back when it originally came out, it's a true classic.They should make another game in this series, but of course since it actually had more than just shooting in it, it's doubtful.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I was actually considering buying it off GOG, guess I'll hold off.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Wow, the original MDK was probably the first third person shooter I ever played

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

I got this free with a video card purchase way back when..great game! :D

Cantido
Cantido

Oh YES. I must have beaten the original on Dreamcast a hundred times. It never got old. Just ten massive levels with epic visuals and music.

jamyskis
jamyskis

@Darnasian Yes, HD does mean high definition. If only someone would explain that to the major publishers who seem to think that plastering vanilla versions of their pre-2006 titles on a Bluray, on PSN or on Xbox LIVE entitles them to call the games "HD".

Darnasian
Darnasian

@Dezuria Dude...HD means high definition...not high resolution!

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

You can play the original in 1920x1080. BUT! The game was released in 2000! 11 years ago the biggest resolution was way below 1920x1080... which means the textures are in low res. You can set the renderer to run in any high resolution, but it will not change the quality of the textures. This is where an HD rerelease comes in, which contains the original textures in real high definition to not just imitate the HD feel. I don't care if it is DX 10/11 or just 9, it will be a blast to play again in higher native definition than in the last 10 years.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I play this game 10 years ago in HD resolution, now they gonna released MDK2 in HD???? If it's not DirectX 10/11 compatible I'm gonna frickin' pissed off :P

Dezuria
Dezuria

The original MDK and MDK 2 are on GOG for 6 bucks, btw.

loopy_101
loopy_101

Shouldn't they simply release this on Xbox 360 and PS3 instead? I can already play MDK 2 in HD on my PC.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Played this in high-res already.It would be better if they'd release it for PCs AND consoles since that would open MDK2 for all of BioWare's audiences. Such a move wouldn't be surprising especially since BioWare has been keen on expanding their "console fanbase" of late.

suprsolider
suprsolider

Already got it on the Wii and on PS2. Screw Dreamcast, everyone knows Dreamcast sucks.

protokyoto
protokyoto

To all the people who are saying it makes no sense because you have all played it in HD years ago...try and think of it as a remake with upgraded texture packs. Easier to understand now? Stop thinking about resolutions and make your brains stop hurting because the comment section on this article just seems like a cluster of people without common sense now.

Dezuria
Dezuria

Why do they put the word HD in a PC game? I was playing PC games in "HD" 10 years ago. All HD really means is high resolution. Companies use HD as a buzzword now.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

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HitmanDante
HitmanDante

Sweet! I was never able to beat Kurts first part back on the Dreamcast, but now I get the chance to try it again on PC!

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

@thejblounge I beat the first level for each character. It goes: Kur, Doc, Max, then Kurt again and that's where I'm stuck lol

jamyskis
jamyskis

Pretty pointless. I can play this at high resolutions already. A remake of the first one by Shiny would have been much better, but then that would have probably required them to do some actual work.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@SDSkarface There's a difference between playing it HD and the game itself being in HD. After all I can watch DVD's on an HD television.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

lol? i played this at 1900x1200 years ago.. same with Beyond good and evil which also got a "HD remake" whats the deal with this? PC gamers have been gaming beyond 1080p for many years.

sagameister3
sagameister3

Maybe one day they'll make a Shenmue\II Hd...:)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I still have this for the Dreamcast and while it is very fun, I don't enjoy the button placement, and there isn't a way to configure them. It has all your movement used by the buttons, instead of the analog, or Dpad. I'm sure the PC guys wouldn't have a issue , but it drove me bonkers. I'm sure this installment will be different. Hopefully.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

I still have very fond memories of this game. One of the funniest I've ever played.

defan88
defan88

Awesome!!!!!! Ahh, this game takes me back.

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

@Dawg9000 Yeah I got stuck in the Doc levels, couldn't figure out the puzzles. Wait till you get to the Max levels, they're ridiculous.

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

Wow! I did not expect this game coming back. One of the toughest games I played (Dreamcast version), but I really liked it. And heh, didn't know it was on Wiiware.

djseebee
djseebee

it was my best graphic visual game dat time, really a nice game

zzamaro
zzamaro

nice I played this game 10 years ago, great times

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

MDK2 is on Wiiware!!!! That's one less game I'd have to keep my DC connected for, where the hell was the huge announcement? If they don't put this game on XBL or PSN (even though i don't own a PS3) I'll be friggin pissed.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

I just popped this in my Dreamcast last month. After playing since 2002, I'm still stuck on Kurt's second stage. =(

chicken32
chicken32

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torbonator
torbonator

YES YES YES!!!!! altho MDK 1 was win

Gen007
Gen007

nice i loved this on the dreamcast and i just might pick this up for the nostalgia.