Shadow Warrior expansion pack released

3D Realms releases long-lost add-on for first-person shooter from 1997.

One look at the development history of Duke Nukem Forever is enough to confirm that 3D Realms gets things done in its own sweet time. That assessment was further validated by Friday evening's release of Wanton Destruction, an add-on for the company's 1997 first-person shooter, Shadow Warrior.

According to the 3D Realms' official Web site, Wanton Destruction was completed by the developers at Sunstorm Interactive (of the Deer Hunter series and Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project fame) but was shelved by its distributor. Sunstorm went out of business, and the project was thought lost forever...until last week, when former Sunstorm president Anthony Campiti contacted 3D Realms after accidentally finding the completed code on a CD labeled "Add-on Archive 1."

So now, eight years after the release of Shadow Warrior, Wanton Destruction has been released as a free download. The catch is that the game still requires the full, original, unmodified version of Shadow Warrior to run. Fortunately, the 3D Realms online store still has some copies left and is selling them for $10 a pop--"in honor of the release of Wanton Destruction."

For more on Shadow Warrior, check out GameSpot's full review.

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dudu22
dudu22

I really liked the original game of Shadow Warrior but ist expansion isn´t fun at all, at least not as fun as the original game. But players, you should try it!

Djaxn
Djaxn

Three years later and this game is still fun. I just replayed Shadow Warrior followed by the Wanton Destruction expansion. It isn't as lush and nuanced as the original game. But it is great for the price, considering I already own Shadow Warrior. It's as good as the best user mods and maps I've played. Gamers who don't own the original game, but who still enjoy playing classic shooters, will get plenty of return on their investment in the original retail of Shadow Warrior. It's still available from 3D Realm's website, for $10. There are dozens of free user mods, and hundreds of single and multi player user maps available for it. There is also a HiRes version (not supported by 3D Realms) similar to the Duke Nukem 3D HiRes project.

margevich
margevich

I'm sorry to say this but Wanton Destruction is a crap. Now I understand why it was never released - everyone understood its low quality. The original Shadow Warrior is masterpiece indeed, but Wanton Destruction... My advice - don't even try to play it, play original Shadow Warrior once more instead.