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Epidemic, known as Kileak: The Blood 2: Reason in Madness[a] in Japan, is a first person shooter video game developed by Genki for the PlayStation console. It is a sequel to Kileak: The DNA Imperative.

Epidemic
Epidemic (PS1) cover art.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s)Genki
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Nakaji Kimura[1]
Designer(s)Tomoharu Kimura[1]
Programmer(s)Wataru Shuri[1]
Artist(s)
  • Koh Yokoyama[1]
  • Tadashi Shimada[1]
Writer(s)Manami Kuroda[1]
Composer(s)Kimitaka Matsumae
Platform(s)PlayStation
Release
  • JP: December 29, 1995
  • NA: October 1996
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player

GameplayEdit

Epidemic is a first-person shooter.[2] Like its predecessor, the gameplay in Epidemic focuses on traversing corridor-like environments, destroying enemy robots and finding key cards to reach inaccessible areas.[3]

Development and releaseEdit

The game was developed by a Japanese video game company Genki and published by Sony Music Entertainment Japan for the PlayStation,[4] as a sequel to Kileak: The DNA Imperative.[3] The game's soundtrack was composed by Kimitaka Matsumae.[1] A soundtrack album, Kileak: The Blood – Sound Tracks & Remix[b], was released by Sony Music on March 21, 1996. It includes remixes of the game's tracks, along with those from the first Kileak game which Matsumae also composed.[5]

It was initially released on December 29, 1995, in Japan as Kileak: The Blood 2: Reason in Madness.[6] This was followed by its North America release in October 1996 by Sony Computer Entertainment.[3][7] Epidemic, alongside its predecessor, was released in Japan by Clarice Games on September 16, 2015, under the PlayStation Network's "Game Archives" category.[8]

ReceptionEdit

Next Generation reviewed the PlayStation version of the game, rating it two stars out of five, and stated that "Even after all the improvements, however, Kileak 2 is still an average Doom-clone that offers nothing new to the genre."[2]

ReviewsEdit

Follow-upEdit

BRAHMA Force: The Assault on Beltogger 9, though not bearing the Kileak name in any of the regions in which it was released, uses the same mecha-based first person shooting format and was announced by Genki as an official follow-up to the Kileak series.[9]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japanese: キリーク・ザ・ブラッド 2 Hepburn: Kirīku za Buraddo 2?
  2. ^ キリーク・ザ・ブラッド サウンドトラックス&リミックス Kiriku za Buraddo Saundo Torakkusu ando Rimikkusu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Genki (1996). Epidemic. PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment America. Scene: Credits.
  2. ^ a b "Finals". Next Generation. No. 16. Imagine Media. April 1996. p. 84.
  3. ^ a b c "Epidemic - Overview". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Game History" (in Japanese). Genki. Archived from the original on January 24, 1998. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  5. ^ KILEAK,THE BLOOD サウンドトラック&リミックス (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Archived from the original on May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  6. ^ キリーク・ザ・ブラッド2 まとめ [PS]. Famitsu (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Epidemic: There's an Epidemic on the Way". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 88. Ziff Davis. November 1996. pp. 248–9.
  8. ^ 「クーロンズ・ゲート」「キリーク・ザ・ブラッド」「キリーク・ザ・ブラッド2」がPSゲームアーカイブスとして配信開始. 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Aetas Inc. September 16, 2015. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "New Software Prolific at PlayStation Expo". Next Generation. No. 18. Imagine Media. June 1996. p. 20.