20 years ago gamers that took a chance on the original Playstation got access to a treat called Loaded. Interplay probably took a large chance on this one as it is a completely new intellectual property. Couple that with the “newness” of the Playstation (Sony’s first console) and it is quite a gamble. Gamers that knew their developers had few qualms about supporting this early PSOne title though. Gremlin Interactive, the dev, have a long track record of quality releases on many platforms and the Playstation was to be no different. There was some major cross over with comics to help promote Loaded, you might say Interplay was coming at this one with both barrels.
What gamers got with Loaded was a top down all hell broke loose action game that featured tons of blood. While magazines of the time, favorably, compared Loaded with Smash TV, Chaos Engine and many other overhead shooters, I prefer another comparison. Doom. While you are note travelling to Hell, you are basically in that location in Loaded.
Learn the controls and enter the various rooms and corridors with guns blazing otherwise you will die. A lot. The challenge level may be set a little high meaning if you are used to hand holding and constant help from a tutorial- forget it.
Graphically, Loaded has not aged all that well. The early Playstation polygonal graphics are rough to watch now and that intro is beyond horrible. Speaking of that intro, it is about what you can expect from the time period- gaming companies thought rendered plastic looking video was the wave of the future because we got a lot of them in games. It doesn’t break the game but it is jarring for those just getting into early 32-Bit gaming.
It is weird that Interplay had no problem releasing this game, just look at the packaging- it is clear that this is not a Disney product, yet they dropped Thrill Kill. While the content was quite different, Thrill Kill fit well within the style of Loaded and Re-Loaded (the sequel). Oh well, it sucks but we did at least get Loaded and its sequel.
Grab Loaded or Re-Loaded off of and enjoy.