Turbo Overkill: Apogee Looks Into The Past With A Cyberpunk Coating [VIDEO]

This Apogee is not that Apogee… but the Turbo Overkill game itself could have come from the previous version.


Let’s quickly explain the situation. In 1987, Scott Miller founded Apogee Software, and it ran under this name until 1996. The company was a vivid user of the shareware approach, providing many game’s first chapters/levels for free, openly supporting the sharing of these trial versions of its titles (hence the name shareware). But, they renamed themselves to 3D Realms (recently acquired by Embracer Group). In 2008, Terry Nagy, a colleague of Miller, obtained the rights of the name and the logo from 3D Realms, and the company revived under the name Apogee Entertainment.

We’re not going into the “Evo II” Apogee’s story. Still, we hope Turbo Overkill doesn’t run into legal and technical barricades as the company did with the never-completed Duke Nukem Trilogy. Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page: “Heavily inspired by some of the all-time greats like DOOM, Duke Nukem, and Quake, with stunning cyberpunk visuals, Turbo Overkill is the most savage first-person shooter ever released by Apogee. You play as half-metal, half-human, half-crazy Johnny Turbo, augmented with hidden arm rockets and a chainsaw that extends from your lower leg allowing you to kick-slice enemies wide open.

In this Blade Runner-meets-DOOM hellscape, Johnny returns to his hometown of Paradise and finds its entire population possessed by Syn, a rogue AI, and its army of augmented minions. Desperate for enough money to outrun his past mistakes, Johnny takes on the impossible job of destroying the greatest AI ever created. Rival bounty hunters want to claim the prize first. Nothing is easy in Paradise.

Turbo Overkill takes over-the-top to never-before-reached heights. Activate Hero Time (TM), a new form of slow-motion with a twist. Build incredible speed by wall-running and dashing. Slide on your chainsaw leg, eviscerating foes and opening up bosses for critical damage, and go car-surfing on the hoods of flying cars. Blast away with the Twin Magnums, which lock on and instagib several foes, the Boomer Shotgun and its attached grenade launcher, or the Telefragger sniper rifle, which teleports Johnny inside an enemy before they explode from within. The first-person shooter genre is about to get wild and fun again.

Race through two dozen stages packed with secrets, bonus arena stages, and white-knuckle combat puzzles. Find game-changing collectables to unlock punishing modifiers like triple-monster-speed and insta-kill. Combine all of Johnny’s weapons and powers to outsmart, outgun and outrun the corrupted legions.

Kill a boss, get its augment (special power). Play Spider-Man with your grappling hook. One-up Duke Nukem with your chainsaw kick. Kills = cash. Use cash to install augments, upgrade your weapons, and add new abilities to your talent tree. Be a ghost runner while wall running—attack from above, riding the hood of your flying car like a kung-furious badass. Mini-rockets built into your robotic arm? Check. This. List. Will. Grow. Wishlist the game to see it happen,” the game’s Steam page reads.

“Turbo Overkill is fast, frenetic and ferocious—excess personified. This is the game we’ve always wanted to play; making it is a dream project. Relentless enemies, extremely deadly and fun weapons, speed, and precision above all else—if you love Quake III Arena, modern and classic DOOM, or Apogee’s legendary first-person shooters, you’ll feel right at home in Paradise,” said Sam Prebble, one half of Trigger Happy Interactive. “As the guy who helped launch the shooter genre with Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Duke Nukem 3D, Max Payne, and Prey, I haven’t been this excited about a first-person shooter since the golden era of Apogee / 3D Realms. Turbo Overkill is a sandbox of fun and original gameplay ideas that come together like a night of melty hot pizza and your favourite cold, frothy brew. Playing this game made me a Turbo Lover all over again,” wrote Scott Miller.

Turbo Overkill will launch in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam, GOG, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Source: Gematsu

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