Total RecallTotal Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.  

Perhaps the strangest news of the day, if not much longer, is that cult 90's shooter Rise of the Triad is getting a remake.

Considering a whole generation of gamers has now grown up likely not having played the thing, they're probably wondering, what's all the fuss about?

Here's what all the fuss is about.

• It had dual-wielding pistols! This was 1994-95, not 2004-05, so that was pretty great.


• The game's developers called themselves "The Developers of Incredible Power".

• Believe it or not, RotT was originally planned as an expansion pack for Wolfenstein. Hence the presence of a few WW2 weapons in an otherwise contemporary game.


• For the time (actually, also for this time), it was gory. So gory that, if you could chain enough exploding enemies together, you'd get congratulated with a "Ludicrous Gibs!" message.

• RotT was one of the first ever PC shooters to feature a large and robust multiplayer mode, with around ten players supported.


• The game was designed by Tom Hall, a co-founder of id Software and a guy who would later also play a leading role on the original Deus Ex.