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The Peacekeeper

The Art Of Peace

The Peacekeeper would make Gandhi cry.

By Drew Toal • July 23, 2013

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For all their talk of peace, you’d think the characters of The Peacekeeper were all long-haired pacifist hippies. But instead of picking flowers and hurling expletives at Spiro Agnew, these robot-Viking-knight-soldiers pack heat and hurl grenades at your fortified trench. “Eat leaded peace!” one shouts, right before you mow him down alongside dozens of his comrades. The carnage is appalling—a savage mix of the Somme, the Battle Of Agincourt, and Rambo. It’s like Sun Tzu once said: “The path to peace is littered with the entrails of guys you just blasted with your laser machine gun.”

You are a one-man force who must hold off progressively more difficult waves of invaders looking to decimate peace once and for all. Or maybe they’re trying to maintain peace? Either way, everyone is getting their murder on. Your situation—popping out of a trench to throw grenades or open fire against overwhelming odds—is reminiscent of Davy Crockett at the Alamo, except for the upgradable weapons and future-medieval armor. This is no sophisticated satire on the horrors of war, but I’ll be damned if wiping out hordes of peace-loving bad guys isn’t a whole lot of fun.

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9 Responses to “The Art Of Peace”

  1. Enkidum says:

    Oh man I just had to stop myself playing this. It’s, uh… not good for you if you’re a grinder by nature. Or if you like very, very silly dialogue.

  2. NakedSnake says:

    *Achievement Unlocked: Weeping Ghandi*
    *Achievement Unlocked: Coonskin Helmet*
    *Achievement Unlocked: Dan Brown Award*

  3. Effigy_Power says:

    Those Berzerk games… I feel like I should hate every one of them for being incredibly crass, crude and just gore-spitting idiocy, but I can’t deny that they are both fun to play and very addictive. Damn things that are bad for me, why can’t I stop you! ^_^

    • BerzerkStudio says:

      You say that like it’s a bad thing. We’re glad you can’t quit us, enjoy your stay, there’s pies in the back.

  4. ChicaneryTheYounger says:

    Make Ghandi cry? Have you ever played Civ? He’s a warmonger.

    • SamPlays says:

      Yes, Gandhi’s vice-like grip over Pakistan is relentless and cold-blooded. The Beast from the East is back!

      • ChicaneryTheYounger says:

         …I have no idea what you are on about.

        • SamPlays says:

          The violent conflict between India and Pakistan stems from boundary disputes rooted in British colonialism (they were/are big time colonists). Gandhi was an Indian nationalist. Civ was mentioned and jokes were made. India-Pakistan relations are complicated because both India and Pakistan consider the land in question, Kashmir, to be part of their state (i.e., it’s an overlapping land mass). Further complicating matters are water resource disputes (the Kashmir area is the origin for major waterways to both Pakistan and India), as well as tribal/religious issues that have co-occurred with the region.