Yes indeedy, winding up this issue's selection of Quake additions is Weird Science's collection of bolt-ons. IT may be the last one of the month but you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be seeing a lot more of these over the rest of the year.
Time of Reckoning contains additions for three games - the rather lovely Duke Nukem 3D (which isn't actually available on the Amiga, so that part of the CD is completely wasted, really), the gloriousDoom II and the seminal Quake.
Let's have a look at the Doom II stuff first. There's a total of 500 WAD files on the CD, 250 new Deathmatch levels which, again, are going to be wasted on most players and 250 new single player levels.
There are also a whole bunch of new monsters and new weapons included, all of which should extend the life of your original game (which is needed) by several months. God stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.
Then there's the Quake stuff. Unlike Malice, which is more of a new game using the Quake engine, the bits and pieces on TOR simply add to the Quake experience without actually changing the flavour of playing the game.
That's not to say there isn't a whole load of stuff to play with as there are some 260 Deathmatch levels but, more importantly, there are 84 new single player levels to explore with 88 new weapons to try out. Some of these are modifications of the existing weapons - you want the Super Nailgun to be more devastating but have a slower firing rate? You got it. Other weapons are completely made up.
So why should you be paying for all this stuff? After all, there's loads of WADs and weapons freely available over the Net, isn't there?
Well, yes, but Weird Science have taken all the leg work out of getting hold of the good ones and they've made it easier for you to use them by including a floppy disk which helps with all the installation and set-up.
Getting new weapons and levels to load in is very easy (once you've told the program where to find your installed game), so good on 'em.
Does this make TOR an essential purchase then? Not really. It's good, but for my money you're better off spending the £15 on Malice first and then the £20 on TOR, and then it's only good value for money if you've got a copy of both games.
Anyone who doesn't have Internet access will find it a valuable source of extras, though, but don't be surprised if new CDs start appearing that offer even better value for money.