Kingpin, One Of The Dirtiest Shooters Of The 90s, Is Coming Back

Kingpin, One Of The Dirtiest Shooters Of The 90s, Is Coming Back

It’s all but forgotten now, but in 1999 Kingpin was kind of a big deal, pitched as an unashamedly adult first-person shooter that was going to be video gaming’s answer to Frank Miller’s Sin City.

That was the idea, anyway. And despite some notable press at the time—it even got a mention on the floor of the US Senate amidst debates around violent video games in the wake of the Columbine shooting—the game itself was a bit of a disappointment, some neat technical tricks undone by its over-the-top attempts to be edgy and mature.

Still, the game left its mark on people, and so here we are in 2020 with a remastered version on the way for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.

I mean, cool, I’m sure there are people out there who either remember this game being better than it actually was or are just curious to check it out, but if people are now in the business of resurrecting semi-obscure late-90s shooters, can we please get Shogo: Mobile Armour Division instead?


  • This is definitely one of those ‘I remember playing a decent chunk but never got near the end’ kind of games.. From memory there was a decent amount of ‘story’ to the game with characters talking to you instead of the usual bang bang kill kill..

  • I remember barely being able to run this on my mums PC back in the day. Using the Cypress Hill IV album in loops was amazing! I hope we’ll get a Blood remake too

  • I only have this vague recollection about it being notorious for detailing exit wounds, it would be topped the next year by Soldier of Fortune.

  • Yes to a Shogo remake. Unfortunately, the version of the game on GoG is rife with technical problems, making a proper redo all the more needed.

  • What’s with the music? Did they lose the license to use Cypress Hill’s music from the original or something? Easily the best part of the game!

    • Yeah Cypress Hill gave them the loops for a few songs (Checkmate, 16 Men Till There’s No Men Left, lightning Strikes from the IV album) was so good

  • AWESOME game…. now we just need a SIN remaster….

    That vertex animation though…. looks horrible by todays standards lol…

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