MDK2 is a 2000 third-person shooter video game developed by BioWare and published by Interplay for the Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2. It is the sequel to the 1997 game MDK.Developed primarily on the Dreamcast using BioWare's Omen Engine, MDK2 was originally released for the Dreamcast in March 2000, with a Windows version following in May. In March 2001, the game was revised and released for the PlayStation 2 as MDK 2: Armageddon. The main difference between the Windows/PlayStation 2 versions and the Dreamcast version is the ability to select the difficulty level.
A remake of the game for Wii, developed by Beamdog, was released via WiiWare on May 9, 2011, and a high-definition remastered version, developed by Overhaul Games, was released for the PC, called MDK2 HD. This version features new 3D models, textures and music, and was released for download via Beamdog on October 12, 2011 and via Steam on July 30, 2012.
Like the original game, MDK2 features three protagonists; Kurt Hectic, a janitor and reluctant hero; Max, a mechanical six-legged dog; and Doctor Fluke Hawkins, Max's creator and all-round eccentric scientist. Unlike in the first game, however, in MDK2, all three characters are playable, with each delivering a significantly different gameplay experience.
Kurt, the only playable character in MDK, is a janitor working for Dr. Fluke Hawkins. He would prefer to live a peaceful life, but when an alien invasion threatens Earth, Hawkins presses Kurt into action. Kurt's levels play very similarly to the previous game, with the emphasis on his coil suit and ribbon parachute, which allows him to glide through the air and catch updrafts. His levels often focus on his built-in sniper scope, which allows him to launch projectiles at foes, both directly and indirectly, using the various sniper mortar and rifle options. Kurt's puzzles often involve complex sniper shots where he must strike "lock-balls" to proceed.
Max is a robotic six-legged dog who prefers direct short-range firepower over Kurt's preference for sniping from a distance. Max stands on his two back legs and can equip and shoot up to four guns at once. He is also able to wear a jet pack. His levels tend to focus on gunfighting rather than puzzle solving.
Dr. Fluke Hawkins
Dr. Hawkins is an eccentric scientist, who has voluntarily exiled himself from Earth, and now lives aboard his dog-shaped spaceship, the Jim Dandy. A frail old man, he prefers to send Kurt and Max into dangerous situations, but during the game, he is repeatedly forced to go to their rescue himself. His levels focus on puzzle solving, with little in the way of combat. Most of his gameplay revolves around combining objects to create new objects, which in turn allow him to proceed. There is some minimal combat, where his main weapon is an atomic toaster, which propels radioactive toast. He is also able to drink plutonium, which turns him into a Mr Hyde/Hulk style creature, capable of causing great damage, and taking considerable punishment.