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From what I recall, violence in media was still controversial, at least in the US. This was especially the case around things that appeal to children like games and TV. So no surprise to see the gore called out in these old reviews.

It’s interesting how all those I’ve read acknowledge the breakthrough in sound and graphics, even if they had misgivings about the themes. Ultima Underworld may have had more detail but I recall its pace and UI was too much for a certain impatient adolescent.

Regardless, are contemporary and positive reviews really that rare?

These are some scans that found in PC Games from 1992:

page 2.

Here is a medium post with a lot of references to the contemporary reception, though sadly without links to them.

EDIT: OK, I found the CGW #98 reference on It’s quite positive too.