E3 '07: Necrovision Impressions

World War I just got a lot wackier, thanks to publisher 1C. We take a look at the company's answer to Painkiller at E3 2007.

As if World War I weren't a horrific enough event, what would happen if you were to toss in zombies, demons, and vampires in along with the Kaiser's typical soldiers? You'd get something that looks a lot like 1C's Necrovision, a first-person shooter in the vein of Painkiller that the company has on display at E3 2007. 1C gave us a quick look at the game on the show floor, and after seeing it, gamers who like their shooters fast-paced or heavy on the body count ought to keep an eye on this one.

The basic premise of the game is that you play a Russian soldier caught in the middle of an alternate-reality version of World War I. Yes, that's right, we didn't just skip an "I," it's World War One. That means trenches, barbed wire, and enemy soldiers with pointy spiked helmets. It also means blood and death everywhere. This is perhaps even more so than usual, given the game's horror-fiction slant. Not much of the game's story was explained to us, but we got the impression that plot wasn't going to matter a whole lot.

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What does matter is that you will lay waste to every single moving thing that crosses your path. 1C is definitely going the Painkiller/Serious Sam route with this one, emphasizing an incredibly quick pace, crazy weaponry, and an absurd number of corpses left in your wake. The sections we saw were from early in the game, so we didn't get quite the full scope of what the game's enemy selection will be like. We do know that you'll be fighting plenty of German soldiers, as well as zombie German soldiers. 1C also made some mention of demons and vampires, which means hellish stuff, all around.

Granted, the whole world looks like a hell-scape, so it's not surprising that you'd be fighting monsters such as these. Yes, you'll get all the typical WWI set pieces, with huge trenches, bunkers, barbed wire fences, and all of that. But everything has been exaggerated and blown up. You'll see humongous cannons firing off comically large shells in the background, blood smeared all over the place, a creepy, foggy haze over the top of the world, and, again, zombies.

You'll be armed with plenty of over-the-top weaponry to go along with that world. Apart from the typical rifles and such, you'll get big honking guns that can pretty much blow enemies apart into big, bloody chunks of meat. You'll also get weapons that will set them ablaze, sending them running around and flailing in agony.

All told, Necrovision looks like it could be a blast if you're into fast-and-furious shooters. The game has a nice look to it, which is backed up by a great-looking graphics engine that's been developed with both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 in mind. The action borders on mindless it seems, but that could be a good thing, given the pace of the game. There is currently no announced North American release date for Necrovision, but we'll be sure to bring you that info, as well as any additional details about the game, as they become available.

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cyrone0us
cyrone0us

painkiller-esque? id rather just play serious sam again. actually these screenshots look real good if i didnt need a flashlight to look at them.

esba160
esba160

looks like a Painkiller engine, which is a little outdated.. But but...painkiller has a great gameplay and pretty good graphics so.... im looking forward to this game i hope its not going to be a **** game like you are empty....

bugtrip
bugtrip

He's obviously brand new to gaming.

4degrees
4degrees

Graphics look great. Person below me is crazy. Its all about the gameplay anyway.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

The graphics engine looks 6 years old in this game-very outdated.

mykalon
mykalon

Well it certainly sounds interesting.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

by the name i can tell that this game will have its share of horror

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Hmm, sounds like Wolfenstein set in World War 1. Will have to keep an eye out for it.

astro64th
astro64th

Yeah there are way too many of these things. But at least this game sounds like it's got a few unique things going for it. The horror game slant is a pretty unique one (war horror, that is) even if war is pretty horrific in and of itself.

magicmo
magicmo

Reminds me of Wolfenstein except it's WWI

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

seems a bit whacky but i'm interesting in it for some reason

ElfShotTheFood
ElfShotTheFood

The developer of this is made up of several people who worked on Painkiller, and it uses the same engine, albeit updated; holding out hope for this one.

icytower
icytower

Well people were saying that WWII games were getting repetitive. I like having a WWI game, but this is just wrong.

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

i'm lovin all these russian titles that 1C is bringing to north america, some of them (this one included) look really great

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

We need more games from different battles. This might be it. World War Zero (Iron Storm) was feeling lonely down there in WW1! :lol:

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I could do without the zombies...I have been interested in seeing a WWI game, but I don't want to see it like this.

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

Zombies in a WW game? Hmmm, interesting.

Homes225
Homes225

Not many games recently have touched on the WWI scene other than a few mods and a sequence in The Darkness. Hope this shapes up to be a good shooter.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Sounds like the Darkness, I am interested because I am such a history buff pun intended...lol