Necrovision Hands-On

The best WWI/vampire/demon shooter ever?

The upcoming first-person shooter, Necrovision, combines World War I, vampires, and demonic powers. At least no one can ever accuse developer The Farm 51 of not being original.

At 1C Company's annual press event this week, we took a few minutes to step into the combat boots of a young American soldier, volunteering to join the British army for the adventure of a lifetime. And boy, did he find it. Soon after storming German bunkers and clearing out trenches while avoiding poisonous clouds of mustard gas, our hero witnessed a giant flaming skull floating in the sky. Similar in appearance to Lord Voldemort's dark mark in the Harry Potter films, the skull told us that our life is forfeit and our soul belongs to demons--or something to that effect. Soon, we were attacked by a fiery demon that hurled fireballs at us. Naturally, we shot our Luger pistol at this supernatural monster and defeated it. It must be said, those Germans sure did know how to make a good Luger.

This is not your great grandfather's World War I.

That ended our hands-on time with the game, but we did manage to pick up a few additional story elements. After defeating the Kaiser's wily band of Germans, our hero descends into the underworld where he must do battle against vampires. Only then does he discover that it is the demons and their forces of darkness that are the true threat to human and vampirekind alike. Our hero discovers a demonic power glove and, naturally, assumes the powers of the demons and utilizes vampire technology to save the world.

Convoluted storyline aside, we did enjoy thrusting our bayonet into hordes of Germans. Along with the Luger and traditional rifles, we used stick grenades and our fists to pound through the Kaiser's forces. Later on, you'll unlock magical attack spells, do battle against large bosses, and solve simple puzzles. In one such puzzle, we were cut off from our friends by a malfunctioning electrical panel. We threw a grenade at it, the panel blew up, and we moved on.

If you're looking for something different later this year, you'll surely find it in Necrovision.

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109 comments
dark_sith_
dark_sith_

This and Cryostasis is already out here in Europe. Played and still playing both of them, although i can't understand how can same studio make two very different games in terms of quality. On one hand Cryostasis has great atmosphere, optimized engine and plays well. On the other hand there is Necrovision, a game not optimized at all, weird FOV and not so great gameplay. It isn't a bad game, but it isn't a great game either. Best description would be mediocre. I will play it till the end and then forget all about it.

Adrianathome
Adrianathome

The game is already out in Europe. Level 5 - Stone Henge is almost unbeatable even in easy mode. You are in mechanical suit and after beating loads of troops, tanks,you have to fight boss. He is too strong, can regenerate- you can't, and creates many flying gun bots. When you beat his tank you then have to beat him. Only completed it by using GOD mode as a spoiler. It must be totally impossible at any other level.

jelly76
jelly76

@Granulated check out the config.ini in BIN folder.....look for Cfg.FOV = 100 Cfg.FOVRun = 110 fiddle with it, you can get it much better. I for one prefer to have the run and normal FOV the same. Stops me feeling sick ^^

Granulated
Granulated

This game has a disgusting fish-bowly FOV that you cant change (at least not from the settings menu)

Dragon1057
Dragon1057

WWI & Demons, very original! Wolfenstein must have all been just a dream...

angelkadaj
angelkadaj

this would be something new. finally something that is different.

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

captainFNK, wot r u on about, av u even played it, probably not cos it not out, wait till u play games before u review them. i think it sounds pretty good, but seems like a random idea with all the monsters and that, but still looks good

X-eL
X-eL

This game is as good as a bucket of gasoline when your house is on fire. You get to hear incredibly smart lines like "That makes me angry" and "I am defending", the level design is the true horror that you will encounter not to say that the control scheme also ain't one of the best, average at most. Don't believe me just check your private trackers and see for yourself

am_shaegar_nr1
am_shaegar_nr1

@CaptainFNK Dude you are stupid! This game will be the best WW1 shooter ever. Is like a combination of Clive Barker's Jericho,Painkiller and Dark Messiah. And that is a damn good thing!

Bill_Pappas_Gr
Bill_Pappas_Gr

it seems to be awesome.this,along with cryostasis i going to buy for sure!!!

Alex_09
Alex_09

This game HAD to have been influenced by the Darkness. They seem nearly identical.

kitsunegrunt
kitsunegrunt

Definitely keeping a eye on this one. The hell level of The Darkness was my favorite part of the game, and Jericho isn't too bad either, so I might just get a kick out of this one.

Sefveron
Sefveron

CaptainFNK shut up and play the game before you talk about Dialogue and plot points , or its apparent use of poor rendering which is obviously what makes a game "ZOMG 133T" , besides if you look at other shooters such as crysis , the dialogue wasnt particularly wonderful nor original i mean it could have been ripped out of any war movie, and if you play it with low gfx settings it wasnt particularly awesome nor great though i quite liked warhead, anyway i think this game is like a combination of call of duty,Doom 3 and im very interested in playing it when it comes out

CaptainFNK
CaptainFNK

I'm not entirely sure how prejudice fits into all of this, I ripped on the game strictly based on the trailer. Nice use of caps lock though, Champ.

chickenselect
chickenselect

wow @captainFNK boy do you sure know what you are talking about FOR A GAME THAT HASNT EVEN COME OUT YET AND IS STILL EARLY IN DEVELOPMENT. i hate prejudicial idiots.

Tomazassss
Tomazassss

Well, it looks interesting... must wait till release.

GeneralArrow
GeneralArrow

Looks cool even if there is no plot...you still never know. It should be fun and so long as it has some jump out of your seat moments It might be really fun.

CaptainFNK
CaptainFNK

Wrong. There is no plot to this game. And it looks like the narration is done through either A) a cheesy old man voice B) a melodramatic emphysema ridden Max Payne voice or C) horrible, horrible dialogue pop-ups. "Don't you know you're dead? You're already dead! So what's the point?" That's not good writing. How can you guys not see how bad this is going to be?! Plot aside, did you see how hilarious the kick animation was? Three frame, no camera changes, just a straight-legged robot kick. Also notice the incredible amount of fog, an annoying fix for a poor use of environment rendering. Also note the powers: Wooooaaah, a demon glove that throws orange or even BLUE fireballs, what a selection!! And if you get tired of that, you can pretend you're Wolverine for awhile!! TH4T5 L33T Z0MG! Poop on this game. 1C should either scrap the idea and save themselves the time and money or clean up the animation and try to play Necrovision off as a comic spin on the supernatural FPS.

cheese_123
cheese_123

Looks a bit like painkiller 'cept with a plot, and perhaps even a narrative :)

Doomrazer
Doomrazer

Omfg wolfenstein 3!!! :D....and thats in a good way :D...cant w8 for this..the trailer looked awesome!

rockatanski
rockatanski

Sychad, I have reproduced. Ask your mother.

DivinusMors
DivinusMors

This looks a lot like Jericho, i.g. the severed bodies with the tentacle like arms, the textures (at least from the video), and the whole demonic, overhauled gore that made Jericho so ridiculous.... I think I'm just going to have to play this one to see, I really liked Jericho so either I'll like this or hate it....

leosdel
leosdel

it would be great if you save the useless negative critics without havent even played it and try to aprecciate the great amount or work that a game like this represents,...i see interesting enviroments and great concept art, it also promises lots of fun, just gonna try it....

PenthiusX
PenthiusX

it looks somewhat like a fusion between painkiller and wolfenstein ....

jesse_k89
jesse_k89

wolfenstein didnt have super powers...besides wolfenstein sucked anyway the controls felt like a x-box version of a nintendo 64 controller.stupid closed minded people....stop complaining and make your own damn game if you dont like it

Sychad
Sychad

rockatanski "Of course! That's because it's the ONLY WW1/vampire/demon shooter ever. What a ridicolous header." I hope people like you can't reproduce...

EchoEcho
EchoEcho

rockatanski: "Of course! That's because it's the ONLY WW1/vampire/demon shooter ever. What a ridicolous header." You know, they just might have been aiming for ridiculous on purpose. Just a thought.

jazilla
jazilla

I am making a game about unicorn bunnies that overthrow the Nazi Regime in WWII with rainbow laser cannons after using a portal from their world into ours. I wanted to add puppies to the mix, but it just didn't make any sense.

chechak7
chechak7

Run and Kill all monsters ....died solders ....blood suckers.. .do not think....?? just shoot daam monsters ....why? no reason....just aim and kill run and kill games .. THIS IS Necrovision .this game do not need advance engain to run !!!!! sooo run with Necrovision and shoooot thim all

Ben399
Ben399

just what I always wanted! a game that puts vampires in WWI! (LAUGH)

SmallMafia
SmallMafia

Looks a bit like Jericho. I just hope this game will be great and if it is, wont be messed with crappy DRM security like BioShock.

Goliathvv
Goliathvv

They forgot to add the underwater aliens from another dimension and genetically mutated peanuts that developed super-advanced technology.

rockatanski
rockatanski

"The best WWI/vampire/demon shooter ever?" Of course! That's because it's the ONLY WW1/vampire/demon shooter ever. What a ridicolous header.

Trindris
Trindris

Sounds like my wet dreams.

brokeirishman
brokeirishman

Hey Uli_Gun, this might answer your question. Also, learn how to spell. from Wikipedia "The Parabellum-Pistole (Pistol Parabellum), popularly (but incorrectly)[1] known as the Luger, is a toggle locked, recoil operated, semi-automatic pistol. The design was patented by Georg Luger in 1898 and produced by German arms manufacturer Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) starting in 1900; it was an evolution of the 1898 Hugo Borchardt designed C-93. The Luger was made popular by its use by Germany during World War I and World War II. Though the Luger pistol was first introduced in 7.65x22mm Parabellum, it is notable for being the pistol for which the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge was developed."

Treflis
Treflis

It reminded me of Pain Killer. And I thought that game was immensely good. I'll keep my eyes on Necrovision.

BlackTargetmark
BlackTargetmark

Looks like this hands-on's got some spelling flaws eh:?? Nevertheless, looks like interesting, especially on its WW I theme. WW I games are not as many as WW IIs in the market, maybe I'll keep an eye on this one.

jopickard
jopickard

Yes, it is a Luger. The game trailer looks pretty neat; like Doom/ Castle Wolfenstein with much more realistic graphics. The Demon Glove looks cool, can't wait to try it out. And the Demon with the Giant Hammer chasing the player was awesome (like Everquest). I am going to have to try this!!

Uli_Gun
Uli_Gun

WTF is a Lugar? Ignorant...

CaptainFNK
CaptainFNK

Ha ha, I was so busy grilling the game I overlooked the terrible writing. Sweet Harry Potter throwback in the second paragraph, Champ. Glad you skipped the Spell Check button to make time for a haggard reference.

dibooda
dibooda

sure looks original...yet i have a feeling of deja-vue...its the same as those old medal of honor game with monstrous thing to kill instead of humans...if the story is really good than perhaps ill consider looking at that game otherwise...another useless shooter...

megadisc
megadisc

whoa looks scary leh but my pc will not have enough juice to play this. i'll wait anoteher 2years before i can play this. :p

rockatanski
rockatanski

OK. Let's face it. This is going to be interesting..

K3r3nsky
K3r3nsky

I'll try to put is as calmly as possible.....IT'S LUGER NOT LUGAR! get your facts straight...

dexfx69
dexfx69

Frickin COOL man!!! Bring it on! The graphics and atmosphere are TOTALLY FRICKIN RAD!

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

So this is going to be completely atmosphere-based like The Darkness and Bioshock, right? Like, the gameplay isn't grade-A, but the story is supposed to be really epic so it makes the game better? Too bad it looks kind of lame. I'll just stick with the Hell levels from The Darkness for now.

splodge200
splodge200

its the ww1 scence from the darkness just stretched out into its own game.