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Barrels Get No Mercy In Bodycount's E3 Trailer

You spoiled everything for me, Mythbusters.

There's been three times in my life that I've wished I played Stuart Black's arcade shooter Black. This is one of them. The E3 2010 trailer for the designer's upcoming shooter Bodycount is now available on the tubes, and I've got nothing to point out that isn't apparent in the pre-alpha footage. It's a dilemma. 
 

 Hey, Shadowrun just called. It says it wants the tattoos back.
== TEASER == Well, nothing to add other than the fact that Lady Gaga has inadvertently influenced the game. No, for real. Back in April, Black chatted with The Guardian and talked about Gaga at length, revealing that her attitude somehow speaks to the stoic, chin-up attitude of the protagonist in Bodycount:

She [Gaga] talks a lot about living in the apocalypse. The apocalypse is happening. We're in it, so the only thing left to do is party [and] have a good time--positive upwards, forward-thinking. So this guy [in Bodycount] is in a crazy, desperate situation out of his control, but he's not going to get down about it, he deals with it, he keeps his head up [and] he pushes forward--that's the kind of action we [Codemasters] want to have.

That's what we're saying to our players--when they're feeling a little bit down, a little bit harassed by all the pressure, slap this game one and blow some fuckers away; you'll feel better. You'll get an uplift--and that's ultimately what we want to do.

This is the E3 footage I was referring to earlier. I'm not seeing the Gaga, but I'm definitely seeing the game's combo and Killzone 2-style cover systems. Man, it's been awhile since I've leaned in a shooter.
  
   
You know, I usually just put on Huey Lewis and the News and pump at the gym whenever I start feeling down, but I think popping in Bodycount might be less awkward. I'll have to test it out.    
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Posted by BradNicholson

There's been three times in my life that I've wished I played Stuart Black's arcade shooter Black. This is one of them. The E3 2010 trailer for the designer's upcoming shooter Bodycount is now available on the tubes, and I've got nothing to point out that isn't apparent in the pre-alpha footage. It's a dilemma. 
 

 Hey, Shadowrun just called. It says it wants the tattoos back.
== TEASER == Well, nothing to add other than the fact that Lady Gaga has inadvertently influenced the game. No, for real. Back in April, Black chatted with The Guardian and talked about Gaga at length, revealing that her attitude somehow speaks to the stoic, chin-up attitude of the protagonist in Bodycount:

She [Gaga] talks a lot about living in the apocalypse. The apocalypse is happening. We're in it, so the only thing left to do is party [and] have a good time--positive upwards, forward-thinking. So this guy [in Bodycount] is in a crazy, desperate situation out of his control, but he's not going to get down about it, he deals with it, he keeps his head up [and] he pushes forward--that's the kind of action we [Codemasters] want to have.

That's what we're saying to our players--when they're feeling a little bit down, a little bit harassed by all the pressure, slap this game one and blow some fuckers away; you'll feel better. You'll get an uplift--and that's ultimately what we want to do.

This is the E3 footage I was referring to earlier. I'm not seeing the Gaga, but I'm definitely seeing the game's combo and Killzone 2-style cover systems. Man, it's been awhile since I've leaned in a shooter.
  
   
You know, I usually just put on Huey Lewis and the News and pump at the gym whenever I start feeling down, but I think popping in Bodycount might be less awkward. I'll have to test it out.    
Posted by Jeffsekai

what? just linking GT videos now?

Posted by Penelope
@Jeffsekai: GB could have their own trailers I'm sure if you were willing to put up with the same rampant advertising GT has. Hush.
Edited by Metal_Mills
@Jeffsekai said:

" what? just linking GT videos now? "

GT has exclusive deals like crazy, especially at E3. GB probably aren't allowed to host them or haven't been sent them so it's either linking GT or nothing.
 
Anyway, this game looks horrible. The textures are a disgrace and either some of that video has been slowed or the frame rate is sub-teens in a few scenes. If I want arcade action I'll stick with Serious Sam HD which looks 10 times better and only costs $15.
Posted by GoodAssLettuce

This looks so generic.

Posted by Sjupp

First person red faction with crazy shooting? I'm in. The movement and general feel of the player could use an improvement though.

Posted by dudeglove
@Jeffsekai said:
" what? just linking GT videos now? "
Either that or Drew et al. don't have the time to process the vids themselves.
Posted by sfighter21
@Jeffsekai said:
" what? just linking GT videos now? "
Must be the intern...lol.  kidding.
Posted by damswedon
@Jeffsekai: Lets see, Vinny Drew and Joey are all in LA. It is a sunday and i don't think Ana would want to come in to work just to put a trailer up. But it is not like Jeff Ryan and Brad haven't put GT vids before. But we could go back to having no content over the weekend like we used to if that is what you would prefer.
Posted by 500xp

Well, its not the worst looking shooter I've ever seen. So I guess there's that.

Posted by OchoTheNaut
@Metal_Mills said:
" @Jeffsekai said:

" what? just linking GT videos now? "

GT has exclusive deals like crazy, especially at E3. GB probably aren't allowed to host them or haven't been sent them so it's either linking GT or nothing.  Anyway, this game looks horrible. The textures are a disgrace and either some of that video has been slowed or the frame rate is sub-teens in a few scenes. If I want arcade action I'll stick with Serious Sam HD which looks 10 times better and only costs $15. "
Good thing you understand what pre-alpha footage means. 
 
On topic: Meh. It does look kind of generic.
Posted by Jimbo

Shooting stuff!  Fuck yeah!

Posted by MarkWahlberg
@Metal_Mills: Well, it did say it was 'pre-alpha', so that implies they're gonna improve it.  
 
  
Hopefully this is part of a new trend in moving away from brown-grey 'realism' in shooters, although I'm still more interested by that Odyssey to the West shindig.
Posted by RenMcKormack

Is Ice T Upset that this game is biting off his old group bodycount who did the classic song cop killer?

Posted by DrPockets000

Yep, still looks generic.

Posted by damswedon

That looks interesting, other that the cross-hairs i really don't like that style.

Posted by MrKlorox

" Man, it's been awhile since I've leaned in a shooter." 
 
It's official. Nicholson doesn't play PC games.

Posted by colinjw

interesting idea. It reminds me a little of Gamer the movie, which is a bit off putting. 

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@Metal_Mills said:
" @Jeffsekai said:

" what? just linking GT videos now? "

GT has exclusive deals like crazy, especially at E3. GB probably aren't allowed to host them or haven't been sent them so it's either linking GT or nothing.  Anyway, this game looks horrible. The textures are a disgrace and either some of that video has been slowed or the frame rate is sub-teens in a few scenes. If I want arcade action I'll stick with Serious Sam HD which looks 10 times better and only costs $15. "
Pre-Alpha footage. Is all pre alpha do not judge a game before it even out of Alpha 
Posted by ProlificShadow

This game looks incredibly mediocre.

Posted by CaptainTightPants

Oh man this article just reminded me how much Black sucked, and How awesome Urban Chaos Riot Response was. 

Posted by the_purgatory_station

i liked Black so this does check off all the points on my list.
 
the reticule does look like it can potentially be Alpha Protocol-y type frustrating.  good thing it's only pre-alpha

Posted by Metal_Mills
@The_Laughing_Man said:
" @Metal_Mills said:
" @Jeffsekai said:

" what? just linking GT videos now? "

GT has exclusive deals like crazy, especially at E3. GB probably aren't allowed to host them or haven't been sent them so it's either linking GT or nothing.  Anyway, this game looks horrible. The textures are a disgrace and either some of that video has been slowed or the frame rate is sub-teens in a few scenes. If I want arcade action I'll stick with Serious Sam HD which looks 10 times better and only costs $15. "
Pre-Alpha footage. Is all pre alpha do not judge a game before it even out of Alpha  "
They shouldn't release gameplay trailers and screenshots in such early development. It's their fault.
Posted by CookieMonster

This video just reminded me to buy bad company 2 at some point. 

Posted by AngelicRampage

the game looks okay
the leaning looks just like Medal of Honor: Airborne

Posted by A_Dog

Of course Bradolson would pump iron when he's down.  

Posted by buckybit
@RenMcKormack said:
" Is Ice T Upset that this game is biting off his old group bodycount who did the classic song cop killer? "
LOL - Thought the same thing. "Body Count" - phonetic or as letters, make me only think of @finalllevel & the band. Where are my old CD's... :)
 
Using this name for anything within Entertainment Business should be 'verboten'.
Posted by Olivaw

Black was alright, so this will probably be alright.
 
Nothing mindblowing at all so far. But it's pre-alpha so it means nothing.
 
Why even release pre-alpha footage, anyway?

Posted by Vinchenzo

Trailer sucks. Looks gay. Narrator was annoying.

Posted by jos1ah

Video looks interesting to me. But, seriously, their inspiration is "Lady Gaga says the sky is falling so we may as well party and have fun."?? No wonder the most common description I've heard of Black is "empty-headed action"

Posted by davidwitten22

Mention of Lady Gaga= I'm never buying this game.

Posted by Milkman

Nothing really interesting going on there. Meh.

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Posted by Wick

When I think of the game Black I think shooting barrels, and yeah this game seems to have that covered.

Posted by DukeT

Even if they do improve this, it probably will still be horrible. I mean, just look at it. And then, Lady Gaga? REALLY?!

Posted by El_Derrico
@Penelope said:
" @Jeffsekai: GB could have their own trailers I'm sure if you were willing to put up with the same rampant advertising GT has. Hush. "
To be honest, I have no idea how Giant Bomb makes money. There are no ads and you're not asked to buy anything, other than the iPhone app. At least if I saw some ads I'd be assured the site will never go away.
Posted by Yummylee

Looks alright. Decent gun sound effects at least.

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Posted by aproposshadows
@Vinchenzo said:
" Trailer sucks. Looks gay. Narrator was annoying. "
Agreed 
Posted by Sanious
@Metal_Mills: The point is to get the game out there and get people talking about it as early as possible. Maybe people shouldn't judge an unfinished product, it's to show you what the games going to be like and what to expect out of it. 
 
If companies didn't do this, then there would be less hype following games and most likely less sales because of the lack of seeing anything from the game. This stuff needs to go out there, so people need to get their head out of their asses about a game not looking up to par when it's still in works.
Posted by Warfare

No thanks.

Posted by b33
blue exploding barrels? 
u r doing it wrong
Posted by TylerKinkade

Guys, really. It's pre-alpha. To disgrace the textures and graphics is totally idiotic. The engine they are working in now, more than likely won't be the engine the game ships in. Pre-Alpha, for those who don't know, is when you pull all sorts of scraps together to lay out the core mechanics and gameplay. 
 
TL;DR -  Pre-Alpha means, Frankenstein-ified game. The game will definitely look better when it ships.

Posted by Toxin066

Not sold on this game yet. Looked like a generic "here's you shooting stuff, here's stuff blowing up" FPS reveal trailer.

Posted by Metal_Mills
@Sanious said:
" @Metal_Mills: The point is to get the game out there and get people talking about it as early as possible. Maybe people shouldn't judge an unfinished product, it's to show you what the games going to be like and what to expect out of it.  If companies didn't do this, then there would be less hype following games and most likely less sales because of the lack of seeing anything from the game. This stuff needs to go out there, so people need to get their head out of their asses about a game not looking up to par when it's still in works. "
That's why CG trailers are normally the first to come out. Because the game isn't up to standard.
Posted by El_Derrico
@Jeffsekai said:
" what? just linking GT videos now? "
Jeff is on GT's Bonus Round show. Both sites seem to have a working relationship. You need a lot of friends to make it in this business.
Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud

So.... this guy learned things from Black?  it looks like the same combat failing from that game: shoot explosive barrels and that's it.  What a joke.

Posted by MisterMouse

everything seems kind of floaty

Posted by SumDeus

I see no redeeming quality about this game. Why would they show this now?

Edited by Hitchenson

"Generic Brown and Bloom Shooter: Kill More Clones" 
 
Can't wait...

Posted by JiuJitsuka85

Game designers need to start watching Mythbusters. Barrels don't explode into MASSIVE balls of fire if you shoot them with bullets.

Posted by MichaelBach
@Jiujitsuka: If it's firebullets they do!
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