06 October 2012


Gaming Genres: FPS, Action-Adventure
Story Genres: Action, War, Fantasy, Historical, Horror
Graphical Styles: 3D, Realism, High Resolution
Series/World: NecroVision
Platforms: Windows
Pricing Model: Pay $
Developer(s): The Farm 51
Publisher(s): 1C Company, 505 Games, Aspyr Media
Initial Release Date: February 27, 2009
Website(s): Homepage, Wikipedia, Publishers Page, Steam, GamersGate, Amazon
1916 - World War One. A young American soldier called Simon Bukner joins the Allied Army and soon experiences the horrors of war first hand. But he quickly realises that the Germans aren't the only threat. A greater evil is lurking beneath the battlefields and trenches of the Great War: an ancient but secret war between vampires and demons, which has begun to spill into our world. Thrust into the middle of this supernatural conflict, Bunker must fight to save humanity from the forces of darkness and choose an unlikely alliance to bring the war to an end.

NecroVisioN is first-person shooter that takes place in a varied range of locations, from the horrific and bloody trenches of World War One, to secret labs and underground caverns plagued by gruesome undead creatures. You must battle through legions of German soldiers and hideous monsters, as you venture future into this terrible underworld. Inspired by infamous horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, the story blends historically accurate locations and weapons, with nightmarish creations. As a result, players fight enemies using authentic World World One-era weapons, supernatural but powerful demon artefacts, vampire technology and when the action gets too close for comfort a range of visceral melee moves.

What makes NecroVision special is now much is crammed into one game. You have a plethora of ranged weaponry, with sniper rifles, grenade launchers,  sub-machines guns, flamethrowers, and pistols. Alongside many melee weapons, Vampire weapons, explosives, and supernatural powers. Many of these being dual wieldable and all mix and matchable. We also have turrets and vehicles.

To go along with these weapons are many varied enemies, but even more scenarios. The level design is surprisingly open, with huge sidequests, secrets, notes, puzzles, and lots of destructible objects. And alongside the campaign is a series of grueling one level challenges.

NecroVision is not a highly polished game, it is close but you can spot some rough edges. It is like three games in one, and I do not think that there is another FPS that is quite as expansive. And that makes it truly remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Indieness: Barely Indie
Play?: Should Play

1 comment:

  1. I bought this game years ago, only to find that my PC (at the time) couldn't handle it at a stable framerate. I've occasionally heard Necrovision called a spiritual successor to Painkiller. Maybe it's time I finally bump this one up on my "need to my play" list.