E3 2010 games to watch: Bodycount preview

It’s that time of year again. E3 is coming and the hype train is beginning to hiss. In preparation for this year’s maelstrom of new video game delights, which starts on June the 15th, we’re running a twice-weekly series of features highlighting the big hitters you’ll want to keep an eye on at the show.

Some you’ll know, some you won’t, but all will require your complete and undivided attention. So tune in to GamesRadar every Wednesday and Saturday, and have that attention primed and ready.

Today, we’re looking at Codemasters' blistering FPS, Bodycount.

Why Bodycount is one to watch:

  • It’s a new FPS from Stuart Black, the designer of last generation’s much-loved and completely gaga bullet-splosion Black. He’s moved from Burnout dev Criterion to DIRT 2 creator Codemasters, and once more he’s promising to make shooters ludicrous again.
  • The game is set in the real world, but Black is adamant that he’s eschewing this generation’s obsession with real-life warfare and realistic combat painted in 100 different shades of brown grit. The reason? Realism is too depressing and he wants his shooter to be pure fun, with its balls so far out they’re in danger of coming clean off.
  • The carnage is going to be excessive. Seriously. Dropping bull-bombs on a city made entirely of china shops excessive. If you’ve played Black, you’ll have an idea of what we mean. But imagine that multiplied by current-gen looks and physics. ‘Gurgle.’ That’s all you can say, isn’t it? And rightly so.

  • Speaking of looks, Bodycount promises to look as eye-burstingly kinetic as it plays. Realistic colour palettes are being smashed clean out of a ninth-floor window in favour of bright, stylised, vibrancy. Expect explosive washes of colour like you’d get during a knife-fight at a clown convention.
  • Bodycount is going to take environmental destruction to a new level. We know you’ve heard that before, but we’re not talking about just dropping a building with a few grenades. We’re talking about infiltrating buildings by precision-ripping new doorways through walls with just your machine gun fire. We’re told you’ll be able to sculpt the whole environment to your will, destroying buildings and cover alike with your butter-knifing bullets, and apparently every weapon will destroy things in its own unique way.
  • Bodycount is also bringing a first-person leaning system (like the one seen in the original F.E.A.R., only properly analogue). But don’t think that implies you’ll be hiding behind cover the whole time. That sort of thing is the antithesis of Bodycount’s raucous carnival of destruction. This game is all about speed, aggression and spectacle.
  • A combo system rewards fast kill-strings with intel, and that intel rewards you with the likes of chopper support and armed UAVs. And when they strike, it’ll be up-close and personal. Forget the distant killers of Modern Warfare 2. These heavily-armoured death-puppies will be like having a rocket-spewing attack dog hovering loyally at your right hand. 

So what do you think? Are you already pumped for Bodycount? Is it on your E3 2010 must-see list? Or is something else in your sights? Let us know in the comments, or through our portals on Facebook and Twitter.

April 21, 2010


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  • Ruvalc - June 14, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    looks interesting but the question is will they over do it?
  • CAPST3R - June 14, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    This is exaggerated. As much as I think that this game might just beat the entire COD franchise combined, this is probably exaggerated. And if it isn't, well, I might as well give up any hope of getting a degree. Or a part-time job at Burger King, for that matter.
  • PaulieWaulie - April 22, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    Seeing how the original Crysis was a shallow peice of graphical whoreness I don't see how that is a relevant comment, this looks pretty kick ass. Always nice to see a british dev house doing something exciting.
  • gilgamesh310 - April 22, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    It's hardly going to be as good as crysis 2 especially in terms of environmental damage.
  • philipshaw - April 22, 2010 1:26 p.m.

    Black was soooo awesome, so this is looking great to me
  • Gameguy94 - April 22, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    I was already excited for this game when i saw it in a magazine a month ago. Also when i saw some Black game play footage that looked like a ps3 game!
  • TheIronMaiden - April 22, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    I just put aside every other game I was waiting for. Please don't screw this one up codemasters...PLEASE!
  • lovinmyps3 - April 21, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Black was so awesome! Hopefully this will be just as good!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 21, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    I now need a new pair of pants.
  • kernzy10 - April 21, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    Ha! sounds pretty good, cnt wait for this then
  • noswar26 - April 21, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    This game is at the top of my list of games to look out for this year. recaptcha: "spigot this" bitch
  • sdmf4ever - April 21, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    Black was an amazing FPS (even though it was too short). If this new addition to the genre is anything like the first game then I am sold. Bullets buzzing by left and right with total carnal destruction is my cup of tea.....please may I have another. *EXPLOSION!!!*
  • xSTARMANx - April 21, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    i just jizzed in my pants.....
  • JADENkOTOR - April 21, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    My balls were just blown clean off.
  • db1331 - April 21, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Haha, yeah, maybe they will port it to the Nintendo 3DSXLi Lite+ when it comes out next year.
  • Strangleme - April 21, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Bodycount sounds incredible!! So does Bulletstorm. I can't wait til E3. I wish I could actually go and experience it for myself.
  • Link555 - April 21, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    This years E3 is gonna b amazing
  • SonicX_89 - April 21, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    Sounds good. Also, reading this reminded me of the new Epic/People Can Fly game, Bulletstorm. Is Gamesradar going to cover that as well?
  • FreekinIdiot - April 21, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    @ db1331 Nintendo DS. Ha! Can you imagine?!
  • db1331 - April 21, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    What platform is this for?

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