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Bodycount (XBOX 360)
Graduate School Personal Statement A few years ago Criterion Games who are probably best known for their work on Burnout released Black, a high action FPS for PS2 and Xbox which was praised for the high levels of destruction within the game environment. Creative differences between Criterion and EA stopped the development of "Black 2" however as is often the case in the games industry some staff movement saw key staff from the Black development team end up at Codemasters Guildford studio and they have created Bodycount.
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http://www.theirishriviera.com/?creating-cover-letter-for-resume Creating Cover Letter For Resume As we progress we are taken to various locations around the world in an attempt to work out who The Target is and what their end goal could be, creating as much carnage as possible as we go. This carnage is one of the key gameplay elements in Bodycount as we rip through a destructive environment which is partially used for some great visuals and often used as a gameplay device. The majority of the time a burst of fire from our gun, or a grenade explosion will set of a chain reaction of larger explosions which take out enemies or structures but there are sections where getting to our objective (always marked on our HUD) is easier if we blast through a wall. Then on other occasions where it might be advisable to blow a hole in the wall next to a door so we can aim through it and use the rest of the structure as a shield while we take out our enemy from a distance.
Speaking of levels, Bodycount has a rather different take on the design, splitting missions into much smaller chunks than is normal for a game of this type. In the Africa missions for example we can play through a mission in a few minutes with one or two objectives given (e.g. defuse explosive, find operative etc) before being taken to a completely different area via a mission outline/story screen but the whole "level" takes around 1.5hours to play through. In many ways it feels like online multiplayer where the time limit is set low and we get short bursts of action with a lobby between games.
When actually playing through a level the player is left to make their way to the objective and the levels are reasonably open with several ways to reach our destination. We can also choose to take as much time as we want, maximising kills or destruction along the way. Also placed around the locations are various devices which allow us to change our primary and secondary weapon, tailoring the guns to our mission and as with powerups various extra firearms are unlocked as the game progresses.
Those are the essential points of the single player experience, cause mass destruction and carnage as we progress through the story… and those elements play quite a large part in multi-player too. There are three main multiplayer modes in Bodycount and these are Co-Op, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. As normal DM and TDM are a battle between individuals or teams towards a kill limit, the first to reach this wins. In co-op we play with another player trying to survive wave upon wave of NPC’s. Codemasters have also added in a fourth mode, Bodycount mode, where we replay unlocked missions from the campaign trying to achieve better scores for comparison with our friends.
Graphics and Sound
As well as suffering from some less than great environments which can be repetitive in appearance there is also a real lack of variation on the enemies we fight. They are incredibly samey, other than key characters such as mini-bosses, and this really is noticeable given the number of people we kill along the way. We also noted that the game’s field of vision is a little claustrophobic for our liking and it would have benefited from being a little wider… and of course there is some slowdown to add to an already disappointing situation.
Audio wise the game delivers on one key aspect, noise. Even with our sound system turned down low the level of gunfire and explosions in Bodycount is impressive and loud. This of course means at a normal volume and above the room really does become an epic soundstage of battle noise which enhances the gaming experience.
There is a musical soundtrack as we progress but it does feel somewhat out of place in areas, kicking in when nothing of importance seems to have happened and to be honest it adds nothing… the explosions and gunfire are plenty.
In game we also have voice comms from The Network, instructing us on our objectives and this voiceover is decent or more importantly not annoying and kept to a minimum allowing us to concentrate on the action.
There are some issue though, the level design can be a little repetitive, the enemies very much too samey and the shortness of each area does give the game an odd, almost multiplayer like feel. This along with some slowdown can detract from the enjoyment at times… as can the low intelligence of the enemy AI.
For those who want a weekends worth of death and destruction Bodycount fits the bill. It doesn’t claim to offer anything new or deep but sometimes plenty of action and loads of explosions are all that a player needs.