Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GC 09: Dreamkiller Trailer Impressions

Dreamkiller is an upcoming first person shooter from developer Aspyr being released on the 360 and the PC. The game is about a girl who enters horrific nightmarish worlds in her sleep, and has to fight off demons and other evil creatures. A trailer was shown recently at GC 2009, let's take a look:

Now, this is the first time I've seen the game, and I must admit that the concept seems pretty interesting. Hell, even the first part of the trailer seemed very appropriately dark and twisted, with some slight hints at Alice in Wonderland, and the artwork was very nice as well. Everything seemed great, right up until the end of the trailer, where we get a brief glimpse of some gameplay.

The gameplay looks like somebody took a cheesy horror movie and tried to re-make it as an Unreal Tournament mod! Okay, maybe that's being a little overly harsh, but the gameplay does not look interesting at all. It looks like your basic shooter like Quake III or Painkiller. I'm not sure you can make a game like that nowadays and still get away with it! The First-Person genre has evolved into so much more than just shooting. Games like F.E.A.R. and Condemned have done first-person horror the right way, and games like Bioshock and Deus Ex have also delved into the world of atmospheric First-Person games.

I feel like the developers weren't even going for anything like that, and just wanted to make another standard shooter with horror elements. I've got some news for you guys, Doom came out in 1993! It's been done, and from what I've seen of this game, it's been done better!

Maybe it's a bit early to judge, since this is the first time I've seen the game, but my first impression is most definitely not a good one. What do you guys think?

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