It would be horribly unfair to judge Bodycount
solely on the merits of its premise. What matters is the execution of everything supporting it. Unfortunately, the game falters here, too. Spend five minutes with Bodycount
, and you'll see its myriad influences practically coming out of the woodwork. At its core, though, Bodycount
is essentially the crippled illegitimate child of Bulletstorm
. Forgive the tasteless metaphor, but know that it is an apt one. Take, for example, the underdeveloped (and identically-named) skillshot system, and the Echo-like Bodycount mode.
By killing with skill (explosives, headshots, etc.), you earn intel, an energy source that explodes out of fallen enemies like the skill orbs from Crackdown. Intel is used to power the Operative Support Button, or O.S.B. The O.S.B. is a radial menu that slots a number of special abilities, which include temporary invincibility, explosive bullets, an enhanced radar system, and the ability to call in airstrikes. Though each of these abilities levels up at certain points in the campaign, they remain relatively shallow and uninteresting. Luckily, the O.S.B. keeps the multiplayer chained down to a partially uninspired experience, rather than a wholly uninspired experience.
There's no finishing this review without addressing the elephant in the room. Bodycount is built like a budget shooter and plays like one too, yet it's currently sitting on store shelves at full price. If you're a fan of Black and want to get a good idea of what came of this project, give the demo a shot before spending your money. The mission contained therein is a good representation of almost everything Bodycount has to offer.
Bodycount's greatest strengths lie in areas that matter the least. Outside of the above-average audio/visual package, this game simply doesn't have it where it counts. This game has some genuinely interesting ideas that unfortunately never grow beyond their larval stages. As a result, you'll spend most of the experience wondering what could have been, rather than appreciating what's actually there.