For years, video game developers have been trying to create realistic-looking video games and give their characters physical weight as they travel through their worlds. You can see the steps taken towards realism in games from Naughty Dog, Rockstar Games and Kojima Productions. Now DRAMA has released a gameplay video from their upcoming realistic video game Unrecord, and people are going a bit nuts.
The game is very easy to mistake for actual footage. Viewers watched as the game’s main character made their way through a rundown building chasing and gunning down several suspects. The tense music and hyperrealism pull you into the scene, and now and then, you have to remind yourself that you’re looking at a game.
Fans were baffled, with some refusing to believe that what they had watched was actual gameplay. @AfterconflictWL commented, “Looking great! It’s always good to see more shooters that dig into the grit and grime of combat instead of following the current zeitgeist of bloodlessly shooting enemies with guns caked in skins that turn them a sickening shade of neon pink.”
The summary of the game on Steam reads as follows:
“Unrecord is a single-player FPS that tells the story of a tactical police officer from the perspective of his body camera. As you work to solve a complex case, you’ll need to use your tactical and detective skills to succeed.”
The camera moves like its actual footage taken from a body camera, which adds to the realism, but the developers have made it clear that they’re not trying to create a simulator. Instead, they said the game would feature “complex dialouges” and “tough moral dilemma” with a storyline that “can be compared to a detective novel or a thriller” as players investigate “several criminal cases and confront a diverse cast of characters.”
Gamers got a taste of what the game might be like once it was released, and while many praised the realism, others were more focused on the subject matter. @msleeperdotcom commented, “So the game really is just an unironic copaganda Liveleak simulator?”
@Trainwreckstv was particularly concerned about the younger gamers that might end up wanting to play a game like this, “I’m going to get a lot of hate for this – but this level of realism in video games should be heavily moderated in *shooter* for anyone *under a certain age*, I hope parents do their job. this level of realism for shooting & killing make *me* feel uncomfortable as if I’m watching a real leak from a military or police operation. the clear distinction between real & fake is necessary, but this level of realism, in my opinion, gives real credibility to the nonsense politicians have been spewing for years about video games conditioning young people to lose a sense of empathy toward violent tendencies or situations.”