ShellShock 2 : Blood Trails

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Shellshock 2: Blood Trails

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails

You weren't there, man. Just as well really.

Back in 2004, when everyone was already complaining about a surplus of World War II games, Vietnam was the next big thing, and Shellshock: Nam '67 was Eidos' answer to Battlefield Vietnam, Vietcong, Line of Sight and others. Nowadays, World War II is still big business, Vietnam has been abandoned once again, and Shellshock 2: Blood Trails is the answer to a question no one asked. It's not a very good answer.

You play as a grunt inserted suspiciously into a unit deep in Vietnam, only to discover that you're not only in the s***, you're on the hunt for your brother, who has been infected with some sort of zombifying virus that turns him - and a lot of his fellow GIs - into something out of 28 Days Later. Mist-soaked hills and raw jungle oppression were enough for Vietnam games five years ago, but apparently not now.

Which is a shame, because the Xbox 360 and PS3 would certainly do a good job of rendering Vietnam in smoldering, oppressive detail given half the chance. Whether for budget reasons or not though, Rebellion barely gives them a tenth of a chance. Textures are bland, geometry uncomplicated, lighting sharp and unrealistic; the jungle is jagged, clip-happy and static. Character models on both sides are dull, sparsely detailed and clunkily animated, and the frame-rate lurches into the teens with alarming regularity. Load times are also surprisingly long, although, as you'll see, I'm not going to complain about the time I got to spend not playing it.

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Shellshock sequel due next Friday

Shellshock sequel due next Friday

Rebellion's Vietnam shooter arrives at last.

Eidos plans to release Shellshock 2: Blood Trails for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on Friday 13th February.

This is the spooky and brutal Vietnam survival-shooter about the lone survivor of a top secret army mission that was meant to retrieve a mysterious missing "Whiteknight" consignment.

Sadly he's gone crackers, and has bought whatever made him that way back with him, prompting a wave of madness to sweep over the rest of soldiers, who soon start killing each other.

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Eidos making Shellshock sequel

Eidos making Shellshock sequel

Spooky Vietnam shooter due this Christmas.

Eidos has surprised us like the Vietcong with plans to release a sequel to Shellshock on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 before Christmas.

Dubbed Shellshock 2: Blood Trails, the brutal and psychologically twisted first-person shooter will be created by Rebellion - most recently responsible for Rogue Trooper and The Simpsons Game.

The setting is once again the Vietnam war, or the American war as it's known round those parts. The story centres on a Special Ops soldier who waltzes out of the jungle after his entire unit disappeared for a month during a mission to bring back top secret missing consignment "Whiteknight".

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Rebellion talks Shellshock 2

For PS3 and 360.

After completing 12 PSP titles, Rebellion has told GamesIndustry.biz that it's now fully focused on home consoles, with a sequel to Eidos' Shellshock the first PS3 and 360 title from the UK studio.