Warface Is The Face Of War, Okay

By Jim Rossignol on March 8th, 2012 at 6:00 pm.

Alas, poor Warface...
WARFACE, I mean. But also: this CGI trailer – which signals the beta sign-ups commencing – is all a bit Battlefield 3 until the mech turns up. Wait- what?

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  1. julianbenson says:

    Year of the mech.

  2. sneetch says:

    “But also: this CGI trailer – which signals the beta sign-ups commencing – is all a bit Battlefield 3 until the mech turns up…”

    … when it becomes a bit Battlefield 2142. (Not a bad thing!)

    • Inverselaw says:

      Battlefield 2142 is my favorite battlefield.

      Oh BAUR I miss you so much.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      2142 is the best Battlefield.

    • westyfield says:

      Yep. 2142 4 life. And the Baur was definitely the best gun.

    • The JG Man says:

      I see your Baurs and raise you the Lambert Carbine…and cloaking device.

      (…I always used Baur as assault)

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      The Lambert was the perfect gun. If you caressed the trigger lovingly it would place rounds so tightly grouped you could take out someone’s face from mid range with a couple of tiny bursts. Pull the trigger firmly and it would spray enough lead fast enough to take down a close soldier before he’s even realized you’re there.

      The only reason the Baur could be superior would be the underslung rocket launcher. Once you’ve memorized the distance across a Titan’s loading bay, or how far from the corridor entrance to that infuriatingly-defensible bend, you could pre-set the detonation distance and airburst-kill enemies nobody else can even hit.

    • FRIENDLYUNIT says:

      Honestly I want to weigh in for the Lambert (<3), but yeah, Baur is what used to kill me a lot.

  3. MarineMarauder says:

    Modern combat , near-future tech thing is getting old REAL FAST.

  4. NooklearToaster says:

    PvE manshooting is going to be a pleasant change from the constant knife and snipe fests that are CoD and BF3.

    • John Mirra says:

      As a beta participant I can say that PvE is the only interesting part of this game. Really challenging and requiring a teamwork.

  5. Shortwave says:

    Me’ likely cryengine 3. Yay, for Mechs.

    Also, heres where to sign up for beta.
    http://www.warface.com/

    • Carwash says:

      Bit confused on how to sign up for the beta. If I’m on GFace, am I already registered for the Warface beta? It says GFaces are reserved for use in Warface, but not that GFace is auto regged for the beta..?

  6. Craig Stern says:

    I like how a giant mech bursts through a wall, and they all calmly decide that they’re going to stand in a straight line without any cover and try to pew-pew it to death.

    • Craig Stern says:

      They must have one hell of a medic, is all I’m saying.

    • dahools says:

      that pistol is like the one will smith first gets in men in black. . . . that mech doesn’t know it but it has no chance!

    • Jesse L says:

      Maybe they’re betting the pilot sucks, based on the way he just blundered through that wall.

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      See those yellow lights on the front of the mech? They mean “loaded with blanks”. Dude just wandered off a training ground. Through a wall. He is either about to fail his driving test horribly, or die. Maybe both.

  7. PacketOfCrisps says:

    Warface? WARFACE?! Who on earth came up with that name. Even I could pick a combat term and add the name of a body part on the end. How about Battlehead? Skirmishlegs? Absolute rubbish.

  8. Brun says:

    Oh is this that Crytek multiplayer game that’s aimed (bewilderingly) at the Asian market? That explains the mech.

  9. Post-Internet Syndrome says:

    Looks neat, question is what makes it different from the others.

    EDIT: Oh it’s pve, so that makes it a bit interesting at least.

    • NooklearToaster says:

      From what it says on their site, it’s both, which could be really cool or really crap depending how things are instanced. I’d love an open world MMOFPS that’s got both PvE and PvP.

  10. Buttless Boy says:

    Warface 2: Gunbottom
    Warface 3: Punchankle
    Warface 4: Shootfist

  11. dahools says:

    BF 2142 ( My fav BF too ^ ) needs a modern gfx update and this could be it . Based on that trailer alone its got half my money. Now show us a couple of flying home bases one for each team and give me a Voss L-AR or a Lambert Carbine (my personal fav) and i’ll be more than happy :)

    • Drakedude says:

      Dust 514 is what you’re after, and it at the very least has the potential to own bf 2142 in every way. Here’s the first trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45mlVuLs_Nw

      • dahools says:

        Viewed those trailers and it looks good, bit confused as to whether its dust 514 or eve forever? are they the same thing, the trailers seem so similar?
        I’m all for bringing back the commander position, but giving him a space armada for an air strike and a satalite laser cannon more suited to the GDI in C &C as a backup may be a little overpowering me thinks.

        Howerver the choice of maps in that 514 trailer looked never ending you could play for days and never play the same map twice. there wouldn’t be many campers then :)

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    9of9 says:

    I never get the obsession with mechs. They just seem, in principle, like such a silly idea – they always look clumsy and unbalanced and generally pointless, making it really hard to take them seriously as a futuristic war asset =/

    The one thing I always really want to see in a futuristic military shooter is spider tanks à la Ghost in the Shell, but instead it’s always silly, bipedal mechs. *sigh*

    • Brun says:

      Bipedal or quadrupedal locomotion becomes more efficient when you leave paved roads or large open spaces and are having to contend with obstacles, foliage, and highly uneven terrain.

      The disconnect you describe happens a lot in video games because mechs are often portrayed as instruments of urban warfare, a situation in which a locomotion system like legs doesn’t really carry any advantage over wheels or tracks (the only other obvious benefit being, of course, intimidation factor). The mechs in the movie Avatar (for example) made sense though, since they were having to wade through dense jungles and harsh terrain – places that a traditional jeep or tank could never really go.

    • starclaws says:

      Quadrupedal has potential. This is just an experiment small scale and crappy loud engine but here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae06LFa3i38

      As for the game … We all know Crysis looks good but plays like crap.

    • buzzmong says:

      Mech’s are great when they’re protrayed as actually being mobile, either as Brun said by making them go through terrain that seriously challenges other types of vehicles, or if they’re designed to be agile. Walking tanks ala Mechwarrior or Metal Gear Solid they should not be.

      I think, in terms of urban mechs, Shogo Mobile Armoured Division did it right by not having big clunky things, but fairly lithe agile machines, essentially, an infantryman given an exoskeleton and scaled up.

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      9of9 says:

      Oh yeah, there’s definitely a point at which legs is absolutely better than a tank. But the Animal Farm adage of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad’ springs to mind – I can totally see tanks being deployed on the Big Dog type of technology: on four legs, possibly built quite low to the ground, self-balancing and fairly nimble. But I can’t really see much justification for settling into a bipedal form factor unless the thing is fast enough for sprinting and has enough agility/upper-body functionality that it could self-right itself if toppled, since pretty much any time one of these trips over (let alone the possibility of some wannabe Luke Skywalker tying its legs together) they look like they’d need an industrial crane to get it back up again.

      Also, quadrupedal vehicles just look cooler, dammit! ^^

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      Jackablade says:

      I’d like to see a mech game with using the hoppers that are mentioned at the start of the Red Dwarf book – bipedal mechs that bounce around like frogs rather than stomping along the ground. They’re also designed so that they can land on top of eachother without damaging either mech.

      There’s gotta be a ridiculously fun, chaotic mech shooter there, surely

  13. Jesse L says:

    lol @ medic’s belly-pound of healing

    • dahools says:

      everyone knows the way to a mans heart is through his stomach. . .

      come on get with it. . .lol

    • Shooop says:

      Better hope his comrade isn’t the Thing.

  14. MattM says:

    War! Warfacers! We face the wars when others will not!

  15. Roxton says:

    Wait, I’m confused. I thought that war… war never changes.

    Seriously though, the voice-over is bizarre. It sounds like she’s reading a poem (also, affected female RP British accent is an unusual choice).

    What was the game about, again?

  16. Shooop says:

    It’s very generic-looking. But it’s free right?

    Can’t complain there. Maybe it’ll help stop F2P shooters being complete crap like Combat Arms.

    The inclusion of PVE online co-op is good start.

  17. lijenstina says:

    Warface – antiperspirant for body bags.

  18. Vagrant says:

    I dunno, WARFACE sounds like a pretty rad game to me!

    WARFACE: MILITARY TYPOGRAPHER.

  19. ArtyFishal says:

    Looking forward to trying this. I love me some near-future soldiery, especially the way Crytek does it.

    Also, I’m not sure that’s entirely CGI, several of those set pieces are demonstrated in Crytek’s CDC 2012 CryEngine 3 demo: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/gdc-2012-cryengine-3/727780

  20. Unaco says:

    War… War never changes.

    But Warfaces do, if the wind shifts.

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    Phinor says:

    Everything looked good until it said “free”. I can’t afford what “free” has become.

  22. PearlChoco says:

    Do they really think we need ANOTHER modern war first person man shooter?
    Stop it, WE HAVE ENOUGH ALREADY!

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    Fatbubba says:

    Free Social FPS…..social? What do they mean with social? Do I have to play with a Facebook account or something? Do I have to make buddies? Do I have to be nice to others? Am I not allowed to actually try hard to win?

  24. rockman29 says:

    I like how the medic defibrillated the guy’s liver :)

    • codename_bloodfist says:

      Through his kevlar vest.

    • lunarplasma says:

      Guy bleeding on battlefield, dying of gunshot wounds.
      Medic comes over, pulls out DEFIBRILLATOR, and shocks the conscious soldier.

      …WARFACE!

  25. InternetBatman says:

    Whoever painted the camouflage on the mech did a horrible job. I mean, it’s not being stealthy or anything, but still….

  26. Eclipse says:

    the fuck is a social fps? ;D

    anyway, looks interesting. I’ll try it for sure

  27. Snack says:

    Dodging bullets at 0:38 …warface palm!

  28. lordhughes says:

    Until the mech rocked up it looked like codfield

  29. subedii says:

    And of course, they’re fighting with mechs in generic Middle-Eastistan village.

    Because all “modern war” themed games must take place in generic Middle-Eastistan village.

    As for the villagers, well, they wouldn’t be so freaking poor if they’d stop spending all their money on giant mechs, is all I’m saying.

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      I’m poor because I spent all my money on giant mechs too :(

    • lunarplasma says:

      You’d think Giant Fighting Mechs … JAPAN!

  30. fallingmagpie says:

    BOMBAST!

  31. wodin says:

    I like it. It’s not taking itself seriously and I like the Mech. Pleased it isn’t purely a BF3CODMW4 clone.

    • DaftPunk says:

      So what now every game with modern settings is clone of COD and BF..jeez people you never stop to amaze.

  32. PodX140 says:

    The use of the XM8 is hilarious. There was a reason it never left experimental prototypes. It’s just too expensive and the relative improvements over the the AR-15/M4 are next to none, especially when you consider the availability of parts for the M4.

    Long story short, stop putting crappy guns in games because they look futuristic!

    • Brun says:

      The lack of understanding of military hardware that game devs exhibit is alarming.

      BF3, for example, puts the F/A-18D (erroneously labeled F/A-18E in the game) up against a Russian Su-27. The F/A-18 is a multirole strike fighter, whereas the Su-27 is an air superiority fighter, creating a huge mismatch in favor of the Russian jet. A much better choice for the American jet would have been the F-15C or E.

      These are things that a few hours of research on Wikipedia could have told them.

    • Adekan says:

      You are complaining about this now, instead of back when say, battlefield: bad company 2 did it?

    • PodX140 says:

      I think that’s the worst part. If they just took a few hours on wikipedia to look up some stats and uses/whatever, the game would be much more accurate, and they might stumble upon other stuff that actually exists and they want to add. For instance, the rifle from District 9? The one used to SPOILERS! SPOILERS! take down the mech at the end? END OF SPOILERS! That’d be a fantastic weapon to implement into a game, it’s much more effective and unique then the regular barret .50 cal used in every game. Link:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denel_NTW-20

      Edit: Oh, I complained there too, but I thought it was going to be a fluke. If memory serves, it was also in crysis 2?

    • Yuri says:

      The irony is that the F-18 is superior to the SU-27 in Battlefield 3.
      Literally. It has a significantly lower turn radius, pretty much guaranteeing wins in 1 on 1 dogfights. :(

    • YourMessageHere says:

      But wait:

      1) it being a game with mechs, surely anything goes? We have the fan favourite auto-triggering claymores here, after all.
      2) spare part availability isn’t really an issue here; I bet nothing ever even jams in this game.
      3) It’s not as if the AR15 is actually inherently good. The modern incarnations of it are decent, but only because they keep iterating on it until it works properly. Even now, yes, It’s accurate, it’s quite light and significantly less unreliable than it was, but it still fouls up fast and needs plenty of maintainance. By contrast, the XM8 in its prototype form does everything the modern AR15 does, whereas it took the AR nearly 50 years to get that usable.
      4) Mass produce it for the US military and the cost will go right down. There are spare parts a-plenty for the AR15 because of all the jamming and breaking and iteration. Sell them to civilians – they seem to love the damn things too – and plough the money into XM8s.
      5) The main reason it never left prototype stage is to protect the cabal of suppliers that has grown up supplying the US military. The military get the rifles as they like them, the suppliers stay in business, both get their backs scratched. It was never about the actual rifle.
      6) This is a functional equivalent but the look is markedly different, and that’s the crucial factor. Since It’s slightly futuristic, visually speaking, it suits the near future setting better than an AR family gun. Personally, I’m not fond of the XM8, but I’d rather use one than an AR15 of some sort, because it seems every game with modern guns loves the AR15s, and I’m sick of them.
      7) I bet there’s at least one AR15 in the game anyway.

  33. deadly.by.design says:

    It looks like it might play alright, but the brand & marketing are very, very silly.

  34. Phasma Felis says:

    Three seconds after the end of the trailer, the entire squad is dead.

  35. Yuri says:

    It all looked pretty interesting, until i saw the Riot Shield.
    Then it felt me(c)h.

  36. tomnullpointer says:

    WARFACE!

    (its like a ritual now, I have to log in and make this comment every time the game is featured)

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    Lambchops says:

    Warface 10: Das War Boot

  38. MichaelPalin says:

    Is this game like ironic or something?

  39. FRIENDLYUNIT says:

    Another generic F2P FPS?

    SADFACE

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    Gap Gen says:

    What is that, Dame Judi Dench metal?

  41. MarloBrandon says:

    Holy shit! War is AWESOME!! I wanna go to war so I can be such a BADASS!!!

  42. Incompleteness says:

    That voice, is that the TF2 announcement lady?

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  44. Turbobutts says:

    Social FPS?

    • YourMessageHere says:

      It changes your facebook status every time you swap weapons, tweets when you reload, automatically friends all your teammates and uploads a screenshot to your wall every time you get a kill.

  45. veilon says:

    There is a full co-op mission gameplay video from the demo they had at gdc 2012. It looks good for a free to play game.