Bone Hordes: Hellraid Teaser Trailer

By Craig Pearson on May 8th, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Look out, there's a skellington behind you!
The notion of an evil skeleton attacking people is really strange. That skeleton was once a person. Was that person evil? What if every skeleton is just evil, and all that’s stopping them from killing people is being inside us? I’m going to make a pre-emptive strike against my skeleton. Does anyone have a chisel I can borrow? Don’t be squeamish. It’s either I sit here chiseling away my insides, crying in pain at every judder and probably losing blood, bowel control and consciousness, or you learn to fight my frame when I’m gone. And I don’t want to alarm you, but I’ve been working out and drinking lots of milk. Oh you’ll take your chances? Okay, then you’ll need to know how to fight a skeleton, and Techland’s new first-person thumper, Hellraid, will teach you just how to do that.

So make sure you have a magic staff to hand. It looks like combo-ing electro bolts and fire blasts will shatter the boney baddies. If you’re out of mana, then a kick also seems effective. Friends will also be able to help in this co-operative fantasy action game, with abilities from the Warrior, Mage, Paladin and Rogue classes complementing each other. It’s a plentiful bounty of violence, and I’d imagine the meatless enemies are just to stop Techland’s marketers inflicting another bloody torso on us.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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  1. tobecooper says:

    Looks like Painkiller mixed with Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Could be fun.

    • PearlChoco says:

      Or rather.. Hexen!

      • Kryopsis says:

        Hexen was my first thought as well. This looks promising because I always wanted a remake of that game.

        • Jason Moyer says:

          Hunted was basically third person Hexen, except inXile made the mistake of a.) making the vast puzzle sections optional (they really should be part of the main progression and not “secrets”) and b.) packaging it in a way that made people think it was going to be a loot fest instead of a Hexen-like action game.

      • tobecooper says:

        If they had sprites and owls then maybe…

      • PancreaticDefect says:

        Hexen? Oh, you young whippersnappers. It was Heretic first.

        Seriously though, I’m extremely interested in this. Hopefully there will be a lot more dungeon crawls coming in the future. It is my favorite classic genre. I would love to see something with this fidelity only in a party-based, turn-based, first-person game. I’d kill for a modern Wizardry in the vein of the good old western games and not the wizardry-in-name-only garbage Aeria keeps vomiting out of the east. t’s why I can’t wait for Grimrock 2 and also why I was so disappointed to see the kickstarter for Shaker fail.

        • Jason Moyer says:

          Heretic was basically Doom with wands, though, where Hexen 1 and 2 placed some emphasis on hub-based puzzles (then again, from what we’ve seen this is probably Dead Island with wands)

    • AndreTheTinny_withagiantdick says:

      your evaluation skill are positively capital, old spice.

    • povu says:

      Some Oblivion in there too. And a whole lot of Dead Island.

    • Albert1 says:

      Witchaven anyone?

    • Susan_Funk says:

      just as Christine said I’m shocked that anyone can get paid $7294 in a few weeks on the internet. did you look at this link… http://www.Jax3.cℴm

    • Jason Moyer says:

      (replied to the wrong post)

  2. BTAxis says:

    Looks like a great game if your monitor can only do grey and red.

    Seriously though it looks pretty interesting.

  3. Cytrom says:

    If i just saw the screenshot I’d be 100% convinced this is a skyrim mod…

    edit: Scratch that. Even the video looks like a skyrim mod.

    • Davie says:

      Looks like it has meatier combat than Skyrim though. Shame TES combat improves at a far slower rate than graphical shininess.

  4. MarcP says:

    Animation quirk or genuine dodge at 0:25?

    Either way, this looks promising.

  5. Fenix says:

    Skellington is an awesome tag and should be used much more frequently.

  6. Shooop says:

    I would really like this to be the game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare looked like it was going to be.

    But it’s from the Dead Island guys…

  7. Lawful Evil says:

    Oh, but why would I fight a skeleton? If the dark arts, in which I’ve been dabbling for some time now, have taught me anything, then it is that human parts are best used when… disconnected from the mind. Worry not Craig, just tell me where you’ll be buried, and I’ll take care for the rest. That way, everyone will be pleased – I get a new toy, you get to live (sort of) even when dead (oxymoron?), and I promise not to use you in committing foul deeds so people need not panic.

  8. sergefr says:

    Interesting topic

  9. Keyrock says:

    Enclave 2014: First Person Edition?

  10. JiminyJickers says:

    This could be good, hopefully not too linear.

  11. Theory says:

    I’ve just finished Arx Fatalis and I am totally up for a bit of this.

  12. pakoito says:

    Where is my female torso? I get confused if I’m not bombed with sexualiced material after every trailer.

  13. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Why does everything have to be undead and creepy?

    I’m a wuss.

    :(

  14. ResonanceCascade says:

    Nonlinear dungeons, yay or nay?

  15. Wonko the Sane says:

    Missing staringglowing eyes tag.

  16. P7uen says:

    Those ones from science class at school were benign.

  17. Jason Moyer says:

    The strange inventory TARDIS from Dead Island seems like it would make more sense in a fantasy setting. The trailer is neat if a bit Oblivion feeling.

  18. scampskin says:

    The animation of the zombie things running at you looks almost exactly like how the infected type zombies charge at you in Dead Island. The electrocution of the skeletons looks pretty damn similar too IMO.