Blackwater Video Game Now Available For Xbox

500x_highres_screenshot_00012The game designers have opted to have your gun fire automatically when it hovers long enough over an enemy target. Kotaku Australia reviews the first-person-shooter Blackwater video game, out soon for Xbox Kinect and endorsed by founder Erik Prince:

This week was the first time we heard of publisher 505 Games’ Blackwater, an FPS that would cast you in the role of Blackwater Worldwide mercenaries.

The topic seemed thorny – the mercenary company, now renamed Xe Services, has been at the center of a multiple of controversies and the subject of highly critical Congressional hearings. Blackwater has been linked to the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians, and the alcohol-fueled fatal shooting of a security guard in the employ of the country’s vice president. According to 505, the game was designed in consultation with former mercenary agents, and with Erik Prince, the founder and former head of the hot-button security contractor.

Blackwater is an on-rails shooter that has you alternating between the perspectives of four different mercenary soldiers, each with a certain specialization. In the portion of the game I experienced in the demo, I operated first as a commando, and later as a sniper. The game is a highly exaggerated, concentrated bit of Blackwater lore – it’s more Hollywood than Reuters. Set in North Africa, it concerns a high-tension conflict in which the Blackwater team must rescue a UN envoy that has been taken hostage by the operatives of a malicious warlord.

The coming months will tell how the world decides to regard Blackwater, when it arrives on the Xbox 360 supporting both Kinect and conventional gamepad-controls.

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  • Anonymous

    “The game designers have opted to have your gun fire automatically when it hovers long enough over an enemy target” – You realize this is actually a necessary mechanic as there is no physical controller when you’re playing the Kinect and waving your hand a million times to fire every time would get tiring really fast? If you had a conventional controller plugged in, I imagine this feature will probably be disabled as it would be much less fun.

  • justagirl

    pulling the trigger makes it too violent and realistic.  not allowed.  but, collect 100 pinky fingers and you get a free guy.

    regards, game

  • SF2K01

    “The game designers have opted to have your gun fire automatically when it hovers long enough over an enemy target” – You realize this is actually a necessary mechanic as there is no physical controller when you’re playing the Kinect and waving your hand a million times to fire every time would get tiring really fast? If you had a conventional controller plugged in, I imagine this feature will probably be disabled as it would be much less fun.

  • justagirl

    pulling the trigger makes it too violent and realistic.  not allowed.  but, collect 100 pinky fingers and you get a free guy.

    regards, game

  • Anonymous

    But the proceeds are going to pay down the settlements for all those kids they killed in 2007?  Right?  I can get behind that. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_6qEQAnKlo

    After all, why should the likes of the DeYonkers or Pat McBride have to delay adding the new wing to their fantabulous Caligula Court mansions? 

    http://fortecapitaladvisors.com/bios_jason_deyonker.html

    http://manhattan-partners.com/management.php

    I’m only kidding, of course.  Those 17 were IRAQI civilians–not Americans.  The whole tab couldn’t have run more than a couple grand, eh?

    It’s a mightly life-affirming thing, being able to quantify my actual market value as an American citizen, and know that I come out on top of the heap, bar none.  With a STATED (i.e., exclusive of special or secret appropriations and accounting chickanery) annual military budget of about $800 Billion, a population hovering around 300 million, and a assuming a healthy 3% inflation rate for our totally awesome, boomin’ economy*,  I figure I personally am worth about $90K.

    On the other hand, the NY Times said Blackwater paid a TOTAL of $42 million to settle any potential charges from a whole slew of fatal boo-boos related to its total of $600 million in contracts.  It’s hard to say just how many of the approx. 102,000 estimated Iraqi deaths are directly attributable to Blackwater.  But if we estimate based on proportional cost of the total projected from National Priorities Project figures, a very rough and conservative estimate might be 82–or about $514k per Iraqi life.

    Hey wait a minute . . . $90k is LESS than $514k . . . .

    Ah, well.  At least I can feel comfortable knowing that the surviving families of each and every one of those Iraqis got their full $514k from the settlement, right?  Medieval morons like Niccolo Macchiavelli may have thought outsourcing national defense to mercenaries was an unwise policy, but the God behind Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand knows better.

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/blackwater_usa/index.html

    http://www.iraqbodycount.org

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15377059/ns/business-answer_desk?t/how-much-war-iraq-costing-us/

    * which is of course, bullshit–we were at 1.5% last year.  And not that + inflation necessarily and invariably equates with vigorous economic activity.  But it is the denominator in the formula to calculate the present value of an annuity.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    But the proceeds are going to pay down the settlements for all those kids they killed in 2007?  Right?  I can get behind that. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_6qEQAnKlo

    After all, why should the likes of the DeYonkers or Pat McBride have to delay adding the new wing to their fantabulous Caligula Court mansions? 

    http://fortecapitaladvisors.com/bios_jason_deyonker.html

    http://manhattan-partners.com/management.php

    I’m only kidding, of course.  Those 17 were IRAQI civilians–not Americans.  The whole tab couldn’t have run more than a couple grand, eh?

    It’s a mightly life-affirming thing, being able to quantify my actual market value as an American citizen, and know that I come out on top of the heap, bar none.  With a STATED (i.e., exclusive of special or secret appropriations and accounting chickanery) annual military budget of about $800 Billion, a population hovering around 300 million, and a assuming a healthy 3% inflation rate for our totally awesome, boomin’ economy*,  I figure I personally am worth about $90K.

    On the other hand, the NY Times said Blackwater paid a TOTAL of $42 million to settle any potential charges from a whole slew of fatal boo-boos related to its total of $600 million in contracts.  It’s hard to say just how many of the approx. 102,000 estimated Iraqi deaths are directly attributable to Blackwater.  But if we estimate based on proportional cost of the total projected from National Priorities Project figures, a very rough and conservative estimate might be 82–or about $514k per Iraqi life.

    Hey wait a minute . . . $90k is LESS than $514k . . . .

    Ah, well.  At least I can feel comfortable knowing that the surviving families of each and every one of those Iraqis got their full $514k from the settlement, right?  Medieval morons like Niccolo Macchiavelli may have thought outsourcing national defense to mercenaries was an unwise policy, but the God behind Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand knows better.

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/blackwater_usa/index.html

    http://www.iraqbodycount.org

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15377059/ns/business-answer_desk?t/how-much-war-iraq-costing-us/

    * which is of course, bullshit–we were at 1.5% last year.  And not that + inflation necessarily and invariably equates with vigorous economic activity.  But it is the denominator in the formula to calculate the present value of an annuity.

  • Amon

    Seeing that my favorite part of these military games is offing my own troops, I should have a great time with this one. What could be better than killing some of jesus’s own soldiers.

    “wonder how long I can wait to throw this grenade straight up?”

  • Amon

    Seeing that my favorite part of these military games is offing my own troops, I should have a great time with this one. What could be better than killing some of jesus’s own soldiers.

    “wonder how long I can wait to throw this grenade straight up?”

  • Hadrian999

    that is good training, there is a reason that the military beats into your head not to ever let your barrel point in the direction of a friendly and not to have your finger in the trigger well until you mean to shoot because shit tends to happen, but i doubt the game will be anything other than crap.

  • Hadrian999

    that is good training, there is a reason that the military beats into your head not to ever let your barrel point in the direction of a friendly and not to have your finger in the trigger well until you mean to shoot because shit tends to happen, but i doubt the game will be anything other than crap.

  • Hadrian999

    that is good training, there is a reason that the military beats into your head not to ever let your barrel point in the direction of a friendly and not to have your finger in the trigger well until you mean to shoot because shit tends to happen, but i doubt the game will be anything other than crap.

  • Hadrian999

    that is good training, there is a reason that the military beats into your head not to ever let your barrel point in the direction of a friendly and not to have your finger in the trigger well until you mean to shoot because shit tends to happen, but i doubt the game will be anything other than crap.