NecroVisioN is a 2009 FPS videogame set in 1916 during World War I. The player takes the role of Simon Bukner, a young American soldier recently recruited into the British Army. In addition to German soldiers, Simon soon finds himself fighting supernatural forces, including vampires, demons, and zombies found in locations varying from the battlefields of World War I to secret laboratories and underground caverns. The main setting is the battle of the Somme, during which a rumor of a mysterious infection has appeared, which causes all people to turn into a zombie-like state. Later, the game takes the player into two new settings; the underground realm of Vampires, and the demonic realm, Hell.
A prequel entitled NecroVisioN: Lost Company was released in 2010. It features Jonas Zimmerman as the protagonist, and shows him fighting against demonic invaders during the war, slowly discovering the vampire tech. He eventually fights against a powerful golem, who guards the Shadow Hand, but is corrupted by the demonic powers.
Both games have almost identical weapons and graphics, so weapons from both games will be together on this page - with notes about which game is which, of course.
The following weapons are used in the game NecroVisioN:
The Colt M1911 is the standard sidearm for the player character. The player character can use two Colt M1911s simultaneously, or combine it with the Luger P08 or other weapons. The weapon incorrectly operates in double action, as in many games.
In the "Lost Company", however, this weapon does not appear in the game and can be obtained only through cheat codes.
The Luger P08 appears as the second pistol in the game. Weaker than the Colt M1911, but the magazine holds 8 rounds. The player can use two Luger pistols simultaneously, or combine it with the Colt M1911 and other one=handed weapons.
Sub Machine Guns
The Bergmann MP18 submachine gun is carried by some German soldiers in the game. It is a common misconception that the MP18 wasn't introduced until 1918 with the Ludendorff offensive. However, this is not the case as there are reports that it arrived on the battlefield (albeit in small numbers) as early as 1916.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is a standard-issue rifle carried by in-game German soldiers, just as in the real-life WWI. It can attach an 1898/05 bayonet, as well a scope, and the Karabingranate M1914 Rod Grenades. It cannot be reloaded with stripper clips in-game, instead the player character inserts one round after another. This could be done in real life, but practically the stripper clips were used whenever possible. It is likely the game developers implemented this so they would not have to program in separate reload animations for scoped and unscoped variants of the rifle, since scoped versions would obstruct the use of stripper clips to reload.
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III
The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III is Simon's starting rifle and is carried by other British soldiers. Surprisingly, the reloading is accurate, something seen very rarely in video games. A 10-round magazine reloads via two 5-round stripper clips; the player must have discharged at least five rounds before inserting a single clip and must completely empty the weapon to fully reload it. Can be equipped with a bayonet. The rifle is also available with a sniper scope and rifle grenade launcher.
Browning Automatic Rifle
In the prequel "Lost Company," the Browning Automatic Rifle appears as a new weapon. Besides the player, it is also used in-game by American tank crews and Scottish soldiers. It is always seen with its leaf sight raised. It should be noted that Zimmerman never pulls the charging handle when reloading. Its appearance is for sure anachronistic, because the game set in 1916. At that time, BAR was probably still in development, because it was not seen a public demonstrated until 1917.
Winchester Model 1897
The Winchester Model 1897 is used only by player. It has a 5 shell magazine. Oddly enough, the shotgun is often found in German trenches and fortifications, despite the Germans attempting to have shotguns banned from use in WWI. The hammer is incorrectly uncocked during use, despite the weapon being single-action only.
The Maxim MG08/15 portable machine gun is used by German stormtroopers. The player may use two machine guns at once.
A mounted version of the MG08/15 (with typical-for-video-games infinite ammunition) also appears. They can be used by enemies, and by the player.
The "Lost Company" introduces a new version of the portable MG08/15 with a built-in flamethrower. It is used by the player and enemies.
The Flammenwerfer M.16 is used in the "Lost Company" by enemies. This weapon is not usable by the player.
Standard grenade of the Imperial German Army. The game refers to them as the "Model 15 Stielhandgranate," but the in-game grenades look like the later, and thus anachronistic, Model 24 Stielhandgranate.
Stielhandgranate "Geballte Ladung"
A powerful bundle of grenades stringed together. Used only by the player.
Mk 1 hand grenade
Mk 1 hand grenade is usable only by the player.
Dynamite is used only by the player. It can be placed in various locations and can be used as a throwing weapon.
No.27 Mk. I Chemical Incendiary Grenade
British No.27 Mk. I Chemical Incendiary Grenade appears in "Lost Company" as a new weapon, called simply "Gas Grenade." It is used only by the player.
Webley & Scott No. 1 MkIII* Signal Pistol
The Webley & Scott No. 1 MkIII* Signal Pistol is introduced in the "Lost Company" as a new weapon. It is used only by the player.
Škoda 42cm M1917 Heavy Siege Howitzer
During "The Hill" mission, some Austro-Hungarian Škoda 42cm M1917 Heavy Siege Howitzers can be seen used by German soldiers.
A7V Heavy Tank
The German A7V heavy tanks appear in both games, in the form of map decorations and in the form of enemies. Considering that only 20 were ever produced, the main characters of both games end up destroying about half of them single-handedly.
Mark IV Tank
Unusable Mark IV tanks are found in both games. Some of them have Eisernes Kreuz emblems, denoting a captured tank.
Renault FT light tanks are used in Lost Company. It is equipped with both a 37mm gun and a 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun, while the real ones carried only one of these two weapons. The tank in the game looks like the first variant, so it is unclear where the machine gun is actually located.