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Game Review: Dead Nation

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , on November 22, 2010 by zombiegames01

Dead Nation is an addictive and gruesome twin stick zombie shooter from the developers of Super Stardust HD. During the past couple of years several zombie shooters have been released, and have oversaturated the market depending on your tastes. Does Dead Nation have what it takes to stand up on its own? Or is it an infectious scourge on the PlayStation Store? Hit the break for my verdict.

Dead Nation will definitely be one of the most addictive and well-polished PSN titles you will play all year. Dead Nation occurs in a deserted city where everyone has been turned into flesh eating zombies. The main character, the only survivor, miraculously remains immune to the virus that has infected everyone in the planet. The story which focuses on your desire to survive is both cliché and well presented. Dead Nation features rough, yet beautifully drawn cut-scenes that are used to progress the story. Combine that with great voice acting and you have a story that is more intriguing than it should be.

Anyone that has played Geometry Wars and Super Stardust will be able to step right into Dead Nation. The right stick controls aiming and the left stick controls the player movement. Any player can step right in and start blowing chunks out of the infected. Dead Nation features a number of best looking dismemberment by any arcade game. Zombies are very eager to taste your flesh and a few require quick moves in order to be dealt with. Dead Nation has an amazing amount of enemy variety, which is essential to making a deep experience. Players can expect slow and burdensome enemy types all the way to extremely fast and frisky enemies. In fact, Dead Nation does a very good job of including every type of enemy you can think of.

Dead Nation is an exceedingly moody game, and features some of the best graphics and lighting in an arcade title. Despite the deep atmosphere, Dead Nation also brings about frequent breaks of humour, which helps the game from having an overwhelming amount of depressing tone. If all the previously mentioned elements weren’t enough, Dead Nation is also cleverly paced. Enemies, appear, hide and swarm you in the most inconvenient moments, helping to keep you engaged at all times. So many instances that developers have failed in one area or another, still even the sound design is outstanding. The ambient noise that plays in the background, combined with the sound effect, enemy chatter and music helps create another layer of fascination that is lacking from some retail titles.

Dead Nation features both offline and online 2-player co-op play. It was hard to assess if there were any latency problems since only a few people were online playing. Perhaps my favourite feature is the way Dead Nation handle their leaderboards. Not only does it do an impressive job of tracking stats, but it also counts your country’s stats. The more zombies you neutralize, the quicker you can help clear the infection from your country. This leaderboard does not only facilitate competition between players, but it also encourages competition between countries. It creates a unique sense of competition that I haven’t experienced within an arcade game in quite some time.

I highly recommend Dead Nation. I would encourage you to purchase it as soon as it gets released on November 30th. It’s an impressively polished, very addictive, and highly atmospheric game that no one should miss out on.

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Zombie RPG: Dead State

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , on November 11, 2010 by zombiegames01

As gamers, it is a fact that we can’t get just enough zombie action in our lives. After games like Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising, a zombie-based RPG was sure to be released. DoubleBear Productions, a new company composed of veterans from Obisidan and Troika, decided to jump on the ZRPG ball. After DoubleBear announced their ZRPG project, the internet went wild. Now their project has a name, Dead State. In addition with finally giving it a name, DoubleBear has also decided to reveal some juicy details about their new zombie game.

Dead State takes place in Splendid, a fictional town in Texas, which appears to be located in the middle of nowhere. The main character is in charge of the local school, which is also the local shelter of Splendid, and your main objective in this whole dilemma is simply: survive. In an interview with Brian Mitsoda, lead developer of DoubleBear, he was able to give a good amount of information regarding Dead State.

Unique Gaming Experience

According to Mitsoda, the game will evidently not have any “bad guys”, but there’ll be ways to find friends… as well as make enemies. Mitsoda explained “we did this because we wanted a large pool of unique survivors and moreover because we wanted some randomness in the makeup of your group.” Your group may have a different experience every time, depending on their morale, how they get along with the group and other factors. Mitsoda stated “In a way it is like being a real leader – you can’t make decisions that please everyone all the time.”

Another aspect discussed during the interview was the battle system. Dead State is going to be turn-based, and you will not be able to fully control the members in your party. However, what you can do is help equip your group and also heavily influence them psychologically. “We wanted to make our allies feel as if they were individuals rather than extensions of the player,” he explained. “The player can give them orders, but as to whether they will follow that order or not depends on their ability, their reluctance to the task, and their respect for the player’s commands.”

From these details, DoubleBear’s upcoming project sounds very interesting, and very innovative. Hopefully DoubleBear can achieve what they’re aspiring for. Dead State is going to be released on PC with no definite release date (except for not in 2010). Just keep checking with us for the latest details on DoubleBear’s current zombie project.

Zombie Games For Your iPhone

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2010 by zombiegames01

You know what’s good about zombies? Duh?! Everything! Moaning, lurching hordes of the undead existing entirely to gorge on human flesh and brains–talk about party monsters!

Whether you adore zombies like I do, or just love to kill them down, there is an iPhone zombie game for you.

Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies

The iPhone’s first official Call of Duty game is all about zombie-whompin’! This first-person gore-fest comes directly from the eponymous console game mode, and it even supports up to four co-op players via the Internet or  Wi-Fi. There is only one map to start, but Activision promises to make a lot more. Price: $9.99

Alive 4-ever

Do you like a small role-playing mixed in with your machine-gunning? Then better check out Alive 4-ever, which gives you an option of four characters to play and the chance to further increase your capabilities by gaining experience. Price: $2.99

Dead Panic

This game is like Tower Defense meets “Dawn of the Dead”. Position your troop, then point them wherever the zombie onslaught draws nearest. Dead Panic can be dull and repetitive, at least till the upgrades kick in, but it’s good enough to satisfy a little bloodlust. Price: $1.99

Resident Evil Degeneration and Resident Evil 4

Nobody, as in nobody, does zombies like Resident Evil. These two games let you thrash it out on rails or in free-roaming graveyards, respectively. Check out the free versions if you want a taste of the games before you buy. Priced at $4.99 and $6.99

Zombieville USA

If you like your zombie bloody, cartoonish, and downright silly–and, let us be honest, who doesn’t? Then this is the game for you. Blast the hordes of undead, buy bigger, meaner weapons, and see how long you can actually survive. Price: $1.99

‘Blood Drive’ Splatters onto PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by zombiegames01

Activision has just released their vehicle-combat game Blood Drive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What is Blood Drive you might ask? Well, to begin with it is not Activision going around asking people to donate their blood for local blood banks. No, we’ll save those blood drives for people like the Red Cross. This Blood Drive is all about armoured cars and zombies.

In this game, players control the cars and battle each other and the hordes of zombies as they compete in a televised game show.

According to David Pokress of Activision Publishing, “Zombies and over-the-top vehicular combat are two things that go great together.” And it is kind of difficult to find fault in his statement.

Love for the Undead

I mean zombies still remain to be very popular. Adding zombies to things continues to rack up sales and interest no matter how many times it has been done. But this was not always the case. Some may remember Carmageddon — pretty great game for its time, lots of fun. But then along came Carmageddon 64, replacing the pedestrians you could run down from regular people to zombies. And man did gamers dislike the change. But now we love zombies, be they communist or nazi.

Blood Drive features 6 different environments, and multiplayer allowing up to 4 players to drop-in and drop-out as they wish. While zombies might be very popular now there was a time when vehicular combat games ruled the gaming world. Now with growing interest in the vehicular combat genre – with games like the upcoming Twisted Metal perhaps leading the charge – this might just be the perfect time for Activision to cash in on two fads at once.

Blood Drive was released on November 2, 2010 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Game Review – God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2010 by zombiegames01

Kratos could possibly be the angriest video game character ever created. We know for a fact that he accidentally killed his wife and child in service to the gods, but his contentious attitude has often made me wonder what else might have happened to him that made him so filled with rage. We get some comprehension into this in God of War: Ghost of Sparta, which makes a wonderful job adding depth to Kratos’ character while delivering one of the most entertaining and beautiful gameplay experiences on the PSP. Ghost of Sparta is, undoubtedly, one of the best games available for the PSP.

The Plot

Ghost of Sparta begins just right after the end of God of War, with Kratos sitting upon his newly claimed throne looking disgruntled. After all, becoming a god did not remove the disturbing memories of his past, but now he’s being troubled by a vision we’ve never seen before — an old woman lying sick on a slab of stone. Convinced that he can actually change this vision, Kratos goes to Atlantis on a quest that eventually takes him back Sparta and into the realm of Thanatos, god of death.

Graphics

Ghost of Sparta is as gorgeous as it gets. Graphically, it looks better than a lot of PS2 games, and is definitely the best-looking game on the PSP thus far. Detailed environments featuring unrelenting rain and cascading water and lava create beautiful sceneries and really bring the world to life. Kratos looks great as well. In fact, his character model was redesigned from the ground up to add more detail for this game.

Gameplay

As for the gameplay, there’s nothing really unique here, but that is not a bad thing. You’ll still spend most of your time slaying countless enemies, traversing treacherous domains, and solving light puzzles. Combat has been perfected throughout the series, so there’s little to improve upon. That said, there are two new magical attacks and a brand new weapon that add something new to the experience.

Closing Comments

Unbelievably, the developers at Ready at Dawn managed to exceed what they did with Chains of Olympus, delivering a deeper, longer and more graphically beautiful game than even they thought was originally possible. Just when I thought I knew everything about Kratos, I’ve been given insight into another piece of his past that makes his rage much more understandable. The path less travelled as far as characters and locations makes Ghost of Sparta a very important chapter in Kratos’ story. Slicing troublesome minions in a variety of stunning locations is an exhilarating experience, and because the adventure lasts for more than 10 hours, you can lose yourself in this extraordinary land for quite a while. Ghost of Sparta is a gorgeous and delightful adventure that will keep you glued to the screen until the very end.

Game Review: Saw II: Flesh & Blood

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by zombiegames01

Saw II: Flesh & Blood is a third person survival horror video game that is sequel to 2009’s Saw: The Video Game, both of which are based on the popular Saw films. Saw II picks up just after Saw and is set between the second and third movie. If you’re a big fan of the Saw series, chances are you’ll enjoy this sequel.  Make sure you grab a copy just after you read my review!

Plot

Flesh & Blood is set between the second and third movie in the series. The new lead character, Michael, is the son of Detective David Tapp, who begins to investigate the cause of his father’s death which eventually makes him a target of the Jigsaw Killer and his apprentice Pighead. The game will supposedly take the player to a number of locations including factories, hotels, sewers, and other places to capture Jigsaw and find clues behind the detective’s death.

Gameplay

Saw II retains the same style of gameplay as the first game, being basically a third-person survival horror game with very intense action elements. Puzzles from the original game return, such as the “circuit puzzles”; but instead of matching them with the same colour, the player needs to match wires of opposite colour (yellow to red and vice-versa). Lockpicking also returns, but uses a new mini game that gets the player to manipulate the tumblers to unlock. Also, environmental puzzles are presented in a new way, like having to turn the flashlight on-and-off in certain areas to reveal certain clues. Quick-time traps are back; in addition to shotguns being hidden behind doors new lethal traps have been introduced such as closing walls, swinging scythes, and loose floorboards. They are placed throughout certain areas for the player to avoid by pressing a button in a timely fashion.

For this sequel, the entire combat system was revamped from the original game. There are two types of combat: puzzle-based and melee. Puzzle-based combat encourages the player to make use of traps or the environment to kill enemies, like opening an elevator shaft as the enemy charges into it to eliminate them. Melee combat, on the other hand, consists of the player using their hands and feet or weapons to neutralize an enemy. Quick maneuvers and defensive repercussion to defend the player from aggressive enemies is the basis of the combat. Timing is also very essential in fighting and neutralizing enemies.

The “Case Files” from the first game also return. The files’ subjects are varied but a few focus on Detective Tapp’s testimonies on his raid of Jigsaw’s hideout and his entrapment in Whitehurst Asylum. Also, Billy the Puppet dolls are a new collectible which can be found scattered in different locations in the game.  There are several areas in the game where you have to solve more difficult puzzles to obtain the dolls. Multiple endings are back, only this time around players should complete the game again completely to unlock a different ending due to the decisions made throughout the game that affect the final outcome of the game.

My 3 Scary Video Games To Play This Halloween

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by zombiegames01

Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of items to enjoy. As Asian horror movie fans we’re not limited alone to watching and collecting the scariest movies. Most of us probably spend a lot of time playing video games with our friends and families. I for one sit down on the couch and play with the latest Playstation or Xbox game out on the market every now and then. As a player, I grew very fond of just how amazing these games entertain me.
If you just got a brand new game console (or still have your old ones) and thinking about playing some scary stuff, below is a list of games that I think stands above the rest of scary video games. Go to the nearest video games shop and give these a try. But best of all before you put that disc into your console wait till the night falls, be alone, turn off the lights, blast the speakers and enjoy!

Resident Evil 5

This is the seventh instalment of the survivor horror Resident Evil series from Capcom. The game follows the story of Chris Redfield who is sent to Kijuju, a fictional region in Africa. Chris is joined by Sheva Alomar to help capture the villain Ricardo Irving, who’s trying to sell a bio-organic weapon in the black market. After witnessing a Kijuju local transforming into an evolved parasitic host, both are now fighting for their lives to kill the infected.

Although I might say that the game has similarities with “Left 4 Dead”, Resident Evil has an advantage. Besides being one of the most successful games in the horror genre, it’s a game of very intense adventure, full of tight gameplay and breathtaking environment. The infected are really scary, enough to fill in your endless nights. It’s available on both PS3 and Xbox 360.

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

Known in Japan as “Zero: Akai Chō”. For me, of all the Fatal Frame series, this is the scariest. This game was released for Playstation 2 way back in 2003, the Xbox version contains a “director’s cut” which contains additional features. The game is also backward compatible with the new game console.

In here, you play as Mio Amakura, who has a twin sister named Mayu. Both get lost in the forest where they often play when they discovered a village that has been known to have mysteriously disappeared. As a player you will explore the whole village to find your way out. While there are no zombies or aliens to fight in here, Fatal Frame makes up for its dark environment that I find very creepy with four different great endings.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

The game revolves around war veteran, Alex Shepard. After getting wounded in combat as an army soldier, he was sent back to the U.S. for a lengthy stay in the hospital. He then begins to have nightmares in which his younger sibling Joshua is in peril. Released in very good shape, Alex is determined to rescue his brother from the unknown danger that stalk him, even if it means  to return to the town of Shepard’s Glen that he turned his back from so long ago. Upon arrival, Alex finds out that his home has somehow been consumed by evil and the streets are filled with dark, twisted things in his absence. His mother, now nearly catatonic, watches helplessly from her rocking chair while the world falls apart. It seems as if the entire town had been gone missing, which includes Alex’s brother and father. As Alex, you must uncover the shadowy secrets of your hometown’s past to find your brother and save him. It’s available on both PS3 and Xbox 360.