Gaming Today Reviews: Dead Head Fred
Dead Head Fred (Sony PSP [reviewed])
Developer: Vicious Cycle Software
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Released: August 28, 2007
Overall Rating 8.7/10
Sometimes creativity seems to skip over PSP titles, but this is not the case with Dead Head Fred. Vicious Cycle and D3 Publisher of America’s action game is perhaps one of the most enjoyable and unique titles to come to the PSP. An 8.7 may not seem like a high rating, but there honestly aren’t many PSP titles that go above it.
You play as detective Fred Neuman, who was brutally murdered and brought back as a bizarre creation of science. You have no memory, or head for that matter. The game instantly throws you into some intense combat as you collect different heads and fight a unique set of monsters and bosses. If you like stories of revenge and redemption, Dead Head Fred doesn’t disappoint. The game case describes the game as “a classic tale of murder, corruption, revenge… and interchangeable heads!” That pretty much sums it up. The story is really the best aspect of this title.
Gameplay is extremely fun and a great way to kill some time. The PSP is phenomenal when it comes to homebrew, but games are usually lacking in fun. Many are simply watered down versions of the console game. It’s definitely a nice surprise to review a game that is fresh and exciting. If Sony could bring more titles like this to the portable market, the PSP will remain a viable option for many years. The only negative aspect of the game has to be the combat system, which is a little strange at times. Had the combat system been a little more fluid, this game could have easily been a 10/10. Often a poorly designed combat system ruins a game, but that’s not the case here. It’s still a fantastic title worth purchasing. At times, combat becomes a little confusing and eventually becomes button mashing.
On the surface, Dead Head Fred seems like a typical action game, but the fun increases as you make it further into the game. The title is really more of a well balanced game that includes puzzle, action, adventure and platform features. The way the game was balanced really separates it from the rest of the action games you will find on the PSP.
The graphics really shine on the PSP for this title. The game is just about as fun to watch as it is to play. There are some loading time issues, but nothing that wouldn’t be expected. The fun aspects of the game completely hide the negatives.
The sound of the game is another area that completely shines. This is rarely the case with a portable game. The game is full of witty and sarcastic lines that should make any normal person laugh. The F-bomb is used extensively throughout the game which might offend some people, but we definitely didn’t mind at all. Just don’t play it too loud in public.
Overall, this is probably one of the top 10 games in the entire Sony PSP library and a “must-have” for anyone. If you are looking for something a little different, this is your game.