Gaming Today Reviews: Zombie Apocalypse
We recently got the chance to check out the new Konami game, ‘Zombie Apocalypse.’ First and foremost, I must warn you before you read this review that I personally love zombies. Yes, zombie movies, zombie art, zombie books, zombie poetry and last, zombie video games. So, with that being said, I could be a little biased. Deal with it.
A little about the game:
Zombie Apocalypse is an action-packed arcade style shooter for Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. In Zombie Apocalypse, gamers must plot a course through seven different environments and battle through 55 days of combat without succumbing to the zombie forces. Armed with an arsenal of firepower, players can choose from up to 11 varied weapons, such as hunting rifles, flamethrowers and teddy bears packed with C4 explosives to test their dual analog stick shooting skills. For daring players, chainsaws and environmental hazards can also be employed to annihilate large masses of the brutal undead.
If players prove successful in their mission against the zombies, they will be able to relive the apocalypse in seven new game modes. Gamers may also choose to seek help in their fight by utilizing multiplayer capabilities that allow up to four shooters to take on the zombie resistance locally or cooperatively online.
Thoughts on the game:
The game play reminds me, and this dates me a bit, of the classic arcade style games called ‘Total Carnage’ and ‘Smash TV.’ Run, gun and pray to stay alive. It is a very easy game to get the hang of and the different load screen hints point out little secrets to slay those zombies in an effective manner.
With each new level being counted as one day of the zombie assault, the zombie waves become more and more deadly as new types of zombies enter the fray making you really learn how to fight for your life. Each new level/day definitely keeps the game fresh and fun such as losing power to the lights giving the map a overall ‘creepy’ feel.
The weapon power-ups are always fun to pick up and help you expose some serious zombie entrails. Included in the weapon mixture is the Molotov cocktail, shotgun and the lovely chainsaw, which by the way is a live saver.
Level design is fair, with lots of destructible items on each map to shoot and blowup those zombie bastards straight to hell. One thing I did notice was the lack of new maps, as they are recycled quickly.
All in all, Zombie Apocalypse is a very fun arcade style game and well worth the money. It’s not the next game of the year candidate, but I went into this downloadable title hoping for a fun little time waster, and I got exactly what I was hoping for. I plan on grinding up lots more zombies this week.