The Comic is great, the TV show is super successful, but does the video game version of The Walking Dead uphold the brand’s high standards? You’ll have to watch the Armless Octopus Video Review and find out.
[Special Note] The Xbox 360 version of the game has framerate issues and is VERY dark (in brightness) making it difficult to see. If you have multiple platforms at your disposal to play this game, the 360 version should be at the bottom of the list.
This review is based on the PC and XBLA versions of the game, which were provided by Telltale Games. It is also available on PSN for $5.
In this third week of April we have quite a mixed bag. The beautiful Super Stardust-eqsue Retribution hits the marketplace as does yet another title from Milkstone Studios (do those guys ever sleep?) in the form of Firing Range 2. Those of you who need to satisfy their itch for speed and explosive vehicles can find solace in Unnecessary Violence, while those who only crave the speed part will be pleased the unique gameplay Drive Fast Think Faster delivers.
Milkstone Studios is a developer known for their impressive visuals and solid presentations, and they manage to maintain that notion here. This follow up to last year’s title has you controlling a stationary character in a first person perspective as you fire upon targets, and are awarded for speed and accuracy. I could see fans of Call of Duty and Battlefield series finding plenty of value here.
It’s beyond ridiculous how many zombie games there are on Xbox Live Indie Games, but people love killing the undead and developers love coming up with new ways to kill the undead, so it’s likely a reality that isn’t changing any time soon. Not content to merely craft one game for their first project, Sticky Dpad Games is currently developing a pair of zombie titles set for release later this year. We sat down with up with Lead Designer Adam Anderson to talk about Dawn of the Fred, the twin-stick shooter prequel to their upcoming zombie RPG, Night of the Fred.
There are tons of zombie twin-stick shooters on XBLIG, so what set Dawn of the Fred apart from the hordes of competitors?
It’s a tough question, with there being so many great ones to choose from on XBLIG. It’s hard to summarize our approach to it, but our main focus is fun. Seriously, we mean that. We’re trying to offer the most enjoyment we can fit into a $1 package. It’s going to be full of weird guns, crazy weapons and creepy zombies. Not only that, but with the variety of game modes on offer, and a giant list of unlockables, it’s an XBLIG game we hope gamers will keep coming back to time and time again. Either on their own, or with friends.
Thanks, I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1. Thanks for your addictive gameplay. Thanks for your stupid, catchy song. Thanks for creating a template that countless mindless, shambling hordes of games have imitated, and shamelessly refused to improve upon. The twin-stick shooter may be the most prolific genre represented in Xbox Live Indie Games, but most are redundant experiences that aren’t even worth Microsoft’s server space. But every so often a game like Block Zombies! comes around, shuffles the pieces up just enough, and mixes in a few new wrinkles to come out with something that feels fresh and fun.
Yes, Block Zombies! is another zombietwin-stick shooter, and yes it apes the voxel style that Minecraft returned to the limelight, but you know what? It totally works. The game’s carefree visual style and upbeat tempo makes Block Zombies! an absolute delight to play. It’s like you’re a kid wandering through a Lego playground that just so happens to be infested with cubical zombies who explode into tiny pieces when killed.
With hundreds of indie games trying to make a quick buck by including zombies, how can a cute little game like I, Zombie stand out against the crowd? Does it prove itself to be worth the $1 price tag or does it deserve to be filed away with the rest of the blatant zombie cash-ins? Find out with our video review of I, Zombie. Happy watching! I, Zombie was provided for review by Awesome Games Studio. It is available for $80 MS points ($1) on the Xbox Marketplace.
I love zombies. I understand that as a snarky, sarcastic game critic I’m supposed to be over the undead fad and complain about how I can walk into Walmart and buy zombie sheets, but I just don’t care. I love their little rotting faces, I love their slow, shambling strides, and I love their eat-anything-that-gets-in-their-path attitude. I also love shooting holes in them as I flee down city streets.
Dead Pixels is the latest to the undead XBLIG party, but it’s way more than just a cash-in to take advantage of the undead walkers’ lingering popularity. This is a fully fleshed-out 8-bit zombie grindhouse romp that oozes love and authenticity from every crevice like coagulating blood oozes from the face wounds of fallen zombies. It’s like a mix of Double Dragon and Left 4 Dead, and it’s almost as awesome as that dream-team combination sounds.
Things I learned from playing The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
a) Living organisms are really just sacs of blood and guts waiting to erupt
b) Ninjas may be cool, but cybernetic ninjas are way cooler
c) Cinder blocks wrapped in barbed wire are the best way to dispatch swarms of zombies
d) Sometimes, the second time is the charm
The original Dishwasher was one of those games I really wanted to love, but just didn’t enjoy nearly as much as I hoped. It was gory and it was stylish, but I just didn’t find it to be much fun. Now, the pallid samurai has returned for a sequel, and Ska Studios stripped the game down and made some bold, but welcome augmentations. Vampire Smile is an improvement over Dead Samurai in every possible way. Purists may label it selling out; I call it making a fantastic sequel.
Forget what you’ve been trained to know for the impeding zombie apocalypse. Developer Triple B Games has a different vision for the future, one where zombies aren’t seeking brains as we’ve been lead to believe, but cookies!
In Zombiez 8 My Cookiez, players take control of a matchbox-sized tank in charge of defending a plate full of cookies located at the center of the dinner table. Hordes of zombies approach with reckless abandon and one goal in mind – snatch and grab those cookies. As players begin to dismantle the undead by using either the default machine gun or shotgun style weapons, the zombies will drop alternative weapons including a flamethrower and lightning bolt power-up which turns the tank into a roaming ball of fury, capable of taking out an enemy just by touch.