Game: Dead Nation
Genre: Third Person Shooter; Action
System: PlayStation 3
Review by: Illmatic
Another zombie shooter, great. It seems like video game developers have lost their originality when it comes to developing unique games for us to indulge in. Dead Nation is a top down shooter from the same team that brought us Super Stardust HD. After spending hours with Dead Nation I can tell you if this game breaks the mold when it comes to zombie games or if it’s just another zombie game clone.
Story: The story is set one year after a huge zombie outbreak. The outbreak was caused by a virus that turns people into zombies. There are a few survivors however, our hero is one of them. The story focuses on the actions taken by our hero. In an attempt to stop the outbreak from spreading, our hero is working hand in hand with the manufacturing company that is trying to find a cure for the virus. I know the story sounds very familiar but keep reading, this game is definitely a diamond in the rough.
Gameplay: As I mentioned earlier, Dead Nation is a top down shooter. The main objective of each level is to get from point A to point B. There are a ton of zombies in this game, literally a ton. There isn’t one time during gameplay that the games action slows down, its fast paced the whole way through. Throughout each level there are checkpoints that replenish your health and also act as a starting point in case you die, which you will, A LOT. At these checkpoints you are also able to purchase upgrades for your weapons and for your armor. There are a lot of weapons in Dead Nation, including everyones favorite zombie slayer, the shotgun. Dead Nation plays a lot like an arcade game, as their arent any objectives in the levels. Although the gameplay is the same throughout the whole game, I never got bored or tired of mashing the same buttons over and over.
Graphics: Dead Nation looks very nice. The lighting effects in the game are some of the best that I have seen in a while. I think the developers made sure that the lighting was on point, since all of the levels are mostly in the dark and rely heavily on your flashlight. The blood effects are also done very well, but this almost a requirement with any zombie game. The levels have a lot of detail in them, you can tell that the developers took their time and did their homework when designing the levels in Dead Nation. The zombies themselves look pretty good as well. Im glad that the developers made a huge variety of zombies in the game. It gets very old when every zombie looks the same, which is definitely not the case here.
Sound: To be quite honest, you wont really pay attention to the games music. The reason for this is you will be too busy listening to the thousands of bullets that you are spraying into the zombies. The sound effects from the guns and explosions are done really well. This game sounds exceptionally well with a surround sound system. If you do decide to stop blasting the enemies and listen to the music, you will be pleasantly surprised. The music in the game goes really well with the theme and atmosphere of the game. The music builds excitement and changes pace during intense battle sequences.
Controls: The controls in Dead Nation are very easy to master. You aim, move and shoot just as you would expect with any other shooting game. One thing I want to mention which was a good addition is when selecting an item or weapon, you no longer have to look down to see what you are selecting. A voice lets you know what item or weapon you are selecting, which is good considering how fast paced this game is.
Wishes: There are a few things that I would change in Dead Nation. I wish it had online co-op with matchmaking. I was really looking forward to playing this online with someone only to find out that I could only invite my friends to play, all of whom don’t have this game. My second wish would be to incorporate objectives in the game and add a few Boss Battles.
Final Thoughts: Dead Nation is an awesome game. It will give you many hours of gameplay considering it has 4 difficulty levels. Dead Nation is one of the best top down shooters that I have played in a long time, and I will definitely be putting in some more hours. Dead Nation earns 3.5 Michelas out of 5.