The Good – Here we have a 5$ Xbox Live Arcade exclusive. A prologue to Dead Rising 2, is it worth it? Depends, sure it’s cheap…but as with the original game, it’s a ton of fun if you ‘get’ it. Quick rundown on what DR is about…..KILLING ZOMBIES. In every way shape and form. This download takes place right before Dead Rising 2, you’re stuck in a small town with a zombie outbreak, trying to get your sick daughter out of there. Along the way you’ll come across other survivors that you’ll help out and whatnot. The core of the gameplay, find weapons, which are all over the place, and kill kill kill. You can tie items together to make new weapons, each kill stacking up PP (prestige points)….XP if you want a better understanding of it, all to level up. Doing so makes you more powerful, shows you more weapons combos, makes you faster, etc. The game probably takes a couple hours or so to get through, but a Dead Rising staple, it’s not meant to be played through just once. You level, do this and that, restart your story carrying over your level progress and become more badass. So I wound up getting more like 6 hours out of the game….so yes, it was definitely worth it to me as I had a ton of fun with it. 8/10
The Bad – Right off the bat, I’ll say the gameplay can feel a little clunky. There’s a cheesiness to the presentation, not necessarily bad, but don’t expect serious, scary stuff. The graphics are good, but textures up close a little booty…..but really, it’s a 1GB downloadable game so it’s understandable. Gameplay can get repetitive if you don’t switch up weapons.
The Ugly – Blood and gore baby!
So tonight I would like to introduce you to my nightmare. As if flying wasnt horrible enough, Samuel L Jackson got tired of snakes being on his plane so he booted them off hardcore SLJ style. He put the wrath of god up in some snakes. Unfortunately the passanger manifest from a flight from LA to Paris did not include uncle Sam. Woe to the passangers of this ill fated flight who must now battle infected scientists and military gaurds.
Flight of the Living Dead AKA Plane Dead
GOOD LORD WHO WRITES THIS GARBAGE.
The movie was campy and slightly over the top but it came out months after snakes on a plane which makes me think someone saw the movie and thought. Hey lets do it with zombies. I mean come on people where is the originality and ingenuity anymore. The movie was every other zombie movie ever made it was just a different environment. It had nothing that was suprising or original and it was truthfully boring. usually I get some kick out of the really bad or really low budget zombie films but this one was just horrid. Now maybe it was my anger at being forced to watch snakes on a plane (because I WILL watch anything with Samuel L Jackson in it), but this film was pretty bad. I think it was the air of importance that this film had about itself that angered me. Who knows, all I know is this is NOT a Romero level film, don’t be suprised by the film being subpar.
I’m not even going to go any further with this debacle.
If you watch this movie take a bottle of your favorite liqour along for the ride.
next week a disertation on the history and social impact of important zombies and their rise to power among the film world.
Good: Nazi Zombies level. Fight off the invasion from inside a bunker or a mansion house or one of four other locations. OH MY GOOD BABY LORD JESUS. As you can tell this game was indeed MADE FOR ME. This is quite possibly the most perfect game upgrade ever. It doesn’t cost a thing to get the first one but the next three are each gonna cost ya pointage. So what though, ZOMBIES! Seriously can anything be better than simplicity of killing zombies and not having to worry about traversing an entire level. You simply have to defend a set position from approaching zombies through as many waves as possible. It’s brilliant because its simple and fun. As you kill zombies and fix barriers to keep the nasty undead out you get cash that you can spend to upgrade weapons, buy more ammo, or unlock more areas to exploration.
Bad: Nothing…seriously. The game itself is already on my top ten all time must haves, now it has moved to my top 10 must have never going to trade in games.
Ugly: I haven’t played any of the online multiplayer maps because I cannot break away from the zombie levels. I mean seriously so bad I almost didn’t go to work this morning. Also I don’t believe Ive showered in a few days. Hmm maybe thats why nobody at work will talk to me.
Seriously. LurkerBelow and AtomicZombie fueled by Mountaindew and BBQ sammiches cannot be stopped by Zombies. NOTHING CAN STOP US! Except maybe a severe lack of really good BBQ joints in Philadelphia.
Road trip to Texas?
So I’ve been slacking a bit lately and lurker has been cracking the whip. Ok so he’s been nicely asking me to throw up a GBU for a recent game I’ve played. Best pseudo boss ever LOL. So I’ve been playing Resident Evil 5 lately as a break from Prototype. I’ve heard all the hype about this game being a first person race war shooter. White guys against black guys. Unfortunately the people who review these games at first glance don’t usually remember or care about the back story. The progenitor virus which was the Umbrella Corporations big breakthrough in regeneration of dead cells started as a discovery in the heart of Africa, where as it so happens most of the people living there are indeed of African decent. I just hate that people jump to the conclusion that it was a race related game when all they got to see was a demo that happened to have a bunch of black zombies being killed by a white guy and a black girl.
So whatever let’s do a good bad ugly.
GOOD: The game play is reminiscent of resident evil 4, game play and controls are basically what you are already used to. The AI for your smoking hot helper who has a very nice accent is very advanced. She can be set to cover you to be aggressive or to hold. And bonus if you destroy the B.S.A.A emblems through the whole game she has a separate outfit that she wears SMOKIN! Also the storyline to this one brings a lot of the series to a conclusion of sorts. The ending which I won’t ruin is very surprising.
BAD: Ammo is scarce except on the easiest level forcing you to shoot a bad guy once and punch them for a finish, which to me isn’t as gratifying as shooting things. However its nothing that isn’t expected. All Resident Evil games have ammo spaced few and far between. I still wish I could spray and pray instead of sniping with a pistol.
UGLY: The Lickers come back. I HATE LICKERS! No really I hate the freaking Lickers. Worst B.O.W.S ever made.
I read a book recently called World War Z. It’s about every gamers true dream, a zombie apocalypse. (preferably if I am armed with an endless supply of shotgun bullets amirite?) I found it to be enjoyable and one that was quite hard to put down. The cutting up of the stories at first were too short but just enough of a bread crumb trail for me to continue on. I wont blow anything but once I finished it made sense. The invasion started slow then blew up into a full on war. So, the later stories really started to hit home. I highly recommend it for any zombie fiction fan. There are rumors the movie is in Pre-Production , linked to Brad Pitt’s Production Company, but that fate has been layed upon many movie, known as Development Hell. I’m wayyy off my point right now but the reason for writing this was that I stumbled upon Mark Hamil’s (I dont even need to mention who that is) wikipedia entry. As well as playing the Joker in the Animated Batman series (yes I watched this), “Hamill voiced the character of Todd Wanio in World War Z, a critically acclaimed audiobook based on Max Brooks’ successful imitation of Studs Terkel’s “The Good War”, relating the stories of survivors from the first global zombie war.”
Wild! GoGo Mark Hamil.
Any 80’s goth and industrial fans that also play games (are any of you still left?) should be happy. The placement of the zombies although awesome, because she’s not there is awesome and SO is tell her no, the mega ultramassive song, one that really defines the drug culture of the 60’s along with All along the Watchtower, time of the season, is not there. I’d gladly swap out Tell her No for Time of the Season. but that’s just me. *edit the boss reminded me of the fact that there is little guitar in time of the season and I agree it would be mega boring to play*.
Ministry “Cuz U R Next”
Ministry “The Great Satan”
The Zombies “She’s Not There”
The Zombies “Tell Her No”
The Cranberries “Linger”
(All tracks are original master recordings)
The Ministry tracks will be available for purchase as part of the “Ministry Pack 01” or as individual tracks for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system. These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks only for Wii.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
(Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and in-game Rock Band 2 Music Store for Wii)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **
$1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) for Xbox 360 per track
$2.00 (200 Wii Points for Wii) per track
$5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “Ministry Pack 01”