Konami Is Engineering The Zombie Apocalypse

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Edited By Brad
Zombies are less menacing from the air.
Zombies are less menacing from the air.
If the recent PlayStation Network release of Burn Zombie Burn didn't sate your appetite for murdering the undead from a top-down perspective--or if you only have an Xbox 360 and didn't even get to play that game at all--Konami has your back with its own downloadable zombie shooter for both platforms, appropriately titled Zombie Apocalypse.

Burn Zombie Burn got pretty complex with its unconventional controls and intricate combo mechanisms, but those of you looking for a more accessible shooter are in luck here. Zombie Apocalypse keeps the action simple with traditional dual-joystick controls and traditional zombie-killing apparatuses like chainsaws and chainguns. It's just four survivors against the endless horde. Think of it as Left 4 Dead meets Geometry Wars.

Actually, it's not endless; you're trying to survive for 55 days of game time, though who knows what happens after that?

I was glad to see that Zombie Apocalypse offers a robust multiplayer setup; four players can battle the hordes locally or online. With four players in the mix, the game gave off a classic arcade sort of vibe, since combo-based high scores--and not dying--are the primary goals. You can run around waving your chainsaw like a madman if you want, but slicing and dicing with specific execution moves will boost your combo multiplier much faster. Of course, you have to get close enough to pull off the move, so there's some risk/reward there. From time to time you'll have to protect survivors from the horde until they can be airlifted out via helicopter. You can also throw bait to lure zombies away, and use level features like exploding barrels to wreak bigger destruction. There aren't really any unique mechanics here, but the action had a good hectic feel to it, and it's so pick-up-and-play accessible that the game made a good first impression.

I wonder how many developers are annoyed that Konami snagged the rights to "Zombie Apocalypse" before they did. Zombie games and dual-joystick shooters may be legion these days, but I had fun with this one and I'm looking forward to playing more of it. The game will be out later in the second quarter, which basically means in the next two months.


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#1  Edited By Brad
Zombies are less menacing from the air.
Zombies are less menacing from the air.
If the recent PlayStation Network release of Burn Zombie Burn didn't sate your appetite for murdering the undead from a top-down perspective--or if you only have an Xbox 360 and didn't even get to play that game at all--Konami has your back with its own downloadable zombie shooter for both platforms, appropriately titled Zombie Apocalypse.

Burn Zombie Burn got pretty complex with its unconventional controls and intricate combo mechanisms, but those of you looking for a more accessible shooter are in luck here. Zombie Apocalypse keeps the action simple with traditional dual-joystick controls and traditional zombie-killing apparatuses like chainsaws and chainguns. It's just four survivors against the endless horde. Think of it as Left 4 Dead meets Geometry Wars.

Actually, it's not endless; you're trying to survive for 55 days of game time, though who knows what happens after that?

I was glad to see that Zombie Apocalypse offers a robust multiplayer setup; four players can battle the hordes locally or online. With four players in the mix, the game gave off a classic arcade sort of vibe, since combo-based high scores--and not dying--are the primary goals. You can run around waving your chainsaw like a madman if you want, but slicing and dicing with specific execution moves will boost your combo multiplier much faster. Of course, you have to get close enough to pull off the move, so there's some risk/reward there. From time to time you'll have to protect survivors from the horde until they can be airlifted out via helicopter. You can also throw bait to lure zombies away, and use level features like exploding barrels to wreak bigger destruction. There aren't really any unique mechanics here, but the action had a good hectic feel to it, and it's so pick-up-and-play accessible that the game made a good first impression.

I wonder how many developers are annoyed that Konami snagged the rights to "Zombie Apocalypse" before they did. Zombie games and dual-joystick shooters may be legion these days, but I had fun with this one and I'm looking forward to playing more of it. The game will be out later in the second quarter, which basically means in the next two months.


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#2  Edited By Oy

sounds good. 4 players!

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#3  Edited By Scooper

You know, I'm pretty interested in this. Thanks Brad, I will try this out.

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#4  Edited By Cynical_M

Looks pretty cool,I'll check it out.

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#5  Edited By Pie

Come on ign already revewed this about 2 weeks ago

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#6  Edited By Tangeu

Looks a whole lot like a Sigma Team game.  This is a good thing.

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#7  Edited By sixpin

Particleman! If he gets bit does he get zombiefied or do the zombies get him instead?

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#8  Edited By AndrewB

I think I'll stick with both Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising. What's with the influx of Zombie games? I know that Zombies are the new Vampires and all, but it's getting to be a bit much.

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#9  Edited By JoelTGM

looks good

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#10  Edited By nanifear

When are the great ape and monkey survival games gonna start rollin out....im meen phuck.

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#11  Edited By shayo

Man, zombies have a hard time lately.

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#12  Edited By pause422

4 player co-op old school shooter zombie killing? Sounds pretty awesome!

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#13  Edited By Media_Master

too much zombies to care

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#14  Edited By LilBew

it is just me .... is that one char in the screens louis from l4d look at the left corner of the screens

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#15  Edited By Crono

LilBew sez:

"it is just me .... is that one char in the screens louis from l4d look at the left corner of the screens"

No, it is not just you, I thought the same exact thing as soon as I saw the screenshot that's embedded in the story.  Looks exactly like Louis with a healthkit on his back.

Aside from that strange parallel, the game sounds interesting since I love both L4D and GeoWars.  Hopefully this isn't just a case of something sounding good on paper.

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#16  Edited By killdave

zombies ??  yes sold

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#17  Edited By teptom

I like it when zombies are in games. Although, I'm not sure how many different variations of a zombie game you can do. 

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#18  Edited By RHCPfan24

Wow, it looks like a complete ripoff of BZB! but I am very enticed. I might get it actually if it plays well.

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#19  Edited By MrKlorox

I like this look more than BZB's look.

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in the next two months? as in by the end of june? wow, i'm gonna be so busy this summer. and i haven't even bought BZB (which looks better to me) yet.

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#21  Edited By MeatSim

Four player Co-Op is always good.

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