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Published on November 14th, 2011 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone Review

Developer: Backbone Entertainment
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Genre: Shooter
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2011
MSRP: $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points ($10)

Twin-stick shooting controls? Check. Zombies? Check. Boring stereotypical characters? Check? A mediocre time slaying zombies? Absolutely.

Twin-stick shooter and zombie games have been done to death, but a fusion of both is the route Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone has taken.

It was the wrong one as the game is boring. Playing solo will find you dying quite often as your moronic teammates find themselves in constant trouble, and the lack of any checkpoint system means you’ll be replaying levels way too much.

The difficulty lessens, and the game becomes more fun, as more people play. Up to four can play co-op either side-by-side or online in this top-down shooter.

Playing this game is for noobs.

Each character, from the nerd who lives in his basement to the token female character, is flat out annoying. I had to turn the volume off at some points so I didn’t have to hear the stereotypical nerd talk about pwnage the entire time. I understand this game is meant to have an arcade vibe and just be a quick and fun gaming fix for a brief time, but the characters are just insulting.

The game charges your four unlikely survivors (and I really mean unlikely) with trying to find their way through a city and to safety. Along with your firearms, of which each member has a different one, is a melee attack, a massive, zombie clearing zombie bait move and a pwnage move. The different weapons and specials (think close range shotgun versus long range rifle, or all-out attack pwnage to healing pwnage) is about the most variety the game will throw at you, and players can swap between characters at the tap of a button.

Of course there are different types of enemies, but it all ends up being a chore in firing enough bullets into the stumbling sorority girls, hobo zombies or giant zombies to take them down. Even a system of buying stat upgrades after each level fails to bring this game much depth.

Yay, a big zombie…

Graphically the game is serviceable, and the music is the horror action movie fare you would expect. But that’s the problem with Zombie Apocalypse, it’s merely serviceable throughout, with bouts of boredom and frustration.

Final Truth:

I like killing zombies as much as the next gamer, but this title just isn’t worth it. It’s boring, frustrating and merely serviceable for $10. If you have some friends who like to just jump into a game for 20 minutes or so at a time and shoot things, then this could fit the bill, but there are better twin-stick shooters out there. Actually, you’re better off buying Left 4 Dead or playing the twin-stick shooter included in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 

+ You can play four player co-op
Just another twin-stick shooter… but with zombies

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