People never get tired of shooting zombies. There’s just something about these grotesque, rampaging, once-human creatures that make them so easy to kill. Dead Nation is a PlayStation Network-exclusive game that pits you and a friend against the zombie masses. The controls take a little getting used to, but once you have the dual analog stick thing down, it’s hard to pry yourself away from the game.
Who’s Making It: Dead Nation is being developed by the people who made Super Stardust HD.
What It Looks Like: The game is viewed from a three-quarter top-down perspective as you run around and fire an endless stream of bullets into the undead. The area we played in put us in a dark, garbage-infested alley, which was crawling with zombies of all shapes and sizes. Eventually we were led to what looked like a run-down gas station with overturned cars decorating the cluttered streets. It’s gritty and what you’d expect from a zombie shoot-'em-up--lots of blood and severed limbs.
What You Do: You shoot zombies with a variety of weapons that can be upgraded. A virus has spread through the human population, leaving you and one other friend (if you decide to play cooperatively) to face the horde alone.
How It Plays: You control your character with the left analog stick and use the right analog stick to aim your laser sight. The R1 button is to fire, and the L1 button is used to lob grenades, which come in handy against big clusters of angry undead. You can melee with the R2 button and do a rush attack with the L2 button. Zombies like to come in clumps, so you’ll likely have to fall back when they start to swarm, unless you have enough grenades handy to disperse them.
What They Say: Do you have what it takes to resist this Dead Nation?
What We Say: Yes we do! We enjoyed our brief time with Dead Nation, and we’re looking forward to teaming up with a buddy cooperatively to reduce the zombie population. There will be online leaderboards and a way to track your kills so you can work with other players across the country to see how well you’re doing against the zombie virus. Look for Dead Nation when it's released later this year.