Dead Nation Hands-On

What's not to love? It's like Super Smash TV but with zombies.

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.

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22 comments
Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@ Serentor Steal? this is marketing dude, nothing else.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Who doesn't love shooting tons of brain eating zombies? Not to mention this game brings back tons of memories of loaded on the psone... awww good times good times...

johny300
johny300

360 gets l4d and ps3 dead nation.

Theamazing55
Theamazing55

@Serentor Oh, I know about console wars, but I just don't see the point in them. I also own both consoles.

Dezuria
Dezuria

I'm so sick of zombie games.

Serentor
Serentor

@Theamazing55 you dont know about console wars then, what i have been through on forums and stuff, it was all about exclusives. thats why i got angry but frankly dont give a damn lol, i own both consoles.

Theamazing55
Theamazing55

@Serentor If a game goes multiplatform, everybody benefits. I don't see the point in getting angry over it.

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

I wish they would make a new hunter the reckoning sometime.... those games were awesome coop games.

Serentor
Serentor

great, first they steal an exclusive from xbox (dead rising) and now they get their own exclusives. screw this.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

maybe a little like alien swarm? anyway sounds fun

StiffZombie
StiffZombie

Looks great but I still don't find many PS3 players with mics, so I don't use it as much as my 360.

wars45
wars45

sorry its ps3 only so al get it

MatrixRE
MatrixRE

@Ripper_TV, Yes, it is @DeadMonk28, Don't think so

solidsnakedude1
solidsnakedude1

sounds kinda generic but who knows it could be good =)

oclane
oclane

Its nice to see original series resident evil looking games coming back even if it is a downloadable :D

feliscele
feliscele

@Urworstnhtmare Judging by some of the comments when the Red Dead DLC was announced, nobody except you, me and the three people who gave you a thumbs up.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Interested, but is this a PSN game or what?