Dead Nation staggers to PS3

PlayStation Store Update: Housemarque's co-op zombie shooter leads Sony's downloadable lineup; Move-compatible Funky Lab Rat launches, PSone Import Classics collection gets another pair.

The zombie menace--unlike the zombies themselves--is alive and well. The latest such example leads the new arrivals on the PlayStation Network, as the arcade-style shooter Dead Nation debuted on the PlayStation 3 downloadable storefront today.

A dual-analog-stick shooter set in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, Dead Nation gives one or two players upgradable weapons and sets them on a cross-country bad-will tour in the name of zombie population control. The game was developed by Finnish studio Housemarque, which previously demonstrated its twin-stick shooter aptitude with 2007's Super Stardust HD. Dead Nation sells for $14.99.

One Dead Nation, indivisible, with shotguns and flamethrowers for all.

The PS3 sees one other new downloadable release in the form of Funky Lab Rat. Compatible with the Move controller or a standard PS3 pad, Funky Lab Rat is an action puzzle game that sees players tamper with time and gravity as they help a lowly lab rat to freedom through 81 levels and 10 worlds. Developed by French studio Hydravision (Fairytale Fights, the Obscure survival horror series), Funky Lab Rat is available for $9.99.

Two more titles were also added to the PSone Import Classics collection. Blockids is a 3D take on the Arkanoid-Breakout style of game and was actually published in North America by Natsume in 2003, but the PSN version is the untranslated Japanese release. The other new PSone Import offering is as much a tool as a game, as Dezaemon Plus allows players to make and share their own arcade-style shoot-'em-ups, similar to Blast Works for the Wii. Each title sells for $5.99.

That was it for stand-alone PSN releases for the week. The PS3 also received new add-on content for games, including Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Fist of the North Star, and more, while PSP gamers will have to settle for a demo of No Heroes Allowed, some Christmas-themed Little Big Planet content, and an episode of Sony's reality QA show The Tester.

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Discussion

25 comments
Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Dead Nation staggers to PS3 and boy does it look rubbish, there too many games like this as there is.

polymetalalloy1
polymetalalloy1

how is this any different from the sub-par Zombie Apocalypse already on PSN. Looks like a complete rip-off. Super Stardust was cool tho.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Where is Parasite Eve? It has been on the Jap store for weeks now. I want my Aya fix! On a seperate note, Uno is now 99 cents on special offers. You dont say no to a game that is the same price as a soda (500 ml) lol

Johny_47
Johny_47

Looks and sounds cool, I just hope it's got alot of 'depth' to the gameplay especially because it's co-op.

drumma1
drumma1

Downloaded it this morning, its actually very fun. Better than i thought it would be. The top down view isnt as bad as it seems either, especially since it helps when 40 or more zombies are rushing you all at once.

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

My friend really likes this game, but I haven't played it enough to make up my mind. If I want zombies, I just look for Left 4 Dead.

Kill_Master_321
Kill_Master_321

man the game is good it plays like stardustHD (considering the same developer) it`s a ton of fun with friends or without friends i would say by it.

2chase
2chase

DoA in blackops meets alan wake... meets me not buying it

mfall121
mfall121

Think this game would look better if it was an over the shoulder view.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Looks like this Zombie games fad will never die... Har.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Waited a lot for Dead Nation, they really took they time

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

I cant get enough zombie killing action! Picking this one up for sure

Cetanu07
Cetanu07

i heard that dead nation has no voice chat

toddx77
toddx77

@thebrickster007 Your so right. PS3 has more zombie games then it did 2 years ago, but zombie games should always be multi platform. Killing zombies is just too awesome to be exclusive lol.

Evo8u
Evo8u

I'll have to check this out.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

Dead Nation is amazing. My only problem is the lack of voice chat and they could've added 4 player co-ops. Still great nonetheless.

thebrickster007
thebrickster007

Good, we need more zombie games for the PS3. Seriously. WHERE ARE THE ZOMBIE GAMES.

packers91
packers91

looks fun, I might actually have to dust off my ps3 for more than just movies now.

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

Probably going to pick this one up. Looks awesome. :)

IceJester45
IceJester45

Going to give it a try. I'm a sucker for top-down shoot-em-ups.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I've been thinking about grabbing a couple PSone games off PSN but I want Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain more than anything.....

flanathos
flanathos

Hm, somehow that pledge seems more accurate than the current one. Perhaps for what it leaves out rather than what it adds in. =P