Zombie Apocalypse Hands-On

Zombies have gone downloadable in Konami's upcoming four-player action game.

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No matter how advanced we become as humans, we will never be able to escape the oldest threat we face as a species: zombies. That pesky scourge of shambling undead will always haunt us, no matter where we go. The latest example of this scientific truth is Konami's Zombie Apocalypse, an upcoming dual-stick shooter that trades in retro spaceships for human survivors seeking to stay alive by any means possible. Last week, we had the chance to play the PlayStation 3 version of the game at a Konami press event.

At the risk of raising hopes a bit high, the quickest way to describe Zombie Apocalypse is Geometry Wars meets Left 4 Dead. The control scheme is very much that of a dual-stick shooter: You control a survivor with the left stick from a fixed isometric angle as he or she runs all around the screen, while you shoot any zombies within a 360-degree vicinity with the right stick. Special attacks are performed with the shoulder buttons, which include standard chainsaw kills, elaborate chainsaw executions, and tossing zombie bait to lure a bunch of them into one spot before it explodes. As for the Left 4 Dead comparison, well, there are zombies of course. But more importantly, the game is played cooperatively among four players.

As you fight off the hordes of zombies, you'll find new weaponry scattered on the ground. Some of the weapons we were able to use while playing were a machine gun, a shotgun, a flamethrower, a grenade launcher, and a full-on minigun. And as we stated a moment ago, you've also got a chainsaw in your repertoire. The chainsaw is always there in conjunction with the gun you're sporting; you just swap between the two whenever you want for ranged or up-close killing.

Back from whence you came, zombies!

There are two real goals in Zombie Apocalypse. The game is divided into days, so at a base level you'll want to survive each day of increasing difficulty level until you reach survival. But beyond that, there are points to consider. You'll earn points with every kill, but you can add to that total through the use of score multipliers earned for various feats of bravery. For example, every time you take the time to slowly chainsaw a zombie from stem to stern, you add to your multiplier. It's all kept track of in the upper-left corner of the screen where you can see your overall point total, kill total, and multiplier level.

We had a fairly good time playing Zombie Apocalypse, but what we saw of it seemed rather simple. We'll wait to see if there's enough to this game to hold up to more extended playing time. In the meantime, you can expect to see it available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year.

Discussion

43 comments
Justinfamarato
Justinfamarato

You know... this game would have been MUCH better if it was more like alien shooter: vengeance

hkymike
hkymike

Going to buy it tonight off Xbox Live when I get home from work

andystokes304
andystokes304

Reminds me of Robotron... but with Zombies and really cool power-up weapons. It looks sooo fun. I'm definitely going to check this out!

kingsi7e
kingsi7e

what's up with a bunch of zombie games coming out lately???

JakeYourself
JakeYourself

@cabbage100 @de_graph you guys should check out Fallen Earth. might be something you two would be into.

de_graph
de_graph

RE: cabbage100 i've been saying the same thing for about 5 years now :D

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

It's a modern Smash TV with zombies. I'll sure give it a try! Looks nice.

mackey12345
mackey12345

Hunter the Reckoning mixed with L4D, interesting...

cabbage100
cabbage100

This is pretty cool, but I'm (still) waiting for an open world zombie apocalypse game. think of a cross between fallout 3 looking world, gta style vehicle controls and L4D controls for a fpz version or Uncharted controls for a 3rd person game. lots of guns too, can't forget the guns ^^

WhatYouHadSaid
WhatYouHadSaid

Now I can play Left 4 Dead on my PS3! Cant wait!!!

racerch89
racerch89

it has the Left 4 Dead feel to it

Wula_
Wula_

If I designed this. I would have a multiple large cities that you survive for say like a week in game (maybe 1-2hours real time). And there was a bunch of one time use environmental hazards with random pickups scattered throughout the city each playthrough. So it would encourage moving about the city once you cleared out a area of helpful resources. Making survival alot more fun. Instead of typical run of the mill fighting in a small area for 10 mins >:/

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

this looks and sounds WAY better than Burn Zombies Burn

Darkness7089
Darkness7089

Another "Run of the mill" shooter, hopefully there's more to it. It needs many lvls and bosses.

TheFNShow
TheFNShow

Anybody else smell smash TV but with zombies coming from this game?

nickcotton94
nickcotton94

the game dosnt really prove to be an adicting game but u cud have some fun on it

cocoabutta145
cocoabutta145

Does anyone remember loaded for the playstation

PS2Dude89
PS2Dude89

This game looks really cool. I hope it comes out soon.

BigQz
BigQz

was tht c4 filled teddy bear just left 4 dead's pipe bomb re worked into a cutter addition or what

Ares360
Ares360

Looks like a more serious hardcore version of burn zombie burn, which is very addictively fun.

unplaystation
unplaystation

This looks very promissing and I look forward to trying it out. I Just hope the price won't be so demanding.

Semaphore313
Semaphore313

Looks to be good for some fun retro style, arcade zombie killing.

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

This is like an old school game,i don't think that it will attract people who already played this kind of games in the 80's lol.But it can be fun you know..

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

this wood be my 3rd psn game,i got battle cars which is 1 of the most addictive games,burn zombie burn which is awesome and now THIS!!!

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

im definetely getting this on psn.and shaking them off wood be AWESOM wid the sixaxis

dudesyeah
dudesyeah

looks pretty sweet. Hopefully it will only be like 800 points. Not bloody likely, but I can hope

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I don't have a 360 so it looks like this will be the closest I will ever get to L4D. I'm not complaining though coz this looks good.

Fobeus
Fobeus

Looks like Left 4 Dead meets Burn Zombie Burn. That's not a bad thing though.

Erik729
Erik729

This looks to be an exact overhead replica of L4D. Four players co-op, a pipe bomb that attracts zombies, standard weapons, and oh yea, Zombies...but the robot dance in the end was awesome, I must say.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Man this is exactly like Smash TV! It's been a while. That game was fun

zigzag149
zigzag149

its a pass for me, there are alot of better games online, "power up forever" is a way better game, its like asteroids on CRACK.......and Acid.

phase4illini
phase4illini

Looks a little short on gameplay/environs.

Gigeresque
Gigeresque

This game combines all the great things of gaming: rampant violence, zombies, third-person visuals, and... casual gaming? Actually, just give me a good Evil Dead game and we'll call it a night.

the_astonian
the_astonian

w00t something to tide me over till crimsonland 2

cabbs02
cabbs02

yea i already downloaded smash tv idk about this one.

kirklandx
kirklandx

Same concept as Smash TV just modern with a zombie twist. Looks cool, but it's been done before.

bigd575
bigd575

How could anyone pass up some zombie action?

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I might pass on this game.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I think I am sure I am gonna get this one!