Great game, but

User Rating: 8.5 | Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse XBOX
Yes, Stubbs' creator company Wideload was founded by Alex Seropian and a few other gaming gurus who once worked for Bungie. So should it surprise to you that this is a good game? Probably not. But are its innovation and dark comedy truly remarkable? That may depend on the price tag...

In Stubbs, you play as a hapless travelling salesman who (for reasons unknown) woke up from an early grave with a desperate urge to munch on brains. Delicious brains.

The monotony of munching on brains (is that even possible?) is broken up by the layers of strategy involved. Walking up behind someone will almost always result in an opportunity for an insta-kill brain gobble. If you don't want to do the fighting yourself, build your army- anyone Stubbs kills turns into a Zombie themselves. Every situation can be played differently.

The game has a high cheese/camp factor instantly shown off by its sountrack- including retro hits like "My boyfriend's back" and "Lollipop", done through excellent covers by current bands. There's also a bevvy of in-game treats ranging from a dance-off minigame to drivable war-machine tractors. Bizarre, hilarious, and fun.

So who wouldn't want Stubbs? If you're on a tight budget, and you want to squeeze every possible moment of gameplay out of your purchase, this might not be the game for you. The story is a little short, and Wideload's founders' quest to maintain few employees and drive down development costs make this game feel like a budget title at times. A great budget title, but budget nonetheless. If that doesn't sound appealing, consider looking for this title as a used game or a rental (or, wait until the price drops). Get it, play the heck out of it for a few days and laugh yourself silly at all the gags- you'll love every moment.

In summary:

-Great game, great humor, and great gore. It's everything you'd expect from a zombie game and more!

-...unless you wanted dozens and dozens of hours of gameplay.

Stubbs is a great title as it stands, but I can't help feeling it would have been better released as a $20 title- the only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars.