Posts Tagged ‘Zombies


New Review: Lollipop Chainsaw


This week on R5000, we’ve got a new review for Lollipop Chainsaw.  For better or worse, Suda51 has delivered more of his brand of “over the top” game content.  I already shared my initial impressions of the game last week, and my opinion of the game has improved to a degree.  I can’t help but feel hung up on some of the tedium of the game though.  The mini-games, narrow starting move set, and quick time events make it difficult to stay consistently engaged with the main game.  As always though, good or bad, Chainsaw is a memorable game.  So it earns a final score of 2 out of 3 stars.

Read the full review.


I am never going to be done with zombie games

Kirby says that the life of the waddle dee is forfeit.
Killers. They’re all killers.

Halloween is long over now, but I can’t pull myself away from the zombie games.  Zombie Estate, Minecraft, Undead Nightmare, Resident Evil, Plants vs. Zombies, and now Left for Dead 2 which I’ve been playing with Raisins.  I’ve stopped even thinking about it.  In my mind they are just a cultural fixture in video games, neither a selling point nor a detriment.  The underlying game play varies substantially with the undead serving mostly as window dressing.  Terrible, terrible window dressing.  Left 4 Dead 2 has definitely been the most intense of them all though.  And by the time my nerves have been thoroughly rattled I can fall back on Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which is quite possibly the most unbearably cute (but incredibly chill) game I have ever played.  I can go from being accosted by a thousand zombies to cruising around as a fire truck made of yarn.  As much as a feel like a seven-year-old playing Epic Yarn, it is actually pretty fun, and a welcome break from the constant panic of L4D2 (which is also a lot of fun.)  I recommend both if you get the chance to play either of them.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have beads to collect before I go back to dismembering undead clowns.


On the subject of zombies and other terrible things

Where do I sign up?
As is usually the case, I am late in playing a game that ends up being a ton of fun.  In particular this time, it’s Plants versus Zombies.  Until very recently I’ve steered clear of PC games altogether due to inadequate computer hardware.  Not that Plants versus Zombies is graphics intensive, but you can only run so much operating system on 512MB of RAM.  So I was glad to see that PvZ was coming to Xbox Live Arcade.

If you’re not familiar with the game, the premise is straight forward enough: zombies are coming for your brains.  You need to arrange your garden such that none of them make it through your yard in one piece.  You are apparently waiting for a better offer on your house before moving out, but can’t even be bothered to check when stumbling zombies walk in your open door.  These aren’t important details though.  What is important is that going through all this trouble is actually pretty fun.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a game involving zombies that is this chill (but challenging never the less.)  It’s well worth picking up if you’re like me and only play games years after they are released.


Zombie Estate

I got to try out Zombie Estate while visiting @Raisins.  It’s a $1 Xbox Live Indie game and it is worth all 100 pennies.  I’ve only actually sat down to play it twice with friends, but once we got started we would be sucked in for hours.  Like with Resident Evil 5, it’s a game best played with friends (up to four in this case, but two is fine.)  It is presented using an ingenious blend of three dimensional graphics with a two dimensional aesthetic.  Zombie Estate gets straight to the point: you want to blast zombies and have fun doing it.  You’re given a wide variety of named characters for each player to adopt, and a plethora of weapons that are gradually unlocked as you accumulate cash from the undead.  Each of the 25 levels pits your crew against waves of zombies, which themselves come in many different flavors.

The addictive aspect of the game shines as you purchase new weapons to plow through zombies with.  The challenge scales very well, so that you’ll rarely be completely overwhelmed, but not bored enough to stop thinking about how you plan to devastate your enemies next.  The variety of weapons makes cooperative multi-player all the more rewarding as each player can adopt a particular role in the group and each player can live vicariously through the others as they unlock and use more weapons than you’d be able to on your own.   You can’t really go wrong with Zombie Estate unless you plan on playing it by yourself.  But at $1, you won’t be out much if you just can’t get into it.

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