All Zombies Must Die Video Game Review
Written by James Ferguson
Released by Square Enix
Developed by doublesix
Game released on December 28th, 2011
Platforms: XBLA, PSN, PC
You can't swing a stick lately without hitting a zombie. They're on our TV. They're in our comics. They're in our video games. doublesix has given you a way to get points for slaying the undead in All Zombies Must Die!. The publisher's previous title, Burn Zombie Burn, was one of my first purchases when I got my Playstation 3 and I never regretted it, so I was eager to check out AZMD!.
The difference between the two games is apparent right from the beginning. BZB got right into it with a simple premise. You're Bruce, armed with a torch, a gun, and a killer chin, you've got to kill as many zombies as you can before meeting your untimely demise. It was easy to get into and didn't need much in the way of story. AZMD!, while a step up in terms of animation quality, gets bogged down a bit with the cheesy plot. It's clearly trying to poke fun at the zombie movies that came before it and that can be a good time, but most of the jokes fall flat and feel like they're trying desperately to make sure the player understands them. The main character Jack says repeatedly how it's like he's in a video game. How meta.
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The game is moved along as you bash and shoot your way through a horde of the undead looking for safety. In single player gameplay, you encounter other characters that you can swap out; including Jack's girlfriend Rachel. Unlike BZB, you're able to upgrade your character by completing quests, unlocking items, and of course, killing zombies. Experience points can be used to increase health, damage, defense, or speed.
While it is definitely very polished and the gameplay is smooth, I was disappointed that the dialogue is just thrown up on the screen like an old school game. No voice acting was used. Instead, we have to read through all the text. This isn't a horrible thing as gamers have been doing this for decades, but in a day and age where games are as advanced as they are, it's a step back to see something like this outside of a throwback game like Scott Pilgrim.
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Of course, the big plus with All Zombies Must Die! is the multiplayer. You and up to three buddies can team up to take on the undead. Sure, it's no Left 4 Dead, but this is a light-hearted, comical approach to zombie slaying that's easily accessible for everyone. You can play it by yourself and still enjoy the game.