Yet again, it's the zombie apocalypse. You're equip with guns, your wits, and a couple of buddies. Its the intelligent few against the mass of sheer stupidity. Sure, the concept of Zombie Apocalypse isn't that original, but as you continue reading I hope that you'll give it a chance, because in the end it's a fun game.
Has anyone here played Robotron for the Nintendo64? No? Just me? Well, basically the game mechanics are like this: you view your character from above, using the left stick to control movement and the right stick to fire in the direction you desire. For the most part, you will play the majority of the game using only the sticks, although you are given the option to use a chainsaw with the triggers and throw a decoy (Teddy Bear bait) with either bumper.
Zombie Apocalypse doesn't really feature a story, although I was surprised at the amusing details they decided to include. You can play as one of four separate characters. Gameplay doesn't change no matter who you pick, but reading a small paragraph on the schizophrenic who always wanted to be a stuntwoman before shooting up some zombies is pretty hilarious.
The game really approaches the whole concept with some wit. Before each level, a quote flashes across the screen, something presumably that the survivors are thinking or talking about. Often reading these before approaching the horde has brightened my experience. And don't even get me started on the things the Teddy Bear bait says (Yes, it talks. Don't ask me why.)
This game is really funny.
Still, playing this game by yourself can wear you down due to it's receptive nature and length, especially when playing the game's hardest mode, 7 days of hell. While the game certainly can stand up as a fun game by yourself, it's ten times better when you're playing with others.
The game features local co-op as well as online multiplayer, however if you have a friend who wants to join in you in an online match you're screwed. Only one person per Xbox while playing online.
Zombies are much easier to take out with a buddy. The game has purposely designed evil zombie bug-things that are impossible to shake off, and must be shot off with a team mate. Plus, screaming "BIG DADDIES!" and running away just isn't the same when you're yelling at your screen.
(Did I forget to mention Big Daddies? Oh yeah. Well, the zombie horde has apparently mutated, and you'll run into a multitude of different zombie types, such as Dodgers, Pukers, Prom Queens, and Kamikazes. And no, I'm not joking, there seriously are Prom Queen zombies. They're the ones who spawn the evil bug things. I hate them.)
There is but one flaw with the multiplayer, and that is the camera. When playing in single player, you have the freedom to roam wherever you please, dodging zombies, picking up guns... but in multiplayer, sometimes it can be a struggle over the camera angle. I've literally had arguments where one player wants to head upwards and grab a decent gun, while I want to head over to the Teddy Bear bait.
The graphics are surprisingly good, if not a bit repetitive. There are only a couple of different stages, but they are fairly detailed.
What's more, the environment responds to you. Shoot a zombie towards a car wash, and it falls backwards, while you laugh as it's literally washed to death. Shooting a gas pump will cause fire to erupt from the nozzle, fireworks explode, and pushing zombies into a sawmill has never been so satisfying.
The sound, much like the graphics, can become somewhat repetitive. The zombies have only a couple of sounds that they make when they are spawning, and a couple more they make when they die. There are a couple of background tracks that play during the levels that I didn't really notice, but the music that plays when you are at the main menu is superb.
When I first got this game the achievements looked insane! The truth is once you get into it and learn some tricks, they aren't that bad. However some of them require a lot of grinding - getting through 55 waves of zombies was insane, and 7 days of hell was even worse.
The rest, however, are relatively simple once you've gotten a few tips. For example, I thought that getting a 100x multiplier would be impossible, but once I figured out using the chainsaw would add 5x, it became a lot easier than having 1x added for every five zombies killed.
In conclusion? Buy this game, zombie fans. Buy this game, dual-stick lovers. It's fun, it's amusing, it will suck hours of your life away, and it begs to be replayed with family and friends.