I see dead people…everywhere!
Okay, so it would seem that the world is overcome by the living dead at the moment, and not just on Monday mornings. You cannot move without tripping over a zombie based movie or game. It appears that our love for the partially decayed is as much as the average zombies love for brains. Nation Red shows the love by giving you a range of weapons and a massive number of undead to destroy. This game is available on the PC.
August 17 1977
Scattered groups of zombies infiltrate remote midwestern towns.
Incapable of using tools or weapons, the invaders are resisted until they retreat back into the desert.
Special elimination posses are setup to hunt down any surviving undead.
Six weeks after the squads started their search and destroy mission, the last known zombie was shot and killed.
Over thirty years have passed when a truck driver traveling down a lone deserted road ploughs into a wall of zombies. Before the driver’s phone signal went dead, he reported some were carrying guns.
They’re back. In their thousands. And now they are hunting us.
Those of you who remember Super Smash TV on the various consoles of yesteryear, will recognize the format straight away. For those who don’t remember, the concept is simple. The game is played from a top down view with the player standing in the middle of a large play area. Then swarm after swarm of zombies come from all sides, intent on beating the player to a pulp. As you avoid the zombies and try to take down as many as possible, some of them will drop new, better weapons and other items to make your survival more likely.
The developers of the game, DiezelPower, have taken a relatively simple idea and made it into a frantic adrenaline rush. The game consists of four different modes of play. The quest mode consists of 18 different levels of zombie mayhem. Although there is virtually no storyline, the game is all about the arcade style gameplay. The quests gradually get more difficult and include a number of boss battles. Though perhaps a bit uninspired, the bosses provide a welcome change to the hordes. The other modes are Survival, Rush and Blood Drive, all of which involve killing zombies and surviving.
The weapons that become available will help your quest for survival greatly. However, careful strategy needs to be employed as these weapons are not just handed out to the nearest zombie hunter. The weapons are dropped by zombies as you kill them, and more often than not, they will be dropped amidst a crowd of brain munchers. Deciding to go and retrieve that weapon could spell the end of the players undead slaying career. There is a good selection of weapons, ranging from the standard hand gun and Uzi, through to the more impressive assault rifle and machine gun, and the more exotic grenade launcher and flamethrower. There are also a number of melee weapons, should you let the undead get close enough to smell their rancid breath.
There are also powerups dropped by the zombies occasionally. These offer a variety of different ways to improve your game, such as invisibility or extra health. Some also offer a way to take out huge numbers of the dead quickly and easily, such as dynamite and exploding barrels. You are also rewarded for killing the zombies with a form of experience. This can be traded in, in-between levels, for bonuses such as a higher rate of fire, or a teleport ability.
Gameplay is fast and frantic, with massive numbers of zombies right from the start. Simply trying to survive is a daunting task, but not impossible. The controls handled quite well and the game is easy to get into. Graphically, the game looks good, managing to express the grittiness of the genre well. The audio also fits in well with the game, but is nothing to get excited about. The thing that puzzled me was the lack of multiplayer mode. I can’t help but feel that this would have been the perfect game to play with a friend or two.
Overall, Nation Red is a lot of fun to play. The lack of variety and multiplayer mode are the only thing stopping this from being a great game.
This game was provided for review by GamersGate