Before we get started on this week’s This or That I wanted to congratulate David Palmer on winning a free sketch of him using his selected weapon during the zombie apocalypse. Your prize will be in the mail sometime next week and look for a picture of it on our Facebook page. To quell rumors, yes David is my brother. No I did not pick him because of that. I used a random number generator and his was the post that came up.
On this week’s This or That I want to examine two new weapons for the zombie apocalypse. It’s
Mossberg 590A1 Shotgun VS. Smith & Wesson® M&P .22 Rimfire Pistol
It’s the shotgun vs. handgun debate. Now both of these weapons can be found in every zombie game ever made. For some reason you seem to ALLWAYS start out with some sort of handgun and eventually upgrade to the shotgun. But which weapon would you rather have during the apocalypse? Both weapons have their high points and low points let’s look at them shall we?
Mossberg 590A1 Shotgun
Its larger size can also be an advantage for other reasons. The ability to use it as a melee weapon is a plus for this weapon, although you want to be careful to not cause damage to it. A damaged gun may not fire correctly, or even worse, could cause you damage instead. This weapon can also be outfitted with a bayonet, perfect for zombie skewering. It’s designed for military combat and so is a little heaver, but it stands up well to dirty conditions. It can hold from 5-9 cartages.
However there are drawbacks a plenty for the shot gun. Its larger size and weight could get burdensome after carrying it for a while. The larger cartridges mean you won’t be able to carry many spares. There is no effective silencer and its kickback is significant. Although sights are available for it, accuracy is only ever going to get so good. Headshot kills would be very satisfying with this weapon, but they will be very hard to get. It’s also worth mentioning that although it is legal in some states in the USA to purchase one of these weapons for personal use, they are primarily only available through military outlets.
Smith & Wesson® M&P .22 Rimfire Pistol
This weapon is pretty much the exact opposite of a shotgun. Its small size and light weight mean it’s portable and easy to carry and store. It can hold 13 rounds (12 in the cartridge and 1 in the chamber) and is fairly accurate. Its small bullet size means the ammo is cheap and light, so you will easily be able to carry more spare rounds. Because it feeds with a clip, reloading takes significantly less time. This gun is a close to medium distance weapon with room for customization (laser sight anyone?). Note that suppressors are available for this weapon, quieting the sound. It has little to no recoil, making it easier to fire multiple shots at a target with good aim and little reset time.
But then again there are always drawbacks to consider. The smaller bullet size means it will not have the stopping power of a larger weapon. Good accuracy will be needed to get those all so important headshots as this weapon will not have the limb destroying affects of the shotgun. It may take several rounds if your aim is not great.
Cleaning and maintenance will also be somewhat more difficult as well. The smaller parts will require more care and frequent cleaning. Melee with any gun is considered a last resort but for this weapon in particular it is not recommended.
So there you have it. You now have the matchup between the Mossberg 590A1 Shotgun VS. Smith & Wesson® M&P .22 Rimfire Pistol. Which weapon would you rather have by your side during the apocolipse. Leave your comments below or on Facebook or Google +. As with last week, one comment will be chosen to receive a free sketch done by me using their weapon of choice.
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In April I gave a Zombie Apocalypse 101 presentation at Awesome Con D.C. that broke my heart. In the audience was a woman who asked me for suggestions for handicapped people during the zombie apocalypse. She was handicapped and knew she would have a hard time if she had to leave the house.
I had to tell her, to her face, that there was not much you could do besides hope that your defenses last. It would be difficult to travel with a disabled companion due to the special assistance someone with a disability may need.
Since the presentation this question has been weighing heavily on my mind. I cannot accept this answer. Just because someone has a disability, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be an asset to a team. I have learned never to limit my assumptions on what a person with a disability is capable of. So I did some research, and found a tool that might help.
The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) is such an awesome concept. A group of mechanical engineers (who call themselves GRIT) decided to get together and develop technology that could help improve people’s lives. Their first concept was the LFC. While most wheelchares become difficult to operate in less than optimal conditions, the LFC uses a lever system to propel the user forward, making off road travel possible!
By adjusting your grip either higher or lower on the levers, you can adjust your operation of the chair, the same way a mountain bike adjusts using gears. Placing your hands in a lower position would enable someone to move quickly over flat terrain, and a higher grip allows for more torque, enabling you to get over terrain that is rocky, steep, muddy, etc.
Another limitation normal wheelchairs have is that their parts would only be found in specific locations. Locations that we know would become dangerous (like hospitals). But the LFC was designed so that it could be repaired using normal bike parts. If you can find a bike, or a bike repair shop, most likely you could find a spare part.
As great as this is, there are limitations Just like other survivors, you will need to be in excellent physical condition in order to have a decent chance at surviving. This will not work for all disabled people, but if your arms keep in good shape, this will help greatly. There may also be situations that your chair may not get you out of easily, so practicing with such a chair ahead of time would be suggested.
I also wanted to point out that the LFC is not available in the USA yet. As the company becomes larger they hope to make it available everywhere, but until then we will have to wait.
Is this a perfect solution for all people with disabilities? No. But it’s so much better than the alternative. As I find more tech that could help out the disabled in a zombie apocalypse, I will be sure to share it with you. If you have tips tricks, or information on a product you would like me to share make sure to email me at email@example.com.
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Both Pictures are from the GRIT website at http://gogrit.org/lfc.html
Sorry everyone. This is a cop out blog today. I spent all of yesterday preparing for some job interviews and working on a super secret project.
You want to know what the secret project is?
Well…just for you.
Lately I’ve been learning how to code in HTTP, CSS, and jQuery. I am to the point where my next step was to create an original application that I could share with the interwebs. Well when I get into something, I try to be an overachiever. My “app” could have been as simple as setting up some lists that you could swap the items around in. I decided that wasn’t good enough. I wanted to make something really great my first time around.
So I chose to create a web-browser game. And since I’m putting this post up on a zombie post day, you can guess what it’s going to be about…
This themed game will a text based, choose your own adventure with a few flashy elements to make the game a bit more interactive. For example, in the screenshot below, you will be able to drag the items you are taking with you directly into your inventory. I thought this would be better than a check box system. Anytime you can drag and drop as opposed to point and click it’s a good thing. Also for those that are a little OCD, you will have the option to drag the items around in your bag so you can easily put your items in any order you choose. Who knows, I might make an element where that would be important! What will be important are the things you choose to put in your pack. Almost everything will have a use in the game, but as you are only allowed to have 10 items (at least to start), you will have to make some tough decisions that could effect the flow of the game.
The screenshot is not finalized yet. I still want to add a few more elements to it, change some of the fonts up to be more stylized, but you can kind of get an understanding of the feel I’m going for. I hope to be adding pictures to go along with some of the events, and also use them along with the item descriptions. The game so far is only designed to take you a few days into the zombie apocalypse. If I get really good at this I may introduce extra elements like additional survivors you can list next to your inventory, a camp management system, etc. But for now let me get some of the coding done just to get things started. We will see how it goes, and once I get a good beta ready to go, I’ll try to post it on the site to see what you guys think!
I did mention I’m looking for images to add to the game. If you are an illustrator who is willing to donate some of your work for a credit in the game, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I most likely won’t be making any money off of this version of the game, but if my coding skills improve and I’m able to make a more complicated app, we will see. For now it’s a labor of love, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.
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A.K.A. Penguin Prince.
There is a lot of negativity surrounding Brad Pitts’ new movie World War Z. Everything from the delayed opening, to criticism of not staying true to the book, to the Inflated budget from the original $125 Million to a rumored $400 Million. People don’t like that the zombies do not fit Max Book’s description of Romero Style zombies (slow moving, shuffling, etc.). But for everything that people are criticizing the movie for (a movie they have not seen I might add), it’s got merits that you can’t overlook. I wanted to take a second to point some of these out.
The book World War Z took stories about the zombie apocalypse from all over the world. It does a great job of taking aspects of the cultures of those locations into consideration of how the story would unfold. Although I do not know how well each location will be represented yet, we do know that Brad Pitt and crew traveled all over the world in order to give the movie the most realistic feel as possible. We will quite likely see some breathtaking locations mobbed with zombies, and that will be memorable.
I have not found a complete list of the musical score for the movie yet, but it is confirmed that Muse has contributed heavily to it. I head 3 songs at least, but that’s still a rumor as I have not been able to confirm it. What is confirmed is that Muse’s new song Isolated Systems will be in the movie. I feel the song has been beautifully done and should provide a great mood to the movie. Check out the music video above!
Just look at the trailers and you know that this movie has done an excellent job at capturing the pure panic and chaos that will be the beginning stages of the zombie apocalypse. It may start to be an orderly escape from the city. Until grid lock kicks in. Then in the growing anxiety and frustration of not moving people start to get stir crazy, belligerent, and scared. Add just one zombie to this mix, especially one of the fast and fierce variety shown in this movie. Scared belligerent crowds turn into panicked mobs with chaos ensuing all around. And this movie does that perfectly!
Am I saying that you should like this movie off of merit alone? No. What I’m saying is you may want to put on blinders and ear muffs for the next two weeks. Don’t let critics and naysayers pre-ruin for you what could potentially be a great movie. Take it in for what it is without preconceived notions and make your own determinations of what it is. The movie has other good aspects including star actors who fit the roles they were assigned, great special effects and makeup, etc. Just don’t count this one out.
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This week’s current events post features government disappointments, and a chicken made of metal and pissed-on-childhoods.
Let’s start off with a quick look back to last week when the Emergency Alert Systems for several TV stations were hacked to spew messages of fake zombie attacks. Blame is now being placed on weak passwords, faulty equipment, and lack of firewall protection. Some stations never changed the default passwords to the systems. Let this be a lesson, unless you want to get pranked, change your passwords.
Canada earned my respect last week by bringing up zombie preparedness in congress. It lost it by caving into Whining Nancy’s. A training exercise in Quebec was canceled after people complained of wasted spending. Its replacement exercise, a flood simulation, will cost just as much. Not to mention tough mud stains.
Last year I reported on a fly that was infecting honey bees and turning them into zombees. This week the government looks to discredit the findings of researchers who claimed the parasitic relationship may be linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. Other researchers say the fly’s main target is the bumble bee. Few examples have been brought forth of honey bees being infected. The fact that the fly infects bumble bees has been known for ages and of course the government says there is no cause for concern. Either way, it’s still freaking creepy.
Finally, nerd celebrity and my hero Joss Whedon was “honored” this week when he was featured in a skit for Robot Chicken’s final episode of their 6th season. Watch below as Joss comes to the “Cabin in the Wood’s” set as a zombie to vent his frustrations over his wrongly canceled TV shows.
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We have “good” news. It’s actual news instead of some of the stuff I’ve had to post as a filler for real news!
First Montana is the first victim of a zombie apocalypse, or so said some of their TV stations. And we all know that everything we see on TV, or everything said by government run organizations is absolutely true 100% of the time. Right? Well this time hackers got into the Emergency Alert System of several stations late one night this week and broadcast a message of the undead rising from the grave. Listen in this YouTube clip.
Hilarious right? Well I don’t really think it’s so funny. We have all seen the road signs that have been hacked to warn of a zombie infestation, but the problem with these hacks is that it undermines the validity of programs set in place to protect us. By taking advantage of a bug to break into emergency alerts and other safety equipment, you are crying wolf to a public that may take the information seriously. Or worse, stop believing in the alerts altogether putting themselves at risk in the case of a real emergency. You guys want to hack stuff to prove points? Work for companies who will pay you to break their products so they can make them better. At least you will get paid for your efforts and we will get safer programs and network devices. Don’t try to scare the naive and prank the masses just for the fun of it. It’s dangerous, it’s stupid, and you give zombie fans a bad name.
Now on to something that is hilarious! Canada steps up and shows they actually have a pair! The running joke in America is that Canadians are too nice and too pacifistic to even defend themselves. Now I don’t know of any stats to back this joke up, but I have one that will make you think twice the next time your buddy jokes about a Canuck. The Canadian House of Commons actually brought up the topic of zombie defense so that “a zombie attack does not turn into a zombie apocalypse.” See the film below.
Now through the laughing and the joking something serious was actually said here.
- Canada as a whole want to make sure their borders are safe and secure. This is nowhere near the controversy of the Mexico/U.S.A. border, but every country should take the steps necessary to work with their neighboring governments to ensure the safety of their citizens.
- Canada wants to have good relations with the U.S.A. They understand the benefits of co-operation of the governments especially when it comes to law enforcement, and public relations. We live in countries lucky enough not to be at war with our closest neighbors. Some countries (Israel/Palestine, India/Pakistan, etc.) don’t have that luxury. Let’s work hard to make sure our neighbors are our allies so if something devastating happens, both governments will be working together to help the region as a whole, instead of pointing fingers and backstabbing each other.
These are the reasons I take heart to this clip. I do think that all governments should have some sort of plan to protect its citizens no matter what the emergency. Be it a hurricane, a terrorist attack, an infectious disease, or the living dead, these plans need to be drafted and implemented if the case should arrive. I wouldn’t be surprised actually if governments did have plans for paranormal situations, be it zombie invasion, alien invasion, vampires, psychic attack, or even a sudden expansion of the werewolf population. You just won’t see these plans publicly touted. Bravo Canada for being a shining example of a government who hasn’t lost its sense of humor, as well as listening (at least in part) to what the people want. Even if what they want is reassurance that their government will do everything in their power to protect them from zombies.
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This is the second to last installment of the Who Are You wearing series for clothing that will protect you during the zombie apocalypse. Today we will be talking about upper body wear. We have found good, suitable, sensible clothing for the rest of our body, but now it’s time to talk about the part of the body that will be most likely to be bitten by a zombie. That is the chest, arms, and hands.
After searching long and hard, I think I have found the best upper body wear for our purposes. We want something that’s light weight, durable, and cut resistant. I initially thought of a Army BDU shirt, but after talking to a friend of mine who has served in the forces, this was quickly denied. Those BDU shirts can get hot and the arms are really too loose to be good for a zombie’s reaching hand.
So after much research I found some great material I’m going to have to try. Tuff n Light is a material used by many industries due to its high safety record. It’s a cut resistant material used by police officers, firefighters, bikers, and extreme sports junkies to protect them from knives, broken bottles, and other sharp pointy objects. Their heavy duty sweat shirt is said to be 15 times stronger than steel! Don’t believe me on how tuff it is? See the demo on their website. http://www.tuffnlite.com/index.html
Unfortunately I don’t have any information on how well these products do with water. I can’t find information on the wicking properties or how fast it will dry if it gets wet. What I can tell you is that next to wearing a shark suit, this will be your best protection.
The one thing I’m worried about is the material’s ability to prevent puncture wounds. As it’s a knitted material, I would venture the guess that it won’t do that well against really sharp teeth. But for the flatter teeth, and fingernails, this material will probably be your best protection for the weight and mobility. Next to a motorcycle jacket, which will get hot in hot weather, you can’t find a better product.
What I also like about this brand is that they have a wide variety of protective gear to choose from. From long sleeve t shirts for the summer, to heavy sweat shirts to keep you warm in the winter, there is something out there that will protect you. They also have riot gloves that are designed to protect your hands, plus allow them to take a swing at a zombie skull. They won’t prevent the grip of batts or baton’s either. They may be a bit bulky to fire a hand gun, but if guns are your thing, they also have fingerless guns. I have also found the answer to the question on “How am I going to protect my neck?” Try using the Tough-n-stuff dickey. Take a look at some of the items below.
Upper body: Covered. Join me next Monday when we talk about headgear for the zombie apocalypse. If you have any other ideas for good cloths for the zombie appocolips, let me know by posting a comment! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook, and Google + pages for more zombie goodness in between blog posts. As always be safe and I’ll see you Wednesday for more zombie goodness!
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This new year is tough on zombie news I tell you. With the Mayan Calendar officially out of date, it seems that people have backed off on all the good zombie news.
Fortunately I will still bring you the best zombie news I can find every week. So stay vigilant people. You never know when the zombies will come and we want to be ready with the news. If you find articles or news that I’m missing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll feature it in the next current events post, or if it’s really good news, even a special Zombie Current Events Breaking News Edition.
Students in Philadelphia Pennsylvania are not happy. Proposals to close down 37 schools are driving students to form their own union to give students a voice in their own education. The students in opposition of the school closings have decided to protest. And of course if it’s in this blog that means it was a zombie protest. Now I have gone on record to say that zombie protesting is getting a little out of hand, but in this case I will agree with the message. Students dressed up in zombie makeup holding coffin shaped signs that read “No Education: No Life”, and their demonstration was entitled “Student Apocalypse: A Brainless Future”. Kudos to these students for tying in their chosen form of protest in so well with their cause. This case is totally justified with the zombie theme for just that name alone.
Dead Island. Some people love the game, some hate it. I only played a portion of it to be honest but I did like what I played. But some people are upset about the advertising for the special edition of the sequel game Riptide for UK and Australia. I personally like the name for the special edition entitled Zombie Bait. That’s cool. It’s catchy. What most people are offended by however is the bust of the bust you get with the game. A statue of a female body that has been dismembered and clad in only a British flag bikini can be yours if you decided to buy this controversial package. It’s supposed to be a zombie body, but that’s really neither here or there and is still rather tasteless advertising. I really just barfed in my mouth a bit looking at the piece of trash.
Now Deep Silver has already apologized for the campaign saying that different departments choose the additions you get with the special editions in different regions. But really? I don’t have word on if the special edition has been recalled or not, but I’ll put $20 on the bet that the bust starts becoming a commodity, that is assuming that the game is greeted favorably by fans. Although some games are famous for being inappropriate. How about some hot coffee while playing that GTA game? Anyone? How about Duke Nukem Forever? Maybe this will be one of those times where the tasteless “mistake” will push the “collector’s item” and the game itself into infamy.
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And we are back! Did you miss me folks? No? I get no respect I tell ya, no respect.
Contrary to the little lie that the Dead-Ministrator has been telling everyone, no I was not locked in a cage drooling. I decided to spend some time with my family for the holidays, and when it’s my family involved, the cage is rarely used for myself.
So yes I got to spend some quality time with the people who unleashed me on this world (I say the world took the raw end of that deal). And of course what would the holidays be without the gift giving traditions of our past? Although I no longer live in fear of fat men dressed in red suits breaking into our home, I do have to worry about what will be under that tree. Nothing is worse than boxes of socks, which I am happy to day none were received.
I did ask for a few zombie related items of which I received none, but I did get a few zombie things that I would like to share with you. For instance, my very own zombie in which I released upon the Dead-Ministrator for telling nasty little lies.
No in actuality it’s really like he reveled in a past blog, my brother and his wife sent me this awesome cookie jar. To be fair, it was her who picked it out, that lazy lout of a brother. If you have not seen it before, you can get one of your own from Think Geek at the tune of about $30 (when supplies become back in stock). We currently have it in our kitchen actually holding cookies, but I don’t expect it to last too long. Whenever there are children around you can never have nice things. Some other uses I thought of was for Halloween candy (again be careful around the kids, this thing is ceramic), a super cool punch bowl for your next end of the world party (just wait for another nut job to predict the end then throw a kick ass party), and then again, you can use it just as a sweet decoration. Hats on zombie heads make the best blend in decorations.
I did also get some movies from my Grandmom. Thanks to her I have expanded my collection of movies a few more disks with The Zombie Diaries (which I highly recommend as one of the best zombie documentary movies to ever come out), and the Midnight Horror Collection which contains 10 films and over 14 hours of zombie entertainment. After I watch this one I’ll let you know how much this one is worth getting. Give me about a month as 14 hours is a lot of time to sit and watch TV.
I am thankful for my loving friends and family who were kind enough to think of me this holiday season. I’m thankful that we all survived 12/21/12 so that I can continue to bring you some great blogs, and I look forward to discovering new zombie material for you guys to enjoy.
So what zombie stuff did you guys get over the holiday? Share your responses in the comment section!
As always, if anyone has any suggestions on what they would like to see in the blog please send me an email at email@example.com. Of course don’t forget to check out our Facebook, and Google + pages for more zombie goodness in between blog posts. I have made a New Years Resolution to do better at updating those for you guys. As always be safe and I’ll see you Friday for our Zombie Current Events!
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So are you on the fence about purchasing the new Wii U? At about $300 (USA) a pop, I’m on the fence myself. I have owned every Nintendo gaming system since the NES, and am a huge Nintendo fan. Some of my fondest gaming memories came from battling my brother in Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo, or battling alongside my brother in Double Dragon. Mario Cart 64 was about the only video game I could ever get my Dad to play with me, so that will always hold a fond place in my heart. And who among the gamers have never had an epic game of Super Smash Brother’s?
Nintendo may not give us the flashy, brutal, and fast paced games the Xbox 360, or PS3 do, but it will always hold a place in our hearts for every expansion of Zelda they come out with. When Wii came out they raised a bar. Whether you loved or hated the unconventional controller design, the Wii did push the envelope by developing and mass producing one of gaming’s first complete, and surprisingly fairly accurate, motion sensor technology. With the Wii U, they have upped the game yet again, take a look at this sexy thing below.
Now they went surprisingly to a bulky and what looks like a whole lot less flexible control pad. This control pad may remind you more of a pimped out PSP, than a controller The screen is huge in this thing and touch sensitive to boot. When I said “what looks like a whole lot less flexible,” what I mean to say is that it’s looks will be a little deceiving. You won’t be able to get up and move around with this controller like you could the Wii, but the original Wii controllers will be a part of the Wii U system, and in some cases, the Wii U controller will be used as an extension of the original Wii controller This has just made game play infinitely more exciting!
Additional Wii U controllers will not become available for the Wii U for some time, and replacement controller prices have not been set yet but are rumored to run up to $170. Not to mention a replacement controller will only be available if you break or lose your current one, which to be honest,if you lose a behemoth like this, you need to clean your freaking house or get your eyes checked. The thing is larger than the console itself! At this price, I’ll be strapping it to my hands with duck tape in fear of dropping it!
What is making this thing flexible is the second screen. What did you miss it? I don’t know how you could considering that thing is huge! This screen will take advantage of movement and position cues that will enable the player to do things like look around a room by actually turning away from the TV, allowing a player to have things like stats, maps, or backpack inventories constantly available without losing the action on the main screen. You will even be able to take some games from the home TV screen, and move it to the controller, allowing you to continue the fun when your wife wants to watch that horrible sparkly vampire movie for the 700th time. I could see this being used as a rear view mirror in racing games, a magnifying lens in detective games, and of course like in the video below a scope for sniper games.
I’m looking forward to actually being able to take some multiplayer games that you used to not be able to play with other players on the same console, and making it feasible to enable them to play together. WHEN multiple controllers become available, you will be able to play card games like poker, Magic the Gathering, or any other card game where it requires secret hands, together in the same room, on the same TV. This could also open up avenues for totally different types of multiplayer games, such as strategy games, or FPS games, where on each controller could be a first person view, and on the big screen a top down view, enabling players to co-opp in a totally new way.
Anyway why am I talking about the Wii U in this zombie blog? Well if you were one of the lucky ones to get your hands on this constantly sold out system, you might have been inclined to pick up ZombiU when it was released on November 18th. IGN only gives this game a 6.8 out of 10. I’ve not gotten the chance to play it myself, but from what I am reading and seeing from this game, that score sound fair. I will say that I am impressed by the visuals of this game. Ubisoft was able to develop a detailed environment, with multiple locations to explore. They were also successful, in my opinion with developing realistic zombie characters. According some reviews the game play gets very repetitive and leaves you feeling disappointed with the experience. Other reviews are calling this game truly scary, and exactly what a survival horror game should be.
The game is set in London, and all characters set you up with a cricket bat as your first weapon. Evidently the developers were very realistic when it came to finding additional supplies. They are scarce and guns are super scarce. This should be understandable. London has strict anti-gun laws so you will not be finding a gun or a box of ammo in every other home you ransack However faults are being placed in the very monotonous mechanic of the easiest way to fight the zombies, which is to lure them away one at a time and bash them repeatedly in the head. One other complaint mentioned by one review was that the limping zombies always seem to be able to keep up with you, even if you try to run away, with what limited area you have to run around in that is.
Now the most interesting feature of this game again is the Wii U controller. The second screen is used in multiple ways, however inventory control and map display are two of the most used. The screen on the controller can also be used however to monitor surveillance systems, spray paint messages to other online players, use the sniper rifle, use sonar, radar, and scanner functions, hack door locks, pick door locks, man turret stations… ect. The main complaint I’m reading however is that these other innovative uses are not utilized often enough, which to be quite honest, may be due to a players play/survival style, or availability of said equipment. What I’m liking about this setup however is you actually have to look away from your main screen to access all these functions, and of course your game play doesn’t stop. Just like in real life, if you start going through your bag, or focusing on a problem before you and not everything else happening around you, you could become a zombie snack.
One review I watched told us to give the game some time. The first hour or two you play it may be frustrating, however once you get a hang of the unique control system and ferocity of the game, that it just becomes better and better. There is little learning curve with the game, meaning it’s difficult from the word go. If you know how to play games, it will be a quick pick up. If you’re new to games however, or this is your first experience with a zombie survival game, you may be experiencing an exercise in futility. The review went on to say that this isn’t Dead Island or Left 4 Dead, this is true survival, and if you can enjoy the challenge of trying to make your character survive the longest, this will be the game for you.
I’m missing a lot of details here, like how you can go back and hunt your previous characters for their Bug-Out-Bags, or how your characters can end up in your friends games once they die. That’s right, go put Frank out of his misery! (I know a Friend who would get this game just to be able to kill every one of my dead characters just to rub it in my face. Multiplayer on this is evidently pretty legit as well where one character utilizes the Wii U remote to place zombies strategically around the opposing player who uses the traditional Wii controllers to wipe them out. This mode is getting better reviews as it’s a “full arsenal” kind of setup and you get to enjoy mowing down zeds with rifles and fully automatic weapons. I’m seeing that this could easily be one of those games where expansions could be used to give you more areas to explore, more weapons to find, and maybe more and better puzzles.
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