Excerpt: Dead Nation for PS Vita is a port of Housemarque’s original PlayStation 3 game, handled by Climax Studios. It’s a top-down shoot ‘em up set during a zombie apocalypse and the campaign supports both singleplayer and two player co-operative play.
Excerpt: Since this is a review of Downloadable Content (DLC), I am going to quickly define exactly what each score pertains to. Presentation will be mostly dependent on the variety of new visuals in the DLC. Gameplay is dependent on the amount of variety in combat, as well as general quality of added mechanics. Value is based on the time it takes to explore everything there is to see in the new mode, as well as replay value.
Excerpt: Last year, PlayStation 3 owners got their hands on the zombie killing shoot em up Dead Nation. I really enjoyed the over-the-top action game back in its release. Thanks to the new Road of Devastation DLC...
Pros: + Great game play, + Fully co-op compatible, + Nice arcade feel
Excerpt: When developer Housemarque delivered the awesome PlayStation Network exclusive Dead Nation last year, gamers were treated to an action-packed shoot 'em up rife with crazy zombies, gritty environments, and countless bullets. The title's gameplay was rooted in the twin-stick shooter genre, and it was an addictive and challenging romp perfect for gamers who wanted a compelling and addictive shooter.
Excerpt: The easiest way to describe Dead Nation is as Smash TV , set during the zombie apocalypse. Part of what makes it so easy is that it isn't actually true. Mentioning Smash TV is going to make most people think of a top-down twitch shooter which tests your reflexes to the breaking point, and the first time you see Dead Nation , that might seem to be the case. I managed to walk out of E3 thinking that, which probably says more about me than the game.
Excerpt: Zombies have been quite the staple of gaming lately, what with DLC that puts zombies in a Western, Yakuza taking to the streets to destroy zombies, and a number of other retail and downloadable zombie-based titles. Housemarque, the developer of Super Stardust HD, has decided to throw its hat into the ring with its own version of a top-down zombie based shooter. Can it stand tall amongst heavy hitters such as Red Dead Redemption and Left 4 Dead?
Summary: Zombies. Whether you love them, hate them, or are just plain sick of them, the ubiquitous undead have carved out a sizable niche in the world of video games. Unlike most monsters, zombies have very little in the way of defining characteristics, so they can be fast or slow, whole or mutilated, legion or solitary, hapless or superpowered--as long as they look like they were once people, you're pretty much set.
Pros: Dark, oppressive atmosphere, Richly detailed environments, Powerful, upgradable arsenal
Cons: Doesn't actively encourage replay, Price point is a bit high