Excerpt: As the government wiggles ever nearer to launching another generation of fission reactors, it’s worth reflecting on the near mystical significance which still clings to nuclear energy over half a century after its ‘unveiling’ at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The infamous three-bladed radiation symbol and mushroom cloud are icons as potent in pop culture as the crucifix and Marilyn Monroe, and have acquired the own fevered little congregation of creative devotees: filmmakers...
Excerpt: When it comes to game systems, the Playstation Portable [PSP] has had a more troubled childhood than most systems before it. Sony's first entry into the Nintendo-dominated portable market has started more fanboy arguments than the Sega Genesis and its "We Do What Nintendon't" slogan. While Nintendo's DS handheld, the PSP's direct competitor, has racked up international sales like no system before it, the PSP has remained quietly in second place.
Conclusion: Dead Head Fred is exactly what I want in an emerging franchise; a brand new IP backboned by an insane concept and wrapped around an adventure worthy of any PSP owner’s time. Serious time and effort went into constructing the narrative surrounding Fred and Hope Falls, which begs the question, why isn't Sony promoting this? I don't remember seeing it at E3 last July and have seen almost zero promotion for the title.
Excerpt: As far as visual quality on the PSP is concerned, Dead Head Fred isn't bad at all. I was pleased with the game's feeling of openness and the fact that I didn't feel like the system's small screen was a hindrance in any way. The character model of Fred, various enemies and NPCs are highly detailed and often very amusing to look at. One of the key audio features of this game is John C. McGinley (Scrubs, Are We Done Yet, Wild Hogs) as the voice of Fred.
Summary: Dead Head Fred draws players into an original alternative universe as they embark on a quest for vengeance to solve their own murder by using the decapitated heads of enemies to battle through environments designed to showcase each head’s unique abilities.
Excerpt: An extremely ambitious title for the underserved PSP, Vicious Cycle's Dead Head Fred is one of those out-of-nowhere efforts that makes a critic like me sit up and pay attention. With a great premise, some very interesting ideas and solid production values, there's a lot to like. Unfortunately, there are also more than a few things to dislike, but despite the missteps in this opening salvo, it's impossible not to see the potential in a sequel, as well as in the creators...
Excerpt: While the hugely popular 360 hit The Darkness recently made a success of combining the ruthless cool of the Mafia and the gruesome terror of otherworldly creatures with a particularly grave tone, Dead Head Fred manages to bring those two same worlds together with a chaotic sense of silliness, and surprisingly, it's just as sharp.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game earns its M-rating by requiring your character to rip heads off of mutated bodies and place them on your own headless dead body -- you can also set the other mutated bodies on fire. The game is quite graphic, showing bloody body parts throughout a mad scientist's facilities. This is a mystery about why your character died, and you must find and put on nine dead heads.
Summary: D3 is just surprising us left and right this year. Dead Head Fred is a solid adventure game full of great voice acting, an intriguing mystery and a world you won't want to leave. Don't let this video game gem pass you by as you rush toward all of the high profile games coming out this holiday season! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.