Zombies With A Twist – Vidjagame Apocalypse 387

It’s the start of October, which means we’re switching to horror-focused topics and bad Dracula impressions between now and Halloween! Let’s kick it off with a look at five zombie games that – despite featuring the most cliched enemies imaginable – managed to stand out with unique gameplay hooks. Then it’s on to Genshin Impact, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Peter Parker’s new face, and your favorite memories of the 3DS.

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite game to put its own twist on fighting zombies?


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7 thoughts on “Zombies With A Twist – Vidjagame Apocalypse 387

  1. The alien controlled crew members in the Prey reboot were kinda terrifying. As good as the game was, it never really got under my skin in the same way with the more common abstract alien enemies. Beyond the gangly walk cycle, you likely have learned about these people through emails and audio logs before you find the weird husk they’ve become. I haven’t felt spooked in a game in a little while, and this was a cool surprise.

  2. QOTW: I’ve got to give a special shoutout to the Counter-Strike Source Zombie Survival Mod. It had zero new art assets but perfectly leveraged infinite ammo and the Havok Physics Engine. The whole thing is a scenario where you and a server full of dozens of other people run around giant maps barricading windows and doors by shooting furniture until it bounces into position blocking them. Watching a bookcase be shot so hard it flies end over end into a doorway never stops being ridiculous. Then one random player is infected meaning they’re given 3000 health, the ability to respawn and only a knife to infect others with. Getting swarmed with a crowd of zombies all controlled by actual players as you switch between suppressive fire on the advancing hoard and pushing vending machines and couches in front of the door is the most you’ll ever feel like the SWAT team at the end of a zombie movie. Somebody needs to make that into a full game.

  3. QotW: I’m going to old-school this week and give a shout-out to the SNES classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The whimsical, cartoonish pixel art gave its zombies a goofy, quirky charm, which is in stark contrast to how they are portrayed in nearly any next-gen game. However, the game was not without its terror, as those hockey-mask wearing chainsaw-wielding assholes could hunt you down just about anywhere on the map and they were tough to put down. The game was also memorable by pitting you against a gargantuan bottle-wielding baby as one of the toughest bosses. I’d love to see this one remastered as twin-stick shooter!

  4. QotW: Even though it terrifies me and I’m too much of a pussy to finish it, the bizarre, Cronenberg space zombies of Dead Space are some of the most terrifying and original zombies I’ve ever seen in any medium. Putting their vulnerable bits in their kneecaps and other joints was a great twist on the genre. Finally, you’re not only tasked with headshots in a zombie game, but you’re actually punished for them. This in turn led to one of the neatest weapons in video games, the plasma cutter. I really enjoyed the game…up to the point that I had to quit because playing it caused my asshole to pucker up to the point that it started to consume itself.

  5. QotW: I’m going to old-school this week and give a shout-out to the SNES classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The whimsical, cartoonish pixel art gave its zombies a goofy, quirky charm, which is in stark contrast to how they are portrayed in nearly any next-gen game. However, the game was not without its terror, as those hockey-mask wearing chainsaw-wielding maniacs could tear down walls and hunt you down just about anywhere on the map and they were tough to put down. The game was also memorable by pitting you against a gargantuan bottle-wielding baby as one of the toughest bosses. I’d love to see this one remastered as twin-stick shooter!

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