Dead Block Preview: the zombie game with a sense of humor
- Posted May 18th, 2011 at 19:16 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 8 Comments
With hundreds of tower defense games available for free on your browser, developers have to deliver something special in order to make you part with your cash. Dead Block looks set to be one of those games that stands out from the crowd, combining gamers’ love of killing zombies with the popular sub-genre of tower defense, a genre that boasts immensely popular titles like Savage Moon and PixelJunk Monsters.
The launch trailer, shown below, suggests that Dead Block offers a humorous and fresh take on the age-old art of zombie-killing, with an appealing art-style reminiscent of Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress. This style compliments the humorous gameplay and 1950’s U.S. and rock ’n’ roll soundtrack that blasts out some top tunes in the background.
Dead Block gameplay revolves around the plight of three survivors of a zombie invasion as they move around various places of shelter around the town to gain refuge from the masses. The confirmation that Dead Block is anything like your standard hack 'n slash zombie game shows in the trailer as you're introduced to the three main characters: Jack Foster, a construction worker, Foxy Jones, a traffic warden, and the aptly-named Mike Bacon, a burger-loving boy scout.
The aim of Dead Block is to defend against a zombie onslaught in a variety of unique ways, using anything from smart bombs to a variety of unique traps, cunning tactics and powerful melee weapons. Judging by the trailer there should be plenty of laughs along the way too—one section, for example, shows greedy Mike Bacon setting a trap by disturbing a bee's nest by cracking a pipe with an axe. Players will also have to gather resources and can switch between the three main characters to take advantage of their unique skills. The split-screen co-op mode offers an additional eight action-packed multiplayer levels, allowing you to use team-work to see off the hordes of groaning corpses.
With the power of Unreal Engine 3 behind it, unique ways of killing zombies and an appealing aesthetic, Dead Block could be the perfect blend of action and strategy this summer when it releases on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and PC. With a toe-tapping rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack backing it all up, zombie killing hasn't looked this much fun since The Return of the Living Dead.
- 4:11pm EDT - May 18th, 2011
well the idea sound interesting, but I would have to actually see some gameplay video to tell if it's worth it. Recently there are so many zombi games out there, so putting zombies on a video game doesn't guarantee it's gonna be good.
I love zombies tho, but I think developers are overusing the zombie thing nowadays
- 4:35pm EDT - May 18th, 2011
I agree with you BloodReign im going to have to see some game play before i determined anything but it does look like it could be a fun game.
the developers are overusing Zombies like Producer are over useing Vampires.
- 9:46pm EDT - May 18th, 2011
the thing it's that the ps store has A LOT of tower defense games, most of the free games offered with Plus are tower defense games, so this game should really bring something new to the table 'cause there's not much difference between a TD game and the other
I agree with you about the vampire thing, but it's not only film makers; writers are the first one to blame. Since Anne Rice came out with Interview with a vampire, the whole vampire thing became trendy and they're all like too girly/romantic. I love Anne Rice on her Mayfair Witches trylogy, but the new trend of twilight came out of interview with the vampire. Maybe if they do something different, something more raw, or cruel; but they all use the same formula.
Back to zombies, now they're everywhere; don't get me wrong I love zombies, but we even have now "Rock of the Dead" which it's a combination of guitar hero + house of the dead, we have zombies on shooters (even world war 2 shooters), now there's a facebook game that's some kinda of farmville only with zombies, so zombies are loosing the scary effect they used to have and they're becoming more cartoony
hopefully now that George Romero it's getting interested on videogames, someday we will see a really scary zombi game from him, but right now just adding zombies to a videogame doesn't guarantees it's gonna be any good
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- 12:38am EDT - May 19th, 2011
yeah im glade to see George Romero coming into video games so we might see a change in how zombie games are. i would love to see a really scary zombie game come out soon but how they look now is just any game and throw zombies in it like that farmville zombie game on facebook it looked the same as farmville but there was zombies walking around that farm and some other changes but nothing that different from farmville. i just hope to see some changes in zombies game soon.
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