If you want to kill a zombie, you must use a car in an old school Grand Theft Auto Style. That’s just how its done!
Exor Studios brings us Zombie Driver HD, a game with plenty of action in the Xbox 360, PS3, Steam and Android that was released on October 17 at a cost of 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Arcade and $10 for all other platforms.
With a variety of cars, guns and zombies you wonder, what type of game Zombie Driver HD is? Is it a racing game where we run over zombies while driving a vehicle? Or a Twisted Metal style car combat game where we may take up conventional weapons and laser guns?
The only answer is that Zombie Driver HD is a FUN GAME, but overall very addictive.
This game is a mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies. Fight through an extensive narrative campaign or test yourself in the Blood Race and Slaughter modes. You can also engage in huge boss fights, save survivors, drive crazy vehicles such as a bulldozer, fire truck or even a tank and smash everything in your way.
You can also take part in the Blood Race tournament, chase other cars and take them down without mercy on brutal racing tracks. Jump into the Slaughter mode and survive as long as possible on specially crafted arenas.
Good Shop to buy your upgrades and tunes for your vehicles
The goal and story of the game are both very simple, Fight your way through the streets of a zombie infested city to save the survivors of a disastrous chemical accident that changed most of the city’s population into mindless hungry monsters. Time is the enemy and your car is a weapon as you race through the streets smashing everything on your way including fences, phone booths, street lamps and hordes of zombies. If you get tired of rescuing people, take part in the Blood Race tournament. Chase other cars and take them down without mercy on special racing tracks populated with the zombie horde. Earn loads of cash while you progress through the events, unlock new rides and purchase weapons of mass destruction to become the ultimate Blood Race leaderboard champion.
If the car chases and speed runs are not your thing, jump into the Slaughter mode where your objective is to survive as long as possible while ramping up enormous kill combos and annihilating endless waves of zombies on specially crafted arenas.
The original game had 17 missions, the HD version has 31 missions with much more gameplay variety. In the HD version, there are multiple objectives to accomplish in levels like defending against waves of zombies; epic boss fights, spraying anti zombie repellent, driving special vehicles like the military truck, the tank or the bulldozer as well as bombing missions.
One of the major downsides is that missions are too short. Despite the inclusion of bosses and achievements, something is missing here. The city is a lot more alive in the HD version because there are moving military vehicles, soldiers fighting with zombies or birds feeding on corpses. A bunch of in game cut scenes tell much more about the story than the previous version did. New enemies have been introduced in the form of zombie spawning infected buses, cargo containers or huge mutated mounds of flesh. The game is also a lot more focused on using weapons against zombies which improves the pacing. The developers have also introduced a new Mission Select option that allows you to play any mission with any already unlocked car, weapon or upgrade. The mini map is also one of the additions that was made to the HD version along with a large city overview map accessible at any time.
Yeah! I got a Bloody Tank for Full Destruction, Beware Zombies!
Graphically the game looks good using a style perspective similar to the first two Grand Theft Auto games. The visuals, except for some problems with shadows, is quite striking. Some details, such as bloodstains or pieces of zombie on the hood being thrown when you hit the brakes, are welcome, as well as lighting for night games, you can pretty much only see what your headlights illuminate. Although other areas could seem some improvements, as shadows instead of projecting on the floor protrude into the clouds or infinity. In any case the game looks great, is friendly, and often fulfills its mission: bringing us into an orgy of blood on wheels where you can no longer tell the difference between North and South. The only direction that matters is the one that will drive straight into another zombie corpse.
Mom? Can I grab the RV to kill a gang of Zombies in our Garden?
In conclusion, Zombie Driver HD is fun, looks good, and has options, but it has some serious shortcomings and can be a little repetitive. The amount of zombies you are able to kill can turn into a slaughter in seconds. The game is very fun and addictive if you take the time to enjoy it. A game with such a pure arcade playstyle won’t allow you to fall into boredom for a second, as the player would completely lose interest in a game that lacks story or argument. Zombie Driver HD unfortunately causes chaos on a regular basis, but becomes routine pretty quickly. You will want to take a break from it only after a few games.
If all you are looking for is some mindless fun, this may be your game. To this old school Grand Theft Auto style zombie game, I give Zombie Driver HD a 4/5.