I’m not a huge horror movie/game fanatic, but I’ve always found the concept of zombies interesting. I’ve studied the Haitian origin of zombies and have heard of cases in which people have come back from the dead in a hypnotized state of consciousness. The concept of zombies is a folklore that has been around since the early days of West African Voodoo and Haitian Voodoo, but the spiritual elements behind the belief have been lost in the mainstream popular fascination with zombies.
The idea of a zombie apocalypse taking place and running for your life is a theory that is intriguing and fun to play with. I usually go out on dates and ask a guy “So what would you do if a zombie apocalypse took place?” I don’t like to ask the typical questions, so the questions I ask are usually outside the box and are a reflection of my geeky yet artsy personality. The answers I get seem to very between the “Shaun of the Dead” approach of going to the pub or I get answers that involve leaving the area and finding refuge, sort of like in the awesome film “Zombieland.” I would take the approach of finding refuge, but it depends on the type of zombies. If it’s the fast moving raging kind like in the movie “28 Days Later“, then I would lock myself up in a building and try to radio or Facebook for help.
We all know from watching different movies and playing Resident Evil, that there are different types of zombies. I get sick of those movies and games that only contain one type of zombie, either the ones that move slow, the fast ones, or the super strong ones that can rip you apart. The Ps3 game Dead Nation is one of those few zombie games that has different types of zombies, sort of like Left 4 Dead. You’ve got the slow ones, the super fast ones, the fat ones that spit out nasty acid, and you’ve got super gigantic steroid rage zombies that take half your life with one hit. If you happen to be one of the zombie game fanatics, then you know the difference between a Charger, Hunter, Spitter, Jockey, Tank, Witch, Boomer, and Smoker.
The Left 4 Dead series is one of my favorite zombie games to play, but Dead Nation proved to be a great shoot em up game as well. The game was apart of Sony’s “Welcome Back” initiative, a packaged used to remind us Sony owners why we enjoy being devoted Sony fans. I was mad at Sony for having us offline for so long, but after watching E3 and seeing the new PS Vita and other cool gadgets from Sony’s 3D technology, I was quickly reminded why I play my PS3 more than my 360. I play my Ps3 more than my 360 and I’ve already pre-ordered Battlefield 3 for my Ps3.
There are so many great games coming out this year, but I’m looking forward to Dead Island the most. It’s action/RPG elements are components that a lot of zombies games lack. It’s either all hack and slash or mundane strategy that lacks the necessary zombie blood and guts all over the screen. I haven’t seen any new zombie movies in awhile, but the rise of zombies in video games is becoming a personal favorite of mine. I’m excited about Dead Island because of it’s RPG elements combined with the shooting, cutting, punching, and all the other defensive attributes that make up action.
It would suck if somehow a zombie apocalypse ever happened in real life (highly doubt that it would), but it’s fun to dabble in imagination and play a game that immerses you in a world filled with rabid zombies. The second trailer for Dead Island was released a few days ago and it shows the outbreak of zombies taking place. One seemingly pleasant vacation and a rapper’s fun filled evening with sexy women, music, and dancing, quickly turns into a nightmare the next morning. It appears that somebody had a little too much to drink, but his hangover is quickly fading as zombies attack him.
Check out the second trailer for the anticipated zombie action/RPG game Dead Island. If zombies did ever attack, I’d hate to be trapped on such a beautiful yet deadly island.