Burn Zombie Burn
Zombie fans have it easy. Video games, films, and even a certain Michael Jackson video are seething with the undead, as the popular archetype proves itself to be an iconic figure on par with the likes of blood-sucking vampires and werewolves that lurk in the darkness of European folklore. Furthermore, the outrageous zombie film template has given birth to one of the most revered B-Movie stars ever in the shape of chin-heavy cult hero Bruce Campbell. By chopping and slicing the conventions of many classic zombie flicks up and blending them together with a charmingly comic appearance, doublesix have produced an entertaining, quirky, and unashamedly nostalgic zombie experience for the PSN townsfolk who are left with their limbs fully in tact, and torches at the ready.
As a recipe for a downloadable title, Burn Zombie Burn couldn’t be more attractive to the average (male) gamer. It’s mindless, humorous, full of zombie genocide, and more importantly, easy to pick up and play. For anyone that’s pictured themselves creeping through the dead of night, fiercely fighting off hordes of these scrambling groaners, Burn Zombie Burn will serve as a tasteless distraction in the run up to Dead Rising 2.
To get your zombie slaying antics started, an easy to follow tutorial will allow players to effectively use the simple lock-on aiming system, as you’ll quickly learn the basic controls and techniques for racking up huge combos- and subsequently, huge points. The name of the game, quite literally, is to burn and ultimately kill groups of zombies in an ordered fashion, as players will need to work out the easiest way of eliminating their foes effectively for the big points. Setting them on fire will result in greater score counts, but also makes your ghastly enemies faster, stronger, and ultimately more dangerous. By juggling and balancing your offence with sprints to gain extra health, and knowing when to set a group of zombies ablaze, Burn Zombie Burn becomes a title that begs for a structured approach to each level – if you want to make it through the first few waves that is.
Whilst anyone can pick up the sawn-off shotgun and splatter a few heads, the highest scoring players will be the ones who understand each enemy individually. There’s a vast amount of zombie-types that need to be taken out, all of which attack with various techniques, and have completely different movement patterns. Most will generically stagger towards the player, offering little threat as they are used to build the standing blocks of a combo. However, once the first thirty or so waves of a level are successfully over, your screen will be awash with crazy homing missile-type opponents, headache-inducing explosive types, and even a dancing troupe of pink-tutu wearing foes that love to tackle you in numbers. It’s great fun, as your Bruce/Jimmy Neutron style hero looks as ridiculous as the swarm of enemies he faces, often adding to the cheesy feel by spurting out one-liners that make Evil Dead 2 sound like it incorporated an Oscar winning script.
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