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Scheduled release date:

TBA

Publisher:

Sony Computer Entertainment

Developer:

Housemarque

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action

You may be familiar with small developer Housemarque; they’re responsible for the excellent Super Stardust HD, which was one of the first top-quality downloadable titles available for the PSN. Well, they’ve got another one on the way; it’s called Dead Nation and after seeing it revealed at GamesCom this week, we can safely say it’s a bloody, entertaining mix of the old Hunter games and titles like Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead. For those of you who are avid PSN fans, you’ve probably had a shot at Burn Zombie Burn! but while the gameplay is similar, that was more about silly, crazy, Smash TV-like fun. This is equally fast-paced and over-the-top, but Dead Nation is darker, more atmospheric, and – as it appears – features more in the way of actual content. The premise is simple: a virus has spread across the earth, leaving scores of the walking undead, and you must progress from mission to mission, eliminating this disease-spreading scourge as you go.

In this standard dual analogue shooter, you move with the left stick and aim with the right; R1 will be used to fire and R3 will let you reload. R2 is reserved for deadly melee attacks when up-close-and-personal, and L1 switches to whatever secondary weapon you have at your disposal. The face buttons let you select any weapons you have accumulated, and those are displayed at the bottom of your screen in what we assume is a permanent HUD. Oh, and let’s not forget what may be an essential option; the dash, which will happen when you press L2. The key to all this is fluidity, as the player needs to feel as if the controls are both accessible and intuitive, and you’re not fighting to understand what should be a simple and straightforward gameplay mechanic. Obviously, this adventure will be all about reflexes and timing amidst constant swarms of baddies; you really don’t have time to grapple with a control system that is either awkward or clunky. That would be annoying.

The weapons will be appropriately effective and even downright nasty. We’ll have a few rifles, a SMG, shotgun, and of course, the always-amusing flamethrower, and let’s not forget about the various accessories, like grenades and mines. The best part is that we’ll be able to upgrade such weapons – and perhaps even our character(s) – at certain points throughout the game, so at no time will we grow tired of the weapon selection. Perhaps what is most striking about this particular title, though, is the atmosphere: it’s both dark and engaging; you always feel as if you’re the one being hunted (and in a way, you are), and there’s a damn good reason why you will come equipped with a flashlight. The game will also support local multiplayer so you and a friend can tear through the roving hordes, and we’re still waiting to hear if we’ll get the option of online multiplayer (but I wouldn’t count on it). We imagine it’ll be a boatload of fun with two players, anyway; a perfect rainy day activity for those who love a good zombie-slaying bloodfest.

Lastly, we focus on a very interesting aspect: as the Network will check your geographic location, Dead Nation will start you off in your own country of residence. Now, you will tackle the undead army in your country along with other fellow residents and the game will actually keep track of everyone’s progress. Essentially, you will all – perhaps unknowingly – cooperate to destroy the entire zombie invasion in your country; the statistics will be shown at all times so you can continue to watch how you and your invisible allies are faring. Of course, this leads us to an inevitable question: what happens when all the zombies are dead? Will more just keep coming and the entire country starts over? Well, either way; it’s a bad-ass idea. And we’ve also heard good things about the AI, as evidenced by a recent IGN hands-on session; the zombies are attracted to both light and sound and you won’t be facing only one type of enemy. Also, if you think you’ll only have to deal with shuffling, uncoordinated foes, think again…some of ‘em are even gonna have firearms! There’s a lot more to this game than you thought, huh?

Dead Nation doesn’t have a release date yet, but it is indeed exclusive to the PSN. We’ll let you know when Housemarque or SCE comes forward with an estimated launch period. Feel free to check out the game's debut trailer from GamesCom, too.

8/20/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

NiteKrawler
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 9:21:43 PM
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Sounds like it might just be good.

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newchef
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 10:27:58 PM
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damn its a psn title....i prolly wont get it then

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sunspider13
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 10:33:00 PM
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It's sounds interesting, I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

OK after seeing the trailer this will keep my hope alive that Konami will remake Zombies Ate My Neighbors or at least put it on PSN.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 10:43:37 PM
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They should release some of these on blu ray, I always hate fillin up my hard drive.

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kevinater321
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 11:28:06 PM

But then it would cost a lot more money for all the packaging and costs for the box and blueray disk itself. Just upgrade your hard-drive. I have 500 gb in mine and i don't really have to worry about taking up space.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 11:39:16 PM

I'll upgrade when I need to. But as long as I don't then I don't buy too many games.

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kevinater321
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 11:00:44 PM
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I loved the trailer! it looks awsome! much more polished than zombie apocalypse.

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mustang750r
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 11:41:31 PM
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Sweet. It's like The Last Guy and Burn Zombie Burn mixed together. I wonder if online would be a part of it like a drop in/out system.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 1:44:43 AM
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Excited to play some co op with the homies, and I'm crazy for zombie anything. Gotta get Dead Rising 2........

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___________
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 3:05:42 AM
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whats with sony and all these downloadable games,
christ any more and they might as well remove the bluray drive.
i wish this went bluray a full fledged game instead of a 2 hour arcade zombie shooter, i need a proper alternative to resi 5.
god any more games and im going to need a 50GB limit just to download the games there pushing out, only if they were this consistent with there retail games.
im starting to think sony works for a ISP or something, there seriously heavily relying on bandwidth, soon there going to need there own ISP company to provide them with enough bandwidth.

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Jawknee
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 4:00:42 PM

I'm pretty sure Christ has nothing to do with this.

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Mounce
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:17:19 PM

@ ____________

PSN games and PS3 games are separate, as Xbox 360 has its Xbox Live Arcade games.....

What you said was very stupid, lol.

Sony isn't even involved in many PSN games, and Sony is only PUBLISHING this game only to the fact to have it a nice PSN exclusive so it won't be found on XBLA. It's just for small studios looking to make a small game to make a good small buck, look at it like David Jaffe does.

He went and was involved with God of War, which took a good few years to make, and lots of money.

He went on to make then 'Calling all cars' a small PSN game(after GoW2), because it costs less to make, and can be a fun little classic game one might've found on PS1, family games, casual games, theres small and big games that studios like to make, especially in David Jaffes' mind of enjoyment.

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pyrobomber70
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 3:22:01 AM
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This game looks like a killer upgrade of Smash TV with a faster pace. Is their going to be a story with it? I like the new end video! PS3 slim, lite, regular it doesn't matter because I am buying one on 9/1/09! Sony has finally started to throw some Punches! It is now going to get serious. X360 Elite Model(No Blu-Ray) is going to be $299 also. THE CHOICE IS VERY SIMPLE.......PS3(Blu-Ray Included)!!!!!!!

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Mornelithe
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 7:38:10 AM
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I'm totally psyched for this game, it looks great. I fuckin LOVE Smash TV (Thumbs up Pyro), and the control scheme seemed highly reminiscent of that from the get-go. The meaty chunkiness of the game looks fun also. It's like Super Stardust HD, except the meteors are Zombies, and instead of breaking into smaller killable bits, they simply disintegrate into meaty goo-piles. My kinda game right there.

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Imagi
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 8:29:45 AM
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Looks good, do hope that their is online multiplayer.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 8:45:17 AM
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looks silly to me, lacks the fear factor, just seems to me a shoot-fest.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 3:41:22 PM

It looks like it will tire after 10 minutes, you can get it if you want, i'm passing it.

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Kai200X
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 9:25:33 AM
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I watched the trailer and it looks like alot of fun.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 12:53:28 PM
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Well yes Ultima, I believe a shoot-fest is necessary when fending off hordes of zombies.

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Jawknee
Friday, August 21, 2009 @ 4:02:44 PM
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Looks pretty fun to me. This may be the 1st PSN exclusive title I get.

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Acehiroku
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:35:20 PM
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When is zombie apocalypse gonna be released ?
Between that and this game, which one do you guys think is better ?

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