Hands-on Demo of Bloody Zombies Offers Great Mix of VR and Standard Gameplay
nDreams is working on a fun little hybrid title called Bloody Zombies, and I had the pleasure to get some hands-on and eyes-on time with it at E3 this year. I call it a hybrid because it is a 4-person co-op beat ’em up game in the vein of a TMNT Arcade type of game, or an old school version of Double Dragon, that also offers a VR experience. It’s a rather unique approach to the genre, but one that I found works quite well for players not using a VR headset and those who are.
Bloody Zombies’ gameplay is simple, but fun and addictive. You have two attacks and corresponding jump attacks, in addition to the ability to pick up fallen weapons, or random items in the game that can be used to beat the death out of the undead. There are also four unique looking characters to choose from, who also play a bit differently in terms of their attack speed and power.
You could simply play with four controllers and still have a fun couch co-op or online experience, or you get opt to have someone in your group play with a VR headset on. After trying both styles of play I have to say that I love the VR aspect, because it opens up a who new different view on the game world, and employs what I’m calling a VR-D perspective in terms of how the visuals look in the headset. You essentially realize the depth of each level and can see much more of its details and scope while wearing the headset. The view is similar to what it would look like if you were a giant and had your head at the level of a tall bridge. You see depth in almost a 3D sense, but not the kind that pops out at you, it just feels like the game is in your eyes. That probably makes no sense, so you’ll just have to trust me, Bloody Zombies looks rad as hell in VR.
Like I mentioned the gameplay is simple but frenetic, and it definitely reminded me of the good old days at an arcade playing either the classic TMNT Arcade Game, or even the 4-player The Simpsons arcade game. If you like that style of beat ’em up, you’ll appreciate what Bloody Zombies has to offer. Plus, if you own the PSVR, Oculus, or Vive, you can play it in VR to get a whole new perspective on the game and almost bring it to life thanks to the way the visuals are presented in virtual reality.
The game is set to launch later this year for PS4, PC, and Xbox One, so if you want some nostalgic arcade-style gameplay mashed with modern VR technology, Bloody Zombies is a game to keep an eye on.
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