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  • Summary: Guaranteed to turn some heads, this third-person action game is an original IP by Bungie Studio veterans that uses an updated Halo engine to deliver a stirring tale of one man's hunger for love, justice...and brains. In this game, players take on the role of the rebel himself ? Stubbs, a wisecracking Zombie who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies. The game?s tongue-in-cheek humor, innovative combat and strong storyline keep Stubbs the Zombie?s gameplay as bizarre and unpredictable as its namesake. On his quest, Stubbs lurches his way through numerous large and visually captivating indoor/outdoor environments in and around the gleaming city of Punchbowl, PA, a city built during the Eisenhower administration to show off the ultra-futuristic technology of the 21st century. Stubbs? brain-eating adventure brings him through bustling shopping districts and verdant farmlands to battle mad scientists, rural militiamen and the world's deadliest barbershop quartet. His enemies have shotguns, tanks, and all manner of futuristic weaponry. All Stubbs has is his own rotting corpse, a distinct lack of pain or conscience, and the ability to turn foes into zombie allies. What begins as one zombie?s search for revenge quickly escalates into an all-out war between the living and the dead - but this time it's the zombie fighting for truth, justice and the redemption of true love. Yes, it's a love story too. [Aspyr Media] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. There's a lot to be said about plowing through town with a zombie horde, biting brains. [Dec 2005, p.59]
  2. To give the visual style greater impact Stubbs the Zombie features the best soundtrack this year.
  3. Eating the brains of the living to form a massive army of the undead is extremely satisfying, often hilarious, and, unfortunately, almost painfully brief.
  4. Although Stubbs the Zombie stands as a pleasing deviation from today's genre standards, it still doesn't have enough to engulf players in the long run.
  5. It's a brief ride and the action can become repetitive, but the sharp humour keeps you smiling.
  6. In essence, the game mechanics are as rough as a butcher's dog, yet it remains a game that will make you smile, and one that you'll finish - not least because it's so damn short.
  7. Great premise, but as fun to spend spend time with as a freshly exhumed corpse. [Mar 2006, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. DanD.
    May 19, 2007
    This is a great game. i dont know why it has such a low score though. Yes it does seem like it doesnt run on the halo game engine but i still think its a great game. i get a great sense of power when controling a zombie just love it.... Expand
  2. PepisN.
    Jun 15, 2007
    Great game and very funny!
  3. JamesF
    Jan 8, 2010
    Great game to get a laugh and play to waste a little time here and there.
  4. JonathanS.
    May 30, 2007
    I simply love this game. The humor is just so much me, so after i played the demo it struck me that i couldnt live without this game, so i bought it. The gameplay is really nice, i would have liked a few more funny events since this is no scary zombie game, its a comedie. I simply have to smile when i hear the people as i try to eat their brains "Hey! Stop eating my brians! nonononooonooooooo...". dont buy it if you want a serious game and a great storyline, this game is all about humor and nothing more. I can recommend this game to anyone who considers buying it, but beware that it is a short game and its not just as fun to play second time as it was the first time. But it is still a great game and the grapics are good, some areas are aslo quite hard. So this isent just a "play-for-an-hour-throw-ing-arbage-kind-of-game" even though its a comedie game, and the grapics are fine too. Expand
  5. BillA
    Sep 21, 2008
    It was on sale for 5$ via steam, Meta critic gave it a 72, Its from an independent developer
  6. Doc
    Jan 4, 2006
    I play games to have fun and unwind. This game is very fun. I have not finished it but I think I can recommend it to anyone thinking about purchasing the game. It is funny and has a very nice sound track. Pretty good humor. It is appropriately bloody so it earns its M rating. The graphics are pretty good. It is easy enough to play and your combat and "weapons" are certainly unique. Eating brains or beating someone with a dismembered limb is a fun and refreshing change from a shotgun ! Being able to create a zombie horde is very cool. Some of the game play takes getting used to . First, you are a zombie and can not move like the wind nor do you seem to really have a well defined mission beyond roaming about and eating brains. ...which should really come as no surprise. Your zombie horde can be a bit tricky to direct or control because they too are simply zombies ambling about. I had to remind myself that my horde was not a crack team of physically fit and agile Army Rangers or counterterrorists! If you don't watch out you can get a bit far ahead of your horde. This game is quite enjoyable thus far. I understand that the soundtrack is available so I may definitely need to pick it up. As mentioned above, I could see copies of this game being available at discount shops or bargain bins in the not so distant future. Expand
  7. PaulC.
    Feb 21, 2006
    Not a very good game - a bit buggy - seems like DX8 graphics - controls feel a tad unresponsive - sound is funny (at first) Would be ok for a tenner - but for £30 - not a chance. Expand

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