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  • Summary: Dead Nation features online and offline two-player cooperative play, a lengthy campaign littered with hidden treasures, hugely upgradeable weapons and armor, and tremendous replay value thanks to a host of difficulty levels. The fifth and final difficulty level -- "Undead" -- will leave you breathless! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    Dead Nation is a remarkable game and easily one of the best PSN titles available. The game stands shoulder to shoulder with the Left 4 Dead series as the pinnacle titles of the zombie-game genre. If you even remotely enjoy slaying zombies, do not hesitate to buy this game.
  2. Jan 3, 2011
    90
    Extraordinary good PSN game. Shoot many, many zombies dead with a lot of different weapons with the classic top down view. If you want to play one of the best PlayStation Network games of the year, than this is a great one.
  3. Jan 24, 2011
    86
    Even the normal difficulty is so insanely hard it's likely to put many gamers off. [Issue#201, p.98]
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    80
    Sure Dead Nation isn't reinventing anything, but it comes for a good value packed with a true gameplay intensity exceeding even some of the Holidays blockbusters. It's a really an exhilarating experience, sometimes even a exhausting one when the action skyrockets. An efficient game, simple but tense, we can thank Housemarque for.
  5. There's a genuine feeling that the enemies can come from anywhere. [Jan 2011, p.115]
  6. 70
    Yes, it's yet another game with zombies. That might be a bit old, but luckily Dead Nation is less about killing undead and more about racking up a high score. It's old school arcade action, and the online ranking system that pits countries against each other only adds to the addictiveness.
  7. Dec 19, 2010
    40
    But it doesn't matter how slick a game like this looks if the action isn't on point. Housemarque has proven in the past it clearly has the chops to make great shooters, but it doesn't feel like that skill was fully brought to bear on this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Feb 5, 2011
    10
    Suppress the urge to dismiss this as "just another zombie shooter" and immediately give it a try. The underlying mechanics are so well done that you could replace the enemies with mutated Care Bears and still have a great time. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    This is the best Zombie game you can buy for the PlayStation 3. It's definitely no Left 4 Dead, but for a downloadable title and only £10 (£8 if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber) it puts other zombie survival titles to shame. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2010
    10
    It's the best zombie game on any downloadable games market. The whole package is perfect in so many levels (for the price!). Really hooking gameplay and overall atmosphere. The game gets very interesting when you are aiming for the scores - you really have to avoid dying and getting hit if you are aiming to get the best high score. This also adds tension and survivability. A game for a real gamers! Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    9
    probably the most fun dual stick games i have ever played...the music pounding in the background , zombies popping up and chasing you, i'm loving this, lara croft, and alien breed. hampered only by its lack of online voice chat Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    8
    I received Dead Nation for free as one of my two PSN games after the outages a few months back. I can assure you, however, even at $15, this game is a great bargain. Yesterday, I also purchased the Road of Devastation DLC for $4 which is also great content for the price. Dead Nation is a co-op zombie twin stick shooter very reminiscent of Left 4 Dead with an isometric camera. The camera is fixed, but it is never obscured by terrain or buildings. You fight through hordes of brain dead zombies occasionally encountering special zombies which are obvious rip offs from Left 4 Dead. I can forgive them for this because the way the gameplay works I find myself having more fun than Left 4 Dead. What I really love about this game are the weapons and armor. The game rewards players for their exploration of all the level's nooks and crannies with additional upgraded armor components. At check points, players can select which pieces of armor they want to wear in arm, torso, and leg slots. Several types of armor each possess different characteristics in strength (melee damage), endurance (hit points), and agility (movement speed). Finding the right combination to suit your play style and favored weapons is a blast though it is often easiest to simply max endurance to ensure survivability. With a couple exceptions, all the weapons are well balanced and worth using. Each has a particular use or is perfect for taking down a certain type of zombie or special zombie. Players can upgrade weapons at checkpoints with cashed earned from exploration and slaughtering the undead hordes. Categories of improvement include rate of fire, power, max ammo capacity, magazine capacity, etc. A variety of gadgets like flares, grenades, land mines, and TNT supplement the arsenal and greatly contribute to the variety of tactics players can utilize. Level design is really well done with all the levels full of gorgeous detail and excellent lighting effects. While the game takes you to a variety of locations, the 10 mission campaign gets samey after a while with a haven't I been here before kind of feeling. The game is a blast solo but really shines in co-op which supports up to two players. Co-op can be played locally or online with strangers. The difficulty scales between solo and co-op ensuring a sufficient challenge. Several difficulty modes are also available. Online leader boards provide an incentive to keep playing the game and improve your global rank. The Road of Devastation DLC adds new weapons and gadgets, new levels, new zombies, and a new round based survival mode. What's unique about the survival mode is that each round you are forced to choose one of three paths to take. Each path then splits into two branches, each yielding a specific bonus in terms of weapons, gadgets, health, money, armor, or score multiplier. Players must carefully choose which path to take as it greatly impacts how your character levels and weigh these decisions with the ever increasing difficulty between rounds. Again, this mode can be played solo or online. For a total of $19, this game boasts a good 8 - 10 hours of content. That may not sound like a lot, but the replayability, especially with the new DLC, is immense. Highly recommended if you and your friends love co-op games or are looking for a challenging single player experience with good replayability. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2011
    8
    This game is sick, got it on sale for 10 bucks, not too shabby. A lot of fun weapons to play around with, and upgrade. Killing hordes of zombies with an insane arsenal of weapons, co-op, lengthy campaign with a decent scenario. Graphics are decent but nothing to write home about. Worth every penny, kinda pissed that a couple months later ps offered it for free. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2011
    4
    Dead nation intro and animations are ok but this is not a very interesting game. Love zombie and post apocalyptic games but this is just a silly retro game. Too childish for me. I was expecting more for adults. Expand

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