Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic 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. Dec 19, 2010
    100
    But if you have a willing friend, and don't have a history of heart disease, this is a journey worth taking.
  3. 100
    With endless replay value, a Platinum trophy, and offline and online co-op, it puts together everything that gamers, not just shooter, zombie, or horror fans, will love.
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    95
    The visuals are stunning, and the presentation will leave you rather amused, and this is all for $15. You may be tired of zombies by now, but even if you are, this is one downloadable game that is worth checking out.
  5. Detail-drenched visuals, impressive physic effects, and online and couch co-op make Dead Nation a meatbag-slaughtering blast. [Jan 2011, p.81]
  6. Jan 6, 2011
    90
    Dead Nation puts a lot of full-priced games to shame. It takes at least six hours to complete and is playable cooperatively offline as well as online. The never-ending waves of zombies are graphically impressive. Buy this, you won't regret it.
  7. 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.
  8. Dec 25, 2010
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    At the close of 2010 you'd think zombies and twin stick shooters were well past their expiration dates, but Housemarque had other plans. Through Dead Nation they have delivered an experience that's ripe with tension and never content to let the player settle down.
  10. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    Dead Nation for all intents and purposes is a top-down Left 4 Dead: it's taut, it's atmospheric and it will certainly get your blood pumping.
  11. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    For its great varierty and frantic pace, it will please both classic action gamers and zombie game fans, providing they want to go through an overwhelming experience of massive attacks, with hundreds of enemies trying to kill you.
  12. 90
    With its high production values, Dead Nation is a great advertisement for what can be achieved on PSN. This stylish zombie shooter rarely slows down in pace and gets the basics spot-on.
  13. Jan 24, 2011
    86
    Even the normal difficulty is so insanely hard it's likely to put many gamers off. [Issue#201, p.98]
  14. Jan 1, 2011
    86
    Some people treat action games of this sort as a distraction; others revisit them obsessively, always looking to beat a high score. No matter how deeply you plan to dive in, you'll be getting a lot of game for your $15 with Dead Nation.
  15. Jan 4, 2011
    85
    Dead Nation is one of the few PlayStation Network games, that manages to look and feel like a full grown retail game. The mood and the gameplay just feel right and the small lack of variation never gets frustrating.
  16. Dec 21, 2010
    85
    Dead Nation takes a lot of tired tropes and manages to polish them up into a surprisingly fun experience. It's best suited for play with a friend, but even alone you will get your monies worth from Housemarque.
  17. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    The fixed camera isn't 100% perfect, the "sticky" zombies get a little annoying, and the dark environments sometimes have a been-there, done-that feel but this is overshadowed by the good points.
  18. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    The action is exciting, the presentation is a sheer knockout, and the replay value is through the roof, especially with the "Nation" factor and the looming Platinum trophy. It's definitely worth wiping out the undead for.
  19. Dec 27, 2010
    84
    Dead Nation is a top view shooter with solid gameplay and very nice graphics. The weapons upgrade system works very well and adds thickness to the whole experience, while the enemies are numerous and quite varied. What a pity the online multiplayer mode suffers from an extremely slow matchmaking and the lack of a voice chat.
  20. Jan 10, 2011
    83
    A funny cooperative title, best served with friends
  21. Dec 19, 2010
    83
    This one's still really good and a lot of fun; you should buy it. Partly because it's a blast, but also because I really want to see Housemarque use this engine for a brilliant sequel.
  22. Dec 19, 2010
    83
    It looks great, too, with much credit due to level design; garbage everywhere, fog littering the dead city, lighting effects bringing out the horror movie in a game, and the amount of zombies onscreen at times.
  23. Jan 13, 2011
    82
    Some edge-of-your-seat gameplay. [Jan 2011, p.96]
  24. Jan 4, 2011
    81
    Dead Nation is an authentic "zombie killer" with entertaining combat and smooth controls.
  25. There's a genuine feeling that the enemies can come from anywhere. [Jan 2011, p.115]
  26. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    Dead Nation is a game were you have to be tactical and not just kill zombies in pure frenzy. It's not a very unique game and it can be quite repetetive at times but it wieghs it up with a great and well-made gameplay with entertaining combat and smooth controls.
  27. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    Just as it was with Super Stardust HD, with Dead Nation Housemarque has again proven that even the stalest of genres can be revitalised with the right execution…and the execution here is nothing short of deadly.
  28. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Dead Nation is a long, somewhat overpriced co-op dungeon crawler, and within that extremely narrow niche, it's a good time. Do not play it alone, as its solo campaign is one of the single most frustrating games I've played this year.
  29. Dec 19, 2010
    80
    Dead Nation is a polished, enjoyable, undead romp through a world laid waste by an outbreak of nightmarish automatons. With its simple yet effective control system, not to mention a colourful class of foes that can override the screen – and your senses – in their hundreds at any one time, it's a triumphant if admittedly somewhat repetitive jaunt.
  30. 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.
  31. Dec 19, 2010
    80
    Though it's not perfect, Dead Nation reminds us how much fun it can be sending legions of the dead back to hell.
  32. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    Carnage aside, Dead Nation also looks fantastic. There's a great amount of variety in the zombies themselves, the lighting and artwork are lovely, and there's a kicking soundtrack to boot (I could have done without so much heavy breathing though).
  33. Dec 19, 2010
    76
    The game makes for a great pick-up-and-play multiplayer experience. Though there's no real reason to play more than once if you are going solo, playing with friends over and over is where the real replay value lies.
  34. Dec 21, 2010
    75
    Those not yet completely jaded by zombie movies and games will find Dead Nation a very agreeable game, especially those looking for a reasonably challenging top-down shooter.
  35. Dec 19, 2010
    75
    In spite of the moments where I lost my mind over a cheap death, I enjoyed Dead Nation. It's a thing of beauty to sit in a chokepoint and tear apart an army of zombies or watch a maxed out landmine go off several times and clear out dozens of roamers.
  36. Dec 19, 2010
    75
    Engrossing gameplay and rich environments make Dead Nation an enjoyable romp through the zombie apocalypse.
  37. 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.
  38. Dec 21, 2010
    70
    Dead Nation may not be perfect -- the imbalance towards co-op keeps it from becoming a truly great solo experience -- but compared to its competition, this is one corpse that still has some fight in it.
  39. Dec 19, 2010
    70
    Dead Nation adds a lot to the standard twin-stick shooting affair, with welcome dungeon crawler mechanics, co-op play and social features that are likely to attract a solid little community. For anybody whose patience hasn't been gnawed to pieces by zombies this past year or so, Dead Nation is easy to recommend.
  40. Dec 19, 2010
    70
    Although it's clear that it doesn't express its full potential, Dead Nation proves to be a well crafted product that will probably appeal to both fans of the genre and potential newcomers.
  41. Jan 8, 2011
    62
    Dead Nation is fun for a short while, but only if you're playing it online or in co-op. The shooting stages are not exactly epic and it makes absolutely no difference which character you're playing. What a pity.
  42. Jan 5, 2011
    60
    In an industry that pumps out tons of zombie games each year, there's nothing incredibly distinctive about Dead Nation.
  43. Jan 4, 2011
    60
    We get the impression that Housemarque just made the minimal effort to avoid producing a repetitive game. And they've not succeeded.
  44. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    It may not bring anything new or exciting to the table, but the game packs a solid amount of content in a competent package. At the end of the day, though, Dead Nation is not quite a must-play experience, just a satisfying and enjoyable one.
  45. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    A fairly cynical attempt to mix Left 4 Dead with a twin stick shooter, but there are still some interesting ideas in amongst the far too familiar ones.
  46. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    It's not an exceptional entry into the genre but a decent play. Fans of arcade-style top-down shooters will likely have fun, particularly if they have an itching to prove themselves on the leaderboards, but most others can probably find better ways to slate their lust for undead slaughter.
  47. Dec 19, 2010
    60
    It's just a pity that a developer with the unmistakable talent of Housemarque hasn't seized the opportunity to tweak, twist or otherwise refresh an overused formula.
  48. Dec 23, 2010
    50
    Housemarque has certainly put in the effort, but the twin-stick shooter might simply be more rewarding when you're skidding over the smooth-scrolling surface of one of Super Stardust's wraparound arenas than stumbling through darkened alleyways with a tangle of undead shambling after you. [Jan 2011, p.100]
  49. 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.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 224 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. 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 hookingIt'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! Full Review »
  2. Dec 1, 2010
    9
    Intense Zombie Shooter. It definitely stands well on its two feet as far as zombie shooters go. Graphics are great!! Lots of detail in theIntense Zombie Shooter. It definitely stands well on its two feet as far as zombie shooters go. Graphics are great!! Lots of detail in the environments really add to the gameplay and feel of a devoid city. I'm enjoying the progression of levels so far. A couple niggling things like the view being to far away for some may be a problem or the difficulty level the game can bring, but its certainly not impossible by any stretch and every level can easily be gotten through with a little strategy and knowing all your weapons and what each weapon does. Overall, an extremely enjoyable game that I'm having a lot of fun with. Oh yeah and its extremely gory (which is most excellent for a zombie shooter). They did an excellent job with the sound also, especially if you have a surround sound setup (hearing the bones and organs crunching and smooshing under your feet as your walk over the dead bodies is priceless!!!). Full Review »
  3. Dec 3, 2010
    10
    This game is awesome all the way through. This is without a doubt the best downloadable game I've ever played and also one of the best PSNThis game is awesome all the way through. This is without a doubt the best downloadable game I've ever played and also one of the best PSN titles to date. with 10 chapters all lasting around 20 minutes each. Plus an awesome leader board where you can see which country in the world has killed the most zombies along with how many people from your country (or a different country) has Dead Nation, and also who's the best player. + There is an Online mode that I can't wait to check out, and I have never experienced such satisfaction as when you mow down a massive horde of zombies with your SMG or decapitate them with the Blade gun, or why not blow em up. Don't listen to the average critics. Especially IGN's. This is a 10/10 no doubt about it. Full Review »