Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    90
    This is the excuse you were looking for playing again Housemarque's masterpiece and, as the great shooter it is, it's the best chance to play it if you couldn't do it on PS3.
  2. Mar 13, 2014
    85
    Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition is the zombie fest that got us hooked in 2010, but with better graphics and funny extras.
  3. Mar 7, 2014
    82
    Even with not fully taking advantage of the fresh hardware, this little zombie fighting gem didn’t lose its mojo.
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    81
    The additions might look quite irrelevant, but before letting it go, think twice. This game is still as fun as it was on PS3, and the Broadcast+ feature, allowing our streaming watchers to modify our games, is an amazing option you must try.
  5. May 11, 2014
    80
    As the Dead Nation moves from PS3 to PS4, only little has changed. The textures are a notch sharper and there's a new game mode, that demonstrates the streaming capabilities of the PS4, but other than that, the game is the same four year-olds old top-down zombie shooter. It's still a solid shooter, but nowadays the zombies are literally EVERYWHERE. [Apr 2014]
  6. Is (currently) free, looks better, and you can now be messed with by stream-watching gamers. What's not to love? [May 2014, p76]
  7. Apr 4, 2014
    80
    Dead Nation is roughly the same game as back in 2010, nevertheless Housemarque was able to deliver yet another great game for the PS4 with all the new features.
  8. Apr 4, 2014
    80
    Dead Nation on PlayStation 4 is just as great as it is on PlayStation 3. It's still eerie, difficult, and a ton of fun to play, whether online with your friends or on your own in a dimly-lit room.
  9. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    A great edition for a great game. Dead Nation is still one of the most interesting scrolling shooter available on the market, and the new broadcast + game mode is pure genius.
  10. Mar 10, 2014
    80
    As a title that perfectly knows its talents and sets its priorities accordingly, Dead Nation is as good as it gets.
  11. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    The same superb action oriented arcade game found on PS3 with new bells and whistles. A must have for PS4 owners.
  12. 80
    Harbours all the addictive pick-up-and-play qualities synonymous with everyone's favourite PS4 indie developer - providing a thrilling zombie romp, with fast, fluid mechanics and controls. And while it may not strain the PS4's considerable capabilities by any stretch, the inclusion of some new leaderboard-based modes coupled with the innovative streaming feature make this a welcome addition to the PS4 indie roster.
  13. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    The brilliant Dead Nation moves over to PS4 with slightly better graphics, a couple of cool new features and... well, that's it.
  14. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    The utter antithesis of The Last of Us, a top-down Left 4 Dead-alike that ignores pansy ideas like human emotion or common sense in favour of stuff that explodes and makes other stuff explode. It’s colourful and loud and a ton of fun either alone or with friends, and is probably one of the best zombie blasters released in recent years.
  15. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition is a nice take on the original game, packed with some extra modes and upgraded graphics.
  16. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Dead Nation is back with its full potential and brand new gameplay features. If you have a PS Plus account, you can't miss it.
  17. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Dead Nation, one of the best downloadable games available on PS3, updates its technical section to make an appearance on PS4. Spectacular and addictive, it also manages to be an essential game on the new console.
  18. Mar 4, 2014
    78
    Some new social features and a crisper 1080p look enhance this PS4 reincarnation of Dead Nation without changing the original, proven twin-stick shooter formula.
  19. Apr 16, 2014
    75
    As a zombie twin-stick shooter it gets the job done, but its qualities are lessened by lost potential. Nothing jumps out at you, and everything seems to have been done better in other games.
  20. Apr 6, 2014
    74
    A decent twin-stick shooter with one outstanding feature. [Issue#242, p.70]
  21. Dead Nation's plot is as substantial as a slice of Bernard Matthews turkey ham. [May 2014, p.86]
  22. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    The PS4 edition of Dead Nation has some visual improvements over the original, but the highlight here is, without a doubt, the Broadcast+ mode.
  23. Mar 11, 2014
    70
    Dead Nation: Apocalypse is a difficult game to recommend. The majority of PlayStation fans will have already played it on PlayStation 3 and this version does not include anything that could justify a new purchase.
  24. Mar 10, 2014
    70
    This enhanced version of Dead Nation, with some new content, is a still a good but repetitive action game.
  25. 70
    An excellent arcade shooter that delivers exactly what the box says; lots of zombies and lots of weapons to blow them to bits with. The inclusion of the DLC pack Road of Devastation adds some extra longevity. The new modes are more fun on paper than in reality, but the shooting remains solid and the hunt for cash and upgrades will be enough to keep aspiring zombie hunters glued to the screen.
  26. Zombie killing fun for those who have a PS4. The broadcast+ feature is a nice addition. Also updated graphics look fine. But offers nothing more. Just another top-down shooter.
  27. 60
    This carefully crafted feel extends to the player as well; there’s a definite feeling of weightiness to your actions, and consequences will rear their ugly heads should you make rash decisions.
  28. Mar 4, 2014
    60
    Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition doesn’t solve the core gunplay issues that plagued the release’s original outing, but this is still a fine upgrade for those merely looking for some rotten flesh to fire at.
  29. 50
    Still the same lacklustre combination of Left 4 Dead with a twin-stick shooter, where only the status of PlayStation Plus freebie prevents further criticism.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 285 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    The PS4 release is my first experience with DN, and it's fantastic. Top-down perspective, dual stick action that still requires quite a bit of strategy. Interactive game streaming takes advantage of the PS4's capability.

    Diablo III + L4D2 + Stardust HD/Resogun == Dead Nation.
    Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2014
    9
    Such a great game! It has the retro feel to it, which I like, and even though it doesn't exceed with graphics nor gameplay (compared to the major PS4 titles), it proved to be a really, really fun time. Love it! Full Review »
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    9
    What's new about Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition? Well they've added the new Broadcast+ mode, Arcade mode, and Endless modes as well next gen polish....... On top of that, I really enjoyed the controls and this game is a blast with a friend; coop campaign or coop horde mode. Don't listen to people saying there's no reload or run buttons. There are both; there's a limited run/dash with L2 and click in the right analog stick and you have a reload button (can't understand people who who don't have time to read the loading screens or visit the options that explain the mechanics before shooting their mouth off in a review). What I've always loved about this game is the strategic nature of balancing out your inventory of distractions (flares, etc...) ammo scarcity, limited dash, and weapon upgrades. And yes this is technically a "survival horror" game (yes u have to survive and yes zombies fit into the genre of horror) but it was never meant to be compared to the likes of Resident Evil or the Last of Us. It was designed to be more like the old arcade game Smash TV. This version of Dead Nation is still a fun, frantic, retro, slightly strategic, top down shooter with some great leveling up mechanics. Full Review »