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  • Summary: New and specially improved version of the zombie smashing hit, exclusively for the Xbox One. Insane mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies! Fight through an epic narrative campaign or test yourself in the Slaughter and Blood Race modes. Engage huge bosses, save survivors, driveNew and specially improved version of the zombie smashing hit, exclusively for the Xbox One. Insane mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies! Fight through an epic narrative campaign or test yourself in the Slaughter and Blood Race modes. Engage huge bosses, save survivors, drive crazy vehicles such as a bulldozer, fire truck or even a tank and smash everything in your way. Take part in the Blood Race tournament - chase other cars and take them down without mercy on brutal racing tracks. Jump into the Slaughter mode and survive as long as possible on specially crafted arenas. Experience super smooth gameplay at 60 frames per second and extra crisp visuals. Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition includes all DLC content that was ever created for the game. Expand
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  1. Aug 11, 2014
    80
    Zombie Driver was good as an Xbox Live Arcade game, and even better on the Xbox One.
  2. 60
    It might not have much depth, but if you just want to have a good, silly and above all violent old time, Zombie Driver does the trick - and this is by far the best version going. [Sept 2014, p.92]
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    55
    Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition is far from a terrible game, but also lacks that hook to keep players coming back for more.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    50
    The lack of any real multiplayer and the repetitive nature of the story mode mean that despite numerous challenges to complete and upgrades to collect, it lacks the 'just one more round' appeal that would make it a real contender in the arcade marketplace, though.
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  1. Mar 20, 2015
    5
    Recently on the Xbox Live store, for Xbox One, Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition took a price cut. The top down GTA London'esque driving game wasRecently on the Xbox Live store, for Xbox One, Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition took a price cut. The top down GTA London'esque driving game was previously selling for around £11 ($14) but in a recent sale was being sold at around £3.

    As this game is not much more complex in both its gameplay and its delivery of story than a simple free web browser game, these sale prices are horrifying. Indeed we're seeing a trend in which Microsoft seem to feel games like Roundabout warrant an £11.99 price tag on their store, and roundabout is the same sort of quality as the $1 indie games on the 360, and it is indeed laugh out loud ridiculous. The price tag I mean, not the game. Seeing these basic and primitive games and admittedly being intrigued, is instantly soured by these absurd price tags. However the point is, Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition was semi-reasonably priced, and relatively intriguing so I snagged it.

    Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition is a console port for the Xbox One and is described as a vehicular combat game set in a, you guessed it, Zombie apocalypse. The game was developed by EXOR Studios initially for the PC and was later, obviously, successful enough to warrant console ports. The game is kind of reminiscent of that old school GTA London look, a top down perspective of your vehicle and scenery, and includes some old arcade style pick ups that rotate on the spot. Essentially this game is a post apocalyptic Crazy Taxi game.

    There are a selection of modes to choose from when purchasing the title which do well to add variety to the game and increase replayablity. The three modes are: story, blood race, slaughter.

    The story is pretty self explanatory, you have a story mode which incorporates voice acting into the action and breaks up the mindless zombie killing with some contextualizing structure.The military is unable to enter the infection zone to evacuate building still harboring survivors so the player's role is to drive around the sand box areas and collect survivors. There are portions where areas must be cleared before completing a survivor pick up, crates are collected in place of survivors (supplies) and structures must be destroyed. Overall the story is not very engaging in terms of narrative however the string of objectives is enjoyable.

    Blood Race is simply a race gametype where the player can race against AI opponents on a selection of race tracks. Pick up abilities and weapons are utilized in this game mode and so there is a PVE element that can aid in winning races. There is a medal system in which your placing in a race awards you a bronze, silver or gold medal and there is leader board support for global and friends time placement.

    Slaughter is your traditional zombie wave survival gametype, with increasingly difficult wave progression. Pick-ups and car upgrades are spawned as rewards for completing waves and players use these to progress as far as possible. This game mode I enjoyed the most, for me it had most replayability, and posed the greatest challenge. Rising through the rankings and achieving gold medals for these survival stages was engaging and enjoyable.

    In terms of gameplay there isn't much to it, but that's not a bad thing, the simplicity to playing the game is old school arcade and it works. You have your traditional left trigger reverse, right trigger accelerate functions which keep movement nice and simple and your left joystick for directional movement. That's it and that's what makes it so easy to jump right into and play. Then you have the A button to fire your weapon, B to boost and Y to bring up your map. Minimalism people, don't take it for granted.

    There are a selection of vehicles to unlock through-out the story mode and they can all be upgraded with in-game cash. In-game cash is earned from killing zombies, increasing style combos and finding cash pick-ups within the maps. Players can optimize their machine guns, nitro, flamethrower, rockets and railgun and upgrading these factors on one car applies it to all. However armour, ramming and car speed are unique to each vehicle and must be optimized separately. Players can drive in vehicles such as a limo, taxi, ambulance, tank, police car and sports car to name a few and all of which have free alternative paint jobs. Each car also has a capacity for the number of survivors it can carry above the display for how many survivors need saving in the selected mission, which is very handy.

    Overall Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition isn't a bad game. Not at all. It's an old school type arcade game, genius in its simplicity, engaging in its minimalism. It doesn't spend its time forcing you to have to take a degree in game controls to pick up the pad and play it, it focuses on giving you a wide variety of vehicles to crush zombies with. In terms of Microsoft's pricing, as much as I enjoyed Zombie Driver UE, I don't think the £11-$14 price tag is justifiable. Would I have paid more than £3 for this title? Sure.
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