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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" -- willDead 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
  • Developer: Housemarque
  • Genre(s): Action, Action Adventure, Shooter, Horror, Shooter, Third-Person, Shoot-'Em-Up, Modern, Modern, Top-Down
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  • Rating: M
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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. Play UK
    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
    Though it's not perfect, Dead Nation reminds us how much fun it can be sending legions of the dead back to hell.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 16, 2011
    80
    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: 36 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Apr 22, 2019
    10
    simple, and addictive...........................................................................
  2. Dec 12, 2010
    10
    Okay, yes, there are too many zombie-based properties out there (i say this as someone working on a zombie story). However, this game isOkay, yes, there are too many zombie-based properties out there (i say this as someone working on a zombie story). However, this game is AWESOME. Zombie Kill Blood Death (as my brother calls it) is an intense, challenging, dark, and moderately tactical top-down shooter. The graphics are GREAT, especially the lighting. Every light seems to have a different color temperature (cool, warm, etc.), everything casts a beautiful shadow (namely, chain-link fences), and the gore and character models and framerate and everything are executed (possibly a pun) perfectly. Gameplay is awesome. Shooting is fun, fast, and precise. The upgrades are probably my favorite part of the game. Please try this game out. The price is more than fair. Oh btw, the country ranking system and Black Ops-style stat counters are quite fun. 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 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! Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2015
    9
    Gameplay:
    Dead Nation is a top-down twin-stick shooter that has an impressive amount of depth. Movement is handled with the left analog
    Gameplay:
    Dead Nation is a top-down twin-stick shooter that has an impressive amount of depth. Movement is handled with the left analog stick, while the right analog stick is used for aiming. The game can be played as a single-player experience or as a co-op experience. The gameplay is simple: you must mow down a countless amount of zombies while attempting to reach a checkpoint. Once at the checkpoint, you are able to purchase weapons and upgrades using loot from killed zombies. The game also has collectibles you can pick up, such as armor pieces and additional loot. I am also pleased with the difficulty level of the game. This game does not hold your hand and will punish you if you're not paying attention to your surroundings.

    Story:
    Although Dead Nation's story is its weakest point, it is not a terrible story. The storyline is a bit predictable, but the presentation of the story is nicely done. It is told with hand-drawn animated images with voice overs from the characters. The images depict the areas they are in and the destruction surrounding them. Although the presentation isn't ideal, it is serviceable.

    Graphics:
    The graphical style of Dead Nation is appealing and unique. The dim lighting coupled with the zombies' groans creates an eerie atmosphere. I applaud Housemarque on their attention to detail. For example, when the character moves into a corner, the camera will shift and the rain (If it's raining) will also shift directions. Another example is when soldier or hazmat-wearing zombies are around: they're tougher to kill because of their protective wardrobe. My final example is when zombies attempt to attack with their own weapons, such as briefcases or pans. They'll swing them at the character instead of attacking with their bare hands. These details must be recognized and Housemarque should be lauded for them.

    Verdict:
    I highly recommend Dead Nation! This game is an example of a quality PSN title that must be played. It is a challenging game that requires skill to complete, while also having enough collectibles to warrant a careful playthrough. The atmosphere is engaging, which can create suspenseful moments. You will not regret purchasing this game.
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  5. Dec 9, 2010
    8
    Un juego divertido como pocos. Posibilidad de jugar online junto con un amigo. Y con la proxima actualizacion, se podráUn juego divertido como pocos. Posibilidad de jugar online junto con un amigo. Y con la proxima actualizacion, se podrá conversar con el amigo. Matarás cientos por no decir miles de zombies, pero no te cansaras, y con nivel de dicultad acorde al jugador más novato al más experimentado.

    A fun game like few others. Online play with a friend. And with the next update, you can talk with the friend. Kill hundreds if not thousands of zombies, but not get tired, and dicultad level according to the most novice player to the most experienced.
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  6. Jun 19, 2011
    7
    I like Dead Nation. The physics and textures of the game are awesome for a DL game. I mean, besides Trine and other good visual games, thisI like Dead Nation. The physics and textures of the game are awesome for a DL game. I mean, besides Trine and other good visual games, this can be compared to them. The story isn't the main thing in this game, it's about how many zombies you have killed, how much points you've gotten and what rank did you get. It's just a fun zombie killing game with great weapons and great AI system. I've been trying to get better ranks and get my country to a higher rank by contributing to more virus cycles. I don't bout Zombie Apocalypse, but this looks better than it. Don't know why.... 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 aDead 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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