Zombie Driver HD Review
If someone came up to me and asked me what I’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I’d be lying if I said I’d find the nearest vehicle, attach a flame thrower to the top and go nuts on the oncoming horde of the dead. Luckily though, Exor Studios are clearly a little crazier than the average person, and have decided that it would be a fantastic idea. We’ve decided that’s probably a good thing, and we’re more than happy to take part in said activity.
Every now and then that rare game comes along that doesn’t need to have that amazing story to get players interested; all it needs is the ability to give the player an unlimited source of mindless, uninhibited fun. Luckily for us, Zombie Driver HD has managed just that, by bringing this madness to Xbox Live. Zombie Driver is one of those pick up and play games that you can play for ten minutes or ten hours, and always have a huge amount of fun no matter what, and that is the huge selling point of the game.
Zombie Driver was originally released for the PC back in 2009, but has been completely revamped with great high definition visuals, giving it that much needed update for the port to the Xbox 360. The game looks and feels great, and while the vast majority of zombies you’ll be running over are just a faceless horde, you will get to take on some great looking boss baddies as well! You’ll race around the city from a bird’s eye view (much like older GTA games) which can sadly often cause awkward camera problems, but luckily you’ll be able to see all of your enemies approaching from every side! Players are able to drive exactly how they want too, whether they want to drive strictly on the roads (I’d like to meet the boring guy that plays like this) or drive through people’s gardens destroying fences as you go. Sadly there are a couple of screens tearing issues every now and then, but nothing that can’t be over looked.
The game is exactly what you’d imagine when you read the title Zombie Driver. Get yourself a vehicle, some weapons, and then off you go to take on the armies of flesh eating zombies that are invading your beloved city. While the game does have a story mode, the story isn’t note worthy, and while usually I’d say that was a terrible thing, it really doesn’t matter one bit here. Fans looking for a heartfelt narrative and compelling characters should likely look elsewhere though! The story mode features 31 different missions in total, mostly with the objective being to get from point A to point B while performing a task n-between like saving a survivor from their infested house. A lot of the missions do feel extremely repetitive but luckily you’ll find some original ones too, like destroying a giant zombie blob-thing before your time runs out and the city (and your vehicle) is destroyed.
Not only is there a relatively long story mode, but players will also have access to the Blood Race and Slaughter modes, both of which are easily the most fun part of the game. You’re seriously getting a lot of bang for your buck in Zombie Driver HD, with plenty of replayability to keep you going for hours and hours! Blood Race plays much like a regular racing game as you race against the AI, luckily though, you’ll still be able to use your wide array of weapons to slow your opponent down and get victory. There are no rules when it comes to the zombie apocalypse apparently! Slaughter mode, in my opinion the best mode in the game, does exactly what it says on the tin. You’ll encounter an infinite amount of hungry foes ready to chew straight through the metal of your car, and have to finish them before they finish you. The game features a great leaderboard system, which allows you to compete against your friends in the various modes, trying to conquer their score with a higher one of your own. This truly adds to the adrenaline of the game, and really allows for tonnes of replayability. What’s more fun that having a serious competition against a good friend who wants nothing more than to beat you.
While you could just spend your time running over zombies all day, there’s really not much fun to be had doing that, so bring on the vast artillery! Players will have access to loads of fun weapons like the flame thrower, the machine gun, and powerful rockets. All the weapons are dotted around the map and players are able to collect them by running over them. Nothing is more fun than backing into a corner and watching as hundreds of zombies walk towards your care, and firing a missile directly into the center of the horde watching them crumble and burn. As if that wasn’t enough, players can also collect canisters of nitrous oxide, and as you all know, that makes for some sweet super speedy splattering of zombies beneath your wheels!
After each mission is complete, you’ll be given the option to upgrade various different things on your vehicle, whether it is the weapons, or even changing your vehicle completely. There is an extremely vast catalogue of vehicles for you to drive, from the taxi you begin with to a sports car, to an ambulance. You’ll even be able to hop into a steam roller and flatten some zombies, if you’re feeling relatively crazy that day! The update page looks extremely old fashioned, but suits the purpose fine and is something we can live with!
Sadly, and for reasons unknown, Zombie Driver HD does not feature an online multiplayer. I was extremely shocked about this, because I couldn’t help but think about how fun Blood Race and Slaughter mode would have been playing against a friend. Luckily though, as stated above you’ll still be able to compete on the leader boards.
Overall Zombie Driver HD is exactly what it says on the tin, complete and utter mindless fun that can keep you occupied for hours on end. It’s great because it truly is a game you can just pick up at any time and delve into it, without worrying about a complex story to keep track off. So if you’re after a game where you can have what is simply unlimited fun, then Zombie Driver HD is for you!