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GAME REVIEW: Dead Island

GAME REVIEW: Dead Island

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By : John Roisland

For a while there I was pretty big into video games. But time gets away from ya, kids take over your consoles, etc. Dead Island was one of the last games I picked up for myself during that time frame. This was a title I had been waiting for!

Brought to us by the folks over at Techland and released in September of 2011, Dead Island brought RPG (role playing game) to life using the dead....or in this case, the undead. The basis, well...they're all pretty much the same aren't they...an outbreak.

This time, you're on a beautiful tropical island at a paradise resort. At the beginning of the game, you are given the option to choose your character, all of course having different strengths and weaknesses. I personally always played as Sam B: a gangster wrapper who gave the title track to the game, Who Do Your Voodoo Bitch. At one point I liked the song so much (lyrically) that I used it for my ring tone for a while.

You play through the game, meeting up with other survivors who ask you to complete different missions earning you more personal points. During your missions you will obviously encounter zombies, so you must arm your self with whatever you can find.  I always enjoyed a broken ore, or using a rusty street sign post. You are also given the option during points of play to make and use make-shift weapons.Also, finding enough spare parts, or bartering for items at the black market, you can also get vehicles running. Now, running over these dead beach bums, I will admit, is fun as hell!

The gameplay is okay, movement over all wasn't bad, graphics were pretty good, and the background scenery was actually very impressive! If you're like me, and you take your time, you can loot through almost everything you find: desk drawers, other peoples luggage, finding anything from batteries, to deodorant, to money. You learn quickly what you can use, and what you can't use.

The game is HUGE!!! Honestly, probably the biggest make I've ever seen.  Now I'm sure some 13 year old who flies through GTA (Grand Theft Auto) could finish this game during a pep rally at school... but like I said, I like to take my time and explore, and there were a lot of options to do so in this game!

Zombies do attack you, but in all honesty, it can be a slow moving game at many points. If you're wanting to run a muck and blow the heads off zombies as you would in Left For Dead, you're in for a rude awakening.  The game isn't bad, but I actually put it in for a replay about a month ago after not having played it in over 4 years, and was almost put to sleep twenty minutes into gameplay.

It's not a bad game, and I commend them on their attempt at bringing us the next best thing in zombie/horror games...but it just lacked a certain excitement. Sorry guys.

4/10

Keep It Evil

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

By Travis Love

A Plague So Pleasant

Directed by Benjamin Roberds and due to be released 9/29/2015 on Wild Eye Releasing, A Plague So Pleasant is a dry humor, cynical zom-dram-comedy (zombie drama comedy) which takes place in a city where, after a zombie outbreak occurred years prior, it has now been decreed that killing zombies is “inhumane” and illegal. Humans live their everyday lives side by side with the undead in an awkward cohabitation. But, when that line is crossed and the law is broken, the town soon finds out that the zombies aren’t as compliant as they once thought. Living alongside zombies can be hazardous to your health.

The story finds two roommates caught in the mundane day to day of a normal life (save for being surrounded by enough zombies to fill a Walmart parking lot). During a breakfast conversation, the lead character, Clay Marshall (David Chandler), agrees to help his roommate pursue a relationship with his sister Mia (Eva Boehnke). Complications arise when Marshall’s sister refuses to date anyone but her boyfriend Jerry…who just so happens to be a zombie (Jerry Springer  — a WTF moment). The moral dilemma is dropped into Marshall’s lap: break the no killing zombies law in order to kill Jerry and help his sister move on to finally receive closure and possible happiness with his roommate or obey the law and watch his sister throw away her life. The choice to carry through with it leads to an onslaught of carnage as one shot fired into the back of Zombie Jerry’s skull creates a zombie horde tidal wave loose on the town. Peace is no longer an option.

The cinematography is black and white for the majority of the film, a splash of color transitions after the gunshot to Zombie Jerry’s head which is almost foreboding as to the shift in zombie temperament. The dialog is at times hilariously dry and nonchalant, almost like if Shaun of the Dead was too cool to care if you thought it was funny. The gore is what you’d come to expect from a zombie film: legions of undead feasting on internal organs like hungry teenagers at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet (zombie fortune cookie fortunes only say “Gwarsghgrrrr” btw. If you are a zombie, you can appreciate the depth of that fortune). The story itself is heartfelt and sad yet balanced with enough humor and zombie on human violence to keep you from shedding those Lifetime made for TV movie tears.

A Plague So Pleasant firmly sets a precedent that a zombie film doesn’t have to be heartless just because a zombie ate it. If you’re looking for a laid back, interesting take on a low budget zombie film, this movie will make a soft spot out of your chest cavity by feasting on your heart, and you’ll love every minute of it.

Rating: 6/10

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