A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Player uses all kinds of weapons to kill people in a shopping mall, but the overwhelming majority of enemies are zombies in this over-the-top slasher game.Playing as photojournalist Frank, you are also trying to rescue survivors of the zombie attack.
Violence & Scariness
While chopping, bashing, and shooting zombies, blood splatters out of victims in a gory manner, plus enemies can be dismembered, impaled, and decapitated. It doesn't look realistic, but killing is the name of the game. Cutscenes show zombies ripping flesh off of humans and a clown being shredded by a chainsaw. A counter on the screen keeps track of the number of kills.
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One or two instances of the word "sh-t" and a few "damns" and "bitches" but nothing that pushes the envelope.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a M-rated killing game that lets players get creative with dozens of weapons while taking down zombies in and around a shopping mall. It's quite gory and bloody. Enemies can be dismembered, impaled, and decapitated. The cutscenes show closeups of gruesome things like someone getting impated through the eye and zombies ripping flesh off of humans. The game encourages the killing by keeping a counter on the screen to record the number of deaths. Since this game is on the Wii, players do the motions to mimic the killing which vary depending on the weapon being used.
Is It Any Good?
The Wii remote adds some variation to the zombie killing as you can swing it like a bat, aim and shoot it like a pistol towards an oncoming enemy, or hold it like a chainsaw to take down the hoards. A ticker in the bottom right corner of the screen keeps a tally of how many baddies you've killed. It's gory, bloody and over-the-top -- like a B horror movie such as Dawn of the Dead (which also takes place in a mall). Plus gamers will face boss characters, rescue survivors, dress up Frank in a variety of costumes, solve some puzzles, and watch entertaining cut-scene cinematics.
But the Wii doesn't have the same horsepower as the Xbox 360 -- and it shows. The graphics are pale in comparison to Microsoft's machine and there aren't nearly as many enemies on the screen at once. What's more, Frank doesn't use his camera to take pictures in this version, which was very much a part of the original game-play. Despite these shortcomings, this "Mature"-rated zombie playground proves fun and silly for Wii gamers age 17 or older, but it might be best as a weekend rental as opposed to paying $40 to own this slasher.
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