Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition - Xbox One

Release Date:

June 24, 2014

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Also on UK.
6.2

Summary:

Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition is an adequate update to a fun arcade game. There is plenty of content here though it tends to drag after a few hours. If the story mode grows a bit tiring you can switch over into the racing mode.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Exor Studios
  • Publisher(s):
    • Exor Studios
  • Release Date(s):
    • June 24, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 1.62GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine(s):
    • Ogre3D
    • PhysX
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
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2015-07-16

Den_Merry

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Xbox One

6.1

Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition was developed by EXOR Studios for release on the Xbox One. The original Zombie Driver was an Xbox Live Arcade game and the port seeks to expand and enhance the depth of the gameplay. We have always been a fan of mechanical mayhem and when you infuse one of our favorite niche genres, zombies, you get something that seems tailor made for us as an audience. We dove into this XB1 property in order to see if there is the makings of a franchise rumbling underneath the hood. What we found was interesting, entertaining, and flawed. Keep reading to see which one of those three adjectives hold up the most for you.

Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition dropped late last year and it was meant to be a stopgap title while the rest of the big XB1 developers got their stuff together for their second line of next generation games. That means that in the interim we’d begin to see a bunch of Xbox 360 ports and re-releases make their way over to the Xbox1, and that’s totally fine. We aren’t complete cynics. We appreciate the fact that these old titles are getting new releases, especially in light of the lack of backwards compatibility, and what’s wrong with seeing something old in a new light? Tolkien even had a word for it, but we can’t remember what it was. We aren’t here to talk literature anyway. It’s time to talk zombies.

The first Zombie Driver game had enough meat on the bone (see what we did there?) to feed us only as an appetizer. There was a lovely game mechanic at the core of a thin experience but as an arcade game we didn’t feel like we were entitled to complain a whole bunch. We had fun with our $10 purchase and that was that. Now in the second go around we came into the game with the expectations of a broadened experience that gave us more to chew on and more to enjoy. While there is definitely more here that doesn’t mean it is all substantial in its offering. What we mostly found to be true was that there was more violence and mayhem than ever, but it was still served up to us like a side dish.

The graphical representation of Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition isn’t very changed from its first iteration. In fact you could probably call this a graphical grand Theft Auto 2 rip off. This is an isometric top down, open world experience. Similar in concept to Rockstar’s powerful line up of open world vehicular games, Zombie Driver still manages to carve its own way. You don’t ever leave your car and you end up emulating some Twisted Metal vibes with all of the blood and gore you will be raining down within the title.

You drive a heavily armored and armed vehicle to start out but you are never too far away from getting an even better, bigger, and more deadly vehicle. You will end up riding around in big buses and vans and shooting explosive missiles all over a city that has been swept over by zombies - it’s pretty wild. As you traverse around the city raining (un)death you will run into ammo crates and weapon crates. You’ll find weapons like the rail gun, missile launcher, automatic machine gun, flame thrower and more. Ammo is scarce and no matter how satisfying it is to blow things up you will want to make sure to take care of how much you are pulling the trigger. Weapon upgrades don’t allay your fears of that dry clicking sound either, it’s a genuine scarcity thing.

Typically your goal in Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition is to sweep through every level while killing as many zombies as possible. Along the way you will keep an eye out for survivors who have managed to avoid the walking dead. In order to get to them you will have to kill all of the walkers in your way, including any zombie spawning nests. You can only carry a certain amount of survivors in your car at once so you might have to make a few trips in order to get everybody out of there alive. Time is always pressing so pay attention.

Sometimes the missions tend to throw curveballs when it comes to your boss fights. You’ll be able to get in some pretty rad vehicles in order to change things up: driving a tank or taking over a fire truck to help prevent a city from burning down. One mission even had us driving in a bulldozer and clearing up debris so that other vehicles could get through. Unfortunately these change ups tend to feel more and more rare as you play through the exhausting and long story mode, which is a shame. With the ability to change up play styles the team of developers could have rarely made a multi faceted game. But killing zombies probably tested well and so the game stays fairly focused. This is Zombie Driver, after all, and not a survival simulator.

There are 31 missions that you will end up playing through and most of them change things up visually to keep you plugged in. You will have night stages where you have to use your headlights to navigate as well as stages where the city is burning to the ground, and so on. These little quirks, along with solid HD graphics and varied lighting effects, make the game visually entertaining and always interesting to look at.

If the story mode grows a bit tiring you can switch over into the racing mode. This separate racing mode allows you to earn cash in order to spend money on new cars and upgrades in the main game. It’s a fun diversion and a relatively complete experience of its own accord. The Mario Kart esque action is a great step away from the constant brutality of the main game.

Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition is an adequate update to a fun arcade game. There is plenty of content here though it tends to drag after a few hours.

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