14 March 2012

Last Zombie

Gaming Genres:
Story Genres: Science Fiction
Graphical Styles: 3D, High Resolution, Minimalist
Series/World: Half Life
Platforms: Windows
Pricing Model: Free
Developer(s): Half-Life 2: Short Stories
Publisher(s): Half-Life 2: Short Stories
Initial Release Date: February 15, 2012
Website(s): Games Page, ModDB
So, Last Zombie is a third person adventure horror game taking place in the Half-Life 2 universe. It tells the tragic tale of a man named Paul, who is haunted by the past and emotions he has forgotten about since the Combine took over. Life outside City 17 is dangerous, but with the chemically altered water and the Suppression Field, and the bullying of the Civil Protection force life is soon without meaning.

Can Paul find what was lost to him? Can he find a way to be a human again?

Last Zombie has been called both an adventure horror game and an action-adventure by its developers, and I cannot understand why. It contains no action, it contains to adventure, it contains to horror; It is a pure art game without gameplay and without a storyline. In the game you play a headcrab zombie, who shambles around talking to people in what appears to be German or a relatively similar language; And this is the version designed for English speakers. You are simply not supposed to know what they are saying, not that you are missing much, everyone seems to say the same thing over and over again. After a short while of wandering around a mono-colour and generic section of City 17 you encounter a man with a guitar, the game ends and that is about it.

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Indieness: Quintessentially Indie

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