Zombie Apocalypse 2: Never Die Alone ReviewOctober 26, 2011
Zombie Apocalypse 2: Never Die Alone is a co-op, undead-killing, top down, dual-stick shooter. Yes, there have been plenty of these recently, such as the recent Dead Nation, but ZA2 attempts to distance itself from its competitors with a comedic stance.
From the outset, we are introduced to four stereotypical characters, such as a priest and a frat boy douchebag that spouts annoying memes from the internet. For the entire game, you’ll hear the four main characters bantering back and forth, and some of it is funny, while pretty much everything Jeremy said made me want to cook a grenade for too long. Seriously, I don’t know who wrote this guy’s lines, or why he’s the default character with the best weapon. His voice actor makes it even worse. I actually avoided using him as much as possible just to save my ears. Luckily, the girl sniper and weapons specialist Alma is much cooler and pretty capable on her own. However, Zombie Apocalypse 2: Never Die Alone is a game where you truly must work together, even if you’re playing single player. Rotating through the four available avatars is a must if you want to survive the zombie horde and especially bosses.
I like that the game utilizes creative environmental kills on the levels. You’ll see exploding cars, a crane with a swinging giant donut, street sweepers, and more. The AI is relatively capable, but I did see the computer walk into bosses on more than one occasion, leaving me on my own and scrambling to revive them. Unfortunately, when you die in Zombie Apocalypse 2: Never Die Alone, you restart the entire mission. This is an incredibly antiquated system and I can’t understand why every game doesn’t just have checkpoints. When your AI pals walk straight into their death and you have to restart the whole level, it’s more than a bit annoying. Also, the game’s color palette gets incredibly dark at times, which can make it hard to see that you’re walking right into a swarm of walkers.
The four characters in Zombie Apocalypse 2: Never Die Alone all have different abilities and stats. Like I said before, Jeremy is probably the most solid choice, with the machine gun and quad-damage bonus. Alma is a close second with her sniper rifle and turret special ability, Father Bill can heal players and uses a scattering shotgun, and Def Money is by far the worst with dual pistols and terrible stats.
Zombie Apocalypse 2: Never Die Alone clocks in at just about 3 hours, which is right around the time that the game would start to become stale. As it stands, the game is just the right length, and the humor (besides Jeremy) and comedic deaths for zombies will make it an entertaining ride.