Stel­lar hack and slash, or a hack that de­serves to be slashed?

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Zom­bies? Again?

No, not your usual rest­less un­dead. Th­ese zom­bies are the good guys, see? This re­tains the love-it-or-get-it­the-hell-away-from-me art style of Zoink Games’ last game, Stick It To The Man. But it’s a more ac­tionori­en­tated ad­ven­ture, where 1-4 play­ers hack and slash through lev­els to­gether, Cas­tle Crash­ers style.

To eat the brains of hap­less towns­folk? I won’t do it!

Ac­tu­ally your MO is far sil­lier. Odin’s eye has been stolen, and you have to get it back. You’ll bat­tle through ar­eas like ginger­bread swamps and the in­testines of a gi­ant snake. Zom­bie Vik­ings boasts over 40 sword types, and new char­ac­ters in­cluded for Xbox One. Raz of Psy­cho­nauts fame even ap­pears as the Raz-om­bie (their “joke,” not ours).

Any­thing else new for XboxOne?

Ray­b­jorn and Frost­b­jorn char­ac­ters, an­other five ver­sus lev­els and a be­hindthe-scenes mak­ing-of video. There’ll also be Xbox One-spe­cific fea­tures like Hero Stats, which lets you com­pare your progress with friends, and all the ex­tras that have been re­leased in up­dates for other plat­forms.

Com­pare progress with friends? Do I even want ’em know­ing I played this?

Cas­tle Crash­ers is still great fun on Xbox One, and this looks to have enough clever ideas to make it a wor­thy co-op hack and slasher. Zom­bies get unique pow­ers, like ex­plod­ing mus­cles and grabby ten­ta­cles, and all the brain-eat­ing you could want. If Zom­bie Vik­ings’ odd sense of hu­mor is for you, it could be a mul­ti­player fa­vorite. Will the mak­ing-of vid in­clude the brain­storm­ing ses­sion where they came up with this ti­tle?

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