DEAD NA­TION

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

18 cert, Sony, PS Vita The zom­bie thriller has come to the PS Vita and, while it’s not per­fect, it has its mo­ments. If you’ve al­ready played this on the PS3 there’s lit­tle new here. The game is es­sen­tially the same but on a smaller screen. In this top­down shooter set dur­ing a zom­bie apoca­lypse, you’re given an ar­ray of weapons to choose from (some more use­ful than oth­ers) and the abil­ity to up­grade them as you progress through the game. The plot is the same: track down the body of pa­tient zero to help a slightly sus­pect doc­tor cre­ate a cure for the zom­bie out­break. As one of the few hu­mans im­mune to the virus, in­fec­tion may not be a mas­sive con­cern for you, but get­ting chomped on by zom­bies is an­other con­sid­er­a­tion al­to­gether. The smaller screen has its draw­backs. The at­mos­phere of the PS3 ver­sion is repli­cated, but that moody tone can make it hard to see where the next at­tack is com­ing from un­til it’s too late. Flawed but fun.

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