Friday, January 27, 2006

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse Review

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
Plaform: Xbox, PC (reviewed on Xbox)

Edward “Stubbs” Stubblefield was a traveling salesman in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Unfortunately, he was shot by a potential customer and buried in a remote field. The year now is 1959. Andrew Monday has founded a beautiful city of the future called Punchbowl, Pennsylvania. Stubbs now rises within Punchbowl with an insatiable hunger for brains.

The best quality of the game is its quirky plot. Stubbs will surprise you on more than one occasion. Peeing in the town’s water supply was one of the best parts of the game.

The basic combat moves in the game involve hitting you enemy and enemy their brains. You can also rip enemies’ arms off, unleash your unholy flatulence, through your guts as a grenade, roll your head to knock people down, and use your hand to possess other enemies. Though brain eating and your other abilities are fun, they can get a bit boring after a while. The zombie horde that you build up from eating so many brains can be very rewarding though.

From time to time, Stubbs will have the chance to drive vehicles. These are some of the worst designed parts of the game. The vehicles are often hard to maneuver and the controls feel loose.

Another negative aspect of the game is its linearity. There is no time when you can roam freely around the town terrorizing citizens. For the most part, you’ll be told exactly where to go.

Conclusion: The game is quirky and fun. Designs aspects take it down some.
Score: 3 out of 5

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