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Gangstar: West Coast Hustle [IP]





Zombie Apocalypse is a shoot em' up bloodfest that is best enjoyed with real-life friends.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Great multiplayer"

Summary

Zombie Apocalypse is a DLC offline and online multiplayer co-op game provided by both PSN and Xbox Live.

It is not a deep game. It does not have an intriguing story nor fascinating characters. It is simply a gory, kill or be killed game that features 4 player offline gameplay with waves of the undead just aching to rip apart your flesh. The controls are very simple, so even friends that dont play video games should get the hang of them in a short amount of time. There 55 stages in this game, with the first 20 being very easy and simply introducing you to the various types of Zombies and game modes.

All in all, these stages are easily defeated but it does do its best to keep it different with certain stages being "chainsaw only" levels are pitch black levels in which you can only see a few feet of light around your character, both of these modes can be unlocked and replayed in all the levels to add a bit more challenge.

There are pickups you can use to aid in your killings. Flamethrowers, shotguns, and grenade launchers are only a few. There also environmental hazards which, in extremely bloody methods, chop and slice zombies into mince meat.

True fun, however, lies in the unlockable mode, "7 Days of Hell". Here lies fun and seemingly endless wave upon wave of zombies. You will soon feel overwhelmed by their number, even if you have 3 other friends to help you.

Graphically, Zombie Apocalypse is good looking, and the flying limbs are cool looking on a good HDTV. There is stale and immature humor.

All in all, this game is simply dumb violence, but bloody fun, which is heavly aided by playing casually with friends.




Brrraaaaaiiiinnnnnssss!

8.0

Superb

Summary

Well, last night I was in the mode for a no brainer, no story, no anything type of game. I know that sounds bad, but trust me. ZA was exactly what I wanted. After seeing the Crazies, I had this urge to play a zombie game, so I bought it on PSN for only $9.99, and it was a good deal.

Game Play!
This game is so easy to pick up and play. So for the controls, you have your right analog for walking, and your left analog for shooting in any direction you want. You also have an unlimited amount of ammo for your default gun you start with as well as gas for you chainsaw, which you use by hitting or holding the R1. The best though is the teddy bear......packed with C4. There are also numerous of weapons throughout this game from grenade launchers to flamethrowers to double wielding sub-machine guns. There are a total of 11 of them in all. So trust me, there is variety. An awesome addition is the environment kills you can get. Of course there are propane tanks you can shoot and gasoline barrels, but the best is when you are close to a helicopter blade spinning around, and you shoot a zombie right into it. There are so many environmental deaths you can do: from a car compacter to a incinerator! This game as it all.

The Graphics!
This game looks good for a top-down-view game. Honestly, the blood splatter is realistic, as well with the puke green that is vibrant in the blackout levels. Konami did a fantastic job with the graphics in this game!

Sound!
Nothing beats some good ole blood splatter sounds when you make them get hit by a helicopter blade. Of course, this game is made to be funny, so the teddy bear voice is comedic, and the character voices match the characters in the game!

Overall!
This game is blast if you like top-down-shooters, so if you were undecided about it, get it because it really is just a good ole blood splattering fun that everyone should enjoy with the whole family!




This iPhone and iPod Touch app brings a fully 3-D Grand Theft Auto clone to the devices, and it is a big success.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Ambitious"

Summary

Pros:
- Fully open (from the start of the game!) 3D world.
- A relatively accurate rendition of L.A
- Colorful, (somewhat) detailed graphics. (It looks great!)
- Good sound.
- Great assortment of vehicles (all cars)
- Unique "Services" menu, allowing you to get support if you have the money, rent a car, purchase Health, Armor, Weapons, and more from anywhere in L.A.
- Stores/Venues (Purchase weapons at a gun shop, repair your vehicle at a garage.)
- Somewhat customizable controls.

Cons:
-Texture pop in is annoying at times.
- Frame rate drops can occur.
- Reported crashes.
- All vehicles are Cars, no Motorcycles, boats, helicopters, or planes.
- AI is pretty easy.
- No jumping/climbing
- Odd vehicle physics
- Short and easy story missions.
- No day to night cycle.
- No weather cycle.

My Review:

Let me start with this, Gangstar: West Coast Hustle is a fantastic iPhone and iPod Touch game, with good graphics, an open world, and a variety of things to do, this game is simply one of the best games on the App Store.

You start your L.A. experience with a somewhat strange opening and starting missions, but you end up gaining money, and progressing fast. Once you start being allowed to do what you want, when you want, the experience gets awesome, fast. You can purchase an RPG and start destroying car after car, take a sniper rifle and start picking off some cops, Drive your vehicle on the beach... anything! The controls (at least, with my settings for vehicles, Analog bar for steering and pedals for driving) can be either enjoyable, or painful, all on opinion. You run (or walk) with an analog, shoot and change weapons with buttons, and lock-on by tapping a person or vehicle, Driving is fast and crazy, there are plenty of fun jumps and open areas for you to drive through, but if you hit so much as a planter, the car collides and stops.

There are no destructible objects in this game, vehicles, which is kind of disappointing. In fact, you can even walk or drive through street poles, signs and (a few) trees.

This won't be a game you will end up playing all the time, it doesn't have that much content (not to mention the battery life this eats up) but it does a great job at simulating a Grand Theft Auto game on your iPhone or iPod!




If You want gta for your iphone/ipod touch, it has arrived. You want this game!

10

Editors' Choice

Summary

Ok, look. Gangster west coast hustle is pretty much gta without the tv. This is an ipod touch/iphone game and once you buy it, you will never stop wanting to play it.
This game's graphics are stunning for an iphone/ipod touch. Basically you walk around, buy guns, get in street wars with other gangs, do missions for a variety of different characters to progress through the story, and flirt with some of the girls you work for even though you can't do anything else with them if you know what I mean. Anyway what I'm trying to say is that if you have an ipod touch or iphone then this game will not disappoint and will keep you playing through the whole thing. Oh and I forgot about the size. It is Huge for an ipod game. Amazingly you could actually get lost in it it is so big. There is a wide variety of cars and once again, a huge world for you to drive them in. The game's ai is pretty bad though (no surprise since it is just an ipod game, what do you expect it can only do so much.) for instance when a cop is after you and you're holding a gun to him while you only have 1 badge on the screen he will run right up to you and stand in front of you then start punching you while you shoot him. Other than these small errors this game is perfect, you want to buy this.




GTA for the iPod, essentially. Stripped down to the basics for iPod/iPhone. Worth the $.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"All it's cracked up to be"

Summary

Up front Gangstar accepts what it is: a stripped down wannabe GTA. And in truth it pretty much delivers on the promise of a fun time with missions and some sandbox play, although the latter is somewhat hampered by the iPod/iPhone's limited processing power.

The missions were fun and I was surprised to find that there were a lot more missions than I would have originally expected. You even get to choose to side with the Italian or Japanese gangs. The gun selection is good but could be better, and stealing cars works just like in GTA (even with in-car radio).

As for criticism there are plenty if you were to compare it to the PS3/XBOX360 version of GTAIV but such a comparison would be unfair. Where this game fails to deliver is minor but would be in the area of sandbox mode. Limited by its slower processing power this game has a short memory so most areas are "refreshed" once you are just a little bit out of range. Meaning like 30m of in-game distance.

Overall though this game is excellent and I would highly recommend it.
9.0

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