Unready: Zombie Shooter 2 Teaser Demo

By Kieron Gillen on August 24th, 2009 at 10:44 am.

This is a little old now, but in the aftermath of Alec discovering the joys of Zombie Shooter I thought it worth mentioning that a sequel will be coming out this year. In the proverbial no-brainer, it’s called Zombie Shooter 2 and has a 50Mb hyper-short Smash-TV-esque arena-blaster teaser. The full game should be out this year – “soon”, they said in July – and includes improved graphics, more zombies, vehicles and over fifty-kinds of weapons or accessories. Including a splendid chainsaw. As all chainsaws are splendid. Footage of the tech demo follows…

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  1. Pemptus says:

    Zombie Shooter with the Alien Shooter 2 engine, huh? Awesome. I loved Alien Shooter 2: Vengeance for the title alone. The gameplay was super-fun, too!

  2. Bas says:

    This is fucking awesome, game of the year material. I’m getting this, no matter what the price.

  3. Heliosicle says:

    Yea the originals weren’t so good but they really nailed it with Alien Shooter 2: Vengeance, this looks to improve even more, yay!

  4. Karry says:

    Heliosicle :
    Improve, you say ? Alien Shooter 2 was made with USian audience in mind, and apparently it was too hard for you people. So Sigma caved in, ["Made Love to" - Ed] their own game, made it simpler, ripped out half of statistics and reduced the influence of the other half, gave a bottomless inventory, and released Alien Shooter Reloaded, and people in US STILL thought its too hard ! Seriously ! So you can bet anything that Zombie Shooter 2 will be even more attuned to the retarded masses. Its fun just smashing dozens of skulls with every shot, but a game entirely without
    challenge ? I’m not so hot about that.

    And considering that Zombie Shooter re-used ALOT of art from Alien Shooter 2 (even entire LEVEL LAYOUTS were re-used, talk about extreme lazyness), i’m not optimistic about Zombie Shooter 2.

  5. Kieron Gillen says:

    For the record, the fanboy tendency to compare things to rape will be frowned at.

    KG

  6. neems says:

    Hmm, looks fairly amusing, not sure how much of an actual game is in there though…

    @Karry – regarding difficulty I hope that isn’t the case here. I’ve got Shadowgrounds : Survivor somewhere, and it’s fun but it’s just SO easy. Towards the end I was just running around with my dick flopped out, beating aliens to death. I got bored in the end (plus I was a bit, you know, raw) and never finished it.

  7. torchedEARTH says:

    @Bas This is fucking awesome, game of the year material. I’m getting this, no matter what the price.

    When it comes out, I can get you a copy for a mere £300 pounds. Just wire the money to my paypal account…

  8. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    @Karry:

    While I’m only an American and therefore quite probably the last person you would want to hear this from, I must still wag my finger at your insistence on separating question marks and exclamation points from their warm, comfortable homes with additional spaces.

    Treat them with respect, as you would a full-stop. Or period, however you wish.

  9. Bas says:

    DONE!

    Kieron, is it okay if we use the term “surprise sex”?

  10. Howard says:

    @KG
    Err…? rape when used in the context Karry used it is not referencing a sexual act but carries the same meaning as when one says an army raped a country, as in to destroy and strip of assets/possessions. How is that frowned upon? It’s a perfectly sensible descriptive.

  11. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    @Howard.

    You do realize that the latter definition is actually a very intentional and direct comparison to the former definition, yes? When you use the term, you’re explicitly comparing a political or military act to a sexual one. This was no different.

    “Raze” on the other hand means the same thing but without the loaded terminology. Or quire as loaded.

  12. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    ~quite as loaded.

    Sorry for the double-posting and sloppy typography. It’s actually nearly daybreak where I’m at. I should be asleep by now.

  13. Howard says:

    No, that’s not correct. Raze means to destroy only. Rape means to defile or to despoil and was used to describe other things long before it was used to describe forced, nonconsensual sex.

  14. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Oh.

    Well, you learn something new everyday.

  15. CMaster says:

    @Howard – don’t see that definition here, although there are some forms which seem approriate.

    Rape v(2)
    1. a. trans. and intr. To take or seize (something) by force (cf. RAPE n.3 1). In early use occas. of an animal: {dag}to seize or devour prey (obs.) (cf. RAPING adj. 2).
    In later use freq. influenced by sense 3.

    {dag}b. trans. To pull or tear down. Obs. rare{em} 1.

    c. trans. To plunder, despoil (a place); to rob (a person). Chiefly fig.
    Freq. influenced by sense 3.

    2. trans.

    a. To carry off (a person) by force; esp. to abduct a woman, usually for the purpose of sexual violation. Freq. with away, from. Also fig. Cf. RAPE n.3 3.
    In quot. c1450 perh. figuratively: to seduce.
    In later use freq. influenced by sense 3.

    {dag}b. To transport with delight, to enrapture. Obs.

    3. trans. To violate (a person) sexually; to commit rape against (a person); esp. (of a man) to force (a woman) to have sexual intercourse against her will. See RAPE n.3 2a.
    Now the usual sense.
    App. not used in the 18th cent.

  16. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    I think Howard’s referring to a bit from Wikipedia, which itself refers to the Latin rapere. A quick perusal leads me to conclude that the word originally meant what Howard says, yes. But in English the word seems to have always referred to the sexual crime.

    To avoid confusion or our own tendency to dwell on technicalities, I think Kieron’s judgment stands.

  17. Howard says:

    Well yes, that’s what I said. I used the word despoil as that is a one word alternative to the first definition you listed. Was just trying not to write a lecture. =D

    The etymology of rape is:
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=rape

  18. Howard says:

    @Dorian
    Well its Kieron’s board so I’ll go with whatever he says but rape categorically does not ONLY mean forced sexual intercourse; that is not up for debate. I for one associate the word rape with the despoiling of lands/property/whatever primarily and look to the the term “committing rape” or the “act of rape” for the other meaning.

  19. Kieron Gillen says:

    Howard: I’m not interested in debate on this issue. You’re well into “the swastika is actually a hindu symbol” terrain. History is irrelevant.

    Sorry to be curt on this one. It’s a question of setting the tone, y’know?

    KG

  20. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Thus I humbly motion that RPS take into consideration an alternative to the redoubtable ["Made love to" --Ed]:

    ["Despoiled most wickedly"]

    Grammatical hiccups from direct application would only serve to enrich the amusement for which Editor’s Edits are known.

  21. CMaster says:

    I was about to follow up with the point that whether any of these definitions are technically correct, we have to recognise that the almost universal definition in current English is that of a sexual assault.

    Also, my quote above is from the OED, which makes no reference to the use as a military term.

  22. Jules says:

    Oh wow, is Kieron censoring again? Remember the blow-back last time? Hypocrite. With a short memory.

  23. Howard says:

    @KG
    Would have emailed you this rather than continuing in thread but you’ve taken your email link away…
    As I say, it’s your site, mate, do what you want =D

    I can’t say I’m entirely copacetic with your analogy though. As I say, the meaning of the word is simply not up for debate, so say the dictionaries of the world, therefore comparing my comment pointing out this to, essentially, the arguments of holocaust deniers is a bit harsh, dude.

    Anyway…

  24. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    It’s funnier this way, which is probably for the best.

  25. Jim Rossignol says:

    We censor constantly, you just don’t notice it most of the time.

  26. Archonsod says:

    Well, if it’s always been meant in a sexual manner, “In early use occas. of an animal” pretty much substantiates what I’ve always suspected about the Saxons.

  27. Heliocentric says:

    So anyway, shooting zombies is fun. Amirite, amirite?

  28. CMaster says:

    @Heliocentric – yes, but we all know and agree that so there isn’t much to say.

    Following on under Rape n(3), definition 2 (sexual offence) is described as “chiefly and originally”, making it even clearer that this is the reading people would have now or probably at any time.

  29. Heliocentric says:

    I’m just happy the 2 subjects haven’t been crossed really.

  30. CMaster says:

    @Helio – ever seen Braindead?

  31. Howard says:

    Look, sorry, I really didn’t want to belabor this but if you google the words “The rape of”, look at the results you get. ‘Nuff said really…

  32. Kieron Gillen says:

    Howard: And google the word “Rape” to see actually what people use it for. You say rape, people think of rape.

    My e-mail link is in every single post of mine. Feel free whenever, sir.

    Jules: No idea what you’re talking about.

    KG

  33. Schwerpunk says:

    Someone should make a game about splitting hairs. That seems a more popular topic lately.

    >__>;;

  34. Howard says:

    @KG
    Well in all the posts I can see the hyperlink embedded in your name (and Jim’s, et al) simply point to http://www.rockpapershotgun.com. Is that what everyone else is seeing?

  35. Metal_Circus says:

    everytime i check out a comments thread Howard seems to be knee deep in starting arguments

  36. Howard says:

    Oh dammit! It’s at the top of the actual article isn’t it. Sorry, not paying attention…

  37. CMaster says:

    @Howard – I think you fail to understand why the rape of Nanjing is called that.

  38. Clovus says:

    Wow, worst thread EVAR

    I wanted the flamewar to be about how offensive it is to claim that dumbed down games are the fault of the US. I thought it was the consoles…

    Also, I don’t really know if they made gameplay difficulty changes because of pressure from American gamers that it is too hard. It is a pretty stupid game to begin with. I’m not sure if there is much of a point to making it hard. Especially not with useless RPG elements and annying inventory problems. You shoot tons of Aliens/Zombies with guns. The gameplay style is so old that it can almost be considered a casual game. There should be some challenge to it, but not because you didn’t level up correctly or mismanaged your stuff.

    Lots of games shouldn’t be “dumbed down”. This isn’t one of them. It would be like complaining that they dumbed down Serious Sam.

  39. Howard says:

    I don’t fail to understand anything, thank you kindly, except wht people are denying a perfectly legitimate usage of a word. As I say, what the RPS guys say goes but denying that the word means what it does is just ignorant.

  40. Baris says:

    Oh christ, will you people just let the thing slide already?

    On a happier note, can anyone tell me just how easy the game is? I like my that sort of thing so easy that I can play it even before coffee.

  41. Hentzau says:

    Well Alien Shooter 2 had a variety of difficulty modes. The easiest one basically made you invincible. The hardest one meant a stiff breeze would kill you. So it should cater to all tastes, really.

  42. LionsPhil says:

    Zombies + landmines = love.

    Also, putrid gibs.

  43. Baris says:

    Thanks Hentzau. I guess I’ll be picking this up if it’s reasonably priced then.

  44. LionsPhil says:

    One of the screenshots is a old Mini with a turret mowing down zombies! RPS, how could you overlook this detail?

    I really, really like the graphics on this. They look like the lush backdrops of the 2D era. Some nice vehicle modelling in there, too. Don’t know where all the colour’s gone on the more recent shots, mind. :/

  45. Radicand says:

    I loved Alien Shooter 1 & 2, though never bothered with the Zombie one since it just looked like the same thing with a straight sprite-swap from green monstery things to brown corpsey things. Hopefully they’ll be able to put enough new stuff into this one to convince me otherwise.

    Also, in light of that video not containing any actual shooting, I think they should change the name to Zombie Chainsawer’

  46. Jambe says:

    I’ve only recently played much of the shooter series (bought the pack on Steam), and I’ve enjoyed them all. I find the mindless murderfesting oddly soothing. I also like mindless clickfests such as Diablo 2. I find that it’s easy to get lost in the clicking and running about madly… I actually welcome that “lose yourself in it” kind of escapism. I contrast this against games like Civ and EVE that require use of my intellect, where I don’t really “lose myself”.

    I find that I sort of balance these two types of gaming throughout the week — if I’m feeling down or bothered I’ll load up Plants vs Zombies or Diablo 2 or a rage-tastic shooter like UE3 where I can blast on bots for a while. If I’m in a decent mood I might launch EVE or Civ or whathaveyou.

  47. Vinraith says:

    Yeesh, I hadn’t noticed it before but, language or no, Karry’s right about Reloaded being a total lobotomization of AS2. Needless to say I disagree with the anti-American frothing, but what were they thinking ripping any hint of complexity out of their game? It doesn’t set the best precedent for ZS2, certainly, and that’s depressing.

  48. idmmao says:

    I’m with Howard on this- ban the use of a word because of one of its meanings if you want, that’s valid, but just don’t imply in so doing that there is no other meaning when there clearly is. Obviously it’s a matter of context, but it’s not a matter of history- the word is still used in its original meaning today, and not rarely- otherwise it would be marked “archaic” or something similar. To take any other position would be to be claiming the dictionary is wrong, and that way madness lies.

  49. Dominic White says:

    The RPG elements and daft inventory management of AS2 were totally out of place, especially considering the pure-arcade nature of it’s predecessor. It’s no surprise they removed them in the later version of the game. They just weren’t fun, unless you’re an obsessive compulsive min-maxer.

    To say this is because of Americans is equally insane, and I say this as a card-carrying British person – as such, it is my sworn duty to mock yanks at every valid opportunity. Given the developers track record of making hilariously dumb (but fun) games, it only seems logical that they’d go back to basics. It just works!

    Also, I’m getting quite fast at typing on this iPhone dealie. Good fallback when wired Internet is out.

  50. We Fly Spitfires - MMORPG Blog says:

    Everyone’s going Zombie crazy right now :) I can’t blame them either cause Zombies are where it’s at!

    I wrote an article on my blog about my ideas for a Zombie MMORPG. I truly love to see a game like that…