Blast Fat and Bust Up Zombies with HordeZ

If killing zombies burned more calories than the elliptical, you'd do it, right? Of course you would! Here's how to do it in HordeZ.

If you have ever wanted to jump in a movie to fight off a zombie horde or if you just like the zombie genre in general, then HordeZ is the perfect game for you. Provided that you have a healthy heart and a real urge to be scared out of your mind while racing to grab the next virtual clip on the ground as a zombie lunges at you, this game is the perfect zombie making and blasting machine.

What is HordeZ?

HordeZ is not just another zombie game because it doesn’t only include zombies. If you’ve played Left 4 Dead, you will quickly come to realize how similar this game is. A problem that many virtual games have is the lack of ability to walk to the next area. Sure, you can buy an expensive machine that keeps you in the same spot while falling, but not falling, in order to move around in the game, but this game takes care of that. You are slowly moved through the game in order to travel to your next area so that a regular game can be experienced. Your only job is to survive until the end while shooting a horde of enemies that almost never stop coming at you and picking up clips that fall on the ground.

Graphics and Visuals Score 4/5

The graphics for HordeZ are relatively impressive compared to the current games out on the market. You won’t get the highest definition of detail, like Doom, but that’s because of hardware limitations. However, the graphics are very good and you can see most of the blood coming out of a zombie’s head when you shoot it. The game is comparable to Left 4 Dead in this aspect as well. So, if you liked the graphics in Left 4 Dead, you will like the graphics in this game.

Blood and explosions everywhere, or just another day in HordeZ.
Blood and explosions everywhere, or just another day in HordeZ.

Hardware Requirements Score 5/5

The game is fairly compatible with almost all current versions of Windows (7, 8, 10) and it doesn’t require that much to run it. Coming in at only needing 4GB of RAM and 3GB of space, you have the average requirements for any PC game. However, you will need a GTX 970 or a R9 290 in order to run this game on the minimal standard. This is a common requirement because you are generating much more than a flat surface and there’s a lot more depth within the game itself.

Fitness Score 3/5

This is another stand still game and, unlike some other games, this game does not force you into situations where you need to find cover so a minimum of squats and lunges. That being said, you will be moving constantly as you will be attacked from all directions and there are five different levels of skill. You need to manually reload, aim properly each time, pick ammo off the ground, and generally react a lot faster than normal. This will push you quite a bit, but not as much as other games like Holopoint or HoloBall.

Gameplay Score 4/5

At $15.99, this game is practically a steal since it feels so much like Left 4 Dead that it’s hard not to confuse the two games without the virtual reality aspect. You can play with other players, see stats so that you can improve, and shoot lots and lots of zombies. The game does quickly run out of material that surprises you and it does have a ton of bugs in it currently. Don’t let that deter you though, because most of the bugs are related to online play and single player is fantastic and scary all on its lonesome.

Gameplay is everything you want from a Zombie destroyer adventure.
Gameplay is everything you want from a Zombie destroyer adventure.

Overall Score 4/5

If you want HordeZ for the multiplayer aspect, you may want to hold off on purchasing it for a few weeks as many individuals have commented that the newest update created a lot more bugs than it fixed and it removed the ability to have LAN so that they could charge for it. While the game is great for the price, the team does seem to be gradually ruining it with more updates as they try to make more profit off of the game.

-Tommy Mertell

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