Welcome Time Wasters!
So I was browsing around on Steam a couple of weeks ago when I ran across a game titled Metal Dead. Being the zombie fan that I am, I gave it a look and determined I’d probably find it interesting. I wasn’t wrong.
Metal Dead puts players in the role of a metal head trying to survive in a zombie apocalypse. It has a great sense of humor and I found myself laughing a lot more than I expected to while playing a game about zombies. Heck, the game even had Alia (My wife. She does the art for the GiN Comics. Don’t know if I ever really made that clear.) laughing and she’s incredibly hard to please when it comes to humor.
I love how Metal Dead handles interaction between the two main characters. Both of them are metal heads and they’re obviously best friends. The amount of sarcasm and insults slung back and forth during the game reminded me so much of hanging out with my own group of friends. The writers behind the game did a great job at capturing how a lot of guys are when they hang out with each other.
The gameplay in Metal Dead is that of a point-and-click adventure. There’s not a lot to say about this. After all, most of these games play almost exactly the same. What sets Metal Dead apart is its humor that I mentioned earlier. Lots of items have very blunt or witty dialogue associated with them and it really fits the flavor of the game.
The graphics in Metal Dead are somewhat strange. Everything kind of looks like it was done in paint and it’s really simple. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s bad. This actually works out well as the goofy style compliments the game’s humor. One issue I did have with the graphics is how choppy animations are. I lot of character movements are really rough as well as some of the interactions. A little more work on this would’ve went a long way.
The audio in Metal Dead was right up my alley. There’s heavy metal played throughout the game and it really helps set the mood for a game all about metal heads in a zombie outbreak. It might not be for everyone, but it does a great job at fitting with the game. There isn’t any voice acting in the game, but the sound effects are alright.
Overall, I really liked Metal Dead. It’s a fun take on the zombies trope that has been strong in the last few years. The gameplay and graphics aren’t anything amazing, but the writing alone is enough to warrant picking up the game. I grabbed my copy on Steam during its release sale, but I can easily say it’s worth the full price of $5.
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