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The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us!

Mark Cooke's Avatar + Posted by Mark Cooke on Sep 24, 2009 // Lead Systems Designer, Nihilistic Software

Today on PSN a shambling mass of rotting corpses have appeared and are threatening the safety of the human race on Earth. You can do your part to fight back the zombie hordes in our new game, Zombie Apocalypse, developed by Nihilistic Software and published by Konami. For $9.99 you’ll shoot loads of zombies with one to four players fighting cooperatively in an online enabled zombie kill fest.

When Nihilistic first sat down and thought about creating a downloadable title, we immediately wanted to do it in the horror genre. We’ve got a lot of zombie and horror fans here. Not to mention some hardcore fans of old-school shooters. Combining the two felt logical and Zombie Apocalypse was born.

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Thematic inspiration was drawn primarily from classic zombie films of the 70s and 80s. Two films in particular are ZOMBIE (aka Zombi 2) by Lucio Fulci, and Nightmare City by Umberto Lenzi. The first level in Zombie Apocalypse is set in an airport which is a homage to Nightmare City. If you haven’t heard of either of these films and don’t mind some bad acting they are both incredible zombie gore fests. They are definitely not for the squeamish!

The game design was inspired primarily by two old-school shooters. The first was Robotron, a classic and innovator in the dual-stick shooter genre. In fact, the internal codename for Zombie Apocalypse during development was “Zombitron”. At the beginning of Zombie Apocalypse’s development, we held an internal Robotron tournament to get prepared. The second was gamer favorite Smash TV. We built upon the gore and arena combat of Smash TV by adding environmental hazards into our arenas that will tear zombies to shreds, blow them up, or light them on fire when you blast zombies into them.

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Zombie Apocalypse is all about survival and scoring big. When playing with friends either on the same console or online, the team is working toward a shared score. So to do well and hit the top of the leaderboards you’ve got to work together. Here are three PlayStation Blog-exclusive tips for hitting as high of a score as possible, applicable to either single or multiplayer:

  • The survivor characters all have chainsaws that you can pull out at any time. Use the chainsaw to grapple by pressing and holding the L1 button to score an instant kill on a zombie and to increase your score multiplier by three. Just be careful to not use the attack in the middle of a group of zombies, as it leaves you vulnerable for a moment as it ends. Try to lead a lone zombie away from the group then chainsaw them in half.
  • Make use of the environmental hazards. For example, blast zombies with your shotgun into the wood chipper in the Logging Camp level. Each hazard kill gives you an additional 5,000 points on top of the points you would have scored otherwise.
  • Use the zombie bait grenade not just to kill a bunch of zombies but to lead them to environmental hazards to score more points. In the Graveyard level you can throw the bait into the open grave and then shoot zombies directly into it to put them back to rest and get your hazard bonus.

If you reach the point where you think you can easily handle a Zombie Apocalypse and want an even bigger challenge be sure to unlock Hardcore Mode, one of our six unlockable game modes. Hardcore Mode restricts each survivor to starting with just one life and no extra lives are granted. That means you’ve only got one chance to try to score big on the special Hardcore Mode leaderboard. To unlock Hardcore Mode, complete seven consecutive days (missions) in the normal game mode without dying. Additional unlockable modes include Blackout Mode, where all the lights turn off except for one small light per player, and 7 Days of Hell Mode, where the survivors are tasked to survive through a week of sepia toned zombie mayhem.

Zombie Apocalypse Queen Zombie Apocalypse Kamikaze

So hit the store later today and get Zombie Apocalypse for PS3! But we are not just developers — we’re givers too! So to celebrate the launch of Zombie Apocalypse we will be giving away 25 codes for the game on the PlayStation Twitter feed. But make sure you’ve read this post, as there might be little pop quiz via Twitter! So keep your eyes peeled to Twitter later today after our PlayStation Store Update goes live!

Hope to see you online fighting back the zombie invasion with me!

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235 Comments   15 Replies

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+ skrillazoe on September 24th, 2009 at 3:59 pm said:

chainsaw….


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+ Loco-Marco on September 24th, 2009 at 3:59 pm said:

the answer of the contest is Chainsaw.


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+ skrillazoe on September 24th, 2009 at 3:59 pm said:

chainsaw!!!!!!


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+ OverlordLaharl on September 24th, 2009 at 3:59 pm said:

Ugh my answer for for twitter, i had to reply here right? lol First post did not appear :(


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+ skrillazoe on September 24th, 2009 at 4:00 pm said:

chainsawww


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+ Tagan55 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:00 pm said:

i answered on twitter but just in case chainsaw


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+ StealthyMakoto on September 24th, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

Chainsaw!


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+ babyandpookey on September 24th, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

chainsaws


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+ Azerath39 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

chainsaw


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+ playswithswords on September 24th, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

Chainsaw. I also replied on the twitter so I think I messed up.


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+ Paradron_Bomb on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

chainsaws, never twittered before, don’t know if I did it right lol


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+ StealthyMakoto on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

Above answer was for twitter, since the reply link there wasn’t working <_<


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+ Wompdevil on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

I think you are supposed to answer on Twitter, not on here =D

I hope I won, I replied a split second after the question was posted


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+ CecilMcW00t on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

Chainsaw! i left a twitter reply, not sure if I made it though lol


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+ VoidSeeker on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

chainsaw


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+ playswithswords on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

Did my comment go through?


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+ Wompdevil on September 24th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

But “chainsaw” just in case :P


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+ cynder451 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

they all carry a chainsaw


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+ Izodius on September 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

chainsaw
?


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+ Maggot666PL on September 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

Chainsaw.


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+ VoidSeeker on September 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

chainsaw!


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+ kidhero99 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

What short-range weapon do the survivors of Zombie Apocalypse carry at all times?

Is it a pistol?


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+ kidhero99 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:05 pm said:

Chainsaw


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+ arrais on September 24th, 2009 at 4:05 pm said:

it’s the chainsaw


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+ attikid on September 24th, 2009 at 4:05 pm said:

CHAINSAW!!!


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+ presidentgenius on September 24th, 2009 at 4:05 pm said:

chainsaw


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+ kidhero99 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

its a chainsaw my bad


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+ Izodius on September 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

How do you know if you won? I was like .2 seconds on twitter!


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+ skrillazoe on September 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

I hope this was the place because on twitter the link they give to reply to is broke :( and i didnt know i commented that much haha. Im my comp it look like the answer didnt go through


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+ Grouken on September 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

I reply in Twitter, but here is: Chainsaw.


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+ demonsgalore on September 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

shotgun?!


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+ Grouken on September 24th, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

I replied in Twitter, but here is: Chainsaw.


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+ Izodius on September 24th, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

How do you know if you won? I was like super flash quick on twitters!


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+ OverlordLaharl on September 24th, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

Ugh… that mean that twitter noob like me would have miss it? Sniff that really suck, was right there when it was posted, but because i didn’t know how it work i posted here :(


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+ demonsgalore on September 24th, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

chainsaw!


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+ maatouk16 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

chainsaw!!!!


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+ Wompdevil on September 24th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

when I replied on Twitter i clicked on the reply arrow on the side since the reply link didn’t work but that might not count. Either way I should be in the top 25 here or on Twitter if that was correct


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+ stlthriot on September 24th, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

I heart contests for PSN games, I just hope I got my answer replied in time! :D


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+ Loco-Marco on September 24th, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

same here…. how can you reply in twitter?


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+ Tagan55 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

how do we check twitter replies im almost positive i made it in top 25 on ps blog and twitter


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+ little_big_kill on September 24th, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

Why are you guys posting here? They specifically said to answer by replying in twitter. You’d do this by posting from your twitter homepage:
@SonyPlayStation A chansaw.

Posting the answer here won’t do a thing.


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+ mamaitata on September 24th, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

@skrillazoe // you are hilarious :-)


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+ thegiblet75 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

chainsaw


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+ attikid on September 24th, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

oh man. you had to reply on twitter? i don’t have a twitter account


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+ eghostx80 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

mmm i replied on twitter, how are we gonna know who the winners are?


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+ skrillazoe on September 24th, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

UGH…IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A REPLY TO TWITTER!!!……man i fail….*cries*


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+ Izodius on September 24th, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

I did it because everyone else did! I’m a lemming. =( My first reply was on twitter, in miliseconds of their post.


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+ jimfear on September 24th, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

did they already gave the vouchers?


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+ Tagan55 on September 24th, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

awesome i won! i never win this kind of stuff :D


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+ SolduNuts on September 24th, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

I cannot give you my answer to the question for the contest becuase the link brings you to a page that does not exist. I have been waiting on twitter for about an hour, constantly refreshing my webpage to win this contest and now the link does not work so twittered my answer to the sony twitter page. Hope this gives me at least a chance to be in the contest to win.


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