I got in a rare mood the other day: I was totally craving a great, top-down, maybe isometric shooter*. This isn't my go-to when it comes to gaming, but I took a look through some of my back-catalog on my PC. I definitely don't keep them on hand on PS2 (or any system that caters to that genre), but I had a few left over from indie bundles.
The first one I played was Zombie Shooter. I have to say, Zombie Shooter is a fantastic game. I'm not a zombie fanatic, and I don't care much for 3rd person shooters, but this totally satisfied my craving. You're a total bad-ass with every kind of gun imaginable, you cover the walls and floors in blood, and you run around quick as hell.
I found a review on Zombie Shooter complaining that the A.I. is 'terrible,' but com'on, what do you expect for a zombie hoarde? This brings me to what may have possibly made me happiest: you're shooting the old-school, feet-shuffling zombies more than anything. This whole “Zombie 2.0” movement where zombies run fast and out-think you just isn't authentic to the idea of a zombie. Zombie Shooter gives ya what you want, slow, easy-to-shoot targets that can overwhelm you if you're not on top of your game. And it spices them up with some B.A. varieties that have a bit more speed and some big ol' guns to counter yours.
Speaking of guns, they're great! You have the traditional zombie killing weapons, a shotgun, machine gun, flame thrower, etc. In addition, you get some more non-traditional ones to suit your needs, like a plasma rifle, or the disk-shooter whose projectile goes through anything 'til it hits a wall. Every weapon is upgradeable and each upgrade is a significant enhancement.
The game is short and doesn't have much replay value. The final boss was disappointingly easy. It does have different modes, like the one pictured below where you're just a turret against a colossal hoard, but they're a bit gimmicky and aren't anything to get hooked on. All-in-all, it's a great buy at $5 or less, and it definitely goes on sale from time to time.
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*I also tried Zombie Shooter 2, which is awful. They tried to blend it with an RPG type, which didn't go well. The animations are blocky, choppy, and poorly done. The first was real smooth and really gave you a feeling of speed and control. That's completely gone in the sequel. The second has a nice look, but is ruined by the poor animation. It also replaces the overwhelm-you-with-a-hoard gameplay with occasional zombies and ammo scarcity. Purchasing upgrades and armor is replaced by experience levels. Having 10 guns is replaced by a few weapon slots. A little too inspired by Resident Evil, maybe.
I have also been playing Shadowgrounds, which isn't as good as Zombie Shooter either. It has some decent gameplay, albeit unbalanced. It's also riddled with terribly animated cutscenes (which are at least skippable) and abysmal voice-acting. I hear the sequel, Shadowgrounds: Survivor is better, but I haven't gotten into that one yet. The mediocrity of Shadowgrounds and Zombie Shooter 2 is starting to kill my 3rd-personshooter mood.