What is Blood Drive you ask? Well, for starters it is not Activision going around asking people to donate blood for local blood banks. No, we will save those blood drives for people like the Red Cross. This Blood Drive is all about zombies and armored cars.
In the game, players control the cars and battle each other and the hordes of undead (unrelated, do the undead come in anything other than in “hordes”? Do they come in groups, or even large groups? What about a mass; can there be a mass of undead?) as they compete in a televised game show.
According to David Pokress at Activision Publishing, “Over-the-top vehicular combat and zombies are two things that go great together.” And it is kind of hard to find fault in his statement.
I mean zombies still remain the “new” hotness. In that way zombies really excel at being undead, as the trend of adding zombies to things continues to rack up interest and sales no matter how many times its been done. But this was not always the case. Some Ranters may remember Carmageddon — great game for its time, tons of fun. But then along came Carmageddon 64, changing the pedestrians you could run over from regular people to zombies. And man did gamers hate the change.
Blood Drive will feature 6 different environments, and multiplayer allowing up to 4 people to drop-in and drop-out as they wish. It is also set to release at a slightly discounted price point of $49.99. While zombies might be all the rage now there was a time when vehicular combat games ruled the roost. Now with a renewed interest in the vehicular combat genre — with games like the new Twisted Metal perhaps leading the charge — this fall might be the perfect time for Activision to cash in on two fads at once.
Blood Drive is expected to peel out to gamers this November for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.