When I heard that Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Rob Zombie will be working together on a zombie shooter game, I was totally stoked. When I heard it was also based on a music rhythm game, I was confused. However, you can’t go wrong with zombies, rock, shooting, guitars, drums, and great talent... Can you?
"Is it a shooter? Is it a music rhythm game? Yes, it is Rock of the Dead, and it's coming soon to a console near you!"
The game clearly has talent, good music, and a healthy dose of humor, and I think Conspiracy Entertainment is banking on the talent and gamers desire to slaughter zombies to sell this title.
There is no question that this is a unique concept, combining two wining formulas (zombie shooter and rhythm games) into one potentially epic package. It could also be a risky gamble, because you never know if gamers will love it or not.
I’m not going to lie, though the trailer made me laugh, and I smiled at having some of my favorite talent in one place, the game looked a little, uh, silly. Perhaps that is the point. It is supposed to be a tongue in cheek campy game, catering to a lower budget audience, and have a B movie style feel. But is it for me? I can’t answer that until I try it.
As much as I adore zombie shooters (like Left 4 Dead 2), FPS (such as Modern Warfare 2) and rhythm games (like Rock Band 2), I don’t know if this mashup will strike the right chord for me. Even with a killer soundtrack, good humor, and amazing voice actors, I look at this gameplay trailer and think; meh.
What do you think of it? Is this combination killer, or does it need to be killed?