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B.P.R.#2 - Bullet Point Review for... Nation RedIn a NutshellNation Red is a twin-stick, top-down, third-person, hyphen-attracting, zombie-shooter by DiezelPower. In it you shoot zombies (a prerequisite), gather random weapons, level up and choose from an assortment of upgrade / perks, and try either to survive, kill enough zombies to clear the level, or be the last player standing depending on what mode you are playing. The game's aesthetic is gory and dirty and the gear you use tends toward the modern / future side of military armament without stepping more than a toe or two into science fiction's house. Let's get to it.
- Zombies! Lots of them. Big ones, small ones, slow ones, quick ones, male, female, weaponized and weapon-wielding, ya got em! Each of the types has something other than their appearance to set them apart, and you'll find a fair mix of dangers spread throughout the crowd of undead.
- There's even the random boss intermixed in the horde and those fights can be tough while trying to keep the common dross at bay! Bosses drop better loot but can deal and take a lot more punishment. Bring a sammich and a lawn chair, this fight's gonna take some time.
- Level up your character on each run. When you die, your character resets but the game is built around that, and the leveling is so fast and options are so varied that it plays like an arcade game with a hint of permanence in the form of unlocks.
- Random loots! Yes, this game has em. Weapons, power-ups, exploding barrels, grenades, dynamite and more. Also...
- Random perks. Yes Crimsonland fans, Nation Red took this one whole cloth. Each time you level you get to pick a bonus from a handful of the 78 available in this game. This serves to change your character's abilities and maybe even your play style with each level up. Play to a specific plan (if you can) or tweak your toon all over the place. Go nuts. You'll be dead soon anyway.
- Play solo missions to advance the game variety or hunt in arcade modes like survival and even customize your perk load-out before playing.
- Play with a team in multiplayer; either local co-op or online.
- Choose one of 4 classes in multiplayer mode to fit the role you want to play.
- Got a favorite gun? Lock it in so that it doesn't get switched out for the next random drop you step on. You can carry two primaries so find the ones you like best and cling to them.
- Watch out for those invisible walls. The 'arenas' are much smaller than in a game such as Crimsonland. You might find yourself pedaling backwards, unloading slugs on the encroaching baddies, only to have your backside come up against an invisible wall. Things get crowded fast. Aim for the head. Unload the clip in panic-mode, or...
- If you DO get cornered, you have some tricks to try; grenades, kicks, axes, machetes, crowbars and the like. If those fail, jump/dash past the biters and get yourself some breathing room.
On first blush, it looks like a modernized Crimsonland clone, and although there is something different here as well, that analogy doesn't far miss the mark. Like CL, this is a game that circles some well-trod terrain, but does it so smoothly that it feels worthwhile and satisfying. As I alluded to earlier, the arena feels much tighter than Crimsonland's, but that's a good thing. Close-quarters makes it possible to become overwhelmed much more quickly and with fewer monsters biting at your personal pieces.
Nation Red is not a game where you level your character, crafting a killing machine to stand against the ages or even to stick around for future gaming sessions for that matter. In NR, you build for the moment, leveling up in the hope to live long enough just to level up again. You know that eventually you are going to fall, but in the meantime take as many of those undead mooks with you as you can. It's bragging rights in the halls of Valhalla. That's the ShMUp-blood flowing through this genre's veins. Go until you can't go any more, and have fun in the fire.
The game retails for $10 and does go on sale occasionally. That said, 10 bucks is an honest price for this game and there is plenty
of gameplay and enjoyment to be found here for the price of half a Jackson. If you like top-down, twin-stick shooters with satisfying, crunchy effects, pick up Nation Red. Those zombies ain't gonna shoot themselves.*Happy hunting,
*(Well, some might. They aren't the sharpest crayons in the box...)