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Review SHADOWGUN: DeadZone
Multi player combat games
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 20 Aug 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality 3D graphics, exciting plot, addictive game play
Glitches, high difficulty, challenging controls
SHADOWGUN: DeadZone for Android is an intense combat game. Kill or be killed in this heart-thumping competition.
SHADOWGUN: DeadZone grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. You are a bad ass soldier in a multi-player game of hunt and destroy. You're dropped into an expansive industrial sort of warehouse with lots of corridors, catwalks and stealthy places to hide. In there with you, are 9 other soldiers. Your mission is to run, sneak and ambush and kill your opponents. Each game is a timed competition. You will die ...bloodied and often. But you can keep respawning and resuming the game within the time limit until the game is over. He who scores the most kills, wins.
The controls are good, but rather complex. A virtual joystick on the left, and pan and tilt controls on the right, just under the weaponry controls. Just move around with the joystick and scan the area with the pan and tilt controls. You can run, sneak, tumble, crouch and do all you can to get off that kill shot before someone does the same to you. The problem is, it's exceedingly difficult to run and scan your surroundings at the same time, so new players to the game are basically sheep going to slaughter. Experienced players just blow your brains out, again and again. Clearly, you will not get far in this game without buying mucho upgrades. If not, then you may as well just sacrifice yourself heroically, cuz you're gonna die anyway.
The app functioned well but ran my device hot. I also experienced several hangs and glitches. There's a slot machine for rewards, and boy o boy, was it ever a mistake to pull that lever, cuz that thing froze the whole game in an endless spinning loop, waiting for the dang slots to kick in with the results.
The graphics are excellent. Very nice quality 3D with cinematography to rival and blockbuster film. The sounds are intense.
SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is very well done and successfully had my heart in my throat. However, unless you are willing to really commit to this game, it's a complete waste of time. You need the upgrades to stand a shot against the more experienced killing machines you're playing against. If not, you're just raw meat waiting to spill copious amounts of blood. Good luck! You'll need it.