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Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition Lurching onto PS4

Posted by Edwin Garcia

Don't lose your head

It looks like Housemarque's twin-stick zombie shooter Dead Nation really is coming to the PlayStation 4, as the Asian iteration of the PlayStation Blog has marked it down as a PlayStation Plus freebie for subscription holders. The title was rumoured to be part of the European Instant Game Collection recently, too, but is still yet to be officially announced for Western regions.

Long-term PlayStation Network users may remember the PlayStation 3 version being given away as compensation for the online outage that impacted the console a few years ago, so this may actually end up being your second complimentary copy of the game. Are you eager to end the search for brains again? Aim for the head in the comments section below.


User Comments (17)



ScreamAimFire99 said:

It's doubtful that there are any improvements to the actual game but if there were, this would be a perfect PS4 game. Only downside is that most of us have played it already. But I love the game.



get2sammyb said:

@ScreamAimFire99 I think the lighting will probably get a massive bump. It already looked good on the PS3, but I assume the PS4 will give it an added boost.



Shaolin said:

This sounds great, although I'd be fibbing if I said I wasn't looking forward to a Dead Nation 2.



banacheck said:

It's apparently available on the 6th March, the Apocalypse Edition must mean it includes the DLC. It'll probably also be 1080p/60fps, I cannot see them just doing a straight port with no enhancements. I'll be playing it again as it was a good game, I'm surprised it's coming.



NathanUC said:

That is exciting. I loved the game on PS3 but never got a chance to finish my platinum.



ztpayne7 said:

I actually never played this game. I know it's zombies but does it play similar to their other arcade style games?



Reverend_Skeeve said:

Awesome! I love twin stick shooters and all stuff zombie, so I'm sure I'd love this game. Just checked out some videos of the PS3 version and this game looks like it's right up my alley.

Even if they "just" bump up lighting and resolution and make it run at 60fps, this would be a day one purchase...but included in the IGC? Yes, please!



Ginkgo said:

Never really been a fan of "God view" games which are so far away from the action, but if it comes to PS+ I will obviously give it a try.



get2sammyb said:

@ztpayne7 It actually plays surprisingly close to Super Stardust HD, which is strange considering the wildly different premises.



CodeSe7en said:

yeah i'm fine with this game; i like it on my ps3. but what are the numbers on this? has it been worked on at all or just moved over to ps4? 1080? 60fps? what is it?



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@CodeSe7en Games on PS3 run mostly in a resolution of 720p, which means the resolution (number of pixels) of the picture. "720p" means a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Modern HDTVs have a resolution of "1080p", which means 1920 by 1080 pixels (1920 horizontally, 1080 in vertical). Because of this, games running in 720p have to be enlarged ("upscaled") to prevent a black bar around the picture, because a 720p picture doesn't have enough pixels to "fill out" a 1080p TV screen.

So to enlarge a 720p picture to 1080p, some pixels not originally there in the picture have to be "created"/"invented". So an upscaled 720p picture on a 1080p screen isn't as sharp as a genuine 1080p picture that has all the pixels for a full screen 1080p picture. Meaning: crisper, sharper visuals when the console generates the picture in genuine 1080p in contrast to an upscaled 720p picture.

60fps means "frames per second". Games on video game consoles run in either 30 or 60 fps...30fps are already enough for the human eye to generate a fluid motion (movies in cinemas used to run in 24fps before digital tech took over there), but for fast games like racing games or fast ego shooters, devs try to go for 60fps because it's more fluid than 30, obviously.

So, all the numbers above mean that I hope that Dead Nation, which runs in 720p and 30fps on PS3 will be improved on PS4, running smoother and crisper in true, non-upscaled 1080p at 60fps...which it most definitely will.

Sorry for the long post.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Love a decent zombie game. This will keep me entertained until dying light. I recently played overkill house of the dead, shockingly poor.

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