Dead Effect

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Dead Effect on Steam

MSRP: $4.99 / Free to play with in-app purchases on mobile

Platforms: Win, Mac, iOS, Android

Release: 12/17/14

Dead Effect is a first-person shooter, featuring the ever popular zombies-on-a-space-station.  I know there are some of you rolling your eyes already at this being included in the October games, but zombies (or aliens) on a space station tend to scare the crap out of me.  It’s less about the monsters and more about the complete feeling of isolation as monsters are trying to eat your face.

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There are multiple game modes, but I decided to dive right into Story mode.  The campaign is mission based, with no option to save during a level, which is not my favorite save system, but so far the levels have been brief enough that it’s manageable.  For an indie title with such a low price point, the graphics are pretty great.  I’m not too excited about the story so far, but running around blowing up zombies has been pretty satisfying.

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There are two forms of currency in game – credits, which are just kind of lying around on the floor waiting to be picked up, and gold.  I assume this is due to the game’s origin on mobile devices (who even plays FPS games on a tablet or phone, is what I want to know), but gold does drop on occasion from zombies. As much as I would like to save up for a chainsaw, so far I have been spending my credits on bullets nearly as fast I am looting them.

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I ran into an issue with Dead Effect the first time I loaded it up – after hitting the main menu, I got an error message about resolution and the whole game shut down.  I attempted to mess with compatibility options, running it in Win 8 mode as recommended, but then it wouldn’t load at all.  After removing the compatibility and allowing it to run as administrator, it runs just fine at my native resolution of 1920 X 1080.

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If you are the type who enjoys in-game collectibles, it’s worthwhile exploring levels completely, since there are multiple kinds of collectibles to find. There are guidance arrows, so if you want to fully explore just leave the direction of the arrow for last whenever you have options.   When I died on the first level, I had to restart, but when I died on the second level, I was given the opportunity to continue for 2000 credits, so a death does not necessarily mean starting over from the beginning.

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Dead Effect isn’t a great game, but it is far better than reviews and the low purchase price would indicate.  I’d recommend this mostly to someone looking for an easy access point into first person shooters – while it lacks the depth of other titles in the genre, that makes it a good introduction. If the purchase price of $4.99 is still too steep to take a chance on, Dead Effect is available as part of the Bundle Stars FPS Heroes Bundle for only $2.99 with 6 other games.

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