Foursaken Media has created some great 3D games, but their first major iOS title was N.Y.Zombies. Now, the sequel is out that enhances the game in every way imaginable, but maintains the first person – zombie shooter style. In N.Y.Zombies 2 you play in a rundown New York City filled with zombies as you travel to Times Square, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and more. In each location, you’re inundated with hordes of zombies facing as many as 20 to 30 at once.
There’s a story and endless mode to chew through, and the feature list is greatly enhanced over the original. The biggest new feature is co-op multiplayer with up to 3 players through Game Center. The 3D engine has been enhanced, and the action is in your face intense. With all that said, the game still feels relatively run of the mill. Every level is simply moving slowly about killing zombies that walk right into your face. There’s not much variation at all, and then there are the frustrating elements.
The controls are a definite problem as the interface is just tedious to actually perform attacks, switch weapons, and even move. There can be a number of missed taps, and then even when you tap the correct controls some of your attacks miss (including melee attacks) despite being at super close range. New zombie types are introduced, and there’s a nice storyline, but it doesn’t change the bland feel of the entire experience that is just like going through the motions.
If that wasn’t enough, each level is set-up with mini objectives that are very hard to pick up on as there are very specific elements that are tough to find. You have to tediously scour the area to find the little white arrows for specific items, but there’s no indication from the objective or radar. All in all N.Y.Zombies 2 has a nice feature list, but the actual gameplay is severely lacking making for just another shooter. The game also has a freemium set-up on top of the purchase price which is identifiable right off the bat with the medic packs as your health quickly depletes with basic weapons.
N.Y.Zombies 2 ($1.99, Universal) looks promising, but fails to deliver making it worth skipping.