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Aftermath Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on March 18, 2010


Aftermath
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PROS

  • Haunting, lonely atmosphere.
  • Lots of weaponry to choose from.

CONS

  • Main game acts more like an extended tutorial.

VERDICT

Similar in vein to games like Left 4 Dead and Resident Evil, Aftermath makes you fragile in a deadly world of zombies and keeps the atmosphere tense from beginning to end.


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If you want to take a more artsy view on 'zombies' in media, you could say that they've been used to represent everything from "man's inhumanity to man" to "convenient comedy sidekick". Aftermath by TwoHeads isn't your average twin-stick zombie shooter, it's almost art. Despite being so short, it's an atmospheric experience that'll remind you just why zombies are so scary.

The missions follow a tiny story arc that about your survivor's attempts to navigate through and eventually escape a suburban hell-hole. Twin sticks are used to control your survivor, with one stick to control forward/back and side-to-side movement, while the other turns him around. As a result your survivor is more agile and free to automatically fire at anything that crosses his flashlight's range. Weapon swapping and reloading require touch menus and can lead to some annoying deaths as you frantically scrabble for a new weapon while fighting a horde.

Aftermath strips back its graphics to the bone while retaining an aesthetic charm. The 3D environment uses low polygon models, but clever use of lighting and a sound-scape that ranges from haunting to frightening shows that it's not always about high resolution graphics.

Regrettably the experience is so short, though the last couple levels can prove challenging and a survival mode is available. For any action fans after more than just another gib-fest Aftermath is well worth your time to try.

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