I love twin-stick shooters and the movie Zombieland. I also am painfully aware that most games based on movies historically are terrible. That said I went into Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip with an open mind. This genre is pretty basic and it is honestly not that hard to make this type of game enjoyable for me. Give me some cool weapons and swarms of enemies to kill and I am usually happy.
Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip takes the characters from the recently released movie and throws them into a nonsensical road trip. Up to four players via couch co-op can choose from all the main characters in the movies; Tallahassee, Columbus, Little Rock, or Wichita.
The game starts at the location of the final scene of the first movie, Pacific Parkland. As you progress new levels will open up along your path from California. In standard twin-stick gameplay, players control their character from an overhead view and must kill hordes of zombies and scavenge for weapons from the trunks of vehicles. Each character has a special ability they can build up and unleash but I found them all to be rather unimpressive.
While fun if you are a fan of the genre, the gameplay in Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip is nothing special or innovative. Run around and kill things, find the keys to doors and proceed to the next objective. I will say this, there are not enough four player co-op twin-stick shooters on consoles and having the ability to play with three friends locally is a blast.
Graphically Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip looks like something from the last console era. While I would not normally care, considering the MSRP of $39.99 I expected more. All of the characters are not voiced by the original actors from the movie, but the voice actors do their best to impersonate them. I was particularly impressed with the voice for Tallahassee, the actor sounded just like Woody Harrelson to me.
Overall Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip is an overpriced generic cash grab. While fun with multiple players locally there just isn’t really much here. Unless you are a huge fan of the Zombieland movies or twin-stick shooters, AND have friends to play with in person, I cannot recommend it. If this was a $10 budget game then sure, it is a fun way to spend an afternoon with a friend, but not at this price.