Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

It’s 1959 and the city of Punchbowl, PA, is a beacon of progress and ideal living. Show the living that law and order are no match for a dead man on a mission. Your boyfriend’s back Maggie, and Punchbowl is gonna be in trouble!

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 3.8GB download size.
  • Controls settings-Invert axis. Can set by player name.
  • Two-player local support.
  • Register your game with your Aspyr account via a QR code scan.
  • 4 difficulties-easy, normal, tough, and insane.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Opening tutorial tour.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Film grain-on/off.
  • Autosaves regularly.
  • Action brawler gameplay.
  • You play as a zombie and when you kill someone they become a zombie and you can order them around with whistles and shoving.
  • Created zombies will attack and kill other people.
  • Attack from behind to eat their brains.
  • Gas-fart to stun enemies within an area.
  • Attacks can sever arms and be used as weapons or cut people in half.
  • Great performance in handheld mode.
  • On-screen button prompts.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Full 3D camera control.
  • Can drive and shoot from vehicles!
  • 12 levels to unlock.
  • Level select.
  • Bomb-throw and press again to detonate.

Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • No real benefit to registering your game.
  • Can’t skip all the cutscenes.
  • No way to turn gore/blood on or off.
  • The whistle radius seems quite small.
  • Sparse in places with a lot of open empty land.
  • No markers or help with guidance.
  • Wooden animations.
  • Feels dated.

Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Stubbs is a game that originally came out on Xbox, I missed it so getting my hands on it now was great. Turns out, I really like Stubbs, he’s a zombie that you play as and can attack humans, beat them with their own arms, and eat their brains! No matter the method of dispatching your humans they will turn into a zombie and you can loosely control them by whistling and shoving them around. Zombies will attack humans for you but they are not that efficient. I just love the humor of it all and how the world is crafted in such a way that I can play how I want within reason. The inability to see your goals make it painful a lot of the time but watching the zombies shuffle around is so fun that it help pass the pain. Vehicles are in the game and actually work, not from a story perspective but definitely from a game point of view. Levels as said are quite big and look good even if they are barren in a lot of places. Overall I’m glad to have finally played Stubbs but I do question why the remaster? re-release exists as it is very dated and no extras are really here to make it a purchase if you have played it before except for nostalgia.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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