First Impressions: Dead Alliance
Dead Alliance is a multiplayer shooter with a twist. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Dead Alliance takes place in a world overrun by zombies, where former military bases stand intact and are the only remaining city-states. The object of the game is for players to take control of bases across the map…and avoid zombies while you do it. But you don’t just avoid zombies – you use them to your advantage.
Players use a variety of items called Z-mods in order to control the horde of zombies. Some Z-mods will send zombies towards the nearest enemy player. Others will work as lures and create traps for enemy players. The Z-modes work well, as long as you can stop yourself from shooting zombies! The only time you should shoot zombies is when an enemy sends them at you with a Z-mod. Other than that, they move very slowly and you can run around them. We have it engrained in our heads to kill zombies, so it is very weird to use them as weapons.
Besides the Z-mods, Dead Alliance runs like a typical multiplayer shooter. You have a variety of game modes to choose from, like 4v4, Capture and Hold, King of the Hill, Free for All, Team Deathmatch and more. I tried Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill. The Z-mods make things very interesting, especially in King of the Kill. Sending zombies to the point can distract players enough to allow your team to take over. The Z-mods are a lot of fun.
As with any multiplayer game, you have a wide variety of loadouts and guns to choose from. I had the chance to see several loadouts with different weapons. I saw three pre-set loadouts with a total of six being available when the game launches. Unlocking items for your loadouts is based on a leveling up system. Each loadout (light, medium, and heavy) will have different weapons to unlock. The guns that I tried all shot well. The only weapon that gave me the most trouble was the crossbow. It’s slow to reload, but it’s one shot/one kill, so the potential rewards are great if you are skilled.
I had a lot of fun with the demo, but I would like to see the game with regular players. I have a feeling the the devs went a little easy on me during my playthrough (which I greatly appreciate lol). The good news is there will be an open beta coming soon for Dead Alliance! The free multiplayer open beta will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC from July 27-31. Players will face off against opponents and turn zombies into man-eating allies across three multiplayer maps and an assortment of game modes.
The big question for me is the content after launch. Will there be more maps and modes available post launch? We will find out soon enough. For now, get ready for the open beta from July 27th-31st and look for Dead Alliance to release August 29th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In case you haven’t seen it, check out the E3 trailer for Dead Alliance!