Wednesday, October 30, 2013 16:01:00

Review: Dead Trigger 2 Is a Serious Zombie FPS For Android


Hanging out with everyone at the hideout.

Zombies are pesky. I mean, seriously, who likes them? So when a mutant virus erupts and turns everyone into brainless maniacs, the solution is pretty simple: Kill, kill, and kill some more. That's what you'll be doing in Dead Trigger 2, one of the most impressive first-person shooters available on Android today. In the words of T. Fergason, from Modern and Sci-Fi Horror:

I wasn't too impressed with the original Dead Trigger, but the sequel is very good. Everything is better, especially the levels. You actually have room to move around this time. One of the best FPS games available on Android. Highly recommended.

Gameplay and Action


Get paid to shoot.

Dead Trigger 2 is a large game, and it makes an attempt at a plot: You start out with very little gear (a handgun and a wrench, to be precise), and gradually work your way to better gear through successive missions. Along the way you also gain collaborators: There's a medic that can fix you up with painkillers, a gunsmith, an engineer that makes weapons other than guns, a smuggler that can get you fancy in-game items in exchange for gold, and a scientist that can upgrade everyone else's tech level. This colorful cast of characters all chill in your hideout, while you go and do the real work, killing zombies.

The post-zombie world is an interesting place: On the one hand, everything is an apocalyptic mess, with ruined buildings in complete anarchy. On the other hand, every time you complete a mission, you get a tidy sum of dollars! So the US Dollar is still going strong, and there must be a banker somewhere watching you kill zombies, because you get $4 for every head-shot you make. Not bad.

You can use the money you make to upgrade your gear, or get better guns. It's not that simple, though, because you'll have to upgrade your guys' tech level first. In other words, there's enough depth here to keep you busy for a while. After just a few missions, you will finish the first campaign and get to move to another one, taking place in Africa. Not all missions involve running around and shooting zombies: The first Africa mission sees you shooting them from a chopper, just for variety's sake.

Controls and Graphics


Killing zombies!

The controls are one of the weaker points of Dead Trigger 2. To be fair, coming up with a control scheme for an FPS when all you have is a touch screen isn't easy. What you get is a joystick on your right thumb for looking around and one on your left thumb for moving . There are also on-screen buttons for throwing grenades and switching weapons.

On paper, it's a sensible scheme. But when you've got a bunch of zombies coming at you from all direction, it can get a bit confusing, and does require practice.

In terms of graphics, Dead Trigger 2 wins. The game presents large, atmospheric environments, which rendered smoothly and fluidly on my Sony Xperia Z. The game didn't stutter or lag, and playing was generally enjoyable (if killing zombies is your kind of fun, that is).

All in all, if you're into FPSes, Dead Trigger 2 is a must-play. It follows a free-to-play model where you have to pay real money for some items and upgrades, but it's not stingy about it: You get to have quite a bit of fun without having to shell out money right away. Take it for a spin, it's just the right time of year for it.