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Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
76
3.6
Xbox 360
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4.1
Macintosh
74
4.1

User Reviews

Must... Eat... Brains.... Xbox GameJunkieJim (16)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 1 4.1
Windows 21 3.6
Xbox 9 4.2
Xbox 360 1 4.1
Combined MobyScore 32 3.8


The Press Says

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91
MacintoshGameLemon
Wrapping up the whole package is a wonderfully appropriate soundtrack consisting of electric-rock and techno covers of 1950s pop songs, and some solid, if not breathtaking graphics. The only real flaw the game sports is that a single play-through will only take you about half-a-dozen hours and some change. But playing as a good-natured zombie munching the minds of cookie-cutter townsfolk is something you'll probably want to do again and again. You sicko. It also would have been nice to see some more multi-player stuff other than just the co-op Story mode, as the Halo-sensibilities that the ex-Bungie guys brought to this game really made it feel like some humans-vs.-zombies team death matches would have been awesome. Or some cheerleaders-in-T-shirts-vs.-guys-with-hoses team death matches. Just some thoughts for a sequel, I suppose.
91
WindowsGameLemon
Seriously, though, you Xbox owners old enough to buy M-rated games should all go out there and get this bad boy. It's a fairly unique game that will likely keep your interest piqued and a smile on your face right up until the final brain is eaten. You'll be grateful that you did. Just brush your teeth before you thank me. Please.
91
XboxGameLemon
Seriously, though, you Xbox owners old enough to buy M-rated games should all go out there and get this bad boy. It's a fairly unique game that will likely keep your interest piqued and a smile on your face right up until the final brain is eaten. You'll be grateful that you did. Just brush your teeth before you thank me. Please.
91
XboxUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Stubbs the Zombie is a fantastic tale of one downtrodden zombie's quest to avenge a brutal death, to mend his fetid heart and to raze the city that defiled his burial ground . With grotesque humor and inspired game design, Aspyr and Wideload add wit and intellect to a genre defined by brainlessness. With high-concentrated doses of style and substance, players who enjoy bloodthirsty parodies, a hunger for brains and own an Xbox should raid their local retailers for a copy today.
90
Xbox1UP
There's a famous quote from Bungie on the Halo 2 Collector's Edition documentary saying that Halo was 30 seconds of fun, repeated over and over. Sneak up and melee attack an enemy from behind, throw a grenade, scatter gunfire to attack whoever's left, and pull out your sniper rifle for a few extra hits. His point wasn't to brag about how well those four mechanics worked for the game -- rather, to discuss how to turn something so simple into a full game -- but it's become a famous quote because of how well those four mechanics worked. There were other reasons why Halo was a great game, but the ability to get through each area by juggling a few perfectly designed maneuvers was the key to what made it all fun.
84
WindowsArmchair Empire, The
Does Stubbs the Zombie reinvent the action genre? No but it does reinvent the zombie genre – showing how the undead live – and it’s a fun game filled with a great sense of style and features the best soundtrack this year. Good clean, brain-eating fun!
83
WindowsPC Powerplay
Das langweilige Land of the Dead ist Schnee von gestern: Stubbs ist frisch, Stubbs ist anders. Für die verrückte Idee, als verliebter Zombie durch die Welt zu ziehen, könnte ich die Entwickler küssen. Dazu zünden die vielen Gags, und die technische Umsetzung ist vorbildlich. Spielerisch ist Stubbs aber nicht ganz so gelungen.
81
XboxIGN
The gameplay in Stubbs is pretty straightforward. Your mission is to kill everyone you see. To do so you have a range of special powers. You can fart and stun the enemy, throw explosive gut bombs, use your hand to control an enemy, and use your head as an explosive bowling ball. In addition, you can perform melee swipes, eat brains, and rip off the arms of your foes which can be subsequently used to beat them in the face. As grotesque and intriguing an arsenal as this sounds, you'll soon find some attacks to be far more effective than others.
80
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
But the biggest gripe and probably the biggest compliment I can give: I wanted more. Stubbs ends entirely too soon, with a six to eight hour experience that loaves you desperately craving more brains. Of course, you can artificially extend the life of the game by making your own fun—try zombifying every human on each level. Stubbs also possesses an uncanny knack for getting lost (the undead must have a crappy sense of direction or something), as it’s sometimes unclear where you’re supposed to shamble next. Note to developer: Extending game length with frustrating gameplay = bad.
80
MacintoshNowGamer
Overall, this is an immensely enjoyable game, and one that will keep you entertained right to the end as you battle through even more wacky situations and learn new tricks. While the plot and pacing works beautifully, we couldn’t help but think that the game was over rather too quickly and left us with a slightly empty feeling by the end. That said, the journey to the climax is well worth the admission fee alone.
80
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Although the gameplay is pretty linear and gets repetitive towards the end of the game, Stubbs mostly overcomes the flaw (and unimpressive graphics) with sheer personality. Stubbs, is a likeable character, the story and dialogue is funny, co-op mode plays just like Halo, and the soundtrack is phenomenal. Stubbs the Zombie isn't quite the masterpiece for the Xbox that it could have been, but is still a great action game that delivers something different. For zombie fans, this one is a no-brainer - pun definitely intended.
80
MacintoshMacworld
Despite a few weaknesses, Stubbs the Zombie is sure to please gamers who like their action with hefty amounts of blood, and their humor a little on the twisted side. The game is definitely not intended for kids—or for adults with weak stomachs.
80
XboxGameSpy
The story begins in Punchbowl City, a 1950's town that has advanced to the 21st century fifty years early, thanks to the technological innovations of Andrew Monday, a postwar Thomas Edison whose innovations include everything from flying cars to Dick Tracy-esque wristband communicators worn by the local police. But beneath Punchbowl's squeaky clean exterior lies a dark secret: a deceased traveling salesman named Stubbs, who's grown restless in his grave and decides to leave it in search of action, love, and -- you guessed it -- brains.
78
XboxGameSpot
If only the game were longer. The ability to finish Stubbs quickly makes it well suited for rental, though its high production values and addictive gameplay make it a game that's definitely worth playing. It's unique and exciting enough that you should think about adding it to your collection, especially if you decide to wait for a price reduction.
78
WindowsPlayback
Podsumowując na sam koniec, należy zastrzec, że to nie gra dla wszystkich i nie chodzi tutaj o oznaczenie systemu PEGI "18+". Jeśli po prostu nie lubisz dużej ilości krwi w grach nawet silna dawka humoru w grze nie będzie Cię trzymać przy tytule, bo mimo wszystko jest to gra brutalna, choć ciężko mi to przyznać. Jako młody gracz możesz też nie pojąć idei gry, której klimatyczna głupota ma źródło gdzieś w początkach drugiej połowy ubiegłego wieku, ale jest duża szansa, że ją pokochasz. Dlatego jeśli nieopatrznie zabierzesz się za tytuł nie próbuj nikomu mówić o jego beznadziejności, tę beznadziejność trzeba po prostu zrozumieć. W zasadzie na tym kończą się minusy tej gry, może jeszcze poza długością rozgrywki i lekką monotonią, bowiem ciągle jesz mózgi. W tej grze pozjadasz wszystkie rozumy. Dosłownie. A przy okazji: smacznego!
77
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Als het Stubbs the Zombie langer was geweest zou het veel hoger gescoord hebben, want het is een game waar het spelplezier en de afwerking gewoonweg van afknallen. Misschien wachten op de budgetversie?
77
WindowsGameSpot
If only the game were longer. The ability to finish Stubbs quickly really cuts into its appeal, though its high production values and addictive gameplay make it a game that's worth playing. It's unique and exciting enough that you should think about adding it to your collection, especially if you decide to wait for a price reduction.
77
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Stubbs the Zombie is an enjoyable game that lets you live out the life of a zombie in a B-grade movie. It isn't without some problems, and it is a bit short, but fans of the genre will find something to like.
76
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
'Rebel without a pulse' zit vol goede ideeën die niet naar behoren zijn uitgewerkt. Een gemiste kans op toch wel een potentiële topper!
75
WindowsStrategy Informer
Make no mistake, Stubbs is a fun game. It's well built, has a satisfying though limited gameplay style, and cooperative support allows players to really get the most out of this title. The art and sound of the game is very well done, incorporating the style of the 1950s with retro-futuristic laser pistols, flying saucers, and robots. Stubbs is not an epic. It's a game that is great to pick up at any time of the day, eat a few brains, and then move on to something else.
75
XboxGame Informer Magazine
The only things that really kept me going were the side-splitting cutscene and the swinging soundtrack. Stubbs is definitely unique, it just needs to be fleshed out with greater variety to truly captivate.
75
WindowsIGN
Make no mistake, Stubbs is a fun game. It's well built, has a satisfying though limited gameplay style, and cooperative support allows players to really get the most out of this title. The art and sound of the game is very well done, incorporating the style of the 1950s with retro-futuristic laser pistols, flying saucers, and robots. Stubbs is not an epic. It's a game that is great to pick up at any time of the day, eat a few brains, and then move on to something else. Since there's relatively little plot, there will be little need to explain anything. Think of Stubbs as the equivalent of a cinematic popcorn muncher. It does one thing and it does it really well. If you like zombies or just causing general anarchy in a mindless, humorous kind of way, then this is a title worth picking up. However, be aware that with the PC version you're not getting the cooperative mode that was so fun to play on the Xbox
73
WindowsActionTrip
If you have a better way of spending 40 bucks, then maybe you shouldn't consider spending them on this game. Although Stubbs the Zombie stands as a pleasing deviation from today's genre standards, it still doesn't have enough to engulf players in the long run. It's decent entertainment no doubt, but short of any lasting qualities. A fun and engaging co-op mode would have been enough to increase the game's replay value as well as its overall score.
72
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Stubbs the Zombie is one of the most fun, original games I've seen in a long time on the Mac platform. With its unique combination of humor, gruesome action, and innovative story, Stubbs is a game that's hard not to like. Not only does it have the distinction of being the first game ever to give players a chance to explore the world through the eyes of a zombie, but it also provides a large amount of flexibility as to how to approach the challenges scattered throughout the game.
72
XboxGame Freaks 365
Stubbs is well worth a rental if you need something fun to play for a while. It won't keep your attention long, but every so often it will be fun to pick up with your friends. I'd recommend one of the many other fall titles out there first over Stubbs.
70
XboxX-Power
Stubbs is een uitstekend en origineel spel geworden dat de verwijzing naar slechte B-films niet schuwt. De gameplay biedt op zich niets nieuws maar het is net de creatieve manier waarop de speler hiermee kan omgaan, wat het spel zo leuk maakt. Stubbs: Zombie without a Pulse zal niet door de grote massa gekocht worden maar wel een trouwe aanhang verwerven. Games als deze Stubbs juichen wij graag toe, alleen had het spel wat langer mogen duren. Een ervaren rot cruiset namelijk snel door het spel heen.
70
XboxGamestyle
Ultimately Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is one of those rare experiences that somehow made it to market. Packed full of limitations and issues, the sense of fun and destruction overcomes the majority of flaws on display. As a debut release from Wideload Games, Stubbs shows real promise and we look forward to their next adventure due soon as Hail to the Chimp.
70
XboxExtreme Gamer
Stubbs is a nice little niche game from new developer Wideload. Eating brains always amounts for a good time and Stubbs really lays down the groundwork that could play into nice sequel. Stubbs the Zombie would qualify for a definite rent, the reason I cannot recommend this for everyone is because you really need to enjoy the B-Movie substance and Stubbs is short. You can comple Stubbs in a weekends time, but its fun while it lasts. If you have a free moment and enjoy BRAINS! Creep around for a while as Stubbs.
70
XboxGamePro (US)
It's pretty inconceivable for any game publisher to release an Xbox game, which game engine's based off Halo's game engine --an original Xbox launch title four years ago, during the same month as the Xbox 360 launch, but Aspyr is releasing Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel Without a Pulse", and they're betting gamers can tell a good concept when they see one.
65
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Mein erster Eindruck: verdammt cool. Lässiger Retro-Charme, wildes, stark überzeichnetes Gemetzel, massenhaft Zombies, viel Humor. Ich hatte in der ersten Stunde viel Spaß. Dann zeichneten sich die Schwächen deutlicher ab: Eigentlich macht man immer dasselbe, die Levels schwanken zwischen ganz hübsch und stinköde, von einer zusammenhängenden Story ist wenig zu sehen. Und als das Spiel nach so fünf, sechs Stunden vorbei war, war ich trotz der geringen Spieldauer nicht traurig: Stubbs the Zombie lebt im Wesentlichen von der coolen Thematik – als Spiel kann es nicht wirklich überzeugen.
65
XboxJeuxvideo.com
A prendre comme un petit OVNI lugubre d'humour noir, Stubbs The Zombie est à acheter en connaissance de cause, très court et offrant un gameplay des plus limités, il vaut pour son ambiance amusante et ses séquences drolatiques. Pour amateur de films d'horreur, des années 60 et de la parodie, en occasion de préférence. Les autres peuvent passer leur chemin.
62
WindowsPC Zone
In essence, the game mechanics are as rough as a butcher's dog, yet it remains a game that will make you smile, and one that you'll finish - not least because it's so damn short. With the best soundtrack in history (Ben Kweller, Cake, Death Cab For Cutie, The Dandy Warhols, The Flaming Lips et al), and enough dainty '50s lip-gloss applied, despite its cavalcade of issues, there are reasons to play it - but very few reasons to part with your hard-earned cash for it. Certainly not on PC either - Stubbs loves the console, and loves it hard.
60
MacintoshJeuxMac.com
Au final, Stubbs the Zombie s'avère être un jeu divertissant, qui a su éviter de sombrer dans la violence gratuite et rébarbative, avec les "intermèdes" tels la piste de danse, l'humour au second degré mis en avant et l'ambiance sonore réussie. Les deux principaux griefs concernent le temps nécessaire pour finir le jeu (trop court) et la configuration un peu excessive au vu des possibilités offertes...
60
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
Ultimately, Stubbs fell a bit shy of my expectations. I'm not terribly upset by the high system requirements; I expected them. The level design is interesting and open (so open that it may take you a bit to figure out where to go next), but the action itself tends to get a bit old even within the limited running time of the game. Staggering your exposure to the weapons helps, but the basic strategy remains the same throughout (unlike in most war first-person shooters, for example, where different missions require different methods of execution). The game is amusing, but never laugh-out-loud funny. The soundtrack may be the best I've heard since Redneck Rampage (speaking solely of rock songs, not orchestral scores).
60
XboxPress Start Online
That Stubbs is an increasingly familiar mechanic against the backdrop of increasingly familiar environments is a shame, as it's a likeable game. It simmers with humour and there's a guaranteed laugh in every level – be it Stubbs relieving himself into a pool in order to contaminate the water, or him delivering a passionate speech to his minions consisting solely of the word "brains" in front of an American flag. Stubbs' use of the Halo engine is undoubtedly one of it's main selling points, but unfortunately it's more Library than Assault on the Control Room.
60
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
C’est quoi ce truc vert qui se balade ? Oh, c’est rien, c’est Stubbs. Comment, vous ne connaissez pas ce bon vieux Stubbs ? C’était un chic type, pas très chanceux dans la vie et qui s’est malheureusement trouvé trop vite au mauvais endroit au mauvais moment. Qu’est-ce qu’il devient, maintenant ? Il paraît qu’il se serait reconverti dans le gobage de cervelle. Si si…
42
XboxThe Video Game Critic
Another notable feature is its cool retro soundtrack, with re-recorded versions of classic songs like Mr. Sandman, Lonesome Town, and My Boyfriend's Back. There's even a hilarious dance bonus stage that plays like the old electronic game Simon. But for all the interesting twists and gimmicks, Stubb's gameplay is somewhat repetitive and boring, although the split-screen two-player cooperative mode does enhance the experience. Some may find Stubbs the Zombie too bizarre to resist, but this is clearly more style that substance.