Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

aka: Stubbs The Zombie: Месть Короля
Moby ID: 19756
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Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is a 3D action game that turns the tables on the age old tradition of zombie games. In this game, you play as the zombie, fight off the humans, and eat their brains. Stubbs the Zombie is set in a retro-futuristic city of the future and follows Stubbs over the course of one day as he zombifies the entire city.

Before becoming a zombie Edward 'Stubbs' Stubblefield was a traveling salesman in the 1930s who got himself killed. Flash forward to 1959 where the world's richest man, Andrew Monday, has built his dream city, Punchbowl Pennsylvania, on top of poor Stubbs' grave. Stubbs will have to claw through all of Punchbowl's citizens, including the local police department, crazy militiamen, nerdy scientists, and a deadly barbershop quartet.

Luckily Stubbs has some help. Every human that he kills comes back as a zombie and joins Stubbs in his quest for brains. Stubbs also learns a series of special body powers. He can use his unholy flatulence to stun enemies, he can throw his pancreas as an exploding zombie grenade, and he can detach his own head and bowl it into enemies. Stubbs' most powerful ability is that he can detach his hand and use it as a scout, climbing up walls and the ceiling, and then use it to take control of enemy humans and their weapons.

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  • スタッブス・ザ・ゾンビ:Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse - Nintendo product page Japanese spelling
  • 僵尸斯塔布斯 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 72% (based on 38 ratings)

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Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 42 ratings with 1 reviews)

Must... Eat... Brains....

The Good
Built on the Halo engine, the game offers a tried and true control set, and familiar interfaces. The vehicles are easy to control, and the special moves are some of the funniest I've ever seen. The comic acting in this is spot-on, and I giggled out loud more than once. Especially during Cut-Scenes. The soundtrack is perfectly fitting for the setting, an alternate 1950's universe, where they have the future ideal seen in sci-fi comics from the era. Songs like Mr. Sandman and Lollipop add perfect atmosphere, especially when "Anachronized" and redone by current musical talent. The storyline actually has a point, and makes great use of plot devices. The only bit of gameplay that seems out of place is incredibly fun, and I won't spoil it here.

The Bad
Being built on the Halo engine means limitations based on that engine, limited mobility in some instances, graphic pop-in, and some of the physics glitches are present. Wideload did do a great job of minimizing those instances, but the do still exist. Another thing that grated on me was the grain of the graphics. I have a feeling it was done to hide minor graphic limitations, but it made certain sections of the game a chore if things were moving quickly. Don't get me wrong, this isn't generic fogging, they made it fit the context by giving it a 50's broadcast kind of filter, but it did detract from the visuals more than it helped it, in my opinion.

The Bottom Line
I would describe this game as a fun filled chomp fest. It's got great level design and buckets of gore. A must buy for anyone of the Bungie camp, as Wideload is made up of a lot of those guys, and the mentality stayed intact.

On a scale of 1-10 (yeah - cliche', I know...)

I give this an 8.5

Xbox · by GameJunkieJim (15) · 2006

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Soundtrack

Stubbs The Zombie: The Soundtrack was released by Shout Factory on October 18, 2005. Here is the track listing: 1. Ben Kweller – Lollipop 2. The Raveonettes – My Boyfriend’s Back 3. Death Cab For Cutie – Earth Angel 4. Rose Hill Drive – Shakin’ All Over 5. Cake – Strangers In The Night 6. The Walkmen – There Goes My Baby 7. Rogue Wave – Everyday 8. The Dandy Warhols – All I Have To Do Is Dream 9. Oranger – Mr. Sandman 10. The Flaming Lips – If I Only Had A Brain 11. Clem Snide – Tears On My Pillow 12. Milton Mapes – Lonesome Town 13. Phantom Planet – The Living Dead

Awards

  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2006 - Most Likeable Game Hero in 2005 (for Stubbs)

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Game added by gamer4life.

Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Windows, Macintosh added by Kabushi. Xbox 360 added by Parf.

Additional contributors: Terrence Bosky, Unicorn Lynx, Sciere, Zeppin, Klaster_1, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added October 31, 2005. Last modified January 29, 2024.