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There should be no need to convince fans of the series to immediately grab Alive 4-ever RETURNS, but for anyone that held out on the original, this is definitely bigger, badder and more exciting than ever before. Seriously... grab it!
Die Action ist kurzweilig, mitunter sehr fordernd und über den Verlauf der 40 Abschnitte durchaus abwechslungsreich. Mit den aufrüstbaren Figuren, ihren spezifischen Fähigkeiten sowie dem umfangreichen Waffenarsenal kommen motivierende Elemente hinzu. Und nicht zuletzt sorgt der Koop-Modus per WiFi (Bluetooth wird noch nicht unterstützt) für eine interessante Abwandlung der Zombiehatz - wenn es mal nicht lagt oder es zu Verbindungsabbrüchen kommt. Technisch bietet A4R für Solisten ebenfalls viel: Sauberes Scrolling, haufenweise rote Pixel und schicke 3D-Effkte machen einiges her. Allerdings sorgt der Zoom-Effekt nicht nur für Spannung, sondern auch für Unübersichtlichkeit - und die düsteren Umgebungen schaffen zwar Atmosphäre, dunkle Gegner bleiben aber mitunter zu lange unentdeckt. Doch auch wenn diese beiden Punkte für mitunter viel Frust sorgen, ist Alive 4-ever Returns einer der besten Zwei-Stick-Shooter, die derzeit im AppStore zu finden sind.
Aside from that, Alive 4-ever RETURNS offers a similar experience to its predecessor. Meridian didn't do much to flesh out the story, and the visuals, while marginally improved, are a bit too dark and muddy to appreciate. However, it's still one of the best dual stick shooters on the iPhone, and quite a bargain at $1.99 (limited time only). Now get those folks off the island.
Alive 4-Ever RETURNS is a faithful zombie-massacring sequel, offering a similar experience to the original title albeit in greater quantity and quality. A number of improvements to both the engine and the gameplay itself have solidified Alive 4-Ever RETURNS as much more than just a content update, with some thoughtful touches such as zooming out to see the battlefield when you're not firing or how the gun sounds amplify when a power-up is active really shows how Meridian has really fine-tuned this release. Alive 4-Ever RETURNS is easily recommended for dual-stick shooter fans, and a must-have for fans of the original game. There is an enormous amount of content to shoot through here and the levels themselves are challenging, terrific to explore and look great with a whole heap of zombie blood smeared over them.
Just in case I haven’t driven the point enough by now, I’ll say it again: Alive 4-ever RETURNS is a step up from its predecessor, which was already a good game in its own right. Dual-stick shooters on the app store are much like zombies; they come in droves, slavering not for your brains, but for your dollars. There are so many, they threaten to overwhelm you, and so many so similar to the others. Alive 4-ever RETURNS manages to trump most of the competition by offering immense depth of character development, a massive assortment of weapons and other enhancements, and enough content to keep you engaged and busy for some time to come. If you’re a fan of the dual-stick shooter or of zombie games in general, Alive 4-ever RETURNS should be at the top of your shopping list.
There's not quite enough new material to give it a full recommendation, but the original formula is still great. If you want more zombie slaying, look no further.