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Overall I found the game to be a lot of fun and well worth the price. It's hard to really do the zombie killing and bashing genre wrong, and it's nice to see nobody dropped the ball on this one.
The zombies look scary enough, and while they sometimes stand around clueless, they have a way of lunging at you unexpectedly. The well-designed controls let you run using the left trigger, but over time you'll run short of breath and have to slow down. There's a lot of firepower readily available, but reloading some weapons can be agonizingly slow. Hey, that just adds to the suspense. Land of the Dead won't win any awards, but if you've ever wanted to play a part in a zombie film, it's exactly what you're looking for.
Overall, Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green will surely pull in a profit due to Romero's name plastered on the cover, but thankfully, the price tag won't dig too deep into your pockets. The multiplayer can be fun, but only because it means you won't have to endure the game alone. Graphics are a mixed bag and so is the audio department, but ultimately, both aspects are very run of the mill. Hardcore Romero fans will most likely heed all warnings and try the game anyway, but those with a little common sense will do well to steer clear.
When I got Land of Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green, I see a game that has potential written all over it but never once does the game use this potential to its advantage. The game just has terrible AI, not even worthwhile multiplayer, and just a really lackluster overall appeal. Sure the game has the potential but in the end most of it just goes to utter waste.
While the game is not exactly polished when it comes to objects like cars, the dreadful cornfield, and the fire, most of the things look nice, but a little blocky. The game does try to creep you out and it does do a good job at that. I wish there were larger groups of zombies that would need to be killed on screen, to increase the feeling of panic. This game is also just a movie game, so it suffered greatly on that front, but is much better than the average movie game. I believe the personal satisfaction I got from playing the game would be different then what most people would feel when playing it, so I will give a grade based upon that. All and all Captain Gordon gives this game... a C+.
So let's get this straight: minimal character variety with maybe a dozen of the same zombies the entire game, abhorrent graphics (don't get me started on the 2-dimensional cornstalks), a repeating generic soundtrack, hillbilly voice talent, and relatively long load times. They could have at least included more than two zombie-types: walking and crawling. How are they expecting anyone to pay $30 for this? If you're a diehard George Romero fan, this game might be worth looking into for a weekend rental. For everyone else, it will probably be more fun to eat your friend's brain.
Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler’s Green will undoubtedly do a little somethin’ somethin’ at the cash registers since Romero’s name is emblazoned on the box cover, but it’s straight-caveat emptor with this one. Only the undead could enjoy a game filled with numerous glitches and a sincere lack of creativity across the board. Avoid this title like a flesh-eating zombie, unless, of course, you just have to have all things Romero in your collection. Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler’s Green may also be worth looking at just to see how not to do a movie license any justice, and to see the wrong way to going about creating a FPS.
Land of the Dead is a mess of a game. It's not even a game, more like a slow, rotting death. No matter how great your love for George Romero, no matter how overpowering your curiosity, there is no reason to look twice at Land of the Dead. Do not walk away. Run.
The most insane thing about Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green is that it doesn't feel like the kind of rushed, hack-job piece of work that often comes from movie licenses. Considering the fairly lengthy single-player game, the fact that there's a complete multiplayer mode that's Xbox Live-enabled, and that the game supports things like Dolby Digital sound and a 480p resolution, it's very clear that a group of people actually put time and effort into this unadulterated train wreck of a game. And that's just depressing on so many levels. Regardless of whatever effort was sunk into this fool's errand, Land of the Dead is far and away one of the most atrocious gaming experiences to be found on the Xbox. And like the zombies contained within, it should be shot, burned, stabbed, or otherwise slaughtered until there's no possible way for it to harm anyone again. Seriously, don't play this game.
Whilst normally we could find something positive to say about any game with zombies crawling all over it, we’re struggling to find anything else not remotely pestilential to say about this one.