Everyone likes a good apocalypse, isn’t that right. I’m certainly hoping for one before this semester’s exams start rolling in. There are so many different types to choose from though. Biblical apocalypse, nuclear apocalypse, huge meteor striking Earth, supervolcano eruption and so on. But few are as popular in video games as the good old zombie apocalypse. There is something very appealing in a virus turning normal everyday people in bloodthirsty monsters. To be fair Desolate City: The Bloody Dawn Enhanced Edition isn’t exactly a zombie apocalypse game, since the infected are murderous maniacs and not hungry reanimated corpses, but I think the term still applies.
So how did the infection start. Well, it was a fairly normal day in the city of Gray Bay. Lisa, a law student was working at her part-time job in a pizzeria. But unbeknown to her a research facility on the other side of the city was making progress with its secret experimental project. However, things didn’t workout as the researchers had expected. And by “didn’t work out” I mean there was a horrible accident at the facility which unleashed a virus, turning everyone infected into an uncontrollable maniac and had the potential to spread across the entire city. News of the accident attracted a journalist named Max, whose job was to cover the event, but at that time he, and everyone else, had no idea about the infectious nature of the incident. What an unlucky fellow.
Desolate City: The Bloody Dawn Enhanced Edition is retro-style adventure game which, as mentioned above, is set in the city of Gray Bay after the outbreak of the virus. It has a top down view and feature element of shooters and survival horror games. As you explore the different scenes you’ll encounter enemies that would very much like to gut you. There’s quite a variety of them. You have normal and special infected, as well as bosses. But don’t worry, while exploring you are likely to stumble upon weapons to help you stand a better chance. These can be melee, such as pipes and swords, or ranged, such as pistols and rifles, but the ranged ones require ammo, so you better use them wisely. Even if you don’t have a weapon you need not worry too much, you have your bare fists. Using them might not be the wisest decision when taking into consideration that the ones you are punching are infected, but if you have no other option why not. I skimmed through some things, but it’s an overall solid experience.
Desolate City: The Bloody Dawn Enhanced Edition gives me a bit of a Resident Evil vibe, which is great, I love those games. It has solid gameplay an interesting story and also feature some great looking pixel art, and an original soundtrack composed by Patrick de Arteaga. Honestly, there’s not much more to ask for. If you are interested in the game make sure to check out its Steam page here.