The original Drunken Fist launched early last year. A well received comedy game that suffered from a lack of depth, hopes were high for a sequel. In this Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover review you’ll learn that, while certainly not bad, the game doesn’t do enough to justify re-treading the same familiar ground.
In the first game you played as an old man. This time around, you’re some sort of unspecified trailer trash. Covered in bad tattoos and wearing a black jacket with an anarchy symbol on it, you’re rudely awoken in the morning after a month-long binge. The first thing you need to do is grab some booze. But wait! While you were out the zombie apocalypse came to town. Still want that drink though, right?
That’s all the story there is in Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover. And really, that’s all it needs. The game is about bashing in zombie heads and little else. So why paint a pretty picture when it’s just going to get covered and blood and brains anyway?
That blood is offered in far greater quantities than the original. No longer is it about beating up street punks; Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover is about chaotic dismemberment of the undead. Players can punch, kick and sweep their way to zombie death. Though, just as with the original game, it’s not always clear which move will give you the best chance of making impact.
Some of the mechanics of the game have been streamlined for this sequel. You no longer need food to recharge your health, as alcohol bottles accomplish this. There’s also an added dodge manoeuvre which is slightly more wieldy than your attacks. Finally, there are now numerous weapons that can be picked-up for a temporary bonus that can often lead to one-hit kills.
The pee mechanic remains, however it’s not without issue. Although it’s likely to be patched soon, it’s worth mentioning a significant issue we suffered with the peeing mechanic. After an unspecified amount of progress the button would no longer function, and thus we were unable to relieve ourselves. This didn’t seem to pose any serious threat until having killed every zombie in the level and then failing as approaching the finish line with no explanation as to why. We can only assume it’s due to the fact that we had a full bladder for several minutes prior, and succumbed to our most basic of needs.
Just as with it’s predecessor, Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover is a short-lived experience. This Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover review would certainly have been more complimentary had the game pushed any new boundaries. However, aside from a few touch-ups and a significant visual overhaul, it plays much the same game. If you’ve played the original Drunken Fist, you’ll not find much worth investing in here. However, Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover stands on it’s own as being an enjoyable game for an evening with friends, if nothing else.