Dead Trigger 2 arrives for Windows Phone, a glossy FPS zombie killer but beware the freemium!

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The Dead Trigger series of zombie shooters has become synonymous with the quality slaying of the undead - sounds ghastly, but we're talking serious weaponry, seriously scary zombies, atmospheric 3D environments, and so on. Not so much 'fun' as 'adrenaline-fuelled' and this latest incarnation lives up to its hype, with just my usual worries of stupidly high freemium in-app purchases. Unlike the first Dead Trigger instalment, this time you get to run, walk and explore - think 'Doom', brought bang up to date!

From the Store description:

Take your part on saving the world and win unbelievable real prizes in specially designed tournaments. Earn the money every day from oil fields! Dead Trigger 2 is constantly evolving and expanding. Every update features new content intended to make your game even more enjoyable.

- Travel across 10 regions in different parts of the world.
- Explore 33 unique environments.
- Grab your favorite Zombie annihilator from 37 kinds of weapons.
- Go for the action in more than 600 gameplay scenarios.

Get ready people, here they come. Join warriors from all around the world and fight in the Arena under custom gladiator rules every week. Become a legend in new Purgatory Arena.

You’ll be dazzled by cutting-edge graphics, including real time water reflections, dynamic vegetation and enhanced ragdolls. Explore multiple locations and slaughter the undead in diverse places like eerie Shanghai alleyways, abandoned mines or the African desert, Europe, South America …

You are not alone. Take part in the Global Resistance, tune in to the to stay informed as the global gameplay develops, directly influenced by the participation of every single player. Enjoy different types of operations such as story or global missions and side-quests.

Participate in global missions and receive rewards. Complete achievements, meet challenges and receive exclusive in-game currency.

Explore your personal hide-out and meet the Gunsmith, Medic, Scientist, Smuggler and Engineer. These NPCs will help you unlock incredible new weapons and gadgets.

In scope, Dead Trigger 2 reminds me of Real Racing 3, a cross-platform real time gaming community that's ever-growing and interacting. Of course, RR3 isn't available for Windows Phone, sadly, but at least DT2 is!

I spent an exciting half hour working through the initial stages of Dead Trigger 2, I won't pretend to have scratched the surface of the game, but here's how I got on:

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

Moving around is done with a left virtual joystick, looking around and turning with a right one - don't worry, it's very intuitive. Firing is, by default, on 'auto', triggering when something's in range and when the cross-hairs for your weapon are on a target. This is all VERY well thought out and, as you can see, the visuals are stunning.

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

The in-game visuals are downright cinematic, there's the impression that you're part of a James Cameron movie, with FPS gaming and transitions smoothly joined together.

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

Other survivors turn up, initially AI-controlled but eventually human as well (online)...

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

The 3D world is both convincing and disorienting, with much of the scenery devastated by the zombie apocalypse and with poor (emergency) lighting. The rushing around trying to find your way out of an underground corridor system is very 'Doom' like, but happily a navigation hint at the top of the screen shows the direction and distance of your next objective, plus occasional neon green arrows show the next passageway to take, at least in the early stages of the game.

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

The customisability is impressive, you can make Dead Trigger 2 harder by turning off aids and changing sensitivity. Performance was left at 'high' on my test Lumia 930 but might need toning down on the Snapdragon 400-based Lumias and other Windows Phones.

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

And then the shooting stops for a while, a 'hideout' area gives the game scope for buying things like new medicine, topping up freemium cash, and generally catching breath....

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

Oh dear. The same stupidly high IAPs as in the first Dead Trigger game - it's downright immoral....

Screenshot, Dead Trigger 2 for Windows Phone

'Darling'? Err... One wonders what you and this survivor might get up to when you've just been chased through the city by a 500 foot tall titan and you're battered and bruised....!

The FPS (First Person Shooter) aspects of Dead Trigger 2 are top notch. There are tremendous 3D visuals, seeing through gaps, lighting effects, that sort of thing, all powered by the Unity engine. And there's real excitement when the action's going on. This is where the game should stay, I reckon. If it had been £2.99 as a one-off purchase then this would be a no brainer, recommend-to-everyone title.

But it's not. In between the action are drudging freemium health and weapon power-ups, stuff to do with numbers and inventory and making medicine (and possibly over-expensive IAPs) when all you want to be doing is getting out there in the city blasting the undead into oblivion, one limb at a time. I don't doubt the game's scope and ambition, and I'm all for that. I just don't want to have to juggle stats and parameters - just give me a % health before I'm dead and I'm happy.

See if you agree with me. You can download Dead Trigger 2 here, though be warned that it's half a Gigabyte download for an installed size of over 1GB.

PS. As an extra taster, here's the official promo/trailer for the game:

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store