Platform: Wii U eShop, Developer: 2020 Ventures, Price $29.99, €29.99, £24.99
Disclaimer: The code for this Wii U game was obtained for free, from a source that had obtained it for free from the developer.
I’m going to start off this review by saying that I’ve not finished Chasing Dead and I’m going to explain.
When I saw this game was coming to the Wii U, I was sort of excited as the survival horror genre has been one of my favorites since the early Resident Evils. With the Wii U only having a few options in the genre and Chasing Dead being in a first person perspective also makes it stand out on the platform.
The game takes place after a strange phenomenon when a second Earth appears in the Sky, a research team has been sent 955,600 miles across space by NASA and the US Military after failed attempts with trying to contact the second Earth.
A few hours after the research team arrive on the second Earth contact is lost with them, that cybernetically enhanced (looks like it) marine Jake is sent in to retrieve any research and data left behind by the original survey team.
From that the premise sounds decent enough, then you start the game.
The very first mission you crash into a plane whilst descending from space, somehow the plane still in the air of this second Earth.
You’re now in the plane and the only thing you can do is head to the cockpit, to bring the plane down which you wouldn’t know as there seems to be no objective markers. This is where problems start with Chasing Dead, this is the first mission that doesn’t tell you any of the controls which aren’t well mapped to the Wii U gamepad. You may be able to change these in the options but I pressed on with the standard control scheme, and after a while you’ll likely learn the buttons if you can’t change them.
One thing you can’t change is the frame-rate which may reach 20fps, but when you’re running around trying to pick up weapons or ammo as you’ve ran out trying to fend of waves of mutants the game can take a huge dip to what must be a 10fps.
Once I did the first mission on the plane, I landed on top of a building as Jake always brings a parachute. Now I’m not one for graphics but when you land on top of a building on the way down, I don’t think I’ve seen anything so mucky since the PS2.
When you eventually find a way down from the building which took me a while as again no markers saying where to go, you come across more mutants. This is clearly what happened on the second Earth some sort of Mutant outbreak which from what I played has various types.
Now only if I could shoot them as hit detection wasn’t so poor along with things like the curtains on the plane when you go through them it feels like you’re going through mud, then there’s clipping, I got trap on object’s and had to restart the second level.
Some things like lack of objective markers in till you basically come across them and standing on top of them don’t come up and mucky visuals you could argue is to add to the survival horror elements and atmosphere but the rest of the game you can’t take any positives bar one. The story of the game and how Jake finds out what’s going on is all done live-action scenes, sometime this is full screen like a news report at the start of the game saying about the second Earth or in the top right hand corner an image coming through of Luna for instance who will keep you informed.
This is rather cheesy similar to what used to be in the Command & Conquer games, I really liked this approach to storytelling and is the best thing about the Chasing Dead.
Now I only did the first two missions that the game may improve and patches which 2020 Venture says are coming with planned Multiplayer, New Missions which is cool but sorting out how the game runs on Wii U first would be my priority as I would continue playing the game if there weren’t issues.
Chasing Dead is also on STEAM and may run fine on PC also it’s coming to PS4 along with be implemented to work with PSVR and I gather Oculus Rift for PC, and there is a Visually Impaired Version in the works.
With various versions in the future one may well run fine and worth playing but for now unless you only own a Wii U & have tried everything else and really want a new game then maybe get Chasing Dead otherwise it’s better left dead.