So here’s the thing about Shellshock 2: Blood Trails. It plays like an arthritic grandmother and the story line is akin to what I wrote when I was tripping on Peyote with some Natives in Papua New Guinea*. It’s odd, it takes dramatic story turns with no lead in, it’s terribly coded and it’s filled with that overuse of expletives that’s standard for sub-par M rated titles.
I absolutely love it.
It all started when I picked up Shellshock as a 99 cent game for my new YouTube channel. It looked bad and it was made by Rebellion (of Aliens vs. Predator fame) so I figured it would be commentary gold. I wasn’t wrong. It has enough gore, crazy plot points, and clunky AI that any Let’s Player worth their salt could turn it into views (I cannot, but I’m trying very hard. Mom says that’s the most important bit).
Here’s the thing though; the more I played it, the more I began to love it. It was just so downright fun , despite all of its flaws. It reminded me of before I was an elitist snob and loved every game in front of me. That innocence we all had as kids of thinking all games released had to be good because…well why would anyone put out a bad game? This game reminded me of that naivety, and it was a good feeling.
As far as story, it boils down to hunting down a secret weapon during the Vietnam era which happens to be zombies. You must shoot said zombies while also fighting poorly rendered Asians in Rice Paddy hats. It’s not a hard story to follow, but as I played farther into the game, where you begin to really deal with the undead, I came to a realization. This was the best zombie game I’d played in a while. It’s dark houses and eerie atmosphere reminded me of old school Resident Evil, while the poor graphics brought up hints of Left 4 Dead. I wasn’t scared by any means, zombies never really spooked me, but I did feel like a badass. The shotgun is satisfying and the weakness of some guns with a focus on head shots actually does cause a bit of panic as your ammo count begins to drop. It’s fun, plain and simple.
I still haven’t beaten the game, but only because it’s the best game on our Let’s Play roster so I have to wait for my partner to capture with me. Otherwise? This game would be toast. I invite you to pick up a copy from your local Gamestop. Even if you hate it, it’s only a buck.
Also, if you’d like to watch my friend and I trudge through Shellshock, feel free to check out my channel. (link below)
*I didn’t actually do peyote with Natives. I did peyote with a group of supermodels.
Here’s that link…https://www.youtube.com/user/FilthyCasualsChannel
The Filthy Casuals