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Nintendo Releases Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set

The Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set comes with all the contents of the standard Wii U Deluxe Set, plus the addition of the ZombiU game, a black Wii U Pro Controller and a collectible booklet featuring artwork from the game and never-before-seen developer commentary. Nintendo Land will also be included as a downloadable game, rather than a packed-in disc. The jam-packed ZombiU Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $389.99, a savings of $70 if all items were purchased separately.

In addition, people who purchase this bundle are automatically enrolled in the Digital Deluxe Promotion, a program that allows Wii U owners to receive 10 percent back in points for each download they purchase in the Nintendo eShop. These points can then be used for future Nintendo eShop purchases.

Created by Ubisoft, ZombiU is a survival-horror, first-person shooter game that puts players in the shoes of a human survivor in the middle of a plague that has infected modern-day London and turned everyone into flesh-eating zombies. ZombiU continues to be well-received by audiences and features second-screen game play that uses the Wii U GamePad controller to manage items or scan for hidden secrets in real time.

The Wii U Pro Controller is compatible with many games on Wii U. In ZombiU, it can be used by another player for local multiplayer matchups. It sports an ergonomic design and is more akin to a traditional video game controller, complete with dual analog sticks.

For more information about ZombiU, visit http://zombiu.ubi.com. For more information about Wii U, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

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CAPCOM CONFIRMS RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS FOR HOME CONSOLE RELEASE IN MAY 2013

Capcom today confirmed that Resident Evil Revelations will release at retail for the Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , and Nintendo’s Wii U across North America on May 21 and Europe on May 24, 2013. The title will also be available to download digitally on PS3 and Windows PC for $49.99 on May 21, with digital versions for Xbox 360 and Wii U system to follow.

Capcom boasts the originally 3DS title will be redefined for home consoles complete with high quality HD visuals, enhanced lighting effects and an immersive sound experience. Furthermore, the home console version will deliver additional content including a new enemy, extra difficulty mode and improvements to Raid Mode such as new weapons, skill sets and the opportunity to play as Hunk and other characters from the series. Raid Mode, which was first introduced to the series in the original version of Resident Evil Revelations, sees gamers play online in co-op mode or alone in single player taking on the hordes of enemies across a variety of missions while leveling up characters and earning weapon upgrades.

The critically acclaimed survival horror title takes players back to the events that took place between Resident Evil®4 and Resident Evil®5, revealing the truth about the T-Abyss virus. Resident Evil Revelations features series favorites Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, plus their respective BSAA partners – Parker Luciani and Jessica Sherawat.  The action begins on board a supposedly abandoned cruise ship, the ‘Queen Zenobia’, where horrors lurk around every corner before players head for the mainland and the devastated city of Terragrigia. With limited ammo and weapons available, the race is on to survive the horror of Resident Evil Revelations.

Resident Evil Revelations will take full advantage of Residentevil.net with content available to users once the game launches. Players can pre-register on the service from January 24 to gain early access to Resident Evil Revelations themed content with further information about online events to be revealed closer to launch.

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Zombie Apocalapyse Essentials: Hornady Zombie Max Ammo

 

Welcome back for another installment of Zombie Apocalypse Essentials. This time we’re looking at ammunition. Not just any old bullets, mind you, but Zombie Max 9mm rounds from Hornady. Before we get started, though, take a quick look at this epic commercial for the aforementioned handgun rounds and get acquainted with this groundbreaking product.

Sure, the commercial looks impressive, but one has to wonder how the Zombie Max compares to your everyday run of the mill round. Not to fret, fellow nerds, I got my hands on these living dead stoppers last week, blew off some steam at the local shooting range, and am here to report to you on all you need to know about this potential lifesaver. So, is it legit or is it just an over-priced gimmick?

From their website:

Hornady is known for making high quality, accurate, dependable ammunition. Zombie Max ammunition is no exception. Each round is loaded with a special, neon green, polymer-tipped Z-Max bullet that delivers devastating expansion and was specifically designed for zombie elimination. You never know when the impending zombie apocalypse will begin, so make sure you’re prepared with extra magazines and bugout bags stuffed full of this effective zombie specific ammunition.

Right off the shelf, the Hornady Zombie Max ammo grabs your attention with the stellar artwork on the box, something altogether too uncommon at your local gun shop. From zombie eyes and blood splatter to zombie silhouettes staggering toward you, the graphics on the box are the work of a standout marketing exec. Open the flap to gain access to the live ammo and you’re greeted with the following statement: Hornady: Certified Zombie Ammunition. Pointless, but nonetheless humorous.

Continue opening the package to reveal twenty-five rounds of brain splattering goodness. The ammo I used was 115 grain, 9mm Luger, Z-Max bullets. I loaded a few magazines and went to town. There was no added recoil from shooting this ammo nor was there any noticeable difference in the mechanical operation of the gun. However, the same cannot be said for the poor targets being shot. Instead of just getting pumped full of lead or spilling its contents from a flesh wound like most ammo, the Zombie Max penetration made a slightly larger hole at the point of impact  on the one target and completely exploded the bottom of a water bottle that just moments prior was full of life saving hydration.

After about thirty minutes of shooting, I feel it safe to say that the specialty ammo is a gimmick that performs well under fire. All rounds did what you would expect them to do, destroy what they hit. When the price is more than twice what you would reasonably pay for double the amount of non-zombie rounds, you may want to consider only buying one box. When the SHTF, it’s not going to matter if you’ve got Z-Max or Tampax, as long as you can sever the brain stem you can live to fight another day. Until then, your one box will be pretty cool to have around, if only for a conversation starter when your friends come over to go over the bugout drill.

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Zombie Apocalypse Essentials: Otis Zombie Gun Cleaning System

One thing a good prepper knows is that the Zombie Apocalypse is coming and that if you’re not armed you’re already dead. After the first month goes by, your firearms will undoubtedly be in dire need of a good, thorough cleaning in order to maintain its highest level of performance, accuracy, and be as reliable as it can be in order to keep you and your friends from becoming the daily special. That being said, Otis has designed a gun cleaning system that answers all of your cleaning needs for a myriad of calibers including, but not limited to, 5.56MM rifles, 9MM, 40 & 45 caliber pistols and 12 gauge shotguns – and all in one handy little bundle that you can wear on your belt. Behold the Zombie Gun Cleaning System.

If you’re wondering why it’s necessary to have a gun cleaning kit in a post-apocalyptic world, or modern day for that matter, you are either new to the world of guns or lack common sense and should probably put down your revolver or double barrel shottie and go grab a machete so you don’t hurt yourself. It is imperative to keep your gun clean to prevent jams, maintain accuracy, and improve the life of your barrel. So, what exactly are you getting when you purchase a Zombie Gun Cleaning System from Otis?

Straight out of the box, this system is impressively menacing with its zombified biohazard graphic, heavy-duty zipper, and all packaged in a portable belt-pack case made out of ballistic nylon. Inside you’ll find Otis cleaner/lubricant, 8” and 30″ Memory Flex® Cables for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning, five bronze bore brushes for removing copper deposits and other fouling, rubberized patch saver for complete 360° cleaning of shotgun barrel, specialized precision tools for complete breakdown and fine cleaning of all critical and hard to reach areas of your firearm and a few other goodies.

One of the most important, and often overlooked, items of gun cleaning kits is the instructions. Otis had the foresight to include step-by-step instructions for cleaning each type of gun: pistols, shotguns, bolt action & auto loader rifles, and black powder in-line muzzle loaders. Most steps even include a picture so you can make sure you get it right the first time. Although the images could stand to be a little larger, they are more than adequate for first time gun cleaners.

Following the directions carefully, one can clean every nook and cranny of their field stripped semi-automatic pistol or long gun in about an hour. It’s simple and effective – perfect for carrying from safe zone to safe zone without adding unnecessary weight. In a world as uncertain as this, the peace of mind from knowing your weapon is as clean as the day it was shipped and is in perfect working order, ready to be used to stop flesh-eating attackers, is worth its weight in gold.

So what are you waiting for? The $%&@ could hit the fan at any time! The last thing you need in the middle of a firefight with a pack of bandits for a horde of walking dead is a gun jam thanks to a dirty barrel. Get your Zombie Gun Cleaning System here.

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Zombie Apocalypse Essentials: Gerber Gator Machete Pro

If this particular weapon seems familiar, it is because it is. The Gerber Gator Machete Pro is used by Glenn from the AMC series The Walking Dead. Before you get your underoos in a bunch, let me clear up a little misconception about this; it is NOT a prop. The same guys who made the Bear Grylls knives have rolled out an entire ‘Apocalypse Kit’, which includes the aforementioned machete which we’ve been lucky enough to test out ourselves. Let’s take a closer look, shall we.

Click. Click, click, click. Nothing. Your once impressive 9mm or shotgun is nothing more than a paperweight at this point. Sure, you can throw one like a brick and hope to slow down the reanimated corpse of the local high school wrestling coach, but you won’t hinder his forward progress much. And, yeah, you can swing the shottie like a Louisville Slugger hoping to knock a few skulls out of the park, but that’s not exactly ideal either. Equip yourself with the sharpest ten and a half inches of cold steel this side of Atlanta and you won’t ever have to worry about bullets again, that is of course, as long as they’re not being fired in your direction but I digress.

If you ever encounter walkers on your journey or need to move covertly through the forest to a safe zone, you’ll need one of these suckers to avoid giving up your location or making a temporary shelter. Gerber’s multipurpose machete can take out a branch up to 1 1/2″ in diameter with a single swing and make quick work of all bones between the base of the skull and the bottom of the neck.

Gerber Gear constructed this with a full tang gives you maximum durability, so you won’t need to worry about breaking the blade off in some random brain muncher. One of the most impressive features of this weapon is the Gator grip. It feels like it belongs in your hand. Even when sweaty, my grip remained constant and comfortable allowing me to continue swinging away. Should you happen to lose grip on the 6″ handle, the lanyard will keep you from dropping your prized possession.

As with all blades, the Gerber Gator Machete Pro will eventually start to become dull after prolonged use. Not to worry, it comes with a sharpening stone inside the military grade nylon sheath. Military grade means it’s built to withstand the nastiest of nasty environments without failure from wear, mold, or mildew. Not enough? It quickly attaches to your belt when you need to free your hands. Think of it as a holster for your new sidearm.

Not only do they run out, but every bullet fired gives you away. The living dead know where you’re at and so do the bandits running around stripping people of their food and weapons. Using a machete gives you the advantage of stealth. A few swoops with this and you’re good to go. Just be sure to protect your hands since you will be fighting in close quarters. You can buy your Walking Dead machete HERE.

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Zombie Apocalypse Essentials: Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G. HD with Kevlar

 

Despite what your ego tells you, you’re going to need all the protection you can get when the zombies attack. I hear you ask, “Gloves? Really?” Yep, you betcha’! Scientists predict that 73% of survivors will be infected from a bite wound. The most vulnerable, and at the same time least protected, part of our body is our hands. Think about it, we reach out with our hands to grab stuff, leave them dangling at our sides as we walk, and will be forced to use them for defense once the ammunition runs out. Keep reading to find out why every prepper should have a pair of these hardcore gloves if they want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G. (Spec Ops Light Assault Gloves) HD with Kevlar will protect you from yourself and those who think Cheetos stained digits are the cat’s meow. Designed with SWAT missions in mind, these gloved are heavy-duty, ergonomic (comfortable), and offer leather-covered molded hardshell knuckle/finger protection. This is key, you see, because when you’re actively engaged in close quarter combat with the undead you are susceptible to being bitten. You may have the goal of piling the dead-dead bodies to properly dispose of them in a blazing inferno only to realize the body you grabbed wasn’t really dead-dead. Chomp. Now you’re infected.

Let’s imagine that scenario a little differently this time. You and your pal have the same goal, but this time you’re wearing a pair of gloves (but not these ones) and the body is motionless. You douse the tower of zombies without realizing you splashed a little on your hands. You go to light the match and suddenly…. you get where this is going. Good luck surviving when you have melted little stumps trying to squeeze off rounds as Death watches with bated breath.

If you had been wearing Blackhawks’s gloves you would’ve been fine. How? They had the foresight to make these fine gloves flash and flame resistant. Hey, when you’re on the battlefield things can get crazy. But all of this sounds good on paper, but how does it stack up when put to the test? Luckily for us, our friends at Blackhawk send us a pair to try. Here’s what I found to be true.

  • Getting bit still hurts, but my flesh was never opened up as a result.
  • The gloves add a certain “cushion” when landing a punch. It hurts about the same when on the receiving end, though.
  • The back-of-hand and wrist adjustments provided a sense of security and stability to my wrist. Even when running, you won’t feel like the gloves will fly off.
  • The nylon loop on the wrists made it incredibly easy to put on and attaching it to carabiners comes in handy when you need to keep the gloves off without losing them.

Z day is upon us. I suggest you take this opportunity to protect the two hands God gave you. You won’t regret not mixing bodily fluids with the living dead if your digits are chomped. The friends you meet along your journey will appreciate you being able to give them an extra hand, because they don’t have any after that bon fire accident. You can get yourself a pair here.

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Zombie Apocalypse Essentials: Books That Will Save Your Life

Sirens have been blaring for hours. The stench of burning corpses and death penetrate your nostrils, violating you like “Rampage” Jackson doing an interview. Only the sound of low groans fill the air, making the drop of an empty cartridge pierce the nearly silent night. Life as you once knew it is nothing more than a distant memory. The promotion you wanted, seeing Episode One in 3D, and hoping your landlord will let you slide until payday are things you no longer care about anymore. Nearly everyone you have ever know has either been devoured by a mob of zombies or they themselves have been infected and are now on the hunt for flesh. Left to your own devices, you could only hope to live long enough to see another Friday. Thankfully, there are a few books that will not only prepare you for what is to come, but increase your chance of survival as you either wait for rescue or trek to the nearest safe point.

As we’ve mentioned previously, if you’re going to survive Z-Day you’ll need special gear. But what good is the gear if you don’t have a plan? Our friends over at ThinkGeek sent us a little zombie book bundle in hopes that we’ll survive long enough to give them that five bucks we still owe them. The guys here at NerdNewsToday wish you nothing but the best when the hammer drops and we highly encourage you to read these two books: ‘The Zombie Survival Guide‘ by Max Brooks and ‘The Zombie Combat Manual‘ by Roger Ma, and the take the ‘Zombie Survival Aptitude Test‘ by Casey B. Bassett. Next is a breakdown of what’s between the covers of each.

The Zombie Survival Guide – The author of ‘World War Z’, Max Brooks, expounds on key elements and strategy to surviving in the end times. This detailed book is just shy of 250 pages excluding an “outbreak journal” in the back. Broken up into seven major categories, Brooks’ lessons are many and vast. Page after page you’ll learn to distinguish truth and myth, which weapon is best for a specific scenario (close range/long range), as well as a profile of the many common locations (supermarkets, banks, hospitals,etc…) survivors usually try to hole up in and set up camp. I can personally attest that I would undoubtedly die within the first 24 hours because of my ignorance. Knowing the pros and cons of many types of shelter and weapons has greatly impacted my own personal plan of attack.

One of the best features in this book are the illustrations. They may be in black & white, but the visual aids come in handy when describing the ideal living quarters or how remain undetected while on the run. The last third or so of the text is detailed record of attacks dating all the way back to 60,000 B.C in Katanda, Central Africa. These accounts can give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be literally preyed upon by the living dead. Knowing what others have tried and failed to accomplish affords the reader the opportunity to learn from their mistakes as they attempt to live to see another day.

With over one million copies in print, it’s no wonder this New York Times bestseller has captivated the hearts and minds of geeks everywhere. The Zombie Survival Guide leaves no stone unturned, or no room unchecked if you prefer, and is the most trusted source for the tactics you’ll need to survive.

 

The Zombie Combat Manual – The back cover reads, “When the bombs stop falling… When your ammunition runs out… When the dead are still attacking… Will you be ready?” What I find eerily fascinating about this 296 page treasure is just how realistic it is. Eventually your supply of shotgun shells and homemade explosives will be depleted. This is the primary reason that any weapon with a finite number of uses is, at best, as decent secondary line of defense. As a survivor, whether alone or not, you will be faced with the nightmarish task of defending your unarmed self against at least one reanimated corpse. Even if you’ve read Anderson Silva’s ‘MMA Instruction Manual‘, you’ll still find yourself in a world of hurt (or worse!) if you don’t know the basics of hand-to-hand combat.

If for nothing else, buy this book to see the hilarious depictions of the numerous ways to defeat a zombie. While the pictures are laugh out loud funny, they’ll help you remember where to aim  for when swinging a machete, how to utilize proper footwork to avoid being directly in front of an assailant without tripping over your own feet, and how to property transport a child to safety should you ever have the need. My favorite section of the book is the weapon selection and combat strategy. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the weapons available to me in a time of crisis may just save my life in the future. What’s more is that I now have military-esque knowledge of how to win the war survive.

 

Z-SAT: Zombie Survival Aptitude Test – Think you know enough to survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Are you willing to bet your life on it? You will never know if you are knowledgeable enough unless you take this test. This 90+ page test will take a few hours to take and then grade yourself (no cheating!). After completion, you will be given a grade, just like in school. The only difference is that if you bomb this test you don’t get detention or grounded – you’ll die a premature death. All of the questions are multiple choice where you fill in the little circle next to the correct answer. Most questions offer four choices while there are a few True and False scatter throughout. Some questions are straight forward while others require to examine a picture to find the correct answer.

The confidence instilled in the student after taking and hopefully passing this test is enough to push the biggest nerd to a whole ‘nother level. Without this book you’re only guessing at how much you know and how good you’ll be at surviving after the world crumbles around you. Please don’t leave your fate in the hands of a whimsical guess.

 

These books weigh roughly two pounds and take up very little space, making them perfect to carry along on camping trips, long flights, and running from shelter to shelter after Z-Day. I require no thanks for sharing this information with you. Buy them. Read them. Survive. That, my fellow nerds, is thanks enough.

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Zombie Apocalypse Essentials: 5.11 XPRT Tactical Boots

I can hardly believe it’s already 2012, mostly because it feels like just yesterday we were partying like it was 1999. If we are to believe the Mayans had some sort of divine revelation of the future, then the world will end this year. Some fear a Death Star sized asteroid a la Armageddon, while others fear solar flares that only the likes of Quasar could make possible. While I do not doubt the plausibility of either of those scenarios, I submit to you that it is ten times more likely that the human race will be infected by Solanum and turn into brain-eating zombies. Think about it, us humans are just as prone to dropping beakers as we are misplacing our keys. Time is quickly running out and you need to be ready when the $%*& goes down.

One of the most overlooked items when preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse is footwear. Allow me to give you a suggestion: 5.11 Tactical offers plenty of fine gear, most notably their XPRT Tactical Boots made out of USA full-grain leather featuring an antibacterial and moisture wicking lining. They were kind enough to send me a pair to try out. Put it to the test I did; here’s my take on why these are absolute must-haves for anyone who doesn’t want their brains on the menu.

No matter the terrain or weather, the XPRT (Extreme Performance for Rapid Tactics) Tactical 8” boots will keep you comfortable and protect your feet from the elements. I ran through ankle deep snow for 30 minutes straight and not once did my feet know it was the dead of winter in the Midwest. While most boots stop at that, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you find out that not only do the boots keep your feet warm and dry, they also have a patent-pending Kick-Toe to help you kick in a door (or skulls for that matter) without breaking a few toes in the process and a Talon Stabilizer that offers unparalleled support. Still not enough? Since no place is safe, only safer, you really get a kick out of (no pun intended) the cushioning foam insole that makes feel like they’re walking on the clouds of Heaven when you’re really just surviving another day in Hell.

The Zombie Apocalypse is going to get messy. Stepping on non-survivors on your way to the Hostess truck or delivering a little Sweet Chin Music to an undead neighbor will undoubtedly dirty up your new duds and cover you in infectious blood from the ankle down. No worries, 5.11 made sure these boots were blood pathogen resistant. Hidden dangers may wait at every turn of the corner, but at least your feet are well protected.

Finally, you must know that although rocking these SWAT boots is like wearing a mini armored truck, you certainly won’t be able to tell when you have them on your feet. I slipped my feet into the black boots, used the time saving Cinch system to fasten them, and went for a run. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cross trainer as lightweight as the 5.11 XPRT Tactical boots. When you think of boots, you picture ugly, clunky, dead-weights, capable of replacing the bucket of cement used by most mobsters when they wanted a snitch to sleep with the fishes. When you think of this must have item for surviving a zombie horde, you’ll think of a combination of G.I. Joe and Flash Gordon – Kick ass and really fast – which, ironically enough, is exactly what you need to be on Z Day if you plan on escaping to the safe zone. Pick up a pair in your size here.

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