The Motoped Black Ops is a shameless, shallow grab for attention that has 100 percent done its job on me. A zombie hunting moped? Seriously? But the product behind it is actually pretty sweet. A highly customizable moped with a 500-mile (805 km) range, 200 mpg (1.2 L/100km) efficiency and heavy-duty engineering. It easily converts to an ultralight dirtbike if you swap the 49cc stock engine for something larger, and its long travel suspension should make it pretty capable on dirt tracks.
"Virtual reality needs its arcade moment," argues Zero Latency co-founder Tim Ruse. The Oculus Rift headset may be making waves around the tech sphere and zeroing in on a takeover of home entertainment, but to really experience immersion, the Melbourne-based startup aims to prove you need to add full-body motion tracking and a big space that players can move around in. No wires, no gamepads, no treadmills
The zombie-killing gore masters at IRLShooter are preparing to launch their second "real life video game" in Melbourne, Australia – Lazarus
, a sequel to the very successful Patient Zero
they ran in 2012. Surrounded by dangling corpses, Dave and Drew chatted with us about the new game, the new weapons, the infamous "pain belt
" and the opportunity for players to join the zombie horde and scare seven different shades of crap out of their friends.
Australian real life video game company IRLShooter is back in 2014 with a total upgrade and redesign of its Patient Zero live action zombie shooter
game, which puts small teams of players through a survival quest in a purpose-built game facility seething with infected undead. Gizmag’s Loz Blain and his brother Chris dropped in to check out the upgraded weapons system and try out a whole new addition to the game – the “pain belt” – which delivers a nasty electric shock any time you take damage in-game. Naturally, we filmed the pain belt test for your viewing pleasure. (Warning: contains strong language
The Walking Dead
and Hyundai go together like ... well, like a TV show and one of its main advertisers. And while the always-clean Hyundai Tucson that figures prominently in the show might not be ideal for fighting zombies, the automaker is about to unveil a one-off car that could be – the Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine.
"There was a full team of farmyard animals came through, and they murdered everything they saw." Meet Dave Leadbetter and Drew Hobbs of IRL Shooter, an Australian company that's blurring the boundaries between video games, live action role playing and laser tag. In 2012 these guys launched Patient Zero, a story-driven real life zombie shooter game in an outer suburb of Melbourne. Gizmag caught up with the pair as they prepare to bring the show to Sydney and beyond in 2014. (Editor's note
: contains strong language.)
The first Dead Space
game was something pretty special. Its setting of a deserted spaceship infested with seemingly endless hordes of "necromorph" human/alien mutations pushed the boundaries when it came to evoking a sense of isolation and foreboding, interspersed with periods of outright terror. The game was successful enough to warrant a fully fledged sequel along with numerous related titles. We join Isaac Clarke in his latest outing in Dead Space 3
. We looked at the game on Xbox 360.
The zombiepocalypse has long been fertile ground for video game developers and Ubisoft is keeping the undead-bashing good times rolling with ZombiU
, a first-person survival horror launch title for the Wii U
The Crovel Tactical by Gearup Center is part lethal weapon and part outdoors multi-tool, packing three sharp edges, a saw, a spike, and a bottle opener into a compact three-pound (1.3-kg) shovel, which is correctly weighted for hurling like a throwing axe. With a keen eye on marketing, the company cites the Crovel Tactical as an ideal piece of kit for survivalists, campers, and budding zombie-slayers.
Get your Cob Cannon locked and loaded, because the sequel to cross-platform zombie defense oddity Plants vs. Zombies
is due to launch in the first half of 2013, with "late Spring [Northern Hemisphere]" cited as the likely release window. While details on the game are still rather thin on the ground at present, Plants vs. Zombies
creator PopCap Games teased that the title will feature "Hordes of New Plant and Zombie Types and Mulch More" – all of which should suffice to whet the appetite of horticultural zombie slayers.