Generation Zero - PC

Also known as: Generation Zero: Collector's Edition

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Requires: Mouse, Keyboard
Also for: PS4, Xbox One
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Avalanche Soft. Co.: Avalanche
Publishers: THQ Nordic (GB/GB)
Released: 26 Mar 2019 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Control Pad


It's the weird specificity of Generation Zero that may be its greatest strength. Given the name, it could be almost anything. It's not 'almost anything' though, it's something that has homed in onto a strange high concept and is very much its own thing as a result. It's the 1980s (so far, so zeitgeist-y), Sweden (that's a little different) and giant robots are roaming the countryside (and now we're officially in new territory!)

Generation Zero is a survival shoot-'em-up for one to four players. It should be noted, though, that this certainly isn't a re-skinned DayZ - you won't start to die if you don't sip some toilet water once every three minutes. The thing you have to survive is the creepy silent robots haunting the countryside. You'll start with some pretty basic, rusty old weapons that probably won't make much of a dent in these machines. Everything you do right earns you XP that you can use to level up your character, and every resource gathered might be something you can get creative with to kill a robot. Coming up with interesting new ways to team up and kill robots really is the name of the game here, because some of these things are HUGE and your bullets will just ping off them if you don't come up with something clever to break them.

A big part of the draw, though, is the atmosphere. Quiet pervades the Swedish countryside, coating it like a thin blanket of snow. It's eerie and oppressive, and gives Generation Zero a flavour all of its own.