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Mini Review: Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (PS4) – A Truly Bizarre Relic from Gaming’s Past

Back from the dead.

At its most basic level, Stubbs the Zombie is a relatively simple game. You play the titular monster, and you need to eat your way through the art deco utopia of Punchbowl. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, after the first couple of levels, you’ve been introduced to all the abilities and powers that Stubbs has at his disposal. You can throw your internal organs as explosives, throw your head like a bowling ball, and detach your arm to possess regular humans. And of course, you can pass gas as an area-of-effect stun attack.

This lack of growth creates a very bizarre difficulty curve. Most of the experience is trivially easy. The environments change and the number of baddies increases, but that final portion is brutal. Enemies suddenly become damage sponges, and Stubbs loses a lot more health seemingly out of nowhere. This is the biggest issue with the game, ultimately. The last few levels are an absolute slog and almost completely strip away any of the charm or strangeness present at the start.

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