I didn’t play the first Drunken Fist game but if this sequel is supposed to be an improvement then that original game must have been horrendous.
A physics-based drunken brawer that puts you in control of a hungover protagonist who finds a zombie apocalypse has happened in his own backyard. Angry, in need of more beer, desperate for a piss, it’s time to kick some undead ass.
Or at least it would be if Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover had even half-decent controls, playable physics and anything resembling entertainment value.
Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover is a frustrating game to play where the major gameplay element is so inconsistent. I’m talking about combat of course and bloody hell, does Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover’s combat suck.
Stagger through a small level, zombies will approach and then it’s time to fight. Kick, punch, sweep or dodge. It should be so simple but the accuracy is so off, you’ll miss more times than hit and even when you do manage to land a blow, chaining moves is just frustrating. It’s so frustrating that most will just resort to hammering the kick (the move with the best reach) over and over again until the zombie splatters. Rinse, repeat, over and over again.
What else is there? Very little. You have a ‘wee’ meter that fills up as you go through a level. Once full, you’ll have to relieve yourself as a full bladder causes damage. How fun. Although your pool of piss does have one benefit in that it can make zombies slip over should they walk into it. However, so can you and if you’re not careful, you can get stuck in the ‘fall over’ animation over and over again.
Dotted around the levels are collectible beers but the only purpose they serve is to refill your health and every so often, you might find a weapon. Alas, the awful controls and combat accuracy issues also apply to using one of these.
It’s all so bad but perhaps worse than the total lack of fun in the major element of combat is how gameplay feels so pointless, aside from achievement hunting. What’s the goal? Beat up a set number of zombies over a small number of levels. Badly.
Drunken Fist 2: Zombie Hangover (Xbox Series X)
The Final Score - 3/10