Blood Drive (video game)

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Blood Drive
Blood drive cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s) Sidhe
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: 2 November 2010
  • EU: 19 November 2010
Genre(s) Vehicular combat game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Blood Drive is a vehicular combat video game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, developed by Sidhe, published by Activision, and released worldwide in November 2010.[1]

Plot[edit]

Inspired by bloodsport gameshow concepts like Death Race 2000, the 'Death Watch' from Platinum Games MadWorld, zombie fiction such as World War Z and the concept of humans & zombies learning to live together, Fido, Shaun of the Dead ; Blood Drive uncommonly takes place in the aftermath decades of a zombie apocalypse.

Entertainers in the fictional desert city of Las Ruletas have stumbled upon a tourism goldmine with the advent of the titular death sport 'Blood Drive'. The desert gambling resort sees champion 'Blood Drivers' compete for glory using classic muscle cars fitted with spikes and guns. The aim is to stay alive inside a hostile zombie-infested environment while also attempting to destroy opponent vehicles.

Players are introduced during a growth period for the sport, enjoying enough success in the post-apocalypse to see its evolution into a televised game show, with larger than life celebrity contestants, vast derelict cities transformed into arenas and all the fortune and glory expected of such a gambling mecca.

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls a vehicle and has to kill other players, while being attacked by zombies. The game features six expanded arenas in total. Multiplayer supports up to four players.[2] The player will control one of eight characters in a tournament, and will complete different types of events. The players objectives will occasionally change. There are six main events, which feature different goals. The player will also be able to race, and will be able to kill other racers. The player has access to pick-ups including weaponry, health, and speed boosts. Killing a large number of zombies will activate the player's Rage Powers.[3]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS3 Xbox 360
Destructoid 4/10[4] 4/10[4]
Game Informer 4.5/10[5] 4.5/10[5]
GamesRadar 1.5/5 stars[6] 1.5/5 stars[6]
GameZone N/A 3.5/10[7]
IGN 5.5/10[8] 5.5/10[8]
Joystiq N/A 1.5/5 stars[9]
OXM (US) N/A 6/10[10]
OXM (UK) N/A 3/10[11]
PSM 7/10[12] N/A
The A.V. Club N/A F[13]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 47/100[14] 40/100[15]

The game received "generally unfavorable reviews" on both platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mehta, Prakash (June 2010). "Blood Drive Hits Stores". GameGuru. 
  2. ^ Cordelia, Jim (10 September 2010). "Blood Drive Preview". Gaming Age. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Haight, Deborah (1 November 2010). "Blood Drive Hits PS3 Tuesday, Car Combat with Zombies". PlayStation Blog. 
  4. ^ a b Chester, Nick (November 23, 2010). "Review: Blood Drive". Destructoid. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Reeves, Ben (November 17, 2010). "Blood Drive: You'll Deserve A Cookie After Putting Up With This Blood Drive". Game Informer. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Hayward, Andrew (November 18, 2010). "Blood Drive review". GamesRadar. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ Rowe, Brian (December 18, 2010). "Blood Drive Review (X360)". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Miller, Greg (November 9, 2010). "Blood Drive Review". IGN. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Plante, Chris (November 4, 2010). "Blood Drive review: Where's my cookie? (X360)". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Blood Drive". Official Xbox Magazine: 73. January 2011. 
  11. ^ Channell, Mike (January 13, 2011). "Xbox [360] Review: Blood Drive". Official Xbox Magazine UK. Archived from the original on April 4, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Review: Blood Drive". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 84. January 2011. 
  13. ^ Wolinsky, Dave (November 15, 2010). "Blood Drive (X360)". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Blood Drive for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Blood Drive for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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