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We don't think 'Blood Drive' means what Activision thinks it means

A new Activision-published game, Blood Drive, has appeared on Amazon, but has not been officially announced. The combat racing game takes place, apparently, in "Lost" Vegas, and is due for release on October 26th of this year. We thought "blood drives" were things our annoying, charitable friends guilted us in to. And then all we get for giving our precious life juice is a cookie and a sticker?! Dammit. Right, but apparently it's also a new game...

The game's listed features seem like an intentional joke:

  • Motorized Vehicles on Steroids ? THE CARS ARE THE STARS! Battle-hardened & itching to be modded with killer weaponry and armor pick-ups
  • Zombies with Attitude: Diverse and interesting zombies lifted from the streets of faux Vegas, each replete with unique attitudes and innovative ways to kill them
  • Rewarding motorized combat with enemy vehicles, including souped-up muscle cars, hot rods, wreckers, and more
  • Tournament Structured Gameplay: Enter the most gruesome and violent tournament on earth. Battle through 10 plus events and different levels in the ultimate fight for your life
  • Multiplayer Bloodbath: With Online and LIVE play, the game is a target-rich environment with drop-in, drop-out playability

Are the cars on steroids? Who knows?! Cars can't even take drugs man, so that's just, crazy, but when you've got "zombies with attitude," anything can happen!

So that's that. Car combat with zombies could be pretty cool, but we don't know anything else about the game, except what we can glean from the "not final" box art (right) and the Amazon product description:

"It's the entertainment sport for a twisted new age: contestants in weaponized cars battle the undead and each other in an orgy of ultra violence. Shuan of the Dead meets Mad Max in Death Race, set amongst the sinful and greedy fallout aftermath of a zombie-infested Vegas-like city. You have stepped into the bloodiest sports arena on the planet. Can you drive, shoot and mutilate your way to the top?"

It's like "Shuan of the Dead," you say? We can't wait.

Sep 2, 2010

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15 comments

  • elpurplemonkey - September 4, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    The "'Lost' Vegas and 'CARS ARE THE STARS' bits made me facepalm pretty hard.
  • pin316 - September 3, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    @noob yup - first thing i thought was 'yay - carmageddon's back' I'll quietly hope for this game to be just that - a modern update of carmageddon. However, i get the sinking feeling that it's gonna end up as a 6/10 half-a$$ed rip-off. Square Enix Europe own the Carmageddon franchise if i'm not mistaken - why the hell haven't they announced a new one?
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 3, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    This would be an amazing game if it came from Visceral (EA). Not only would they be exploiting public domain literature, they'd be resorting to interpreting charitable events as violent bloodsports. Then again, it seems like Activision was thinking the same thing.
  • MetalReborn - September 2, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    @GamesRadarTylerWilde just fyi, thats a boston area code, haha
  • zymn - September 2, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    the only way this could totally beat Dead Rising 2 is if you can dress the cars up in a tutu.
  • batmanboy11 - September 2, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    @GamesRadarTylerWilde I better get royalty payments from who ever makes that!
  • JohnnyMaverik - September 2, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    "Shuan of the Dead", "Mad Max", "Death Race", "fallout Vegas" and "Bloodsport". Huh, so definitely sounds like a game that can stand on it's own two feet then... not trying to tie it in with anything else you can think of that's popular (well ok not Bloodsport I'll admit, although if anybody is guna like it it'll be gamers, or at least that's how they probably see it) and then stick a few in on the sly for good measure? Nice to see... Also: "Rewarding motorized combat with enemy vehicles"... wait, does this mean simply that there are enemies, or that you can win their cars, or that you will be rewarded in some other way for combating them? My head says the former but that seems like such an obvious thing to say I can't believe they'd use it as a selling point, even at this stage of development. It's like somebody making a multiplayer shooter saying "there will be fast twitch gun play with enemy combatants"... well yea?
  • juicenpancakes - September 2, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    @Tyler: Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking. If I saw a game on a shelf at Best Buy that said "Art Not Final" on the box, it would be hard for me not to giggle, and possibly buy it at a discount price.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 2, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    @batmanboy11 I sense a new Wii/Move/Kinect title! reCaptcha: sipwor 617/734-8526 (I dare you to call the number!)
  • batmanboy11 - September 2, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Too bad it wasn't a game about an actual blood drive and all you did was use needles on blood donors and try not to kill them.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 2, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    @N00b But only in Europe.
  • n00b - September 2, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    its a carmagedon ripoff
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 2, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    @juicenpancakes I feel like they (possibly accidentally) have a kind of awesome I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1 self-referential, self-deprecating thing going on. They should run with it.
  • juicenpancakes - September 2, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    That should be the official box art. With "Art Not Final" on the box.
  • tareq - September 2, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    Looks interesting

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