THE CHOPPER’S WAITIN’…
Screaming Villains – the indie outfit behind Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition, Double Switch: 20th Anniversary Edition, and Corpse Killer: 25th Anniversary Edition – has revealed that the next FMV classic to be blessed with a remaster is 1993 shooter Ground Zero: Texas.
Developed for Sega CD by Digital Pictures, Ground Zero: Texas tasks the player with rooting out an alien invasion currently infiltrating the sleepy border town of El Cadron. Blending the FMV shooter gameplay of the American Laser Games series with the camera-switching, puzzle-solving shenanigans of Night Trap and Double Switch, Ground Zero: Texas is, ultimately, a fairly clumsy and poorly-paced endeavor.
Still, nobody is buying these re-releases specifically for their stellar gameplay and Ground Zero: Texas retains the campy, nostalgic value expected from almost all games within the FMV genre. Screaming Villains is doing sound work by securing the history of this dubious era of gaming, when many studios would be quite happy to let these games vaporize into the ether. Ground Zero: Texas, in particular, looked utterly atrocious on Sega CD, so it will be fun to finally experience the live-action footage in an “actually viewable” format.
As with previous Screaming Villains titles, Ground Zero: Texas – Nuclear Edition will be receiving a PS4 physical release through boutique outlet Limited Run Games. Pre-orders will go live on-site January 22, although no official release date has been announced.
Ground Zero: Texas – Nuclear Edition is in development for PS4 and PC.