March 05th, 2021 by Simon Elliott

Undead Horde - PS5 Platinum Review

Control an army of the dead as you try to wipe out the living, reanimating those you've killed to join your growing horde of monsters!

Undead Horde has you controlling a necromancer called Orcen who can raise the dead to help in the fight against a variety of enemies from humans to animals and all sorts of miscellaneous creatures. The game is a bit of a hack-and-slash RPG with loot dropping randomly, each with random abilities and perks. You gather coins which can be used to buy new weapons and wearable items which help in combat.

You'll fight your way through a lot of different areas with bosses to be taken down and sidequests for caged skeletons as you go, but the majority of the game involves you commanding your army of zombies to attack enemies and their buildings, then reanimating those you've killed to replace the ones you lost in the battle. It's quite a fun, addictive and unique game which runs great on PS5, even when you're leading an army of 50 cursed chickens!


Overview

  • Release Date: 12th November, 2020
  • Publisher: 10Tons Ltd.
  • Date Started: 3rd March, 2021
  • Date Completed: 5th March, 2021
  • Version Played: Digital
  • Price: £4.19 (PS4 & PS5 Version Bundle)

The Good

  • Addictive gameplay!
  • Every living enemy you kill can be brought back to life as the undead to fight for your army.
  • Keep XP and coins after you die, meaning you're always working towards improving your stats.
  • Some good humour and references to real world / popular culture like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Jeff Bezos!
  • Lots of different weapons and abilities to try out.
  • Once you've killed enough of a specific enemy, you can choose to add them to your army from your crypt before you set out.
  • Lots of secrets to find which will have you hunting around every corner of the level.





The Bad

  • The game is a little bit repetitive, but the different areas help to give some variety.
  • You'll probably spend most of the game holding a combination of the shoulder buttons. R2 to attack, R1 to reanimate corpses and L2 to use magic abilities. You can basically hold all 3 while you walk around and kill stuff as you go.
  • Your inventory space is very limited. You'll have to constantly go in and clear out any new items that you don't want to keep or you won't be able to pick up anything new.
  • It takes quite a long time to level up, but you don't exactly need to.

Hardest Trophy

  • Explorer - Find all secrets.

Almost all of the trophies in the game will be earned by just playing through normally, but most of the levels have a number of hidden secrets, whether they be secret passageways unlocked by pressing a button on a statue, or chests half-buried in the ground. They're never particularly hard to get, but they can sometimes be well hidden so the reason I'm making this the hardest trophy is that you'll have to keep an eye out as you play through.


Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

I don't think there's any helpful exploits to be found, but you can somewhat grind out coins and weapons by letting the enemies continue to respawn by not destroying their buildings, then killing them and reanimating them to help you fight off the next wave. I'm not convinced this is worth the time it takes though as later in the game you'll have more than enough money to buy whatever you want.

One 'trick' is when you return an item to the commander you're given a random weapon as a reward, if you close the game and reload it, your data won't have saved so you can hand it in again and get a different random weapon. You could keep doing this until you got something you especially wanted but again it's really not worth the effort.

Personally I found the Staff which causes you to spawn 6 mini-scorpions (which I believe the Walter White Skeleton gives you as a quest reward fairly early) is one of the best items in the game as the scorpions keep enemies busy, damage them and as long as you let your mana recharge, you have an unlimited amount of them. Combine that with items that increase mana-regen speed and you're good to go.


Platinum Difficulty Rating - 3/10

3/10

If you're anything like me, at first you'll die... A lot... But the good thing is you keep all of your XP, coins and items whenever you die, so although you might have to spend a bit of time choosing your soldiers before heading back out, you are essentially getting slightly stronger every time. If you're good (or lucky), there's not a great deal of difficulty here and with enough time and effort you'll work your way through all of the quests, otherwise it's just a bit time consuming to level up in order to defeat some of the tougher enemies. You can fast travel back to the crypt to refill your health whenever you want though and as long as you don't die, any enemies you've killed in each level will stay dead.


Platinum Time - 8-12 Hours

The game is quite unique in the sense that you don't need to do much grinding to advance. None of the enemies are particularly tough so if you keep equipping the most powerful undead soldiers you have and return to the crypt to refill your health, mana and soldiers, you can more or less play through the whole game within a day without any real struggles.


Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 8/10

8/10
As something slightly different to the games I've been playing recently, this was a nice break. It's fairly slow paced and the music is quite relaxing. If I was in a rush to get the Platinum I would possibly have thought it was a bit slow, but I quite enjoyed taking my time with it. I liked it so much I played it through again on PS4 straight after and had just as much fun!


Overall Game Rating - 7/10

7/10
It might not be for everyone, but for the price I paid and the amount of gameplay included, it's worth every penny. It runs great on PS5 too with almost no load times at all and no lag even with dozens of enemies fighting away on screen at once.


Platinum #499

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

Platinum # Game Platform Date
499 Undead Horde PS5 5th March 2021
498 Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 3rd March 2021
497 Shiny PS4 26th February 2021
496 Super Soccer Blast PS4 25th February 2021
495 Skatemasta Tcheco PS4 25th February 2021
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