Does Choplifter HD Really Need Zombies And Duke Nukem?

Coming soon to Xbox Live Arcade, inXile Entertainment's Choplifter HD takes the classic rescue chopper gameplay of the 1982 PC original and "amps it up" with zombies, explosions and the odd cameo. Fingers crossed for a classic mode!

First spotted in a 2009 trademark filing, Choplifter HD is now officially official, descending upon Xbox Live Arcade initially before making the jump to the PlayStation Network and PC. The original game in its many incarnations involved a combat helicopter pilot shooting his way into enemy territory, picking up prisoners of war, and delivering them safely to home base.

How does Choplifter HD mix things up, aside from the enhanced graphics?

"Choplifter HD takes everything we loved about the classic Choplifter game and amps it up with more choppers, more weapons, more rescues, lots of zombies and more over-the-top explosions to appeal to today's action-thirsty gamer," said Brian Fargo, president, inXile Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be partnering with gaming giant Konami on bringing Choplifter HD to the many millions of Xbox Arcade players."

I'm so very conflicted. The original sparked my love for helicopter video games, and Choplifter HD is definitely a helicopter video game, but the addition of zombies and an appearance by Duke just makes it feel so cheap. Can't we call it Choplifter Legacy or something? Ooo, Choplifter Revelations; that has a nice ring to it.


    Dude, every game in the world needs a duke parody in it. If it was Skeletor or He-Man, even better. But duke will do for the children of today. I sniff in the general direction of zombies though

    I can quite happily live the rest of my life without ever seeing or hearing about Duke Nukem ever again.

    Zombies, however, are essential.

    Ugh well thats knocked my interest in the game down a notch or 3.

    I was wondering what connection duke nukem & zombies could have and then it struck me, they're both brainless and LONG dead.

    You know if they made a remake of Choplifter that had essentially the same treatment as was given to the XBLA version of R-Type, I'd snap that up in a heartbeat, this... I'll have to be convinced by the demo

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