If you watched Dawn of the Dead and thought to yourself how much better you could’ve handled the situation, here’s your chance to prove it. All you need is to be in or near Reading, Berkshire (that’s located across the pond for all of us in The States). You’ll also need to have £119 ($190) handy and be ready to open a family-sized can of zombie whoopassery. Dubbed ‘The Mall’, this event takes the increasingly popular trend of throwing real people into post-apocalyptic situations that you wouldn’t expect to find outside of a major Hollywood profuction. Head past the break for more.
The Mall is divided into two parts; the first is set up like a movie, filled with tense build ups and big climactic scenarios. “It ebbs and it flows. It has lots of quiet times, when you really are just creeping around in the dark. There are other times when all hell breaks loose, and you’re having to run for your life.” says Lee Fields, director of Zed Events.
The second half plays out like Left 4 Dead, where the survivors need to complete a number of difficult missions. If you’re worrying about turning a corner and running into a Tank, or Nemesis, Fields reassures they “don’t do the big Resident Evil-style grizzly creatures, but we have zombies with body armor, who are very difficult to put down. Much more of a slant towards the Left 4 Dead-style gameplay.”
The entire event takes place in a 250,000 square foot disused shopping mall in Reading, a town that’s about 25 miles from London. Right now this event and the two other zombie-themed events Lee’s group hosts are all based in the UK, but they havent’ ruled out the possibility of taking them elsewhere.
What do you think? I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of fighting zombies in a rundown mall over running three miles while being chased by hordes of the undead. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not terribly fond of running, or because I like having the option of stopping by a Pretzel shop for a quick breather. Or maybe a little of both?
If this sounds like our sort of thing, you can check it out here.