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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's Zombies in Spaceland is neon-tinted undead insanity

At Call of Duty XP, we checked out the competitive multiplayer mode of the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. We also had a chance to play Zombies in Spaceland, Infinite Warfare's all-new cooperative mode. Zombies are always a good time, but Spaceland really takes things to another level.

Welcome to Spaceland

Zombies in Spaceland

Infinite Warfare contains three separate modes: campaign, competitive multiplayer, and the cooperative Zombies in Spaceland. The campaign and multiplayer take place in a science fiction future setting. Spaceland, on the other hand, sets its sights back in time to a stylized version of the 1980s. It also packs a much lighter tone than the other game modes, because nobody likes depressing zombies.

Zombies in Spaceland stars four aspiring actors. After being invited to a mysterious theater for an audition, they find themselves magically transported into another world, a movie that exists in the mind of director Willard Wyler (portrayed in voice and likeness by the awesome Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman). Wyler transforms the players into their characters and forces them to fight for their lives on-screen.

The four characters are all eighties archetypes: the nerd, voiced by Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers); the jock, voiced by Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors and Suicide Squad); the rapper, voiced by Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live and Ride Along) and the valley girl, voiced by Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live and Inside Amy Schumer).

During their adventure, our heroes will encounter a DJ voiced by and modeled after none other than David Hasselhoff. The beleaguered actors will have to work together with the 'Hoff if they want to escape the nightmare movie world. Yes, this is dramatically unlike any other Call of Duty you've ever played.

Theme park throwdown

Zombies in Spaceland

Zombies in Spaceland takes place within the titular Spaceland, a haunted theme park. As the game begins, players have a brief preparation period during which to purchase weapons and board up points of entry. The two weapons we could initially buy were a rifle and a semi-automatic pistol that fires three-shot bursts. Later on, you'll be able to purchase more amusing armaments such as a boombox that tricks zombies into dancing and then explodes, taking them out.

Once the actual round begins, zombies will start to enter through booth windows and other entrances. Initially, they simply resemble zombified patrons who met an untimely end. As the rounds continue, powerful elite zombies with yellow glowing eyes enter the fray. They run rather than shamble and can take down the living rather quickly.

The enemies I most enjoyed were the killer clowns. These pudgy comedians appear en masse and explode when you kill them. Hopefully Spaceland has more theme park-themed baddies to battle during higher waves.

As the game continues, the heroes can spend the money they earn from zombie killin' to unlock new wings of the park. These areas contain numerous attractions such as the Polar Peak Roller Coaster. The human team can ride the coaster and shoot at zombies at the same time. And should a player go down without being revived, he or she will materialize in the Afterlife Arcade. There you can earn the chance to come back to life by playing carnival games such as throwing basketballs through a hoop.

Colorful and crazy

Zombies in Spaceland

Spaceland is a neon-infused retro eighties-themed world, not unlike Far Cry: Blood Dragon. Complementing the period setting are classic eighties songs from artists like the B52s. When a new tune starts playing, the song title and artist appear in the corner of the screen. The whole mode is energetic, colorful, and very silly.

As a co-op guy, Zombies in Spaceland was easily my favorite Call of Duty gameplay experience at Call of Duty XP. Spaceland will be included with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare when it launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 4. It supports four-player online co-op and 2-player split-screen play, so everybody will have a chance to team up and fight eighties-style zombies.

The only question left is whether we'll spend more time in the classic Call of Duty campaign and multiplayer modes or in Zombies in Spaceland...

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

18 Comments
  • I almost didn't read this article as my COD fatigue is at an all time high and I am not into zombie related stuff. However, I'm well glad I did. Actually like what they have done with this, dare I say, refreshing. Which for COD is surprising. I'd actually consider this if it was a very cheap stand alone option, if only because I know a couple of guys that I play with that have yet to kick the COD habit. That said, those guys are all over terrorist hunt in Rainbow Six Siege.
  • I almost didn't read this article as my COD fatigue is at an all time high and I am not into zombie related stuff. However, I'm well glad I did. Actually like what they have done with this, dare I say, refreshing. Which for COD is surprising. I'd actually consider this if it was a very cheap stand alone option, if only because I know a couple of guys that I play with that have yet to kick the COD habit. That said, those guys are all over terrorist hunt in Rainbow Six Siege.
  • Same here. I actually might buy this cod.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The COD devs are want to end their story with Zombie Apocalypse.. Better to watch RE:LAST CHAPTER movie.
  • When the **** is this game going to die? It's the definition of selling the same thing over and over. Oh wait, this time it's not nazzi (had to avoid the filter because it makes no sense) zombies, it's neon zombies, whoooaaa. Not to mention it's the most unoriginal straight up military shooter with 0 thought put into it, and the community around it is braindead mostly (and ofc 11-year olds). The fact that they are still making money from it both amazes and saddens me at the same time.
  • Thanks for positive and constructive comment. We're all better for having read it.
  • Well, yeah, but what I said still stands, and unconstructive comments aren't banned and are sometimes necessary.
    Also this is not aimed towards you or your article, but actually the game it talks about. And the purpose of comments exactly is to share your views.
  • That's why I'm rooting for Battlefield 1. I'm tired with COD's futuristic bull.
  • Those screenshots remind me of sunset overdrive
  • Zombies rock!! Still prefer the earlier ones like Der Reise. Loved the 2D arcade one as well. Made me feel young. The best thing about the Zombie franchise, well the early ones anyway, were the Sarcastic and Acidic comments on the audio, the monkey bombs, Dempsey giving it the big ol' USA of attitude, Nikolai on about guns that killed his wife..... Oh happy days. As for COD, lost interest a while back.
  • This looks like some silly fun. Might be fun with a few friends.
  • I love the setting
  • Wow cod meet dead rising and pvz? Let's hope this mode doesn't overshadow the campaign mode.
  • Cod is dying a slow painful death just like windows 10 mobile
  • I'll wait for the sale. No hurry to play this with all the other AAA titles releasing along side it. Was also hoping for Extinction to return. Probably would have bought on release if that was the case. But Zombies, nah, I'll wait for the discount at Christmas, then buy.
  • This franchise is getting even more ridiculous
  • This looks good!
  • Game is insane, I'm  buying it,