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Video Game / ZPC

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ZPC (Zero Population Count) is a 1996 First-Person Shooter, developed by Zombie Studios for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PCs. It used the Marathon 2 engine, and was noted for its stylized look adapted from artwork by Aidan Hughes (also credited with the game's concept). The story focuses on Arman, an exiled "Warrior Messiah" who has come of age and sets out to reclaim his throne.

At some point prior to November 2003, Hughes announced plans to create or bring about a full-length ZPC film. However, nothing is known to have come of this.

Like many games of its time, it is now Abandonware, and can be downloaded here.

This game contains examples of:

  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The player takes the role of a Rambo-like CDJ. With Psychic Powers.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The ads flat-out compare the bad guys to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
  • Good Republic, Evil Empire: Played absolutely straight in the backstory; the evil empire you are fighting has literally destroyed a Republic to complete their takeover of the world.
  • Grenade Launcher: One of the available weapons.
  • Human Resources: There's a scene where you encounter several of your worshippers imprisoned by the imperial forces in a room with a food processing machine (which you would have encountered earlier in a more innocuous context). Activating it will literally see them get crushed to a pulp by it.
  • Psychic Powers: Arman starts out with the "Chi Punch". It is a substitution for jumping and allows you to hit objects at a long distance.
  • Save-Game Limits: You need to pick up the so-called memory orbs in order to be able to save the game.