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Dead Head Fred

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Action
Publisher: D3Publisher of America

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'Dead Head Fred' (PSP) - 27 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 17, 2007 @ 1:25 p.m. PDT

Dead Head Fred draws players into an original alternative universe as they embark on a quest for vengeance to solve their own murder by using the decapitated heads of enemies to battle through environments designed to showcase each headÂ’s unique abilities.

A PSP exclusive 3rd person-action game, Dead Head Fred draws players into an original 1940’s inspired alternative universe where the bizarre blends with a slice of old time Americana producing a morally bankrupt town ruled by violent organized crime and populated with mutants spawned from toxic waste. As private detective Fred Neuman, savagely murdered and then resurrected in a bizarre scientific experiment without his memory or his head, players embark on a quest for vengeance as they solve their own murder by using the severed heads of enemies to battle their way through environments designed to showcase each head’s unique abilities. Offering unprecedented graphics with vast, interactive environments, Dead Head Fred immerses players in the action with the most revolutionary camera to date on a handheld device as players collect, upgrade and switch the heads of enemies on the fly to strategically fight malformed mutants, ghoulish gangsters, and maniacal mob bosses in a unique and compelling story of revenge and redemption.

Hollywood veteran John C. McGinley, currently on Scrubs, will voice the main character. In the game, McGinley will bring to life - or at least help reanimate - Fred Neuman, a private detective savagely murdered and then resurrected in a bizarre scientific experiment without his memory or his head. McGinley's acting credits span two decades and include his current work on the NBC sitcom "Scrubs" as the gruff and worldly Dr. Perry Cox. He is also well known for his roles in films including Are We Done Yet? (2007), Wild Hogs (2007), Identity (2003), Office Space (1999), Talk Radio (1988), Wall Street (1987) and Platoon (1986) as well as roles in television and theater.

Dummy Head

This lovely head was pried from the wooden neck of a fashion mannequin. It’s a precise, anatomically accurate recreation of the face of a human male (from a Norman Rockwell painting, circa 1942). Note the chiseled jaw, the vapid stare. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with this guy? You probably practiced on one just like it when you taught yourself how to French kiss.

Tiki Head

The name of this head is a little misleading, since there’s no real head behind the hand-carved facade. What we have here is actually a wooden mask crafted in a primitive Polynesian style. This is the preferred headgear of the deadly Witch Doctors. The Tiki Head has many uses above and beyond its attack and defense features. For instance, in the summer it provides excellent facial protection from the sun’s harsh rays, and in the winter, it makes a wonderful sled for the kiddies.

Scarecrow Head

Evil animated Scarecrows haunt the festering farmlands of Hope Falls, hurling crow projectiles at pretty much anyone who does not share their ideological beliefs. Stuffed with straw, it’s hard to imagine how such brainless, violent, overzealous creatures could possibly exist. Intolerance of this magnitude usually comes from humans. When faced with questions like these, its best to simply click one’s heels together and tell oneself that there’s no place like home.

Mutant Head

When was the last time you really vomited? We’re talkin’ head in the toilet bowl, begging for mercy vomit here, feeling the chunks in your teeth, tasting the acidic bile. Can you recall an occasion when your throat contracted so hard you expected to see your organs slop out of your mouth and into the filthy water? Can you hear that deep throaty wretching sound? If so, then you’re a fraction closer to fully appreciating the beauty that is the Mutant Head. Most Hope Falls residents agree that the only thing more repugnant than a radioactive, puke-hurling Mutant is its open-sored, goo-dripping head. Even for a dead guy with no fashion sense whatsoever like Fred, it’s a stretch to allow said hideous vessel to stain the lapels of your cheap suit…but he’s out for revenge, and revenge is a dish that is best served cold. With a side of steamy, radioactive vomit.

Key Features :

  • Geared for the single-player experience, Dead Head Fred offers the most compelling and completely original storyline to date with “twisted noir” humor and violence in a portrayal of revenge and redemption in an artistically unique environment unlike anything before on the PSP system.
  • Dead Head Fred revolutionizes the gameplay experience on the PSP system by offering a dynamic camera that immerses players in the action without having to control a manual camera.
  • Each of the 9 collectible heads offer unique gameplay mechanics as players switch heads on the fly to explore new ways to progress through the game.
  • Experience unique combat moves, including head-pound, nut-punch, head-hunting, combos and more as you slaughter enemies in multiple ways by severing heads with your bare hands, shooting them with poison darts, irradiating them into goo, or slicing them into ribbons and more!
  • The action adventure allows players to battle enemies on large and small scales to utilize the attributes of each head and the open-ended gameplay allows for creative problem solving with multiple ways to approach every challenge.
  • Embark on epic missions that increase your powers and attacks by acquiring new heads and collect money to purchase more upgrades or additional jars to store the severed heads of enemies.
  • Dead Head Fred’s HUB system allows players to fly, gas, smash, battle and more through the expansive, danger-ridden town of Hope Falls or in outlying areas such as Creepy Hallow, Pitt’s Power Plant, and Freak Farms in the order they choose and return to find new and hidden enemies.
  • Bonus content offers players extensive replayability through side missions, mini-games and activities such as Consensual Sax, The Gran Ratismo, Dirty Pool, Head 2 Head Pinball, and The Feather Doom.

Dead Head Fred is scheduled to ship to retail stores in North America on August 28, 2007.

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