Controlling your character in Dead Nation is simple: the left stick controls movement, while the right stick aims your weapon and R1 is reserved for firing. Here's a tip: always keep your finger hovering over the R1 button because Dead Nation throws hundreds of zombies at you during the course of a mission. Thankfully, each mission has checkpoints that offer up a well needed breather and the chance to stock up on ammunition, new weapons and a series of increasingly powerful explosives.
You earn currency to spend at Weapons Shops by taking down zombies. The more zombies you dispose of in Dead Nation the more cash you earn, and for every kill you make your multiplier increases. The goal in each mission is to keep increasing the multiplier and avoid taking any damage in order to accumulate huge amounts of cash and points at the end of each level. You can also find secret cash stashes inside the car boots and containers spread around each level.
While it does pay to explore darkened corners and eerie alleys in Dead Nation, you need to be prepared at all times. A lone crate tucked away in a side street is almost always guarded by a small army of the undead just waiting to pounce. If you find yourself in a jam and surrounded, tap the L2 button quickly to perform a dash manoeuvre. It's the perfect way to smash through a wall of zombies and turn the tables. You also have a melee attack at your disposal, which can be performed by pressing the R2 button. Like the dash, it's perfect for getting you out of tight spots.
Over the course of this epic journey, you'll wield a huge arsenal of weapons including assault rifles, shotguns, machine guns, rocket launchers and a few unique gadgets too. Each weapon can be upgraded to improve reload times, rate of fire, power and the amount of ammo you can carry. The larger the upgrade, the more it costs, so be sure to aim for those big multipliers to earn plenty of cash. Aside from the guns, you also have grenades, mines, Molotov cocktails, TNT and flares. One thing is for sure in Dead Nation - you won't be short on firepower!