Zombie Army 4: Dead War is out! Time to get that brea- I mean brains!
When you think of fighting zombies, snipers probably aren’t your go-to weapon. Right? Well, Rebellion has been trying to change this disgusting oversight for a number of years now with its Sniper Elite spin-off series: Zombie Army.
The original Zombie Army and its sequel were released as DLC for Sniper Elite V2, with the third being released alongside the first two in a standalone Zombie Army Trilogy in 2015. If you’ve played any Sniper Elite game, you’ll know the combat is designed to be stealth-based. That’s what makes the inclusion of zombies by Rebellion interesting.
Very rarely have stealth mechanics and zombie hordes worked together. State of Decay is one game that springs to mind, but in that, you’re not equipped with a sniper rifle and trip mines. And the zombies aren’t Nazis. Or in a horde, for the most part.
The Zombie Army Trilogy (and most likely Dead War) play a lot like the games in the Left 4 Dead series, or World War Z. There is a story there, with characters, but… You don’t really focus on it. You just push through the various locations while killing as many zombies as you physically can. That’s not to say this is a bad thing, though!
If you enjoyed the occultist take Call of Duty WWII’s Zombies took, then you’re bound to enjoy the Zombie Army series. I would recommend picking up the Zombie Army Trilogy for cheap before investing in Zombie Army 4, though, as it might not be your cup of tea.
What do the Critics think?
Review-wise, it’s done as well as expected, given the performance of the previous titles.
PC Gamer gave it a solid 70/100, so that’s 3 and a half stars. As expected, they believe it is a “better with friends” sort of game and praise its excellent craftsmanship. Check out the detailed review here.
Games Radar also gave it a 3 and a half star review. There, they praised the addictive ranking system and customization options while pulling it up on its unpolished controls. The Sniper Elite series is not the smoothest game to play, but I wouldn’t let this put you off. Read the rest of that review here.
In IGN’s review, they actually counter Games Radar by saying that the weapon progression leaves a lot to be desired. They praise the campy campaign and horde mode, drawing comparisons to Left 4 Dead, but suggest that its replayability is lacking pull. IGN also rates it a 7/10. ( Oh baby, a triple! ) Read the rest of that, here.
Don’t forget, if you’re a PlayStation Plus member you can get Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour from February 4th for free. Check out more on these titles here.