Zombie Army 4: Dead War from Rebellion is another entry into their Sniper Elite spin-off franchise featuring yup, you guessed it, zombies. Does Zombie Army 4: Dead War satiate the hungry hordes of gamers salivating at the thought of more zombie killing action? We’ll get to answering that shortly.
In Zombie Army 4: Dead War, players will take on the role of 1 of 4 main characters as they fight through the game’s campaign mode. The characters themselves each have their own personality and specific set of attributes which sets themselves apart from each other. For example, Jun can regenerate focus faster than the other characters whereas Karl has a much stronger melee attack than them.
The characters you can play as can be changed from the main menu when loading up a new mission so you aren’t locked into playing as one person throughout. The story mode of the game is broken up into chapters with each chapter consisting of a number of sections. Fight through each section and you’ll eventually reach a safe room where the game will tally up your score and award you with points and new perks. Only one perk at a time can be equipped and new perks are unlocked by completing specific tasks such as killing 100 zombies with melee attacks or getting multiple kills in quick succession.
The story of Zombie Army 4: Dead War is pretty over the top. The game starts out with players fighting off husk zombies – Remnants of the old zombie war. The zombie war of course being the war that took place during Zombie Army Trilogy’s story which is set in an alternate timeline World War 2. Players will soon find out that the zombie hordes are back with a vengeance as the husks they are fighting are suddenly replaced with more powerful zombies armed with bombs and other weaponry. These zombies also seem to be led or have a purpose and the plot thickens further as you play through the campaign.
The over the top story is filled with enough action to keep you entertained throughout. There’s even a freaking massive zombie shark. Zombie Army 4: Dead War knows it’s an over the top game and it doesn’t hold back or hide this fact. In fact, it celebrates this with so many fun little moments and easter eggs hidden throughout the game.
Gameplay in Zombie Army 4: Dead War involves a lot of running, shooting and sniping. There isn’t a lot of stealth involved in the gameplay as seen with Sniper Elite 4 but players will definitely be performing a lot of sniping throughout regardless. The weapons on offer are all great and each has their own special use cases. Players can also modify and upgrade their weapons with upgrade kits. These upgrade kits augment the weapons with either fire, electric, holy or explosive damage and are extremely useful when fighting off hordes of zombies.
The x-ray camera is present in Zombie Army 4: Dead War and players will be able to watch bullets fly through the air and tear apart zombies when skilful shots are taken. It never gets old because of how well it’s implemented into the game and even if you somehow get bored of watching these mini-cutscenes, you can skip them should you want to.
Zombie Army 4’s gameplay caters a lot towards co-op shooting. Players can team up with each other and massacre zombie hordes for hours and hours as they rack up high scores, combos and unlock new things. It’s addictive, fast-paced fun. Having an additional player also helps quite a bit with zombie crowd control since there’s so many of them around. Movement in Zombie Army 4 does feel slightly janky but the game is so fun you’ll be able to forgive Rebellion for this.
Graphically, Zombie Army 4 features a lot of detailed environments with a suitably spooky aesthetic to boot. The zombies look great and so do the x-ray camera visuals depicting gruesome zombie injuries. There’s plenty of flashy effects too with electrical arcs and flames being quite abundant. Voice acting in Zombie Army 4 is not annoying and the soundtrack features some adrenaline-pumping synthwave tunes to slay zombies too.
Overall, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a great game only held back by some minor design flaws. Players will struggle a bit with the janky movement and trying to curb stomp a zombie into the ground is a massive hit and miss affair. Other than that though, there’s something strangely compelling about loading up the game, obliterating some zombies and doing this while co-op-ing with a friend. If you’re a fan of action-packed zombie shooters like Left 4 Dead 2 and World War Z, Zombie Army 4: Dead War will definitely appeal to you.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War was reviewed on the PlayStation 4, the game is available on Xbox One and PC as well.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War was Developed and Published by Rebellion Developments
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Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Hitler’s hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from the makers of Sniper Elite 4! Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing new campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon!
Product Currency: GBP
Product Price: 39.99