Zombies and guns in a hack and slash genre? These three elements are what bring the Zombie Army franchise to life.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War is developed and published by Rebellion Developments and was released on February 4 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
It is the latest instalment to the Zombie Army series which was released back in 2015.
Something to note is that the Zombie Army franchise started off as a spin-off to the popular known title Sniper Elite, developed by the same company, alongside Just Add Water, so the similarity in game mechanics are definitely noticeable.
Let’s talk about the introduction.
Right off the bat, the cut scene for the opening of the campaign impressed me.
The game showcases real clips from May 1945 during the Second World War and transitions to clips of the game. The contrast and comparison draw out the element they were looking for in this game: Bloodshed.
I especially enjoyed the quote they used at the end of the opening scene of the game, “We’re taking the world back. One bullet at a time.”
Such a powerful statement does intrigue you to dive straight into the thickness of the game.
An aspect I thoroughly enjoyed during the game-play is the slow-motion bullet kills. It draws similarity to a fan favourite title of all time, Fallout. It seems that this element of the game was inspired by the Fallout series, and was produced just as beautifully as you would expect.
The game-play of Zombie Army 4 is also very smooth and runs perfectly. I encountered no bugs or glitches, which is very rare for a game when first released.
I also love the creative elements of this game: zombies with weapons, zombie bosses, and supercharged attacks. A combination of these makes the experience a lot more enjoyable.
Another mode that Zombie Army 4 offers is Horde, which, as the name suggests, is endless waves of zombies coming at you. This game mode is incredibly fun and can provide you with hours of entertainment.
In my opinion, the only negative element of this game is that the graphics are not up to standard in comparison to other recently released titles.
The graphics can be a bit questionable in some scenes, like how the blood looks like red coloured paint from time to time.
Overall I would highly recommend this game if you are looking to take on a zombie killing experience but in a unique way.
If you are a fan of hack and slash style games, then this game and the Zombie Army franchise is something I would highly suggest you pick up, unless you are looking for a more realism-based zombie-killing experience.
It may be another four years until we see the next Zombie Army title, but one thing is for sure – this game is well worth the purchase.