World War Z DEALS
For a very long time since Left 4 Dead 2, and when Valve decided that making games weren’t as profitable as being the middle man. There hasn’t been a candidate for a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, many have come and go but there haven’t been many candidates. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide has been the latest incarnation, but was really a Left 4 Dead in a DnD fancy dress. So, what can World War Z by Saber Interactive bring to the table?
World War Z started out as a book about the whole world got flipped upside down during a zombie outbreak. The then film fairly recently with Brad Pit looking more like discount Jesus in a zombie outbreak, and the game is set in that said universe. Which does ring some alarm bells because we all know well by now that films and video games have had a rocky relationship throughout the years. A few have been utterly brilliant like GoldenEye, Spider-Man 2 and fairly recently Alien: Isolation, but there are countless others that have been “Box-Office Flops” of the highest degree.
Let’s look at first what you get In terms of content: We have co-op campaign which you and 3 other friends or AI can take on the zombie swam in a variety of locales – New York, Jerusalem, Moscow and Tokyo across 11 missions (split into 4 episodes) which doesn’t seem a lot really for a co-op campaign. Even if you gradually up the difficulty, and with enough classes, and guns to upgrade the infrastructure is there for a longer campaign. Sadly for an approximately 5 hr playtime for the co-op, it’s way too complicated.
Through the episodes do house their own stories. So, in New York you’re escaping the city via a subway train commandeered by a Brit who’s mad. Then we have Jerusalem, which involves rescuing a doctor downtown before trekking to a Black Ops base to get hold of a satellite weapon. Then on to Moscow where survivors after looking for food at first before witnessing a helicopter crash, which then sets them on the path to liberating Moscow via a Soviet-era doomsday weapon. Then lastly onto Tokyo where we are defending the evacuation of Tokyo, and each of the playable survivors each having their own stories and if you are able to finish a mission with them it unlocks a short cutscene detailing this which is pretty neat.
Then we come to Multiplayer which is 8 player PvP mainly with all the usual game mode suspects like team deathmatch, domination and king of the hill. But has the ever presence of the zombie horde is still present in some of those game modes which does enough to keep things interesting as you take on the opposition – fine enough but the concept could have been pushed much further in my books, and plenty of classes to choose from, though not very customizable, nice variety of maps though. In short, there is content enough to fill a weekend session, but there isn’t enough for me to keep coming back.
For gameplay, though it’s a much more positive outlook, it’s a 3rd person shooter but put together very nicely. Shooting feels fast and fluid and the guns feel chunky and good to use, which for most shooters are game set and match for me really. Lots of guns and special weapons to use on the hordes and the opposition and tools at your disposal when defending from the swarm from turrets to automated turrets, electrified fences and barbed wire. Which will help when defending from the hordes in co-op.
Speaking of the hordes in co-op, they have their own A.I developed for this game, so like those same zombies in the film, they will climb over each other to get to you without giving a fuck for self-preservation, even forming human pyramids to get at you which can be curtailed by focusing on the base. It’s a different challenge compared to the likes of L4D, there are some special zombies as well who can mix it up a bit but not as massively distinct like in L4D. So, they are not as easy to spot in a crowd. As with all zombies in all forms of media, they are very prone to LOUD NOISES, so, if you fancy some sneaky, sneaky fun time use the starting pistol which as a suppressor from the start or upgrading one of the weapons. Also with melee being very useful, it’s a good experience overall.
However, there are some drawbacks chief among which is a lack of a cover system, which for co-op is not a problem where it’s just the zombie horde. But in competitive multiplayer, it’s a feature that it really needs. As mentioned before, for the depth of the game there are way too many classes to choose from and could be much more simplified. There a simple upgrade system for your classes and guns but no real customization of your classes, which is a bit of a pisser.
Other aspects to mention, graphics do look a bit rough around the edges. Not bad, but not exceptional. The sound is alright, technically bit rough in some parts mainly graphical glitches mainly and one or two server niggles but no horror stories here. Although, one issue I can see is the lack of people playing. Right now at the time of writing, you do have a good chance of getting the game, but in 6 months time though I’m not too sure, and for £35, it’s not what I call good value for money.
So in short, while it doesn’t take the crown off of Left for Dead, World War Z does offer an alternative option. While the gameplay is good fun in both co-op and multiplayer, with slight niggles mind. But with a lack of content to keep coming back to and some lack of polish and features in some areas. Before you get to the price that is, if you happen to find it on sale for £20-15 pounds then if you want a fun zombie shooting with your mates then this is a serious alternative to look at. And for a game based on a film, it’s one of the good ones.
World War Z
World War Z is a fun little game, good gameplay in both co-op and multiplayer, but not a massive amount of content. Slight lack of polish and features In some areas, and fearful of vacant servers, and a rather steep asking price as well, but a decent alternative for Left 4 Dead.
- Fun gameplay
- Zombies on some multiplayer modes
- The zombie horde is a fresh challenge
- Lack of content
- Lack of polish and features
- Steep price