Continuing our EGX rundown, it takes us down to Rebellion and with their latest offering Zombie Army 4: Dead War – the sequel to Zombie Army Trilogy, and spin-off series to Sniper Elite. While Zombie Army Trilogy was a fun little game in its own right, it felt like an afterthought, more or less just Sniper Elite V2 with zombies. Now it’s much more a game of its own right and the story follows on from the end of ZAT where Zombie Hitler and his Zombie Army are back and now rampaging across Italy.
While the game engine is based on Sniper Elite 4, there are noticeable tweaks. Guns that are upgradeable with some elemental ones that will help and have their own unique perks that will help with dealing with the hordes. There is a much deeper emphasis on customization, and the zombie hordes of the Third Reich have also got some new ghoulies to deal with including some suicide bombers which (interesting fact; it’s scream is one of the developers doing a heavy metal scream) and a whole host of new nasties to blast. Also including a more expanded horde mode, it reaffirms my earlier point of being a full game in its own right.
It played really well when I got my hands on it, and can be played with 4 players (which will up the zombie count and will throw in some tougher ones) or in solo (where it gets more survival like. There is a handy perk where if you get downed you can get back into the fight, but it’s a one-time use permission). If you’ve played ZAT it would be easy to pick up, and the perks and the weapon customization does give more of a reason to keep coming back for more.
It’s a huge step forward from ZAT and an entertaining game all-round. This game is certainly one to watch if you’re looking for a fun shooter to play with friends or solo.