Zombie Army 4: Dead War is the latest game from Rebellion Developments, the company best known for developing the Sniper Elite series, a third-person game that put us in the shoes of Karl Fairburne, an American sniper, in various scenarios of the second World War. In Zombie Army 4: Dead War, we are also placed in World War II settings, but with a “slight” twist.
Stay with our opinion of this fourth spinoff from the famous Sniper Elite series.
The name of the game itself already indicates what can be expected from the game, which is nothing less than fighting hordes of Nazi zombies, in a post-apocalyptic scenario right after the end of World War II.
Believe me when I tell you that it is not for history that you will want to get your hands on Zombie Army 4. In a preface, in the form of a quick cinematic, it is told that the tyrannical Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was responsible for awakening the dead, in an attempt desperate to try to win World War II.
Although Adolf Hitler was defeated in what would be called "The War of the Dead", the hordes of zombies remained very "alive" and destroying whatever happened in front of him.
And this is where the story of Zombie Army 4 begins, where we will join a combat squad to eliminate the remaining zombies that continue to roam the land. Do not wait to find something profound in the narrative, emotional dialogues, or major upheavals as it was clearly not the intention of Rebellion Developments. The real aim was to create a fun, good looking game where the main objective is to destroy zombies in various ways and shapes.
As stated above, we will be part of a squad, where we can assume the role of four fearless heroes, among which is the protagonist of the Sniper Elite series, Karl Fairburne. Each is controlled in a similar way, but with variations in some game mechanics.
Shola, the engineer, is adept at trapping damage, Jun is the most mobile character and spends the least amount of energy running, Boris is the specialist in physical damage and finally, Karl Fairburne, who as a sniper is, spends less energy while using the classic Sniper Elite movement, the breathtaking while using the long-range shotgun.
Yes, it seems strange that in a game where the main objective is to kill zombies and where confrontations are short-range and more frantic, that the mechanics of almost stopping time are as satisfactory as it was in Sniper Elite. It is a formula that works just as well in a game more oriented towards stealth as it is for this one that is much more action oriented. It is always a pleasure to see a bullet flying towards a zombie's skull and it shatters into a thousand pieces.
Of course, we cannot contain ourselves with shotguns. We have at our disposal a complete arsenal with classic World War II weapons, such as the M1 Garand or Thompson, which can be used with modifications more conducive to the elimination of zombies, such as explosive or electric ammunition.
In addition to these modifications, it is also possible to equip skills that we will unlock as we level up, since there is a very light RPG component in the game here. This level up is done through points acquired by killing zombies, and the more in less time the better, because the points are multiplied according to the consecutiveness that is achieved.
In addition to the campaign that can be played in cooperation with four friends or completely alone, there is also the horde mode, which has no big secrets and is already a classic in games of the genre. Basically the objective is to survive waves of zombies that are getting progressively stronger and more numerous. There are only four maps that are variants of campaign scenarios, which can make this mode tiring very quickly.
Visually Zombie Army 4 is identical to Sniper Elite 4, as they share the same graphics engine, the Asura Engine. In this game, the more open scenarios of Sniper Elite 4 are switched to more linear scenarios, which allows more things to happen on the screen without sacrificing the graphic quality of the game.
On PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, there is the possibility to choose two visual modes, performance and image quality. The performance mode changes the resolution to achieve a stable 60 frames per second at 1080p, while the image quality mode appears to reach 4K but only at 30 frames per second.
Overall, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a good game, it is true that it does not bring anything new to the genre, but it is quite fun to play cooperatively with friends or even random people, since there are always lots matches we can join.
- Cooperative campaign for 4 players
- Familiar gameplay for Sniper Elite fans
- Little innovation
- Non-existent history
- Few maps in Horde mode