BY DEAN MOSES
Game: Zombie Army Trilogy
Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Rated: M for Mature
Cost: $49.99 (Available to download and purchase in boxed editions)
It’s 1:30am, I have been attempting to reach wave ten for over two hours now. I have been backed into a corner, along with the people I have met while playing Zombie Army Trilogy. My ammo is running low and the zombies are showing no signs of stopping. If we die, we have to start all the way from wave one. My hands shake out of nervousness as more undead soldiers charge onscreen… this is it, we have lost—I have let the team down. Two hours have gone and we did not reach our goal. I expect all the players to turn in for bed but nobody does… we restart and try again, since we are having far too much fun to stop.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have seen some incredible games, such as Batman Arkham Knight, the Witcher 3 and the Evil Within. However, these games are single player only experiences. While playing the latest consoles, I haven’t felt that beautiful and rather unique feeling that only comes when you—and a few friends—play a truly fun multiplayer game—until now. Zombie Army Trilogy marks a return to form, a call back to a certain type of game I have not played in years, but have been deeply yearning to encounter again. Playing this game is akin to meeting an old friend that you have lost contact with. It reminds me of my early teens, playing into the early hours of the morning, chatting with existing friends while making new ones along the way.
The story is as follows: Adolf Hitler is losing World War II, so in one last attempt to win, he raises the dead and unleashes chaos on an already war-torn Germany.
If you are looking for a deep plot to get absorbed into, or if you want to have your heartstrings pulled by emotional set pieces, this is not the game for you. The story is really what you make for yourself, sure there are a few cinematic scenes that thread the levels together, but nothing Oscar winning.
For me, the game’s narrative was not the storyline the developers implemented, but instead, the experiences I had while playing it. Every time you start a game different things may occur, for instance my story was losing five times before eventually winning. It was saving the friends I made from a horde of zombies, it was my buddies saving me and it was the laughs we had along the way. What will your story be? The World War II setting is nothing new and the zombie idea is overused, but the camaraderie, teamwork and a game with the intentions to be just fun, is a notion that most titles have been sorely lacking as of late.
Zombie Army Trilogy is a third person shooter, if you have ever played the Sniper Elite series you will feel right at home here seeing as the mechanics are the same. There are two modes to cycle through: horde mode, a survival game type where you have to endure in one area for as long as you can, and campaign mode, where you explore the many levels and the horrors within them. Before starting you are required to pick one of eight characters; he or she comes equipped with a sniper riffle, a secondary weapon, a handgun and a host of explosives to deploy. Once you have selected your keen eyed warrior it is time to play. Battling the undead is simple and satisfying. Zombies’ limbs fall apart when shot, sometimes leaving them to crawl after you. The most pleasing moment of all is when time becomes slowed and you can watch your bullet glide through the air until it collides with your decaying foe.
Zombie Army Trilogy may not be the best looking game on the market, but it runs at 60 frames per second, making it feel pleasantly smooth. Although some objects can look a little blocky, the 1940s aesthetic and the diverse mix of levels, from broken down houses to moving trains, keep the eye interested and satisfied. There is also a wide blend of zombies to put back in the ground, from amour wearing goliaths to leaping snipers; you will be hard pressed to find any boring enemy types.
If you are looking for a game to wind down to at the end of the day, this is not the one for you. Similarly, if you are looking to play this game in single player form only, you will find yourself losing interest pretty fast. However, if you wish to venture online, you will find a game that is fast paced and highly enjoyable, especially when friends are involved. It’s a type of game I have not seen since Left 4 Dead or Star Wars Battlefront, a game designed for the gamers, a game that reminds us why we love gaming—so we can have fun with a host of pals.