World War Z was recently released, and I couldn’t wait to put my hands on it. I love to relax on the couch playing old fashion zombie game. Well, as relaxed as I can be while being chased by a horde of zombies. We have seen some great zombie games in the past years. I had an incredible time with the Walking Dead and cried a river with it, and we can never forget how thrilling it is to play a new Resident Evil. With all of these titles on the market, the zombie genre can sometimes look a little bit crowded. Nonetheless, I can never resist the temptation of playing them.
My last zombie game was Resident Evil 2 Remake, and since then I was anxious and excited to get the same thrilling experience if not a better one. As the good hoarder of zombie’s video game I am, I got World War Z to check out if it will be my next favorite co-op zombie game. I’m not going to lie here, when I first saw teasers for this game I thought “maybe this could be the Left 4 Dead 3 that we never had” but ooh! I was wrong.
Definitely not Left 4 Dead… Still kind of entertaining
World War Z is a co-op game from Saber Interactive Studio which was recently released on April 16th. Based in the six-year-old film by the same name. But, without Brad Pit( which is a pity because he could have made my experience a better one). The game is a 4 player co-op third-person shooter that follows a massive global outbreak in some of the biggest cities of the world. It focuses on four cities, New York, Jerusalem, Moscow, and Tokyo.
The game takes place in the same universe as the movie. In each city, you play as one of the four survivors/soldiers. Each city has three levels to fight through the campaign, with the exception of Japan, which only has two. Of course, you can play the campaign alone or with a party of three other friends online.
Every mission in each city is pretty straightforward. You need to get from point A to point B, nothing less nothing more. The first campaign I played was the New York one, where I embodied one of the survivors.
World War Z won’t give you a stellar dramatic story here. The game does look good at times. Each environment is detailed and feels alive. At New York, I found myself entertained with the missions and with the cringy, yet sometimes funny dialogues between characters. The mission was simple. You need to get to the train. I was given a basic set of weapons, though I found upgraded weapons throughout the journey. The gun-play was good and easy to handle, somewhat inaccurate, but fun nonetheless. Every shot has a high impact which comes in handy when you are face to face a massive number of zombies.
Zombie towers, a thrilling surprise
So, let’s talk about the big premise of the game: the massive horde of towering zombies. As you can imagine one of the significant aspects that made me get the title was the massive horde of zombies. This is a constant between the film and the video game. The first time I saw them towering and piling on top of each other I was amazed. The cinematics were good at showing how intimidating the swarm of zombies can feel.
All of the missions have great scenes full of adrenaline. It will give you a great time and a lot of fun if you play with friends. Especially my favorite city, Tokyo. This campaign was the most action-packed one and the most aesthetically pleasant regarding the design of the city.
Great zombies, but sometimes repetitive
You will encounter a variety of zombies that will give you some serious Left 4 Dead vibes. The four types of zombies you will encounter are Bulls which are somewhat like tank zombie that I was never able to dodge no matter what I did. Screamers which can call more zombies to the party. The Lurkers which are the ones who come out of nowhere to pin you down. Hazmat, which can release a toxic cloud after being shot, and finally the regular old fashion zombies. The problem with this is that zombies are just the same in every single campaign. Which can make the experience a little repetitive.
WWZ doesn’t have the Resident Evil type of zombie. These ones behave like a swarm; they do not attack alone, only on big groups. Even though the crowd of zombies does look great, there is one significant downside to this. Every horde of zombie works like a mirage. So once you have a seen a horde, you basically have seen them all. They behave and look exactly the same in every city and the means to defeat them are the same. I did find the Tokyo campaign horde of zombie one of the most memorable ones though. However, somehow I still found it repetitive at times. This made me question if the game will be repayable for me in the future.
Good aesthetic and glitch galore
My third campaign was Moscow. Unfortunately, this one was one of the most troublesome experiences I had with the game. I had several glitches and even a corrupt file error. The Moscow campaign had NPC related game breaking bugs. Just when I thought that I could finish my Moscow playthrough without problems, the game crashed one more time, which corrupted my data. I had to replay the last chapter of Moscow since my saved data for it was lost.
Needless to said it was a huge bummer for me. By the time I finished the campaign no more than 6 hours had passed (counting in the struggles with glitches). At first, I thought this was an isolated problem. However, after a couple of hours of playing online other party members were having the same issues.
Is it good enough?
By the time I finished with World War Z, I had played all the campaigns and even tried the PVP for a couple of hours. I wasn’t a fan of the PVP at the beginning, but I did find the appeal once I was playing it with friends.
World War Z in no means is a bad game. It’s undoubtedly made to deliver some great moments to enjoy with a group of friends. However, If you are expecting a Left 4 Dead quality level experience, this is definitely not it. I did have some technical issues with the game but managed to have fun with it for some hours at least.
Not all of the campaign felt as great. It was clear which one received a little bit more of love from the developers. Nevertheless, I genuinely enjoyed some moments in Tokyo. I see myself playing that campaign at least one more time. World War Z is a game that takes itself seriously. Yet, it sometimes felt weaker and less polished than other zombies games that we have seen in the market for the last 6 years. However, it has some great and peculiar ideas regarding zombies that make it easy to recommend if you want to have some quality time with friends while playing a good old fashion zombie game.
Now that we are talking about new releases, Have you checked out our Sekiro: Shadows Dies Twice review? well, this is the perfect time to do it.