May 14, 2019
Humanity is on the brink of extinction. From New York, to Moscow, to Jerusalem, the undead apocalypse continues to spread. Countless millions of ravenous zombies without feeling or fear overwhelm and infect the embattled survivors of World War Z. As the end looms, a hardened few band together and endure. Alone, we are easily overcome. Together, we may yet bring down the horde and press on. For our story – the story of humanity – can only live on if we do. In a world where Left 4 Dead 3 is nowhere in sight, many games want to capitalise on the foundations in which the previously mentioned franchise left us. Does WWZ manage to over throne Left 4 Dead? or is it enough to scratch that itch for now…
WWZ has an excellent campaign which sprawls over four action packed levels. You and three over friends get to run through the abandoned environments of Moscow, New York, Jerusalem and Tokyo, ripping your way through every single enemy that stands in your path. What makes this game more interesting is the class system, in which players can spend points earned in game to level up their characters classes. Changing how throw-able items work, reload times and the usual suspects. This encourages users to replay the game in order to max these classes out, enabling them to tackle the harder game difficulties once ready. The same applies to weaponry and the likes, in which you can unlock new variants the more you play the game. These aspects make WWZ far more exciting to play and allows you and your team mates to mix things up on the battleground. Which is essential due to the amount of enemies you can face at any given time, the horde being the most deadly. The horde is hell bent on reaching you, the zombies within it will climb over one another, use each other as methods to scale walls and rush you in order to quickly weaken you.
Introducing The Horde
Similar to Left 4 Dead, WWZ has various enemy classes to make things more interesting. Along with the horde, you also get Screamers, Hazmat Zombies, Bull Zombies and creepers to name a few. Each of which have a special attack in order to keep you on your toes. Screamers… scream, alerting enemies around them of your presence. Hazmat zombies let out a poisonous gas cloud upon death. Bull Zombies charge you and pummel you until you either die or get saved by a friend and Creeper Zombies pounce at you and claw you until die or get saved, similar to the Bull Zombies. Each of these enemies can be very deadly, but if you work well with your team and stick together, being taken down by one of these enemies is very unlikely. The variety of enemies make each and every battle interesting, unique and challenging.
The story itself is great, but it’s not one to sink hours into or get lost in, the real focus here is the gameplay and interaction with your team mates. WWZ plays really well, but it isn’t without it’s share of bugs, which can be game breaking, but, fortunately these were not frequent enough to cause any real issues for me. Some of the bugs resulted in players falling through the ground and then looping through it over and over, which stopped me a friend and a group of players online from being able to finish a level. This was quite frustrating, albeit funny. Other than that, I haven’t encountered any other bugs that affected the game for me.
After spending enough time with the campaign, the multiplayer mode (PvPvE) is incredibly fun to play and quite difficult to put down. It pits you and another team against one another whilst fending off the hordes of undead. Not only are you required to constantly be watching out for Zombies, but now you also have other survivors after you as well. It makes a great change after playing the campaign and is honestly one of my favourite parts of the game.
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I Give This Game A
8 / 10
It might not be Left 4 Dead 3, but WWZ is the closest thing to it. Scratching that itch, WWZ has hours of fun to be had with the variety of game modes and unlockables to obtain. If youre looking for a game to sink some time in to, that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then WWZ is perfect for you.
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