Zombie Army 4: Dead War from Rebellion is a first-person shooter that sends you into an alternate WW II setting in which the undead are taking over. Learn more in our Zombie Army 4: Dead War review!
Hitler’s hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from the makers of Sniper Elite 4! Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing new campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon.
As soon as you begin playing the game, you are presented with the choice of which mode you would like to take on. You can either play the Campaign (solo or up to four players), a mode called Horde, or a Weekly Event (more on these in a bit). In the Campaign mode, you are offered to select the game difficulty (between Easy, Normal, and Hard), and then you get to a player setup screen where you can select our character arsenal. From there, you can select the default weapons (a sharpshooter, a close-range weapon, and a handgun). Right off the bat, Zombie Army 4 tries to upsell you into purchasing either the Season Pass ($39.99) or asks if you’d like to purchase better weapons as paid DLC.
As for the Campaign’s story, you are in an alternate World War II setting in which the Nazis won the war by waking up the dead and using zombies on the battlefield. The thing is, they lost control of them, and now part of Europe has an undead issue. Your goal is to go from area to area, clearing zombies in the area, as you aim to reach a safe zone. There are scripted events all over the place to generate tension as to when zombies spawn, and even though some were fairly predictable, it was enjoyable and kept me on the edge of my seat.
I was personally new to the Zombie Army franchise, and I feel it’s a very easy “pick up and play” experience. Most of the controls are intuitive, and roaming through the different zones is working exactly as I’d expect. I had a hard time figuring out how to change the weapon, which wasn’t explained in the small tutorials, nor it is explained in the in-game help. For reference, it’s hidden in the Triangle + Up button combination, which was definitely not how I would have handled things.
I’d also like to say that the game’s help mentions some advanced bullet physics, and they are indeed quite impressive. For instance, hitting the enemies at some places (like in the head) will yield better damage, which is pretty standard. But depending on the way the zombie is killed, it might respawn a few moments later. There are also enhanced bullet physics that take into consideration different materials, like clothes, wood, and metal, all handling bullets differently – wood slows the bullet down, and metal can make a bullet rebound.
The Campaign can also be played either solo or in co-operation, with up to four players. As expected, playing Zombie Army 4 online will require you to have an active PlayStation+ subscription, so do keep that in mind!
The second mode is Horde, in which you must defend yourself from wave after wave of zombies. You start with bare minimum ammo and weapons and must find more arsenal in the closed space of the map while avoiding the different zombies that spans through the waves. The last mode is a Weekly Event, which, as you can guess, changes every week (on Tuesdays). Weekly events are part of the main Campaign in which you are trying to reach the best score.
Each time a “game” is completed, be it a level in the Campaign, a Horde run, or a weekly event, your character gets a permanent experience boost towards his personal level. Gaining extra levels gives you access to some advanced perks.
As for the game’s presentation, the graphics are impressive in this release, with beautifully rendered textures and enemies, no frame drops, and well-designed environments that are easy to navigate. The PlayStation 4 fan is definitely loud as the game starts, but as the action ramps in, it just becomes a sound on the background. I also liked that the game often sends sound effects to the DualShock 4 controller, which is a feature I felt wasn’t used to its full potential in this generation. The game also uses 22GB of space on your PS4 but can be played as soon as the 11GB download mark has been reached. As you can guess, this game is very much an M for mature release and features blood nearly everywhere. This release is definitively not for a younger audience.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a great FPS that will definitively please players fan of the genre or the Sniper Elite franchise. It features great graphics, a good sense of progression using the experience won every time you played a little bit here and there, and a great Campaign and two bonus modes.
PSN Price: $49.99
PSN Game size: 22GB
This Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Rebellion.