- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive, Mad Dog Games LLC
- Developer: Saber Interactive
- Release Date: April 16, 2019
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Third Person Shooter, Action, Co-Op
- Players: 1-4
- Official Website: https://wwzgame.com/en/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
World War Z will be instantly familiar to fans of Left 4 Dead and while you’ll hear us compare them so often. Players assume the role of random survivors--which differ based on location chosen--who must survive the zombie outbreak whatever way they can. Like Left 4 Dead, you and up to 3 other players--or AI--will choose a map to engage on based off real world locations such as Jerusalem, New York, Japan and Moscow. Each of these locations are split into several sections where you usually fight through tons of zombies using a variety of weapons you’ll pick up as you go ranging from shotguns, machine guns, SMGs and even crossbows. You’ll need these weapons as the undead horror you’re about to face is unlike any zombie game and even more intense then what is seen by Left 4 Dead.
The zombies in World War Z are akin to the movie adaptation in the sense that they run full speed, climb over objects and even climb on top of each other to take you down. There is something always scary--and awesome--about seeing a zombie pyramid being formed in front of you or seeing hundreds of zombies on screen falling off buildings with no regards to their own life...or what was once life. World War Z keeps players constantly needing to grab ammo and play smart as zombies will often overrun you if you decide to waste bullets on every zombie you see. It will take teamwork to survive and even if you play alone--meaning you’re relying on the AI--you’ll find teamwork comes pretty easily.
An element we did notice ripped straight from Left 4 Dead is the several zombie variants that can break apart any defense. These zombies come in the form of screamers who attract zombies as long as their alive, bulls who charge you wearing full SWAT armor, creepers who hide in wait to ambush you and hazmat suit wearing zombies who unleash poison gas upon death. While that coupled with the fact that you’ll find a lot of the gameplay themes relying on the well formatted Left 4 Dead set up, you’d almost feel like World War Z is a brainless clone of Left 4 Dead. Yet, it’s a clone that has just enough differing elements to be both fun and also not just a copy paste job at the end of the day.
If we had any complaints about World War Z it would be in two fronts. Graphically, World War Z looks a bit dated. While we forgive this due to the lowered price of the game--World War Z only costs $40 dollars--it’s noticeable sometimes when hundreds of the same zombie models bum rush you or you look at a piece of environment that looks a bit weak. We also noticed that World War Z has some weird glitches that, while not game breaking, can be a bit annoying. There were some missions where we needed to guard a fence and zombies legit just ran through the fence as if it wasn’t there. Other times, zombies would suddenly spawn in the dozens in a small room that looked barren with no windows or doors but suddenly was packed with undead baddies. These issues are minor though as World War Z still looks pretty solid and runs usually quite well.
We do want to end our review on one last good note though. World War Z has one element that makes it quite repayable and that’s due to its class system. Players can choose between several classes that each give starting weapons to the player as well as abilities. These abilities can truly give each player their own individualized feeling versus Left 4 Dead’s reliance on just using different characters all armed with the same talents and guns. We can see ourselves investing dozens of hours to unlock new skills and thus unlock new weapons as well as gun variants for even more tools of destruction!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple but fun third person shooting with a laundry list of guns to use
- Several pseudo real world locations that offer nice replayability
- 4 player co-op means 4 friends can fight the zombie hordes for an even better experience
- Zombies are fast and their human pyramid building never gets old and they come at the hundreds for a truly scary experience
- Several classes that each can be upgraded for numerous customization
- Great Price for the amount of content you’re getting
- Graphically a bit weak at times with zombie designs being reused ad nauseam
- Occasional glitches can throw you out of the immersion