Left 4 Dead made its mark in amongst gaming fans, casual players and critics alike. Left 4 Dead 2 released 10 years ago on the Xbox 360 and PC and since then the game held up pretty well. Left 4 Dead held its appeal and value… until now.
Last week Saber Interactive launched World War Z on to the PS4, Xbox One and PC. World War Z has been heavily compared to the Left 4 Dead series on the Xbox 360. I’ve been live streaming World War Z on the PS4 and I am hooked.
What is World War Z (Game)?
World War Z shares similarities to Left 4 Dead. The campaign cane be played both online and off-line. If you choose to fight the undead offline; you will be in a squad with 3 other AI characters and then online with actual humans (friends or randoms).
There are 5 initial difficulty settings (or rather skulls). Put simply the higher the skull count the higher the difficulty! I started off on two out of five (normal) difficulty. Playing through the campaign online is much easier than offline. I found the offline AI to be slow and clunky so I would highly recommend playing online. If you’re an unfortunate soul who has no friends then rest assure that there are plenty of other players to be randomly team up with.
There are currently four countries to meander through when it comes to slaying the zombies: USA (New York), Israel (Jerusalem) Russia (Moscow) and Japan (Tokyo). There are three levels to each city except for Tokyo which has two. Each country offers players the same in that there are literally hundreds of thousands of zombies to kill at anyone time. You can expect the undead to to rather quick though, same as they were in the World War Z movie. Saber Interactive obtained the movie license which is pretty neat! The frightening movie scenes in which the zombies climb up one another to penetrate walls is also in the game! You can expect tense moments, high adrenaline and an absolute load of laughs!
If campaign is not your thing then you may enjoy jumping in to multiplayer! World War Z serves up game modes such as Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill and more. Teams of four players are pit against each other but it does not end there. This is not a Call of Duty game! Expect waves of angry zombie hordes to flow through every multiplayer game! This adds a lot of tension and a lot of reward. Experience Points can be gained by killing zombies. In turn these can be spent to boost your weapons and your class levels. We’ll talk more about that later.
Classes and weapons
There are six classes to choose from: Gunslinger, Slasher, Hellraiser, Exterminator, Fixer and Medic. Every class have a different primary and secondary weapon as well as L1 ability and a grenade. Weapons range from Assault Rifles, snipers, SMG’s, pistols, RPG’s and more. All weapons can be customised by spending points that are earns in multiplayer and campaign.
Keep a look out for items and traps. That’s right as well as your class weapons you can set automatic turrets, mortars, electric floor panels and barbed wire! World War Z does not miss the mark when it comes to action! I am praying that we will get a load of DLC. Oh and it is worth noting that there is not a single micro transaction in sight. Long may it remain that way. World War Z is a must.
It’s worth mentioning that Zombies are procedurally generated in World War Z. You never actually know what is around the corner so be careful. In fact I’ve had a few jump scares from being rushed by a bull! Bulls are zombies dressed in police riot gear that rush up on you. Once in their grasp you are not escaping unless your team kill the bull.
Zombies move fast but can be killed easily. I liked that there was no bullet sponge. I felt powerful.
There is not much variation in the zombie designs but I do not feel that this matters. What matters is trying to stay alive when thousands of zombies are running at you ready to tear you flesh off.
The conclusion here is simple: go and buy World War Z. If you enjoyed the Left 4 Dead series and wanted more from it then you're getting it (and then some) here.
Post by Gemma @ Juicy Game Reviews / TheGebs24
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