There's something perfect about the over the top ridiculousness of Sniper Elite spawning the Zombie Army series. Originally a direct spin-off of Sniper Elite V2, Zombie Army 4 is the first entry to truly stand on its own. Set in an alternate World War 2 where Hitler used the occult to revive his dead soldiers and overrun German in the undead. As one of a group of crack soldiers, you have to load your sniper and headshot the dead in order to survive.
Or, if you prefer, you can blast away the zombies with a flaming shotgun. Zombie Army 4 doesn't tend to mind all that much. As long as you play on a less than punishing difficulty, Rebellion's undead slayer promotes a wide range of playstyles. Sure, you'll want to see a bunch of X-Ray kills with your sniper, but the full arsenal on offer is just as fun as the franchise's signature weapon.
Playable in single player and co-op, missions consist of players traversing towards various chokepoints where overwhelming armies are waiting. Some require you clearing the way of all zombies while others just offer a challenge due to a specific threat. The Suicider zombie has killer TNT laced into its body, so you'll want to avoid it whenever you hear its blood-curdling scream.
Levels are meant to be replayed over and over to unlock character perks and weapon mods. Even with the limited set of abilities on display in the demo, there were several clear paths a character could venture down as they level up. This is how you can build someone specializing in close-up gameplay, even in a game designed inherently around sniping.
There are also temporary power-ups hidden in crates you'll find along the way, giving any of your guns a jolt of electricity. If you run out of electricity via firearms, you can also activate a trap in the field that can burn out an entire group of pursuing stalkers.
Overall, it's clear that Rebellion picked up a few tricks when they were making Strange Brigade last year. Both games have you fighting off massive hordes in novel ways, and both games are way more fun with a likeminded group of chuckleheads. If you want to take off gigantic undead supersoldiers with flamethrowers, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is going to be for you.
TechRaptor previewed Zombie Army 4: Dead War on Xbox One at Rebellion's E3 2019 demo room.
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