In a similar vein to games like Left 4 Dead and Vermintide, World War Z is a co-op zombie survival game. It puts you and up to three friends against an ever-growing horde.
Based on the film of the same name from Paramount Pictures, World War Z focuses on fast-paced gameplay. You will face ever-increasing odds as you try to survive the onslaught.
Did you enjoy playing games like the Left 4 Dead series and want something similar in concept but with a new, modern approach? If so, join us for a closer look at Saber Interactive’s World War Z.
The Game at a Glance
World War Z takes place in the same universe as the film, meaning it takes place on a version of Earth that has been ravaged. Humanity is on the brink of extinction as the undead wage war against humankind.
You and four friends band together to play as one of four characters hardened by the end of days. It is up to you four to battle through the various maps and outlive the undead.
The game takes place entirely in third-person, unlike most zombie survival games, which use first-person to capitalize on the fear factor. Instead, the third-person aspect is used to give the player a better scope of the massive hordes of undead, giving you a broader view as they charge.
As you begin each level, you and your survivor friends scour the map for weapons and supplies, using what you can find to battle zombies as you make your escape to safety.
Each level is specifically designed to have very few respite points, furthermore representing the danger of the apocalypse.
Each level also has its storyline for you to uncover and explore, rewarding those players with a keen eye for details. However, don’t expect the story to be engaging by any means, as this game is at its heart a loot and shoot zombie-slaying adventure.
Teamwork is vital, as you’ll be looting the corpses of fallen foes for ammunition to share. You’ll cover for your teammates as they patch up a fallen ally, protect each other, and watch each other’s backs as you survive for as long as possible.
World War Z is strange for several reasons. First of all, it’s odd for a development team to create a video game based on a movie that came out five years earlier. It’s typically released soon after the film is released, or the other way around, with the video game coming first.
However, looking past that weird fact, there’s also the issue of the strange dichotomy between how you feel during the game and how you feel afterward.
In the moment, World War Z is a great game that does what it does best – emulate the sheer panic of hordes of undead creatures charging you as special variants attack you with their special abilities.
The problem comes in afterward. The game feels very similar to others of its genre, like the aforementioned Vermintide and Left 4 Dead series, so World War Z isn’t very memorable as a game.
The Issue with World War Z
It’s a strange dilemma, as there is very little wrong with the game mechanically. It focused on and managed to succeed at getting the right feel, and the game was enjoyable.
It just failed at some of the smaller things that other, more memorable games succeeded at. We feel like that is the core difference, and that is why World War Z is inevitably a forgettable experience.
In short, it wasn’t the fact that we were slaying hordes of zombies and winning against impossible odds that made us fall in love with Left 4 Dead. It was the fact that we could beat the zombies back with a garden gnome as we scream in terror thanks to a Boomer blinding us with its bile.
World War Z misses the mark and doesn’t have those smaller details or features that stick out to us.
In conclusion, World War Z is a better than average video game. It’s a game that was very focused and driven to deliver this anxiety-inducing, adrenaline-fueled game that made you feel really cool for slaying horde after horde of zombies.
It’s a shame, though, that it missed the mark, because it has great potential to become a much more memorable experience. It’s a solid game, just easily forgettable.