Zombie Army Trilogy - Xbox One

Release Date:

06 March 2015

Also on:

Xbox One PC PS4

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Also on USA.
7.0

Summary:

Zombie Army Trilogy is a terrifyingly intense third person shooter set in a gruesome alternate vision of World War II. Berlin 1945. Facing defeat at the hands of the Allies, Hitler has unleashed one last unholy gamble - a legion of undead super soldiers that threatens to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace in this apocalyptic shooter for 1-4 players. The core premise of Zombie Army Trilogy is pretty simple. Your job is to get from one point of the map to the other while destroying everything that you run across.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Rebellion
  • Publisher(s):
    • Sold Out Software
  • Release Date(s):
    • 06 March, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 18+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-4 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 10.49GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
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2015-07-19

Jamie_Hall

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Xbox One

7.0

Zombie Army Trilogy was developed by the Crew at Rebellion and released on the Xbox One, PC, and the PlayStation 4. As an arcade/action shooter with great visual effects and a tired concept, the game immediately released to divisive reviews. While we understand most gamers being tired of the zombie genre, as it is being so over produced, we still wanted to give the game a fair shake. So we picked up a copy of the title for the Xbox One and dove in with the understanding that this movie would be a 'B Movie' version of a big budget game. Nazi zombies, as surprising as it may sound, is one of the most tired genre types in the world of the undead and we had reservations as we started to play. Still, we gave the title a go and came out with a few surprising thoughts. Keep reading to see if you’ll need to save the world from Nazi zombies on your XB1.

Marvel may have gotten there first, at least in recent public memory with their treatment of Red Face and his Nazi shenanigans with the occult but Zombie Army Trilogy follows suit happily. The title seeks to give us an alternative history look at World War II. Hitler is being hemmed in on all sides by the Allies as he tries to maintain what few strategic locations he has under his command. The Allies are getting dangerously close to winning this war and Hitler needs to reach for that pocket Ace in order to get out of trouble. SO what card does he pull out of his deck, in this universe? Of course! He goes to the secret super genius Nazi scientist that has secretly been developing a breed of zombies to help him in battle. With the undead on his side Hitler quickly begins to turn the tide of war (we are rolling our eyes typing this). It is up to you and a group of friends (if you want to play multiplayer) to wipe out the horde, find this scientist, and save the world.

So you probably know the developer Rebellion thanks to their work on the massively successful, albeit niche, Sniper Elite series. Sniper Elite is known for its bone crunching head shots, long range combat, and insanely graphic take on war from a scope. Zombie Army Trilogy utilizes the Sniper Elite engine and appropriates a fair amount of its assets and graphical choices throughout the three differing installments. This means that you will be able to destroy zombies in much the same satisfying way as you shot your way through the slightly more realistic Sniper Elite sessions. As you push through the trilogy the graphics themselves will upgrade but that is about the biggest diversion away from what the trilogy is doing at its core. Zombie Army Trilogy is a spin off series that doesn’t get the treatment expected of spin off games. Instead, Rebellino put just as much work into this title as their original ones and it shows, despite how they’ve recycled some of their assets.

The core premise of Zombie Army Trilogy is pretty simple. Your job is to get from one point of the map to the other while destroying everything that you run across. If you are familiar with the various 'horde modes' that have made their way into titles like Halo and Gears of War, then you know the level of violence to expect in this game. Your enemies are beyond numerous and the action never slows down, not even for a beat - except cut scenes. Your job is to tirelessly hack, shoot, slash, and boot your way through wave after wave of never ending zombies. The weapons that you pull from range from blunt melee weapons, sniper rifles and even some pretty heavily machine gun action.

Yet this is a Sniper Elite spin off so innovation and variation from the norm are rather limited, and that’s probably the biggest downside to this title. Most of the time you will have a sniper rifle in your hands in order to keep hordes at bay, but you will often need to jump over to your less accurate secondary firearm. As you go from point to point you will be tasked with a rather simple list of missions. Mostly you will be asked to clear out a section of the level and then summarily to defend it from intruders for a certain amount of time. This horde mode style of gameplay keeps the title exciting, but it does grow stale right around the middle. We’re sort of reminded of the elevator sequence in Left 4 Dead 2 - high octane, but tiring after a little while. Still, there’s enough meat there to keep you and a couple buddies pushing forward through the blood bath. Once you actually get past the title credits and opening sequences, the story is rather lacking. So don’t come to this title hoping for a narrative driven gameplay.

So we’ve complained about the thin story and the over reliance on sniper rifles - so why bother playing Zombie Army Trilogy? Well, we only need point toward the online co-op. The online four player co-op mode is wonderfully entertaining for a Saturday night with some good friends. The game goes out of its way to make sure that it easily connects with your friends list if you want to play online. Otherwise matchmaking with a group of randoms is just as simple. The storyline won’t weigh you down and you can focus on getting out the work-week aggression that you had been storing up. This title is the equivalent of a Michael Bay movie, only without the shame: brainless and entertaining.

While we did run into animation issues and some hit detection problems, there was no one thing bad enough in this game to sway us away from suggesting it to fans of intense violence and zombies. For the low price of the game you are getting a ton of content and it is all very enjoyable.

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