World War Z Reviews

  • GuyPandemoniumGuyPandemonium477,986
    18 Apr 2019
    17 2 3
    World War Z is a third person shooter that features coop campaign and multiplayer as of 4/18/19.

    First, lets dive into the campaign. For those who have played Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, you could consider this Left 4 Dead 3 with a ton of new features and upgrades. The campaign is episodic and tasks the player with making his/her way from point A to point B. While traversing the distance, you will come across barriers and certain tasks to perform in order to progress. Oh and did I forget the hordes and hordes of zombies? Its not called World War Z without reason, in my honest opinion there are more zombies in this game than any other I have played. Not only are there literally hundreds of zombies in each short episode but there are also special zombies thrown into the mix. As in the movie, the zombies are fast and can build towers in order to reach you. The gameplay and mechanics are great and create multiple ways to play. Each person will be able to select a class at the beginning of each mission, these classes have various skills to aid the player in the harder difficulties and each class has a very specific skill set. The character movement is smooth and seamless as well. The weapons are refined and aim is smooth also. They offer a good variety of weapons for the player throughout each mission. As the difficulty goes up so does the damage received from zombies and your buddy shooting you on accident. YES, there is friendly fire involved in the game. I tried the hardest difficulty on Insane just to see how it was...don't get shot in the back is all I can say. The episodes are really short which is kind of a buzz kill and you will be done with the entire story (Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4) in roughly 3-6 hours depending on skill level. This leaves us with multiplayer.

    Multiplayer actually is quite decent. Here as well, there are a number of classes all with different loadouts to chose from. Not only that, there are 5 different modes to chose from as well such as the classics like King of the Hill, Team Deathmatch, and Domination. The creators included two other game modes called Scavenge Raid, were the goal is to collect resources for your team, and Vaccine Hunt, where the player must hold a vaccine in order to score points for his/her team. As with the campaign, the mechanics are great and very fluid. However I seemed to find the weapon balancing a slight issue but that is with really any game on launch nowadays. The multiplayer is fun and will actually keep you playing for a good bit.

    Overall, the graphics are amazing for a $40 game. The case says 4k Ultra HD, which we all know just because it says that, it does not mean the graphics are that good. However with World War Z, the graphics are actually very refined and visually pleasing. The graphics alone stand with other games that have been released recently like Division 2 and Anthem. As for FPS, I am not sure what the exact rate is however I can tell you that I have not had them drop while being swarmed by hundreds of zombies at once and was satisfied with how smooth the game actually looked. As for gameplay, it is smooth, refined, and all around great. You are able to run, melee, shoot, vault, and crouch all in a smooth manner that feels natural. My only concern with the title is the amount of content available as of 4/18/19. There is only the multiplayer and 4 short episodes that you can easily complete in one sitting. I hope the company releases more content quite simply because it is a very fun game and we have not had a zombie shooter like this in some time.

    Final Analysis:
    Graphics: 7.5/10
    Gameplay/Mechanics: 8.5/10
    Content: 5/10
    (Errors are instances of game crash, freezing, disconnecting, server issues, etc.)
    Errors: 8/10 (10 Being no errors, 1 Being errors every mission/logging on)
    Price of $40: 8/10 (With content available I personally believe pricing should be $30)

    Final Score: 4/5 or 7.5/10
    Final Remarks: The game is worth a buy at $40, if you can find it around $30 I would highly recommend picking it up. I loved the Left 4 Dead series and this game is essentially another Left 4 Dead with a ton of new upgrades and improvements. If you love zombies in general or were just a huge fan of Left 4 Dead, you need to pick up this game! Good luck and good hunting!
    4.0
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    JungAndRecklessGood review, except you didn't mention which console you were playing on. It would help to know if you had a good framerate on the xbox one x or just the one or whatever.
    Posted by JungAndReckless on 18 Apr 19 at 12:51
    GuyPandemoniumThank you for the feedback, I play on the X. My buddies play just one the base model and have not had any issues with frame rate. I will be sure to include this in later reviews. If you ever need someone to play with, feel free to message me.
    Posted by GuyPandemonium on 18 Apr 19 at 13:35
    o Heres Jonny oGood review, I'm looking forward to playing this. On gamepass too now so that's a right bonus.
    Posted by o Heres Jonny o on 14 Oct 19 at 18:34
  • DeathHuntsUsDeathHuntsUs201,090
    10 Mar 2020
    5 0 0
    If like many you are a fan of the movie that shares the same name and have envisioned yourself in Brad Pitt's shoes then look no further than World War Z. Hordes of running zombies? Check, Zombie towers scrambling to reach high places? Check, Trying to fortify a position like in the Jerusalem scene? Check. World War Z checks all the right boxes when it comes to a zombie survival game and even more boxes when creating a video game adaption of a movie. Although World War Z is another game that fails to dethrone Left 4 Dead it does hold its own and bring with it a compelling experience.

    World War Z's biggest hitter is its cooperative campaign, bearing the same structure as Left 4 Dead in the way of episodic missions following a group of survivors attempting to out live the undead hordes. World War Z takes place over 11 missions and 4 different episodes. Each episode brings its own characters and a new location around the world. Your target will change with each episode whether you're simply attempting to survive or on a mission to defeat the undead. Each character has a backstory that explains who they were before the outbreak giving you ample opportunity to find a favourite within each episode. With my time within the stories i found that the environment would change ever so slightly with each playthrough as to keep it a little fresh each run. This was a nice addition while playing through the same episodes repeatedly.

    World War Z borrows from other games of this model in the way of special infected, these zombies each have a different ability and way of hunting you but they are easy enough to kill. Among the hordes of undead these special infected will pop in to spice up the fighting. Each mission will have you chasing objectives while running and gunning and then at certain points hunker down and prepare to be swarmed by a horde of bloodthirsty dead. This is where the game flourishes, hundreds of the flesh rotting beasts piling up on each other to take a tasty bite out of you. At first this can seem intimidating but when you do finally adjust to it you can see just how beautifully they all move. Don't worry though your arsenal of weaponry is sufficient enough to deal with them and has a multitude of gun types that are made up of tires, pushing you to grab a better gun as the mission progresses.
    One stand out feature of the game is its ability to pick a class and then further customise it by levelling up and buying abilities with the in game currency. This in turn compliments all the weaponry you use with different classes specialising in a different way of keeping the dead at bay. With a deep customisation and a multitude of classes you have the ability to create a fighting machine that suits any play style.

    Like many games of this style the computer jumps in to take control of characters when other players are not around. Prepare to be extremely frustrated with these AI controlled babies. They just cannot seem to do anything but shoot at zombies. They will not pick up health kits, heal you or help with any objectives, you are on your own without other players. These are ok for the lower difficulties but if you are looking at grabbing the achievement for completing the episodes on insane difficulty then you will need to find a group of players.

    Alongside the co op campaign there is a multiplayer experience that really holds it's own. Borrowing from the traditional shooter game modes such as Team Deathmatch and Domination World War Z adds a bit of flare with the addition of zombie hordes. These often chaotic multiplayer matches offer a new dynamic to the experience and help set World War Z apart from other shooters. While attempting to fight the enemy team, all noise you make will slowly disturb the hordes of dead nearby causing a swarm to come tearing into the map. As an added bonus the currency earned within the multiplayer can also be used to level up your Co-op character, this is a great concept considering the amount of currency you will need to level up the classes available to you. I spent a fair amount of time within the multiplayer and found that the combat stays enjoyable even after long periods of game time.

    Finally the achievements, with a mixture of action based achievements expected with this kind of game there are also a few that will make any completionists head spin. Achievements related to buying every perk in the game which will take you around 100 or so hours to level up and then receive the amount of currency needed to purchase it all. You will need to level up every class with in the co-op campaign and the multiplayer to be able to access them. You will also need to level up every weapon to the maximum and purchase them. This is a time consuming game if you are looking to complete it over 80%

    Summary

    World War Z is a fantastic entry into the zombie survival genre. Bringing with it a mix of many features that have made previous titles successful while adding it's own touch of flare to make it it's own. Although the game shows only a pinch of ingenuity it is still a title that is great fun to share with friends and provides many hours of playability taking out the hordes of zombies thrown at you. The cooperative campaign offers a great challenge especially on the higher difficulties and is a fantastic demonstration of a teamwork based shooter. The achievements are enough to keep the completion population interested and a great opportunity to experience everything the game has to offer.
    A wild ride filled with plenty of action.
    4.0