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Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review

Almost a lightweight version of the resident Evil license plate
The Rebellion Developments team has returned to thrash and craze. Hitler led an army of zombies. This is the fourth time. What happened: the continuation of a niche action movie for unassuming gamers or something more?

After studying the new product comes to an understanding: Zombie Army 4 looks more profitable in isolation from previous games in the series. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army was able to interest in a fresh hooligan concept: an elite sniper against a crowd of Nazi zombies. At the same time, the game resembled an Amateur modification, funny, but superficial. And the game burned out quickly: the content in it was frankly not enough. Two optional sequels followed, and no revelations were expected from the fourth series. But the developers were pleasantly surprised. No, uber-action in February, which was stingy for releases, did not fall on us. But Zombie Army 4 took the franchise to a new level.

Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review
Just about the main thing: now Zombie Army does not look like a cheap game in which there is nothing to do outside of the cooperative. Joint races in the company of up to four kamradov are still good, root mechanics to this mode has every way. There are a lot of monsters in the frame, no less bonuses, special effects sparkle without interruption: this process is ideal for a team game, and the more participants, the more fun. But Zombie Army 4 has something to praise in addition to coop. And let’s say, perhaps, the obvious: coop in games has long been an option, and not the Central feature, as it was during the first part of Left for Dead.

Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review
You can see that the Rebellion team spared no effort to develop. The graphics are not bad, as in all the latest games of the “sniper” series. Clear models, good animation and the effect of the camera tracking the bullet, which is replaced by an x-ray display of the hit — you can look at it endlessly, like a fire flame. But the work with decorations now deserves special praise. At all locations, you can see something interesting, from the flickering portal to the underworld to all sorts of little things, like a crow in the sky or Newspapers that play with the wind. Attention to detail will please players-aesthetes-not the Division 2, but also worthy. The narrow streets of European cities look quite authentic, the walls are decorated with agitation, and in peaceful areas you can see various household items. Fans of the first parts of Resident Evil will probably shed tears when they see typewriters, which can even type a scripted text.

Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review
The main” stars ” of the program are zombies. And Zombie Army 4 approached the ghouls from the right side. The main mass — a fairly dense mass — of opponents is made up of former Wehrmacht soldiers. The undead are at different stages of decomposition, look pretty disgusting and convincing. Already in the start menu, we are met by an almost exemplary zombie-with scraps of skin and clothing, with protruding fragments of bones… Also, the dead don’t run around like they’re scalded, like Zack Snyder (“Dawn of the dead”) or Denny Boyle (“28 days later”). Zombies from Zombie Army 4 rod at the player slowly but surely. An interesting detail: some of the living dead are waving axes, and other comrades have not even parted with small arms. But firing such a zombie is usually in all directions to aim the clumsy creatures could not.

The sound design is particularly pleasing. It seems to be nothing special, but the characters are well voiced (sniper Boris inserts Russian phrases without an accent!), all the trunks are rumbling relish, and the crowd of zombies is terribly growling, moaning and wheezing. So I want to Unscrew the speakers to the maximum, so that the household and neighbors are happy with us!
The combat system-the essence and flesh of the game-also leaves a good impression. Yes, the developers from Rebellion mixed in a dozen ideas from their previous games and added half a dozen ideas from other people’s hits. But the fight will be really pleased with the convenience and variety. We have many ways to deal with ghouls, and in most cases everything is fun and spectacular.

Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review
Sniper shooting will be difficult only at a high level of complexity — gravity and wind will act on the bullet. Old trick of breathing is now even and highlights the point of impact. In addition to the main weapon, we carry two types of barrels, and each type has 12 upgrades — quite a decent amount. In addition, both pistols and rifles come in different types, you can find stationary machine guns on the locations, and if you look closely, you will find a lot of options for improvisation at the very level. A successful shot, for example, can bring down on the villainous heads of a stack of bricks, forgotten by the builders on a suspended platform. Conveniently implemented aiming grenades, effectively and effectively work mines. Even in hand-to-hand combat, a good sniper is terrible: you can cut a zombie with a knife, and crush an already defeated enemy with a heel kick.

Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review
In the process of marksmanship, we gain destructive energy: so you can spend a real “fatality”, which not only beautifully destroy the monster, but also restore some health. Even pistols have an ultimatum attack, when we mark several targets and then hit them without missing a beat, as in Red Dead Redemption. In addition, we have a few tricky perks available, like “second chance”, when we are on our last legs to shoot a couple of vrazhin and return from the world of the dead. And all this abundance of fighting abilities finds application, nothing superfluous was noticed.

Adolf rebelled. Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review
Zombie Army 4 has become closer to major story projects of the Survival Horror genre. If in the first game of the franchise we just ran from point ” A “to point” B ” to protect this point from an army of monsters, now we are told the story of Hitler’s insidious plan. The plot does not qualify for the screenwriters Guild award, but it is nice to see a lot of non-game characters, you do not want to squander dialogues, and travel to different parts of the world pleases with meaning. The campaign may seem a bit short, but the menu already has a corner for new story chapters that will be added with the DLC. And the “Horde” mode turned out to be quite good, although we will not see anything new here.

13 minutes of Zombie Army 4: Dead War gameplay. Source: IGN

The impression is greatly spoiled by technical problems. Just as Hitler attacked the Union without declaring war, so Zombie Army 4 crashes to the desktop without specifying the error number. Or suddenly starts complaining about the lack of connection with Epic Games and threatens not to save progress. It is not difficult to correct such problems, but the sediment will remain.

Zombie Army 4 came out at a good time. There are very few decent releases — take January or February. In such circumstances, action fans can recommend it almost without reservation.

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