You really know that zombies are getting old when complaining about the amount of zombie games there are, is becoming something we’ve all seen before. That’s the first problem with Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, the whole idea of zombie survival, and Nazi zombie survival has all been done before. It’s a tired idea and this game has done nothing to add innovation to the zombie formula.
The story I can tell didn’t have very much thought behind it. The basic idea is that Hitler decided that the best strategy to win the war would be to raise the dead, and that’s as deep as it gets. You can tell that the developers just sat down and wrote this in maybe 10 minutes flat. From there you are just trying to stop the zombies. The characters are barely fleshed out its just the one nameless soldier if you’re playing single player like I was, or a rag tag team of people in the co-op mode. Although the story has these shortcomings, you need to recognize that this is a standalone release from the Sniper V2 game, and the story and maybe the characters could have been expanded upon in the original game. However when you make a game standalone it needs to be able to stand alone and be separate from the original title, and the story in this game does not.
The gameplay in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army is the standard zombie game affair: move through the level, shoot the zombies and keep going. As I said before this game does nothing to change this formula, which for such an overused idea they really needed to do. One of the redeeming factors of the game is the staple of the Sniper V2 game, was the sniper rifle, slow-mo bullet cam. Watching your carefully aimed sniper rifle bullet fly straight through an undead Nazi’s skull never gets old and is a fun gameplay feature. At first I thought that the sniper rifle was a bit out of place, because in Sniper Elite V2 there are plenty of vantage points and unaware guards to snipe, but in this game there are not as many vantage points. However the sniper rifle takes on a slightly different use in this game, it becomes more of a mid-to long range rifle. Because the basic zombie rules dictates that the only way to fully kill a zombie is to destroy the head, and the sniper rifle is by far the best weapon for headshots. The variety of weapons is actually quite expansive, there at least ten different sniper rifles ,a variety of different secondary weapons and pistols and not to mention the array of explosive tools. You can experiment with different weapons and find your favorite combo. To be honest I actually didn’t finish the game, but it was because the game had a bug where I couldn’t progress in the beginning of the third section, which was extremely annoying. I really hope this bug is fixed soon and if there are any extreme differences in the third section I will update this review if need be. I also tried to get into the co-op matchmaking mode but I couldn’t find a game, this is just showing the lack of people on the multiplayer on release which I would come to expect a lot later in this game’s life cycle, for the multiplayer to be a ghost town already is quite bad. The levels are very linear with little to no variation, it’s just shoot the dudes, move on. The main game I’m comparing this too is Call of Duty’s Nazi Zombie mode, which compared to this is much better. The levels had power ups, side objectives besides shoot the endless waves of zombies and the levels had variety. Sniper Elite does none of that whatsoever. Overall the gameplay is solid but lacking compared to its competition.
The graphics are actually quite nice with some very creepy environments and the zombies look very cool, I like the touch how when it goes into x-ray vision when you snipe a zombie their bones are all rotten which I thought was quite cool. The music however consists of very simple looped patterns which get old fast, they add nothing to the game and can be barely noticed while playing. Overall the graphics are pretty nice, but nothing mind blowing, and the music is barely worth mentioning.
- Solid gameplay mechanics.
- Cool bullet time kills.
- Nice graphics.
- Bland mission layout.
- Abysmal story.
- Some level bugs.
- Terrible music.
- Pales in comparison to competition.
- Does nothing to innovate the zombie survival formula.
Replay Value: Low
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In the end this game should have really been just DLC for Sniper Elite V2, because as I said before a standalone title needs to be able to stand alone from its full counterpart and Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army fails to do this. The developers would have been better off making this DLC as opposed to a full title. You might have fun with this if you can wrangle 4 friends together to play with you, but even then there are much better co-op zombie survival games out there which are more deserving of your money