Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Review

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Last year’s Sniper Elite V2 was a gem in a genre overflowing with derivative and uninspired titles. It steered away from convoluted shooter tropes like button prompts and handholding and strictly focused on its superb gameplay. While it didn’t have the aesthetic pizzazz of COD or Battlefield, it carried its own weight with the blissfully brutal X-Ray cam. It was simple, sometimes even silly, but undeniably fun. If you’re like me and are still eagerly anticipating an announcement for the next installment, the guys at Rebellion have the perfect fix: Nazi Zombie Army. Before you sigh at the though of just another zombie-inspired DLC slapped onto a franchise, take a look at the screenshot below. Yea, that’s right…the acclaimed X-Ray cam in combination with zombies is a match made in heaven.

Nazi Zombie Army is a standalone expansion and doesn’t require the original Sniper Elite V2. However, you’d be really missing out on the true sniping experience if you were to skip V2. Take a look at my original review to understand why. Zombie Army can be played either single-player or via 4-player co-op. I tried going solo on my first playthrough and the difficulty was nightmarish. Even on casual, you feel overwhelmed and underpowered. There was a heavier emphasis on stealth in V2, but Zombie Army takes a Left 4 Dead approach and amps up the challenge to the nth degree. 


"If you’re like me and are still eagerly anticipating an announcement for the next installment, the guys at Rebellion have the perfect fix: Nazi Zombie Army."

The difficulty is a bit oddly balanced and forces cooperative gameplay. There’s no one to revive you when mauled down playing solo, so replaying massive sections over and over becomes frustrating. Having a partner by your side is imperative to overcoming some of the later challenges and it's in the teamwork that the gameplay really shines. There's also a greater sense of urgency this time around. You can still maintain a distance (for the most part) when sniping, but the pacing is hastier as you spend less time crouching and more time running.

The game revolves around sniper Karl Fairburne who’s trying to take out a legion of undead super soldiers unleashed by Hitler in a desperate attempt to reclaim Europe. The narrative is as nonexistent as in previous titles and merely serves to catapult you straight into the action. The levels are long, linear, and packed with hordes of the undead. The first few minutes feel like a breeze as you kick back 100+ meters away landing effortless head shots. A few blocks later and shit hits the fan. Zombies burst out of the ground right in front of and flank you from every angle. Although sniping is still at the game’s core, there’s a heavier reliance on side arms for close quarter combat. The third person shooting was my major gripe with V2 as it felt loose and imprecise. The good news is that it feels slightly tighter now, although the lack of precision is still an issue. But considering that you’re spiting bullets at dense groups of zombies, it’s not much cause for concern.


"I can’t recommend Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army enough. It’s a fantastic expansion that offers a ton of gameplay and at fifteen dollars it’s a steal."

The real hero is once again the X-Ray cam. Seeing zombie testicles explode in matrix-like slow motion just never gets old. The death animations are stupendously varied and give the levels nearly unlimited replayability. There might not be much gameplay diversity per se and some might call it repetitive…but then again, so is Tetris. This is the type of game that’s easy to pick up and get lost in for hours.

I can’t recommend Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army enough. It’s a fantastic expansion that offers a ton of gameplay and at fifteen dollars it’s a steal. This is a must have for fans of V2 and even for players that never got a chance to experience this superb franchise. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going snipe some zombie skulls.

Review by: Tin Salamunic | Reviewed on: PC

8.5

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