Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2

November 12, 2013

/ by Tin Salamunic

"Rebellion brings us another superb Nazi Zombie Army spin-off with better level designs and tougher enemies."

The Sniper Elite games can get away with removing the narrative filling and strictly focusing on gameplay. It’s never really been about the World War II conflict or what it means to be a solider behind enemy lines; the game’s allure was in the extravagant X-Ray cam and watching Nazis’ insides burst in ridiculous slow motion. Yes, it’s a guilty pleasure kind of game. Having recognized this, Rebellion brought us the exhilarating Nazi Zombie Army spin-off last year, solely emphasizing the shooting mechanics and cooperative gameplay. Its undead themed campaigned offered far more thrills and gore than Call of Duty’s shallow Zombie mode, and while it didn’t necessary move the Sniper Elite franchise forward in terms of innovation, it served as a welcoming distraction for the series’ devotees. While there’s still no word on the official sequel, we once again have another exciting standalone expansion to keep us occupied in the meantime.

You won’t find complex characters or even a story here. We see Hitler throwing the usual tantrum fit in a bunker while surrounded by the undead, a bunch of Wicca imagery, and bam you’re in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The gameplay is simple, straightforward, and the entire game can be best described as a glorified horde mode. While this may sound derivative and possibly boring, it’s anything but. Teaming up with four buddies and taking on swarms of zombies with sniper rifles is absurdly addictive. Sniper Elite is the type of game that’s difficult to describe because it doesn’t sound impressive on paper. You can only understand the appeal when you’re crouched behind enemy lines hundreds of meters away while pulling off headshots. If you’ve never played a Sniper Elite title before, you can check out my review of Sniper Elite 2, which goes into more detail about gameplay mechanics, but even if you’re a newcomer, these Halloween-esque expansions may be the perfect way to dive in.

"Nazi Zombie Army 2 may be more of the same, but it's still a blast especially with four co-op buddies."

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 is more of the same. This isn’t meant as an insult, however, but rather a compliment. For only fifteen bucks, you’re getting several hours of frantic non-stop action and the high difficulty will keep your palms sweaty for the entire playthrough. On the downside, playing solo is as hellish as in the predecessor. The game was clearly designed with co-op in mind and you’ll find yourself dying over and over in the later levels if you don’t bring some company.

If you’ve enjoyed any of the previous Sniper Elite installments, the latest Zombie Army expansion is unquestionably worth the asking price. At the same time, if these games weren’t your cup of tea in the first place, this isn’t going to change your mind. As a big fan of the franchise myself, I enjoyed every second of Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 and it’s gotten me even more excited about the inevitable Sniper Elite 3.

Review by: Tin Salamunic | Reviewed on: PC

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