Release Date: October 31, 2013
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.
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.
|Final Score||“Another Treat for SE Fans”||8.0|
Rivers of blood and incredibly detailed environments. Probably the nicest looking installment in the series so far.
As addictive as always. Watching Nazi zombies explode in slow motion is an absolute delight.
I've played every predecessor dozens of times and the newest standalone expansion is no different. An absolute blast, especially if you take some friends for the ride.
Nothing groundbreaking here, but the zombie growls and sounds of bones crunching get the job done.
Review by Tin Salamunic
Tin Salamunic is the founder of The Game Scouts. He is a Video Game Journalist during the day and illustrator by night. He's been obsessed with video games since the early NES days, collecting every major system and game on the market. Video games are the reason he pursued the illustration career and he hopes to be creative director for a video game company one day. All Articles by Tin.