Zombie Army Trilogy oozes out ugly blood stained faces and rotting dismembered corpses by the hundreds. You wanted zombies? Well you’ve got them. In fact you have them by the shed load. Some are menacing, grabbing you as they lie in wait behind crumbling, cobbled stone walls. Others cunningly play dead, sprawling on the countryside lanes waiting for your less observant advances and launching upwards, grabbing whatever body part they can devour. Cocky ones come rushing wheeling spades and pirouetting as they lunge forward. Some come clutching grenades and fire crackers. Zombie Army Trilogy is set in the days of Hitler and the Third Reich and gives you an alternative World War Two setting. The world’s most hated man and the most dreaded dead beings known to mankind equals only death and destruction. Hitler is in trouble and he’s rallied the dead to further his master plan. Welcome to Zombie Army Trilogy.
Taking on missions solo or via online 4 player co-op, you’re thrown into a dark and eerie Germany. From the off an atmosphere is created that feels as though you’re right there in war torn Berlin and running scared. The lush German countryside shrouded in mist and rising ammunition smoke depicts a time and place you instantly know. Demolished buildings, spray can graffiti and burned out tanks pull you into a derelict and bleak setting.
A country location paths the way for your first encounter. With the sight of rows and rows of advancing zombies closing in, you’ll be glad to know you’re armed to the teeth. Scattered throughout abundant houses, churches and safe hideouts lay a tasty selection of different firepower to get to grips with. Primary weapons consist of long-range rifles, and a decent secondary weapon like a shotgun will see you right. You’ll also be rewarded with a trophy or two for your treasure hunting skills so pick up as many as possible on your travels. The fun further increases as trip wires and mines can be laid out. Watching a pack of nearby zombies being splattered into pieces from a cleverly placed trip wire is satisfying, but don’t feel guilty; they are Nazi zombies after all.
It’s not just a perfectly timed head shot that stops the looming threat. I found using my size ten boot was a savoir. One kick and a second skull crusher stomp become second nature. Unfortunately this is your only melee attack on offer which is a real shame; I so would have loved to get more hands on dealing with the zombie threat.
Discovering artefacts and defending areas as you venture forth opens up new checkpoints. Some levels seem to go on for an eternity and lack a handy save, so watch your back at all times. Repeating battles can be a chore. Just as you’re getting use to the game’s pace, it’s all change. Kamikaze zombies run at you from out of the mist to catch you out. Don’t pick them off in time and they detonate their grenade right in front of you. Splat. Zombie Army Trilogy certainly has its surprises. Delving further into your ride from hell, though, does become repetitive as new objectives added seem pretty familiar to the last and of course involve a blood feast of zombie carnage.
Zombie Army Trilogy is no push over. Playing solo is demanding and requires quick reflexes and a game plan. Do I take cover in a nearby church and pick off zombies from a distance or lay trip wires and mines and lure the bastards in? The choice is yours – just be quick as some of these walking dead have lightning reflexes. Scavenge too long on a freshly executed zombie and they close in and take you from behind quicker than you can say ‘Herman the German’.
Zombie Army Trilogy gives you the awesome sniper mode. Having played so many zombie games it’s like I know the unlucky character I’m about to take a head shot at. Using the X-Ray Kill Camera I can get an even closer mug shot. It’s him, yep I know that one. These kills are extremely rewarding and huge fun to perform.
Graphically Zombie Army Trilogy looks fine. There are some excellent lighting and shading effects such as glowing fires that could take your eyebrows off. The moans and other sound effects subtlety oozing out of your DS4 controller add that extra bit of tension to get the blood flowing.
Zombie Army Trilogy has all the right ingredients to deliver a great PS4 third person shooter but there is a lack of variety to each mission to make it stand out. It does give you three epic campaigns across fifteen demon-infested missions and a good bloody experience. Mixing up epic historical events with the walking dead for the final chapter in the Zombie Army story still produces a worthy purchase.
Lizard rating 8/10