Zombie Army Trilogy began as an offshoot for Rebellion’s Sniper Elite games. Using the same engine, and sometimes the same assets, the Sniper Elite games focus on a lone soldier – the player – taking on countless foes in a bid to get from one side of the game’s map to the other.
However, the Zombie Army Trilogy sets itself apart with its namesake: Endless hordes of zombies.
Set in World War II Germany, the player begins by choosing a chapter to complete and a character to control.
The collection of charming and rather quirky characters include often overused stereotypes such as the Victorian-era detective, a soldier, and a scientist.
However these characters simply provide some stats, a backstory and a change in load out – so many details will be the same whomever is chosen.
After being thrust into the game, players will utilise a plethora of World War II era weapons to tackle hundreds and hundreds of zombies.
A lot of the time, players will be tasked with traversing long stretches of streets or fields, and either avoiding or tackling zombies.
Based on the Sniper Elite engine, the game’s shooting mechanics are extremely fun, and are brutally satisfying when blowing away dozens of undead.
To make matters even more appealing, players will arrive at safehouses, where they will collect more weapons and ammo, allowing them to really expand their zombie-killing horizons.
Unfortunately, while there is a good selection of weaponry available to players, some didn’t seem to show up as much as others, leaving players left with more shotguns than sniper rifles, when the latter were desired.
Thankfully, this can be quickly overlooked, as almost all of the gunplay is excellent.
Sniper Elite focused a lot on stealth, and almost prided itself on giving players the opportunity to avoid all conflict, if they were to take the harder route.
However, in Zombie Army Trilogy, stealth doesn’t feel like much of an option.
Countless times did I sneak around a corner to find that the zombies inexplicably figured out I was nearby, and started chasing me down.
This isn’t a huge problem, as the aforementioned gunplay is certainly a pleasure to play with, but fans of getting in and out secretly may find themselves frustrated.
That may not be the only piece of the game which is a little frustrating, as some clipping issues did arise during some game sessions.
Stairs in particular were a little challenging, as the game didn’t seem to like players crouching or crawling up them, forcing the character to slip into walls for a few seconds.
Despite this, Zombie Army Trilogy has an almost obscene amount of content.
Fans of the franchise will see nothing new from the last time Zombie Army Trilogy was released, however, as it doesn’t look like anything new has been added for the Nintendo Switch version of the game – other than the ability to play it portably.
But a generous slice of gore on the go is reason enough to re-invest in this enjoyable shooting adventure.