Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Review

This stand-alone zombie expansion for Sniper Elite V2 can be a lot of fun in four-player co-op, but the action gets monotonous over time.

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It's the most cherished of World War II stories: There was Hitler, then Hitler summoned demonic zombies, and then the Allied forces really wished to be rid of both those things. That's pretty much the extent of the plot in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, the stand-alone, multiplayer-focused expansion to the much more serious Sniper Elite V2. And that's perfectly fine--zombies and Nazis are already two of video gaming's most hated enemies. Do you really need a good reason to shoot hundreds of zombies in the head?

Things tend to be a little more explosive when you're playing cooperatively.

The twist that supposedly sets this zombie experience apart from the many other zombie-related games available right now is that Nazi Zombie Army is built on the Sniper Elite format, except it's so far removed from the source material that it almost doesn't feel similar at all. Gone are the stealth elements and deliberate pacing of the original Sniper Elite V2. There's no sneaking up on a zombie or trying to get through an area without being detected. In fact, most areas require you to eliminate most, if not all, of the undead around you before you can move on, and there's nothing quiet about it.

There is less emphasis placed on bullet drop and wind than you may expect if you've played other games in the series; here, where you aim is usually where your bullet is going to go. This is good for the more action-heavy pace NZA sets, because you can't spend too long lining up a perfect shot when dozens of enemies shamble toward you, but it also means that one of the staples of the Sniper Elite series is missing from this game that bears its name. As a result, the game feels a lot like plenty of other third-person shooters out there.

One thing that's not missing from the franchise, though, is the kill cam, which shows off some of your better shots in brutal slow motion, cutting to an X-ray shot of your bullet smashing through a zombie's skull or into another vital organ. While this feature could make some uncomfortable when applied liberally to the human enemies of past games, it feels more over the top and even humorous when zombies and skeletons are the victims. The killcam helps make headshots immensely satisfying throughout the game, though it can grow tiresome if you it's triggered too frequently. Thankfully, the frequency of these slow-motion shots can be adjusted or they can be turned off completely.

I really hope these guys are only here to re-create the 'Thriller' video.

You find yourself on a lot of linear paths and in several small spaces while marching across undead Berlin. Tight corridors can be great for certain aspects of a typical zombie game--they can make you feel claustrophobic, as if there's nowhere to run--but they don't work as well for a game in which your primary weapon is a sniper rifle. Yes, you have a pistol and a sub-weapon (usually some sort of machine gun) at your disposal, but shooting them isn't nearly as satisfying as firing the rifles, and you aren't usually given much ammo for them. Empty your Thompson clips too fast, and you may find yourself frantically trying to snipe a skeleton from about three feet away. Items like grenades, trip wires, and land mines can help you out of sticky situations (or help prevent you from getting into them), or they can be used to gleefully blow up a dozen zombies at once just to watch their bodies fly.

There is a tendency for the gameplay to become monotonous, especially when you're playing alone. Press the right mouse button, aim at zombie head, shoot, and then do it again. The structure of the levels tends to encourage finding a spot to kneel down, unmoving, and shooting things for a while until the enemies either get too close or are all dead. This approach loses its luster sooner than you would like. Cooperative multiplayer for up to four people breathes some extra life into the formula, though, and is the preferred way to play. While your actions are mostly the same, things get more frantic when the enemy count is high and you have allies to watch out for. Get a group of four reliable partners together, bump up the difficulty level, and you have the best way to blast through the game's five missions, which will probably take you around five hours to finish.

Can zombies complain about headaches?

You do want reliable partners if at all possible. If someone disconnects on you mid-game, you have no option to invite new people without dropping back to the lobby and losing all progress. So if you lose a teammate or two near the end of a level, you can either finish alone or take a big 45-minute step back. Thankfully the game adjusts to the player count and goes easier on you when you're by yourself, giving you much more generous checkpoints when you don't have allies to bring you back from the brink of death. But it can still be disheartening when you're marching through a level with three buddies only to have to end the journey alone (though there's something to be said for being the last survivor of a zombie outbreak).

There's a good chance you will have had your fill of Nazi Zombie Army by the time its five missions end. Its five enemy types (six if you count a boss you fight twice) and linear structure don't allow for enough variety to keep things fresh with repeated playthroughs. Those desperate for an excuse to return to levels after finishing them can try to hunt down hidden Nazi gold and well-hidden bottles of blood, but this isn't a fantastic incentive to boot the game up. You may find more enjoyment in going after a high leaderboard score, earning more points for success kills at longer ranges. It's a fun game with friends, but most of the action is as brainless as the undead hordes you're slaughtering.

The Good
Satisfying zombie headshots
Fun four-player co-op
The Bad
Simple gameplay gets monotonous
Playing alone can get both boring and frustrating
Repetitive level design and enemy types
6
Fair
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Discussion

25 comments
dr_Mabuse
dr_Mabuse

Zo', whats with that every-second-miffdammit-game must be a 'zombie' thriller?

- Is it perhaps an indication of the progression in the intelligence of the gaming audience *caugh, caugh*. It does fit excellent into the laid-back, "Ohh, OK" general reaction to the surveillance-society the western world has grown into.

So I guess its spot on anyways. Only problem remaining: Should'nt you be playing the zombies then...

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

This is a 10/10 for a bargain game! It provides a tense and isolative experience if played alone. I think this is the best 3rd person action game since Resident Evil 4. So much gory fun.

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

im haveing a balst with this game, ok im a zombie game fanboy but its fun :D and 10 bucks, i have seen, played and bought worse

sdfdogjedi100
sdfdogjedi100

Great...another game with  zombie mode  -_- but i have to admit it looks a lot better than the CoD one.

vilaverde1
vilaverde1

Is this game coming to consoles too

billlabowski
billlabowski

It sucks. A lot of console gamers are begging for their own version...which was announced on Reb's Facebook page last week. It's crap. Don't waste your money. It's cheap on steam for $14.99 but wait for a sale. It's extremely repetitive and the game would've been better with assault rifles because everything is close-quarters. This was put together in a couple of months, and it feels like it too.

cheapskate212
cheapskate212

who looked at this simply because of the name??

Warmuro
Warmuro

Left 4 Dead is another option. This game just looks like mod, even 5$ is too much. 5/10

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

For a score 7 or lower the game has to be under 20$ to sell in my mind!! Sniper Elite NZA will hold me over until ghost warrior 2 comes out march 12. It's only 15$ and for that price I really don't CARE ABOUT THE REVIEW SCORE!! Now 40$ or higher then I would have a gripe about it, but it's only 15$ on steam, so I look at it as mindless fun for that price, plus it's a great alternative to Cod's zombie modes, they get BORRING!!

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

The difficulty isn't in the game, the difficulty is finding 2 to 3 friends that ever bought Sniper Elite.

xShrimp
xShrimp

I've only played alone for 5 minutes while waiting for my other friends to finish their download, but I can tell it can get quite dull playing alone. But playing with two or three other people for coop on Sniper Elite difficulty is very fun. I do wish that there was more variations to the zombies that we kill. And definitely need an option to invite people midgame, and also disable or increase the idle kick timer, it's quite stupid that people get kicked after 5 minutes of idle.

Halo3Nation
Halo3Nation

Steam had this on sale for $11.99.  For that price it is well worth the $

Instead of griping about the game, enjoy it for what it is.  Grab some friends and destroy some zombies and have fun!

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

It's a 15 dollar stand alone. I'm beginning to think the reviewers are GS aren't even gamers and are just college graduates with journalism degrees waiting for something better.

toast_burner
toast_burner

I like the game but a 6 still seems like a fair score for it. 
It's a shame how people nowadays in the game industry think anything lower than 8/10 is bad. It even says under the score "fair". while I like the game I still can see it has many flaws and while those flaws don't bother me I acknowledge that they lower the quality of the game. 
The game is a low quality game, but it's still a fun game (at least for me)

Pukshd
Pukshd

Shooting zombies with a sniper, running in streets, fun fun fun.....

Saketume
Saketume

What's with the comments about the price vs the rating?

By your logic every game that is free should be a 10

Colo118
Colo118

OK give it a 6 if it was a 50 $ pc game. But come on this deserve a solid 7.5 or even 8.0 as a 15$ game.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

a 6? for all what you get only for 15$ and it gets a 6?

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

I'm having a blast playing this game so far. Having never played any of the previous Sniper Elite games, this game makes me want to check them out. Well worth the measly $15 price.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

@toast_burner 7/10 is considered the 'average score' in the video game industry. A 6/10 basically means it's barely worth a rental, which is why people complain.

M4cR1II3n
M4cR1II3n

@Saketume Agreed, always annoys me when people give F2P games a 10, "because it's FREE!". Games that costs more often get higher scores, games that costs less often get lower scores. They are cheaper for a reason.

That said, there are of course some games that are both cheap and great, that deserves the high score that they get. This game is not one of them.

Gr3gSolidus
Gr3gSolidus

@gamingfrendly Price is meaningless in comparison to quality. If I sold you a turd sandwiched between two buns would it be great if I only charged you fifty cents?

bostadskontrakt
bostadskontrakt

@Gr3gSolidus @gamingfrendly Price matters, it affects perspectives. Arguing that Counterstrike is so much better than Crossfire just doesn't seem fair, does it?

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army More Info

First Release on Feb 28, 2013
  • PC
Nazi Zombie Army is a stand-alone expansion in the Sniper Elite series that features a co-op campaign for 1-4 players. Players take on the role of Karl Fairburne, the sniper who shaped world history and one of the last living souls in Germany. You must team up with any living soul no matter their previous military allegiance in order to survive as it's now a battle between the living versus the dead.
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Developed by:
Rebellion
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Mastertronic, Rebellion
Genres:
Third-Person, Tactical, Shooter, Action