As an avid fan of shooters, I was generally surprised on how Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 plays. Sure some stuff is different compared to everyday shooters such as Battlefield and Call of Duty but it was easy to learn. The only thing I wish the game had was the ability to jump. Jumping can usually determine if you will live in the game or die a horrible death. The controls can be easily changed on the PC which is a good sign. Just wish the default for the space bar wasn’t melee.
Too many times I pushed the space bar to try and jump when the character I am playing as just stands still and kicks. Ultimately, that usually ended up getting me killed or near death. The use of the heart rate to steady your sniper scope is a fantastic idea. The only issue with that is your heart rate doesn’t regenerate fast enough and compare to other shooter style games it did take a while to get use to. Often times, I found myself not using the steady aim due to the fact that does take some time for it to regenerate.
The story takes place in Nazi Germany, the zombie infection has started to spread and your main goal is to get the hell out of dodge. Your arsenal varies from weapons that have been used in World War II and believe me, you need to conserve your ammo all the time in this game. Ammo is a top commodity in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2. Melee does not do that much in the game but honestly, do you think kicking a zombie in real life would do anything? You can always pick up ammo from the corpses but after a while they do disappear and the ammo with them. Running in the game is a bit of a quirk, it feels like your character is running at an angle all the time. It definitely took some time to get use to the style of running but once it is figured out, you can go places.
Co-op is a fantastic option in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2. You could always try and beat the level yourself but always having a buddy (or three) handy will definitely improve the gameplay experience. Some of the zombies encountered are just crazy. A Zombie Sniper can fly across the map and almost instantly kill you, the reaction to people playing the game for the first time is borderline hilarious. This issue I am about to address isn’t a game breaking one but if you are playing either by yourself or with less than 2 other people, it would have been nice to only show the people you are with in the cutscene before the mission begins. Just a nit picky error but as I stated, it isn’t game breaking. Aside from the shenanigans that occur, co-op is a blast in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2.
I reviewed the PC version and definitely one of my major gripes is how the voice chat works in Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2. The push to talk feature is nice but it doesn’t reduce the game audio, at all. For me to even hear my teammates speaking, I had to turn everything down to the bare minimum. From incredibly loud music or zombies being obnoxiously loud, Skype is definitely better to use for voice chat if you plan to get to this game. It will take a few tries to get Skype to reduce the game volume to a reasonable level but once achieved, the success of relief will be enjoyed.
Overall, the game is great. The graphics aren’t top notch but in a game in the reign of Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2, it doesn’t have to be. The story will always keep you playing the game to see if you will ever make it out alive from Nazi Germany. A few technical issues which aren’t game breaking can be easily fixed in a patch but for now the issues still stand while this review was written. Before I end up giving out a score, I would like to remind everyone that this game only costs $14.99 on Steam. For what the game has to offer, this is a fantastic deal. DLC usually costs this price if not, a bit less. Rebellion Entertainment has done a great job on the game and they should definitely pat themselves on the back.
Overall Score: 9 / 10
RGN Rating: Gold Game
Developer / Publisher: Rebellion
Available On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: Four digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.