Developed by Sniper Elite veteran, Rebellion Developments, Zombie Army Trilogy is a union of old and new, a fusing together of three survival horror shooter games into one package. For $49.99 (U.K. price is yet to be confirmed), you get Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2, which were released in 2013 as downloadable content for Sniper Elite V2, as well as Zombie Army 3, a brand new campaign which, unsurprisingly, also revolves around slaughtering hordes of undead.
While the first two campaigns are remastered in 1080p for PlayStation 4, we also get a new Horde mode available across five maps, pitting up to four players against increasing waves of zombies, while armed with gadgets such as trip wires and land mines, as well as a range of typical third-person shooter weaponry, from shotguns to sniper rifles. So, with three games, 15 campaign levels, online-co-op and horde mode, Zombie Army Trilogy appears to offer a full-bodied package of gut-spilling action. But, is it any good?
While the post-apocalyptic World War II setting makes an ideal backdrop for the Nazi-inspired storyline, it certainly isn’t the narrative that stands out. In short: The toothbrush-moustached dictator (that’s Hitler) is up to his old tricks again, trying to take over Europe with his legion of soldiers and dabblings in the occult, which have enabled him to create an army of undead super soldiers that emerge out of the fog and ground with such frequency that it’s like watching Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ graveyard scene on repeat. The fact that it features Nazis, zombies and Hitler is a solid indication that it was never going to be something as gripping as other well-penned survival horror games that spring to mind (Silent Hill 2, for example) but, predictably, Zombie Army Trilogy is all about the gameplay, with ‘A’ to ‘B’ objectives and little story filler.
Gameplay in Zombie Army Trilogy involves killing zombies, lots of them. In each of the 15 levels across the three campaigns, you move through murky environments, including abandoned churches, fog-filled villages, wartime bunkers and spooky forests, scavenging ammo and using a range of weapons and tactics to take down the shambling onslaught. Despite Rebellion’s connection with the stealth-based Sniper Elite series, there’s no stealth involved at all. You can creep around all you want, but the zombies always find you and come lumbering toward you in their masses regardless of whether you’re on your tip-toes or blasting away like John Rambo. Consequently, Zombie Army Trilogy is largely about making sure you remain calm and calculated, so you can execute headshots under massive pressure.