Developer: Saber Interactive
Publisher: Saber Interactive
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 02/11/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
The four player co-op zombie shooter World War Z has hit the Switch. How does it hold up to the other versions?
World War Z is split in to chapters that will see the survivors fighting in New York, Jerusalem, Moscow, Tokyo and Marseille. Each chapter has a primary aim, that sees the survivors helping others to get where they need to go. And lots of zombies being killed as you progress.
Who needs a story when you rack up kills in the 1000s, just do the tasks and hope you survive.
World War Z is a third person shooter, that feels and plays like Left 4 Dead. With the option to aim down sight.
You will start off at point A and you have to move to Point B, C, D and so on until you fight your way to the end of the level. All the while, not shooting the fellow players, collecting items, opening doors and so on.
The controls are the standard shooter layout. I found the sensitivity was high to start with, but it is an easy fix.
You have three guns equipped, a sub weapon (pistol), main (AR, shotgun etc.) and a heavy weapon (rocket launcher). They function as you expect. Bar the heavy weapon, once depleted of ammo, it is discarded. Making these weapons a more set piece of use or if the shit hits the fan style weapon.
There is a good selection of weapons on offer, each having their pros and cons. And depending on the class you pick, these weapons can become even more potent.
The classes will buff the player or party. My personal favourite classes were Dronemaster and Medic. Dronemaster is all about making your little flying buddy more useful and for more powerful as possible. Medic is my default class and does what it says on the tin.
Visuals and Performance
Let’s get it out of the way. Visually World War Z looks horrid, it is has plenty of pixelated graphics, lower resolution textures and everything seems hazy. Ok ‘horrid’ is a little bit harsh. More like a major downgrade. But it was worth it.
The game runs at a smooth 30 FPS, and can have hundreds of zombies on screen at one time, climbing over each other and so on. There was not much in the way of slow down. With a long loading time for each level around a minute, however, that is the only loading screen per level. Saber Interactive, has made a game that shouldn’t run on the wee Switch run and run well.
Overall World War Z, despite the drop in graphics, is one hell of an achievement to get running on the Switch. It is also another great multiplayer co-op game. However, being an older game, the price seems a little steep. This is the main problem, regardless of how it runs.
The price is steep as you can get a better looking game cheaper on the other consoles, and with crossplay you can still play with your Switch buddies. If this is your only choice then ok, however, get it on anything else but Switch.