Zombie Army Trilogy Nintendo Switch Review: Parade of the Dead

Zombie Army 4 brings zombies and alternative history together.

Earlier this year, Rebellion unleashed the latest chapter in its co-op friendly horror series, Zombie Army 4, for fans to enjoy. And while it suited PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners to a tee, those with a Nintendo Switch were left by the wayside. Or so we thought.

Since Rebellion had shown good support for the Switch in the past with its Sniper Elite games, it decided to provide a little undead love with Zombie Army Trilogy, which combines three great campaigns into one gory package. And what’s more, it does so with full-on co-op support, as up to four players can join in the fun of mowing down zombies like grass.

Adolf Hitler’s up to no good

The game takes place in an alternate storyline in 1945, where the leader of the Third Reich isn’t too thrilled about losing World War II. As such, he creates Plan Z, in which the undead arise and do his bidding. But some soldiers aren’t too thrilled with how this plan is unfolding and are using whatever weapons they can get their hands on to stop them before they overtake what’s left of Germany.

There’s no shortage of the undead here.

Zombie Army Trilogy originally released some time ago for other platforms, so some Switch owners may feel like this one’s a little late to the party. But better late than never, we say. The port is done so respectfully and with so much great performance that you probably won’t mind – especially as you nail some perfect headshots on incoming zombies.

The game features three different campaigns taking place across 15 levels, and Rebellion has impressively packed them into one small but convenient package, without missing a beat. While some of the story takes a little bit to get going, it gets really good within a few hours, particularly if you have a good group with you. More on that in a second.

What’s more, the port is done very well. There are some occasional fog effects, as well as slight hindrances in game speed, but for the most part, it runs at 30 frames per second; and the gore is definitely overflowing, especially as you skoosh zombie heads into mush. It’s par for the course.

Bring some friends, because it’s more fun

While Zombie Army Trilogy can be played on your own, it can be a bit overwhelming – not to mention not nearly as exciting as playing with a group. Fortunately, it supports up to four players in two different ways.

Of course there’s a chainsaw.

The first is with local wireless, provided everyone has a copy of the game. This is the best way to go, as performance doesn’t skip in the least, and you can easily work together to communicate strategies better.

Still, if you’re a loner or don’t immediately have friends around, online play isn’t too bad either. The communication isn’t quite the same, but the performance is definitely up to par; and it doesn’t take too long to actually get into a match-up.

Either way, you’ll find Zombie Army Trilogy to be a worthwhile group effort. Again, it’s not bad in solo, but this is something best reserved for a good team by your side.

A strong performer, if not entirely overwhelming

Circling back around to the game’s visuals, Zombie Army Trilogy looks pretty good. It’s rock-solid on the portable front with a steady frame rate and 720p support, but the real treat here is how nice it is on the big screen, in full 30 frames per second glory. Either way, you’re in for a good zombie-killing treat.

And I believe there’s something to be said about the slo-mo kills when they happen. Like Sniper Elite, they get all fancy and show you the impact of your bullets as they pound through zombie flesh. This is definitely Rebellion’s forte, and you’ll be happy to leave this feature on.

Sniping is good fun in this game.

Backing up the impressive visuals are some solid audio effects, including a fun score that reminds you of classic World War II (but with an undead twist), as well as terrific sound effects. The zombies could use more variety in some places, but, hey, this isn’t Left 4 Dead 2. It’s fine.

Bring out your dead (and shoot them)

Zombie Army Trilogy may not quite be as engaging as the elaborate Zombie Army 4, but for those stuck with just a Nintendo Switch, it’s definitely a superb second-place contender. The co-op options are marvelous, no matter which way you go; and the presentation isn’t too shabby at all, whether you’re on the go or playing at home. The gameplay is great too, with excellent HD rumble support and the kind of sniping action that makes it easy to pop off heads.

We’ll be waiting a while for World War Z to show up from Saber Interactive. So if it’s zombie killing you want right now, this is one Army worth enlisting.

RATING: 7.5/10

A good time killing zombies, even for a somewhat older port.

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