GAME REVIEW – World War Z (2019, PS4)

Some games fly under the radar, we’ve lost count of the number of zombie themed releases in recent years on current gen consoles. Similarly, movie tie-in games normally always fail to deliver. Well, World War Z beats the mould and delivers a pulsating third person squad-based shooter which is on a par with the great (and much missed) Left 4 Dead series.

World War Z is the game we have all been waiting for. Whether you play online or offline co-op, you will be part of a squad of 4 taking on hordes of zombies in beautiful environments set in New York, Jerusalem, Moscow and Tokyo.

The game runs smooth with no slowdown or frame rate issues despite there being hundreds of zombies on screen. The sheer scale of the level design is mind blowing. Graphically, the game is consistently stunning during all the on-screen mayhem.

There are similarities to Left 4 Dead in terms of the zombie types but it never rips off its influences. World War Z has an impressive progression system built into its class and weapon customisation which gives you the freedom to build your characters abilities and arsenals the way you wish. Add to this, a plethora of fun multiplayer modes; you won’t want to turn it off!

On the downside, there is limited content available at the moment upon initial release, with only 11 playable levels in co-op. However, there is massive scope for DLC which will ensure fans continue to sink their hours into it. New missions, characters and zombie types will keep fans occupied for a long time to come.

World War Z is addictive. There is no diminishing returns from repeat gameplay. The more you play, the more you will enjoy it.

There is always a worry that a movie franchise tie-in will fail but this game blows the movie to smithereens.

With Days Gone just around the corner, World War Z is already shifting units rapidly and is here for the long run. Survival is on the cards.

Score: ☆☆☆☆☆

GAME REVIEW – The Forest (2018)

For years I’ve been wanting a cannibal survival game based in a dense Jungle. Well, now I’ve found one that I need to make you all aware of…

Like most jungle Cannibal movies, the game starts with an unexpected planecrash which leaves you bang in the middle of a dangerous jungle with nothing but your wit to help you survive. Pulling in influences from Cannibal Holocaust & Cannibal Ferox, this is any fanboys dream to play a game as intense and realistic as this…yet, with the creative freedom build and explore!

Imagine Minecraft as a survival horror game with cannibals and mutants wanting you dead.

If you don’t drink enough water, you die of dehydation. If you don’t eat enough food, you die of starvation. If you don’t clean blood off your skin, you die of infection. All these factors are added to the constant and frightening threat of being stalked and attacked by cannibals who want to eat you…

The tribes are intelligent and strategize their attacks. They won’t always run straight at you, sometimes they will retreat or come back later in larger numbers. The AI is so unpredictable (in a good way), there is no repetition in battle and you never quite know what to expect when it all kicks off.

You have to manage your resources, build shelter and fire, cook your food, heat up river water to remove germs, set up traps to catch live prey and kill threats. It may all seem overwhelming at first, but the depths in the detail that this game has gone to in order to stack the odds against you makes it all the more exciting.

Everything you find and kill can be crafted. Lizard skin for armour, bones for gates, skulls for trophies to scare off trespassers, you can even cut off limbs from the tribe you kill and endulge in cannibalism yourself if you are short on food supplies…

It’s so easy to get lost in the moment, cutting down trees and collecting sticks and rocks to build tall structures, then suddenly being ambushed out of nowhere. This is one of the finest survival horror games I’ve played in a very long time as you need to stay focused to avoid death.

There is so much you can do in this game and I’ve barely scratched the surface. You need to play it for yourself.

The Forest is available on PC & PS4.

Score: ☆☆☆☆☆