Having Some Dumb Fun with Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2

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About a month ago I got gifted a copy of Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 on Steam and I didn’t bother playing it until this past weekend. I didn’t expect much from it, but I was surprised at how fun it ended up being.

If you’ve played Call of Duty’s zombie mode, then the set-up will sound very familiar: four WW2-era soldiers battle the Nazi zombie horde while searching for a way to end the onslaught. The difference here is that Sniper Elite is very much focused on long-range combat, so you’ll mostly be pulling sick headshots on a lot of shambling zombies. Unlike CoD’s version, the zombies (for the most part) in NZA2 are the slow, shuffling variety so you always have a fighting chance. There are a few “super” zombies like the machine gun guy or the summoner, but as you progress the zombies don’t get faster and more resilient, which I greatly appreciated.

Nazi Zombie Army 2 is by no means perfect, as I found that actually controlling your character was fairly sloppy and the cover system was basically useless. What NZA2 does well, however, is giving you slow-motion shots of your bullets destroying undead Nazi skulls and in the end, isn’t that all we really want?

A friend and I played this for a couple of hours on Saturday and I had a blast. The fact that it was free definitely helped, but it was much better than I expected and it got me interested in the Sniper Elite franchise in general (which has a three-quel coming out, wouldn’t you know it). Has anyone played any of the Sniper Elite series? What do you think of it?

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mitch@gamersushi.com Twitter: @mi7ch Gamertag: Lubeius PSN ID: Lubeius SteamID: Lube182 Origin/EA:Lube182 Currently Playing: Stardew Valley, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, Battlefield 4, Tom Clancy Double Feature: Rainbow Six Siege and The Division

8 thoughts on “Having Some Dumb Fun with Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2”

  1. I never got to play the first Nazi Zombie Army but between that and this second one, it actually seemed like a lot of fun. I had played the regular Sniper Elite V2 awhile back and it was fun enough, although the mechanics were a bit sloppy in that as well (*cough* super aware AI *cough cough*). I got to play Sniper Elite V3 at PAX East and it feels a lot better. I’m actually a bit excited for it so we’ll see how it fares come release time.

  2. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but I swear it’s as if the Nazi regime suddenly gained enhanced vision because they could spot you at distances that you didn’t they should in V2.

  3. I played Sniper Elite V2 and it was great I enjoyed the heck out of it. I ended up getting the first nazi zombies and just have not gotten around to it.

  4. You guys saying such nice things has filled me with pride! I’ve been working at Rebellion since V2 and it’s always nice to hear compliments.

    I wasn’t too involved with NZA2 but I was for the first, I know the philosophy behind the series is meant to be a campy, 80’s style, dumb fun game. I’m glad that has come across and that you enjoy it.

  5. Yeah I had a great time and I’ll probably end up playing it some more. Definitely made me interested in the franchise as a whole.

    I uh, hope I didn’t offend with my criticism, haha.

  6. I second @Mitch on said criticism. I hope I wasn’t being too jerk-ish about it. Despite some things that bugged me I did really enjoy playing V2. The fact that the harder difficulties added more physics mechanics really added depth to how you approached engagements

  7. Ha, don’t worry Mitch. You’re right on with your criticism and we had raised them as issues internally, unfortunately time and resources are always factors.

    I’d actually be interested in hearing more if you and anyone else who has played it has anymore issues. Constructive criticism can only be a good thing in my books and it may help make future games better.

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