Today publishing specialist Sold Out announced that it had secured the console rights to the physical release of Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 4 alongside it’s digital release later this year. Building on the success the two companies had when they partnered together for Zombie Army Trilogy, Gary WIlliams CEO of Sold Out and Jason Kingsley Co-founder and CEO of Rebellion said:
It is great to see that British software and development is not only alive and well, but through Rebellion’s efforts, actually flourishing. Sold Out is delighted to be the harbour master for Rebellion’s boxed console journey.”
We’re extremely excited to be working alongside Sold Out again after the huge success of Zombie Army Trilogy, and this way we can produce the most successful Sniper Elite game to date, not only digitally, but also at retail.
Sold Out is also extending its USA publishing relationship with U&I distribution who they previously worked with on Zombie Army Trilogy to again bring the game to the US retail.
Stay tuned for more news but in the meantime why dont you check out the teaser trailer below and drop us a comment on what you would love to see in the coming Sniper Elite game?
Sniper Elite 4 will be released in both boxed and digital formats later this year.
Okay, so what if I told you that there’s this new game hitting the Xbox One by Rebellion that lets you experience World War 2 if Hitler managed to summon a zombie army? If you haven’t caught on yet, then well… it’s this. Zombie Army Trilogy is here and it brings with it remastered versions of previously released Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army that were only available on PC, as well as a whole bunch of other content.
If you happen to be looking for a bargain when it comes to price and game content, look no further than this gory title. Zombie Army Trilogy contains both the Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army titles that were previously released on PC (chapters one and two) as well as the brand new third one which is without a doubt, the best one yet. Each title contains roughly five missions and each of these will take you a good half hour to complete, even on the easiest difficulties but it’ll be notably longer depending on how many people you play with or the difficulty level.
I hope you’re good with a sniper rifle, as without it, you’re completely and utterly screwed. Zombie Army Trilogy’s gameplay is practically identical to the fantastic Sniper Elite series, it’s all about controlling your breathing and shooting zombies in the head, hoping you can chain together shots. The best part about it? The bullet/kill camera. There are very few things more satisfying than watching your bullet travel in slow-motion through a ruined city and piercing a zombies eyeball, going through his brain, then hitting the grenade in the pocket of the zombie behind him. Even after playing the entire series, it never gets old.
Zombie Army Trilogy can be played in solo mode however it’s best experienced in coop with friends or using the super handy matchmaking. The game allows up to four people to tackle any mission in the game or the new horde mode (which will get to later, don’t panic!) and you’ll certainly need it if you plan on having any luck with the harder difficulties. You’ll need to work together placing traps, setting up ambushes and in general, running for your damn life hoping someone will revive you.
It may sound a tad dull knowing you use a sniper rifle throughout, but you have plenty of different variations which can be accessed at any safe house. Almost every notable rifle you’ve heard of from the war (both, auto and semi-auto) are available with a scope, as well as a range of secondary guns like shotguns and sub machine guns, but unfortunately these are practically useless. If that’s not enough, there’s a whole bunch of different equipment that can be used to tackle the zombie hordes such as grenades, trip mines, landmines and dynamite.
Right so, I keep bringing this up; the difficulty. Zombie Army Trilogy is brutally tough and if you aren’t a good shot, you’re not going to have a good time, especially as the sniper rifle is the only viable weapon throughout the game. Every level revolves around the player shooting their way through hundreds of zombies, attempting to reach different parts of the mission to complete objectives. Problem is, those zombies travel in enormous packs and never stop moving. This combined with the harder difficulties which alter things such as bullet gravity and damage dealt, make this a one tough title.
The hordes of zombies are one problem, the bosses battles that occasionally pop up are even tougher! Mostly because of trial and error, trying to finger out just how the player exposes and abuses their weak spots. They may be bullet sponges but it’s damn fun fighting them because of the various mechanics which need to be taken advantage of. Not only will you face bosses, you’ll stumble across stronger variations of regular zombies such as suicide bombers, heavily armoured troops and even giant nemesis-looking mutations that carry light machine guns.
Every time you think you’re doing well, even on the easier modes, you’ll sprint head first into a brick wall difficulty curve which is unbearably frustrating to deal with. It’s disappointing to see this is still a problem, as it was a fairly a notable issue even on the PC versions many years ago. And if you’re playing on your own, it’s even tougher to tackle as you won’t have anyone to revive you, the checkpoints in the game are equally frustrating, some making zero sense.
One thing that has certainly surprised me after sinking tonnes of hours into the PC version of Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army is just how well it’s transitioned to the consoles. The game runs unbelievably smoothly, even when the screen is filled to the brim with zombie blood, severed limbs and trip mine explosions. The game looks fantastic too, albeit extremely dark as the vast majority of the game takes place during the night.
A brand new addition to the Nazi Zombie Army series is horde mode which by now, we’re all fairly familiar with as it regularly appears in several video games today. Either in solo or coop, the player is set with the task of holding out against increasingly difficult waves of Nazi zombies in a variety of different locations and equipment. It’s fantastic fun and a bloody tough challenge even with the best strategy, one simple mistake and a zombie will be feasting on your delicious brains… I’ve played this too much.
Zombie Army Trilogy is a must own title for any fan that enjoys slaughtering zombies or playing with friends. It does contain a few frustrating problems such as the ridiculous difficulty spikes and silly little bugs here and there, but it contains an unbelievable amount of enjoyable content and will keep you occupied with friends for a bloody long time.
Zombie Army Trilogy launches today for Xbox One – we have a giveaway for four codes that ends at 13:00 GMT – starting life as DLC for the PC version of Sniper Elite V2, Zombie Army trilogy bundles together the first two episodes and concludes the series with a fresh new episode that includes new mechanics and visuals. The Trilogy also comes with Horde mode – a brand new mode that best enjoyed with a group of mates.
Check out the launch trailer below and keep an eye out for our review later today!
UPDATE: Our own ZAT team of elite snipers have picked their favourite entries – thanks for all your entries, both funny, serious and sentimental – our next giveaway is for a £100 voucher to be spent at Controller Modz, with two runners-up each receiving a £30 voucher – and now, I give you our fours ZAT winners:
Good afternoon zombie fans, have we got a treat for you! The excellent Zombie Army Trilogy is released on Friday – Leigh is just putting the finishing touches to our review – in the meantime we’ve teamed up with Rebellion to offer four lucky readers a digital download code of the game.
To enter we would like to know who you would take into battle in your four-man ZAT team?
We shall pick the winners Friday lunchtime (UK time). The giveaway is open to all – good luck!
We are merely a week away from the Zombie Army Trilogy’s release and Rebellion have decided now is the time to lift the lid on a five-minute gameplay trailer that just so happens to include some valuable survival tips.
Rebellion’s Zombie Army Trilogy will be marching onto Xbox One from March 6 and here’s some brand new screenshots to ponder over.
The self-published title combines the excellent Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army and Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 plus a third never before seen campaign. The Nazi zombies were a cult sensation when they first appeared on the PC edition of Sniper Elite V2 and now us console gamers can finally get in on the action.
Zombies seem to be quite the regular occurrence in gaming these days so it makes sense that now is the right time to resurrect the cult PC series Zombie Army – the spin-off Sniper Elite shooter.
The trilogy, which is marked as “releasing early 2015”, is dusting off its bones and rising up from the crypt with a new lease of life courtesy of Rebellion and comes loaded with new content that includes remastered versions of the two titles that launched on PC titles and a copy of the “never-seen-before” third game.
The remastered 1080p trilogy features the classic x-ray kill cam that made Sniper Elite so popular, 15 campaign missions, five horde maps, eight playable characters (four of each sex) and 25 weapons/traps – all of which can be played with three other players.
Check out some artwork below and the trailer to whet your appetite for the undead!
Sniper Elite V2 developed by Rebellion and published by 505Games, is a complete remake of the 2005 Xbox Original hit ‘Sniper Elite’. Using the same timeframe of events and location during the WWII Battle of Berlin in the Spring of 1945 – in V2 you take on the role of an American Office of Strategic Services officer named, Karl Fairburne who must kill scientists involved in the German V-2 rocket programme, hence the title of Sniper Elite V2. It’s a third person shooter and heavily relies on stealth to complete your main objectives. Continue reading Sniper Elite V2 Review→