World War Z is a third person perspective PC action game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game is an adaptation of World War Z, a 2013 film starring Brad Pitt, based on the novel of the same title by Max Brooks. In World War Z players take control of one of the survivors of the global outbreak which turns infected humans into aggressive zombies. The game is set in various parts of the globe and tells the stories of pockets of survivors trying to hold their ground against the swarm of the undead. The game heavily emphasizes cooperation and features 4 player co-op mode.
WW Z is an action game with players controlling one character seen from the third person perspective. The characters are divided into several classes, each specializing in different types of weapons and providing different perks.
These classes include Gunslinger, who specializes in weapon damage and ammo perks, Hellraiser, a demolitions expert armed with C4, who can set traps against the oncoming swarm and Slasher, who relies on melee attacks, while their perks increase effectiveness and damage of melee. Medic heals their teammates, preventing them from becoming one of the Zs. Fixer carries additional ammo packs and provides ammo perks to other survivors, and Exterminator, who showers the swarm with fire-based weapons, like Molotov cocktails.
The undead in World War Z act differently than in most zombie apocalypse games. Instead of being slow and clumsy, they swarm into a dangerous mob, which can flood narrow corridors, cutting out escape routes, chase after players across rooftops and up the walls. The oncoming swarm is generated procedurally on the map, so the player must be always on their toes because the undead might attack from anywhere.
The world is over. The outbreak of the zombie virus has left humanity at the edge of extinction. Small pockets of survivors are scattered across the globe trying to do their best against the overwhelming odds. Travel to locations such as New York, Moscow, Jerusalem and Tokyo, and face the threat of the undead horde. Learn the stories of four groups of survivors, whose only chance at withstanding the swarm is working together. Only that way humanity will be able to outlive the dead.
Many commentators have noticed some similarities between World War Z and other zombie outbreak title, Left 4 Dead. However, the same critics were quick to observe that the game feels and plays differently than Valve’s classic game. Arcade feel of clearing out locations and building up momentum to move forward were among the things critic found refreshing. Another strong point of the game was the swarm AI, which forced the player to think quick before they were overwhelmed by the massive amount of procedurally generated foes.