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Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review – Is it worth an hour?

Zombie Army 4: Dead War – Is it worth an hour?

Welcome to How To Kill An Hour, this is Worth An Hour, the show where we take a look at your favourite games and ask are they worth an hour of your time? In this week’s episode we’re taking a look at Rebellion ZombieArmy 4: Dead War!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Tuesday, 11 February 2020

In this episode of Worth An Hour we’re taking a look at Zombie Army 4: Dead War!

Hitler’s hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from the makers of Sniper Elite 4! Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing new campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon!

Graphics

First up is the graphics:

This game looks FANTASTIC, the graphics are crisp, beautiful and gritty. The levels look very realistic and really bring a sense of Zombie devastation to life. You can really imagine what it must smell like.

Which brings me on to the blood in this game. There’s lots of it. This game is not for the faint hearted, your innocent grandma or kids. Bodies explode, heads disintegrate and limbs get torn to smithereens.

It’s gorey, sticky and absolutely amazing. Just what you want from a Zombie game.

Sounds Design

The sound design is brilliantly done, each of the guns sound brutal, especially the chain gun, a lot of fun to use mowing down hordes of zombies with that!

Plus the special moves sound even better, such as the slowing down of time to get juuuust the right shot on, really makes you feel as if time is slowing down.

Zombies sound just how you’d expect them too, with an added umph, just to make you feel a little bit uneasy. This is especially true in level 2 with the sacrifice it just sounds scary, makes you feel very uneasy!

The X-Ray sounds are just as gruesome, you hear every flesh wound, every organ squish and every skull crack. You seriously see yourself sitting there going – cooooor in that type of amazement where you don’t wanna watch but you can’t take your eyes off of it.

The character quips in the game are also there, as with many Rebellion games, the voice acting is incredible and there funny one liners are there too! Stand still for too long and the characters will give you a funny quip to get a move on!

Gameplay

Last up is gameplay

Zombie Army 4: Dead War is split up into 3 different modes, campaign, weekly events and horde.

Horde

Horde is very very fun, you take on a horde of zombies in waves, and as with many Rebellion games, the level gets bigger as you progress further into the waves, and as you do so, so do the difficulty and the amount of zombies increases.

But what I especially liked is the fact that you have to conserve ammo! There’s ammo crates that you always have to run back to when you run out of ammo, this makes it a little bit more realistic and that much more challenging!

I got to try it in single player mode and multiplayer mode, unfortunately i didn’t get to play it with a full squad as I was playing a review copy of the game but I image how much fun this game will be with 4 people as I really enjoyed it with just 2!

Upgrades

You can upgrade your guns to make taking down the enemies that much easier and there’s special moves which will help you out of a hole if you need it. Such as the brain buster for the pistol. Slow down time, pick your targets and then take them out. These can be upgraded as you progress through the game to kill more enemies.

Or slow down time with a rifle and pick your perfect spot!

Epic Melee’s are LOTS of fun too! These can also be changed, I got to have a go of the machete and electric fist.

Or get Get 10 melee kills and you get something called an epic take down. These are short cut scenes which show BRUTAL takedowns which change depending on what you have in your hand. Stomp on some heads, execute some zombie ass and that’s just two choices!

Comedy

The game is also very quirky throughout the different levels there’s different little things you can interact with that can make you laugh. Such as using a typewriter, washing your hands, use a vending machine or even play draughts!

X-Ray kills are also back! These kills are epic, if you time things just right, the game will go into a cut scene and follow the bullet into the enemy…..showing you everything! However I managed to shoot someone in the d**k. Twice.

However, on the third attempt I got a head shot!

The Zombies

The zombie’s themselves aren’t no pushover….in a crowd of them anyway….you’ll soon find yourself getting surrounded and eventually dying, so make your shots in a tactical manner! You can run away from them but they’ll always find a way to find you!

The bosses even more so, they just won’t leave you alone! There’s always a specific way to kill a zombie boss, the two I’ve tried, I had to shoot something on their back, and they have heavy guns too. Defeat them. You get the gun. Just got to defeat them first.

Throughout the levels there’s various different tasks you got to complete too, it’s not as simple as going from A to B. Which I love! I had to get fuel for a boat, cogs for a bridge mechanism all the while avoiding getting eaten by Zombies. Did I mention you only get to use your handgun whilst carrying things? – Yeah, that makes it 10 times as harder. Good luck.

Stomping on Zombie corpses allows you to get various different pick ups such as ammo or health, which is vital in this game! Always carry a medi pack!

Upgrades

You get various different perks in the game such as the offensive which allow you to (review footage here) and the defensive which one of them allows you a second chance at life. Get ‘killed’ and then you stay on the ground for a while, shoot and kill a zombie and you get a second chance at life. You got lucky….only once though. Die again and that’s it you’re done. Sorry.

Finally you get ranked throughout the game, that’s throughout horde, campaign and weekly events. Increase your rank, increase your upgrade points to upgrade your guns, unlock various perks and then upgrade the perks as you rank up too!

Campaign

The two campaign levels I played were very very good. The first level was ok, I see that more of a introductory level to how the game is and the game mechanics, as boy oh boy did things go up a notch in level 2. I was dying so much. My health was depleted and I had no midi-kits rookie mistake. So ended up just running away from them for the most part and then turning back to shoot the horde of Zombies chasing me.

The 2nd level had this crazy zombie shark too which was something to behold, although I didn’t want to wait around too long to see if it would come back and bite my ass.

The story is great and the characters keep you entertained and interested in where things are going throughout, definitely worth having a play through, especially with some friends!

Weekly Events

These are a beautiful twist on the Zombie Army 4: Dead War campaign. The weekly event that I played had various different tasks to complete. One of them was complete the first campaign level only using a rifle and a pistol. This made things very difficult! But I loved the twist on it and it brought an extra layer of replay-ability to it.

Just another way to keep things fresh and I loved it!

I’m really looking forward to the different weekly events that Rebellion are going to put on, I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on them as it keeps things fresh and alive – unlike most things in Zombie Army 4: Dead War.

Overall thoughts

In conclusion this game is TONS of fun, I mean I only played it briefly with 4 people and that was very enjoyable. Get 3 other friends involved and you got a party on your hands.

Zombie Army 4:Dead War is without doubt one of THE BEST zombie games I have played in YEARS! Hats off to rebellion for creating a stellar multiplayer game that doesn’t get stale or boring or repetitive. There’s a reason why Rebellion are renowned for creating great shooting games and great zombie games at that.

I really really enjoyed it and cannot wait to see how much I can upgrade my character and their weapons.

Gonna have to pick up a squad now and go kick some zombie ass!

Pick it up and play it for many many hour, you won’t regret it!

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Zombie Army 4 Dead War interview with Ryan Baker

Zombie Army 4 Gameplay and interview with Ryan Baker

Hitler’s hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from, Rebellion, the makers of Sniper Elite 4 in Zombie Army 4!Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing new campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon!Here we get to exclusively play some of the game and sit down and chat with lead designer Ryan Baker!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Tuesday, 7 January 2020

We’re big fans of Rebellion so jumped at the chance to sit down with lead designer of Zombie Army 4 Dead War, Ryan Baker, check out our interview with him above!

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Hitler’s hoards are back and they want to cause just as much havoc! Take on the Zombie hoard with some pretty epic weapons (flamethrower anyone?) whilst taking on a brand new harrowing and spin chilling campaign in 1940’s Europe. As you fight to save humankind from the undead Armageddon!

Zombie Hitler may have been defeated and cast to the depths of hell. However he has risen once again and this time he’s hungrier! You can continue the alternate history of the Zombie Army Trilogy in huge new levels. Uncover Zombie Hitler’s sinister plan which takes players across Italy and beyond! The fight takes place in corpse riddled canals, Zombie Zoos and other inexplicable places!

The Horde Mode has been expanded and made bigger and better. How I hear you ask? Well the longer you surive the bigger the map gets!

The famous X-Ray Kill Camera returns! Watch in gory slow motion as the bullets and bombs destroy bones in X-Ray!

Characters

Build up your character that suits how you play. For example you can become a guardian angel. This character will take damage for your teammates! You can even harness the power of fire, lightning and upgrade your guns at workbenches. As you can create some pretty out of this world guns. A pistol with a flaming bayonet or an assault rifle that shoots lightning!

Zombie Army 4: Dead War has some gnarly enemies, shadow demons, explosive suicide generals, hulking armoured elites and much more!

Zombie Army 4: Dead War looks very scary, crazy and a lot of lot of fun! We cannot wait to get our hands on the full game!

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Death Stranding

We’ve recently sent Funk the task of giving Death Stranding a go and trying to figure out what the game is all about.

Death Stranding is the blockbuster title from Hideo Kojima that stars Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Hannibal) Léa Seydoux (Robin Hood, Spectre) Lindsay Wagner (Samson, Grey’s Anatomy) just to name a few!

Death Stranding Plot

As, you’ve all seen the meme’s and chatter online all about how no one can figure out what the game is about. We won’t attempt to explain it. Yet what we will say is. We really enjoyed it. It’s a breath of fresh air, something different and Death Stranding, really caught our attention.

Death Stranding is a LONG game so be prepared to wait it out. It’s not a quick action packed type of game. It’s a long slow and rewarding action game. It will require patience. However, that patience pays off with a very good reward.

After the collapse of civilization, Sam Bridges must journey across a ravaged landscape crawling with otherworldly threats to save mankind from the brink of extinction. 

In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the planet, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and the planet on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Sam Bridges to journey across the ravaged wasteland and save mankind from impending annihilation.

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Seagate Game Drive PS4 – MORE GAMING FOR YOU!

 

Ever needed more space for your games? Have an ever expanding library of great games? Well Seagate have recently released a brand new external hard drive to solve those problems. The Seagate Game Drive for PS4 will boosted storage and offer game portability for all of your favourite games!

Seagate Game Drive just works!

The Seagate Game Drive comes in a 2TB capacity and will enhance your PS4 gaming capability! Furthermore it is as simple as plug and play! The Game Drive is officially licensed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and offers graphical branding. Which consequently mimic and complement the PS4 console design!

 

“Games can average 40GB per title, so even the highest-capacity internal console hard drives available can be maximized quickly…Seagate’s new Game Drive for PS4 offers a storage upgrade so users can keep saved content while expanding their ability to download new games and add-ons.”Jeff Fochtman, vice president of marketing for Seagate. 

 

The Seagate Game Drive will be instantly recognised by the PS4 and will install in less than 3mins. How quick and easy is that!

It is compact and efficient and better yet, it doesn’t need a power cord. Helping to improve portability if you ever wanted to take your games to a friends house.

Instant portable access for up to 50 games (We’re looking at you Read Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 100gb+ installs!) and add ons for both PS4 and PS4 Pro.

The new 2TB capacity Game Drive for PS4™ consoles is available for £79.99 by clicking here!

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Monster Hunter: IceBorne

The MASSIVE new Monster Hunter DLC – Monster Hunter: Iceborne is out now and it is amazing! We really got our teeth stuck into this one! If you’re a fan of Monster Hunter series you know exactly what you are getting yourself into and this new DLC is nothing short of fantastic! The Iceborne DLC brings players a whole new world, even more powerful monsters to hunt and challenging master rank quests! A brand new quest rank for seasoned players!

Monster Hunter: Iceborne: Summary

The Monster Hunter:Iceborne DLC is basically a brand new game in the form of a DLC pack, it’s so big!

The game revolves around the Research Commission noticing something unsual about a flock of Legiana fleeing from the Ancient Forest. They board the Third Fleet’s airship and cross the sea in pursuit of them. It is here where they discovered a new land, a new land which is locked beneath snow and ice. The Research Commission then embark out into the ice cold region known as the “Hoarfrost Reach”.  A new region completely unexplored and home to new monsters, and endemic life will be one of the Commission’s most important goals.

New Life

The new land that you have discovered, Hoarfrost Reach is a cold, inhospitable region. It’s covered in tons and tons of snow and ice. From the outside it looks inhospitable. Yet it is teeming with unique and endemic life.

Hoarfrost Reach has a variety of different areas to explore. You’ll uncover more and more parts of the map as you continue investigations. As you do so you’ll soon discover that the Hoarfrost Reach is the largest locale in MonsterHunter: World!

While unearthing different areas of the Hoarfrost Reach you’ll discover things such as Popo’s. Popo’s are herbivores with a thick coat which help fight against the cold. They are generally docile, but will run off in a heard if you attack them. Yet, the adult males of the pack will protect their offspring with their tusks if provoked.

The snow is so thick, it will sometimes reach your waist. Therefore it is up to you to pick hot peppers to craft into hot drinks to keep warm. Not only that a lot of the area is formed of layers of icy walls. Be careful of unsure footing and narrow passes. It may look beautiful but it can also take your damage you if you are not careful.

 

Monster Hunter: Iceborne The Monsters

Velkhana: An elder dragon with the power to freeze all in its path.

According to ancient legend, it can freely control the cold, and unleash an icy blast of breath.

Brachydios

This marine-blue brute wyvern uses its saliva to prime the sticky slime coating its massive arms, rendering it highly explosive.

Barioth

The snow-white flying wyvern with huge tusks found in the frozen tundra. It uses its forelegs and tail to traverse ice with ease.

There are LOADS more Monsters you can see them by visiting Monster Hunter: Iceborne’s official website here!

Evolved Hunting Actions

In Monster Hunter: Iceborne you have got access to a whole new set of Hunting Actions! You have access to brand new moves, slinger combos and much more! For example the clutch claw is an extension of the slinger. The slinger will allow players to grapple on to monsters. Therefore allowing players to control the monsters movement!

Not only that you can grapple on to monsters with the claw. Then use special attacks with your weapons! Better yet you can use a brand new feature called “flinchshot” which will fling monsters forward!

Ever want to use your slinger whilst you have your weapon unsheathed? Now you can! Regardless of what weapon you have! There’s a whole heap of new weapon moves available to you in Iceborne which you can view videos of each one by clicking here! 

Raider Ride!

This new feature is really cool, you can use small monsters tailriders as modes of transport! Whistle to call one and then get ready to ride! Pin your destination on the wildlife map and you get transported immediately! However, if you don’t pin a destination the raider will find tracks so you can track a target whilst prepping for a hunt!

While you cannot control the monster directly whilst doing this, you are able to use your slinger, open your map, amongst other actions!

Seliana

Seliana is a brand new base which has been built as the headquarters for investigations in the Hoarfrost Reach.

Seliana comes complete with a variety of facilities and features to rival Astera. Seliana is powered by the land’s plentiful geothermalenergy and features all of the same facilities that you are used to. Such as Ecological Research Center, the Smithy and the Resource Center. The layout is designed to ensure even easier accessibility to each of the different facilities.

There’s so much more to check out about your new headquarters, get an in-depth look at Monster Hunter’s Iceborne official site here!

(Capcom)

You can purchase Monster Hunter: Iceborne here (This includes the original Monster Hunter World game, if you already own Monster Hunter World, you can purchase the add on through your prospective shop on your console PS Store / Xbox Store)

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Control – SUPERNATURAL FRENZY

Control is another one of those super cool games that just grabs you as soon as you see the trailer. This game is no different and it revolves around the manipulation of the world around you. So, think of it as like an urban superhero action adventure third person game. It looks fantastic and has got us very very intrigued!
Control is set in a unique and ever-changing world that juxtaposes reality with the strange and unexplainable. While, it combines Remedy’s trademark gun play with supernatural abilities.

Control: Plot

After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat. So, it is up to you, Jesse Faden, the new Director to regain Control.
The game challenges users to master their supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts and reactive environments. To the best of their abilities to ward off the otherworldly threats. Remedy is known for deep and mysterious worlds and Control is no different.
Control is OUT NOW (27th August Release) and you can purchase it by clicking here!
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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Launch Trailer

Judgement PS4

Judgement – Worth An Hour?

 

 

Haunted by his past, disgraced attorney Takayuki Yagami takes up arms as a private detective, clawing his way through Kamurocho’s underground crime network to investigate a string of grisly murders.

Judgement is created by the team that brought us the amazing Yakuza series. It’s an incredible game that brings you to the edge of your seat time and time again. It’s a physcological thriller, which will see the lines between justice and mercy teeter on the edge.

The game isn’t all run and gun action either. In Judgement you have to track suspects, discover clues and bring evidence to court. Consequently, also have to keep your witts about you though as those who seem to be your friend may be your foe and vice versa!

However, when there is action, there is action! There is Hollywood style action with combat sequences and cinematic twists that keep the action going. Which keep you engaged in the story! As there is a 2 different combat styles that you get to use, Crane Style, which allows you to mash up your opponent, street fighting style. Or play as the Tiger combat style and overwhelm opponents with powerful strikes.

Judgement Features

  • Dual Audio: Switch between the Japanese and English VO tracks at any point during the game. Experience Judgment using whichever language you prefer.
  • Dual Subtitles: Subtitles change based on which audio track is selected – Japanese or English. Japanese voice subtitles are presented in a way that represents the traditional Yakuza experience. While English voice subtitles match the English script.
  • Localization Pedigree: Furthermore Judgment’s localization has been handled in-house by SEGA of America’s talented Yakuza series localization team.

Judgment marks the first time in over 12 years that a game set in the Yakuza series universe has received an English dub for its Western release. A starstudded English voice cast brings Judgment to life. Greg Chun takes on the role of Judgment’s protagonist, Takayuki Yagami, supported by Crispin Freeman, Matthew Mercer, Cherami Leigh, Yuri Lowenthal, James Hong, Ed O’Ross, Amy Walker, Matt Yang King, Fred Tatasciore, Brian Mcnamara, as well as guest appearances by SungWon Cho, Cristina Vee, Max Mittleman, and many more.

(Playstation)

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

14 Mins of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Impresses at E3!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

14 Mins of IMPRESSIVE Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was shown off at E3! More in the first comment below!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Tuesday, 11 June 2019

A HUGE amount of gameplay was shown at this years E3 of a game that is highly anticipated amongst Star Wars fans. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order! 14mins of pure uninterrupted gameplay was shown, highlighting what the game will look like once it’s released this November. We are very very impressed here at How To Kill An Hour and haven’t seen a game like it for a while!

Plot

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a single player, third person, action-adventure game that is being developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA. The game is set in the Star Wars universe shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

You play as a former Padawan. A Padawan who is on the run from the Empire. However you myst complete your training before Imperial Inquisitors discover your plan to revive the Jedi Order. As with many Star Wars films and games, you are accompanied by a trusty robotic sidekick. As well as a former Jedi Knight you must escape the wrath of the Empire in a story driven adventure game.

A story which takes you across ancient forests, windswept rock faces and haunted jungles. With the benefit of being free to decide where to go and when to go there. As you progress through the game you are able to unlock new powers and abilities. Opportunities to open up to re-traverse maps in new ways. Even use the Force to augment the way that you explore.

You are also able to combat the Empire in a number of ways with the innovative Lightsaber combat system, partnered with the Force you’ll be working your way though the Empire in no time! This game looks very pick up and play like, but may need some time with it to truly master!

(Amazon)

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