When I first heard about World War Z coming to Nintendo Switch, my first answer was, How? The main selling point of World War Z is the sheer amount of zombies that you encounter in the game. We’re not talking like a “normal” crowd, we are HUNDREDS of zombies rushing towards you at once. How would a game that requires hundreds of zombies attack you at once work on Nintendo Switch? Of course, Saber Interactive’s wizards somehow figured out a way to get it working. The port itself is quite impressive, even if the actual game itself is rather mediocre.
World War Z is a typical zombie shooter. You and up to three other players experience adventures around the globe in cities such as New York City, Jerusalem, Moscow and Tokyo. Your goal is to fend off waves of zombies, escort a bus there, mow millions of zombies and soar over time. The story is memorable in almost every way, it’s your standard zombie shooter story. To be honest, I’ve never seen the Brad Pitt movie this game is supposedly based on, so I can’t tell you if it’s related.
World War Z is an extremely impressive port, much like The Witcher III, which shows that developers like Saber Interactive really know how to push Switch hardware to the max. The main difference between this and other zombie shooters on Switch is the ridiculous number of zombies you can have on the screen at one time, with the game’s signature hordes stacking on top of each other to climb walls and reach your location. It really is a real joy to shoot down the lower levels of these zombie pyramids and watch them all fall apart. It’s even more impressive when you’re playing in handheld mode, where this port really shines. With so much going on on the screen in handheld mode, it brings that “woah” feeling back to playing these kind of impressive switch ports.
The problem with World War Z is that it’s very “meh”. It’s a typical zombie shooter right down to the zombies themselves. If you take a page out of Left 4 Dead, you’ll encounter a variety of zombie types as you play through it. These are your typical hordes, spitters, tanks, and shielded enemies. There is nothing new or special about this area of the game. Zombies in World War Z are just like the zombies in any other game. Even the normal gameplay is a lot of copying and pasting from games like Left 4 Dead. In each city you will fight zombie waves, escort a bus, kill more zombies, survive more zombie attacks and that’s it. There is nothing new or original here. This COULD be fine if you’ve never played other zombie shooters before. If you’ve played other zombie shooters, World War Z feels more similar. It’s not bad, it’s just not good enough to get noticed. It’s just “okay”.
Ultimately, I had a lot more fun playing World War Z with friends. Playing solo works but let’s face it, playing with AI whose intelligence is … questionable isn’t as fun as yelling at friends. World War Z supports PC crossplay. So if your friends are playing on Switch or PC, you can play together. Honestly, while the game is still average, playing with friends made the game a lot more fun. Seeing the horde of zombies tower up on a ledge to reach one of my friends while that friend battled a horde of zombies overhead was equally terrifying and hilarious. Playing with friends is the absolute way to experience World War Z on the Switch. It’s still your average zombie shooter, but the experience is a lot better when you can do it with others.
Overall, World War Z is decent on Nintendo Switch … and that’s about it. The technical aspects of this game are really impressive and seeing the game in action is a real feat for Switch. The overall game is mediocre. It is your typical zombie shooter that doesn’t stray from the path of any other zombie shooter that has been put in front of it. World War Z does the job of being a fun experience with friends, but its five-hour campaign means the fun will only last for a short time. If you’re looking for a zombie shooter on the Switch, World War Z isn’t a bad choice. Just be prepared for a shorter, average experience.