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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Zombie Army Trilogy is a third-person shooter for the Nintendo Switch. This is the latest take on the Zombie Army franchise, which itself is a spin-off from the Sniper Elite series. Using guns and explosives, players have to take out an army of Nazi-controlled zombies, which results in a lot of blood and gore. There's also graphic, slow-motion footage of internal organs being destroyed, as well as scary imagery and sound effects that include numerous visual references to the occult. During one scene, the player has the option of getting drunk, which temporarily impairs vision and aiming.
What's it about?
In ZOMBIE ARMY TRILOGY, Germany is about to lose World War II, so Hitler raises an army of the undead in the hopes of turning the tide. But he didn't count on you, playing as one of eight different Allied soldiers, and your skills with a sniper rifle and other WWII-era weapons, to foil his plans. Playable solo or with friends -- either online or on the couch -- this third-person shooter has you taking on swarms of the undead, including some rather creatively scary ones, using a variety of guns and explosives. Just make sure you rifle through those zombies' pockets after you down them; they may be hoarding some bullets and other supplies you'll need later.
Is it any good?
Though it's yet another game where you're gunning for Nazi zombies, this third-person shooter manages to distinguish itself by letting you take them out from a distance. In Zombie Army Trilogy, you play as your choice of eight Allied soldiers who have to survive when Hitler raises an army of the undead in hopes of winning World War II. But because the first two of this collection's three episodes were made as add-ons for the game Sniper Elite V2, this doesn't just have you using pistols, shotguns, and machine guns. You can also use sniper rifles to pick off the undead from afar. That's highly recommended, since while the undead are mostly slow moving, especially when they're just skeletons, there's always a lot of them, and they'll swarm from all sides given the chance.
But it's also a good idea to rely on your sniper rifle because the game's controls are not ideal. Admittedly, this is partially because the Switch's native controllers aren't built for this kind of thing -- doubly so when you play this in handheld mode -- though the game's own code is also to be blame. That's why you're advised to pick off as many zombies as you can from a distance, when you can take your time (relatively speaking) and line up your shots. Well, unless you're up against one of the more creative and frightening types, such as the fast-running suicide bombers who strike Christ-like poses before going "POP!" If you play this co-op with some pals instead of on your own, that helps in eliminating the masses of undead too. Either way, Zombie Army Trilogy is a challenging and engaging chance to once again stop Hitler and his undead friends, if you're willing to put up with a few gameplay issues.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence. Is the impact of the violence in Zombie Army Trilogy affected by the fact that you're killing zombies instead of people that are alive? Would it be intensified if you were killing humans instead? What about if they were monsters that didn't look human? Why do you think this matters, given that none of them are real?
What are some other ways you can create political change in a nonviolent manner? Do you think they would work against an army of Nazi zombies that seem to be controlled by a violent ideology?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Rebellion Developments
- Release date: March 31, 2020
- Genre: Third-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood And Gore, Intense Violence, Use Of Alcohol
- Last updated: February 11, 2021
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