Even though video games with zombies are so overdone that it’s hard to feel interested in any of them in 2021, there are a few exceptions that still catch your attention.
The Walking Zombie 2 is one such game, as it’s an unusual mixture of role-playing and first-person shooting gameplay with zombies thrown into the mix – and it surprisingly works out.
The game is filled with different types of quests, RPG elements, a silly but fun storyline, lots of customization, and a large arsenal of weapons to choose from.
With so much to offer in a small package, the game is developed with all the right ideas in mind. So, the question is, how well is it all executed?
Since there’s a lot to talk about in terms of the gameplay, let’s quickly go over the controls.
You can choose between automatic fire and manual fire, with the on-screen button appearing if you wish to do things manually. All of the on-screen buttons and things like sensitivity are customizable, so the game focuses on giving players the experience that best fits their preferences.
The game’s world is split into two sections:
One of them is your hideout in which you can talk to NPCs for advancing the storyline, accepting missions, and buying different kinds of gear. After you accept a mission, you then have to open your map and select which area to travel to - and that takes you into the place where you have to do your tasks. Once everything is done, you can fast travel back to your hideout and get rewards for what you completed.
The missions are very entertaining to play through and are usually different from one another.
There is always a list of tasks that you need to complete and they can vary between things like killing zombies to clear up a zone, fighting off human bandits in self-defense, and repairing structures to ensure the survival of the human race.
Killing zombies does not get old and the game makes sure it remains that way by offering you many weapons to unlock and buy.
To mix things up further, there are gas barrels that you can blow up to damage several enemies at once, and you can even mount machine guns and grenade launchers too that are placed within different missions.
The game does a great job at keeping itself fresh and that helps it avoid the repetition that most zombie games on the mobile platform tend to have.
The RPG elements of the game include things like leveling up skills, enabling perks, and making choices within the dialogue that either improve your karma or make it worse – and that changes minor details in what missions you get to play sometimes. It does not make too much of a difference and the game is not that difficult so you won’t usually need these things, but it’s still nice to have those features in the game for those who care.
Overall, it’s an addicting game and you’ll always have longer sessions playing it than what you originally intended.
Of course, it is not without its flaws, there's not much variety in its enemy types and the aforementioned issue with the RPG elements not being fleshed out enough. But it’s still a solid game to have on your mobile device.
The story of The Walking Zombie 2 is not well-written, but it fits the game’s wacky atmosphere perfectly.
There is a lot of dialogue tied to missions and there are cutscenes that occasionally show up too. This allows the missions to not feel aimless, which is a nice touch on the overall experience.
The art style of the game is very simple but still has a fair amount of detail in its textures. Whether it’s the character models or the environment, everything looks good enough to complement the fun gameplay.
The animation is very fluid too, and extra details such as the brains of zombies leaking out when their head isn’t completely destroyed make the game feel more polished than other mobile games that have minimal-looking graphics.
The UI is well-made and everything is exactly where it should be. It can take a little bit of time to check everything and understand how it works – but the game does a good job of explaining it.
The polish is excellent as the game runs very smoothly and I did not run into any issues either despite the fact that I played the game for a long time.
The sound design of the game is above-average but not much can be said about it besides that. The sound effects are high-quality but the background music and voice acting are very forgettable.
After the first two hours, I just started listening to a playlist of my own which served as a decent substitute for the game’s music since it’s so generic.
Everything said, the music of the game is not repetitive so at least you won’t get tired of it even if it’s not that good.
The Walking Zombie 2 is an addicting and entertaining mobile game that puts a fun role-playing spin on an oversaturated genre. Although it can use a bit more variety in the enemy types that you encounter and a few more improvements here and there.