XBOX ONE Mad Dog World War Z

Last updated date: August 1, 2019

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XBOX ONE Mad Dog World War Z

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Overall Take

Zombie lovers will enjoy Xbox One's "Mad Dog World War Z," which includes crisp, detailed visuals. This game can be excessively gruesome, but that's one of the things fans love about it. Your gameplay will be enhanced by a fun, tension-building soundtrack. In our analysis of 243 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE World War Z placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
43 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The progression gives you reasons to keep playing.
- Trusted Reviews
April 24, 2019 | Full review
The defensive objectives are always enjoyable and strongly push you and your team members to work together.
April 24, 2019 | Full review
Each class gains levels individually as you play, unlocking perks which can be accessed in the multiplayer modes as well as the campaign. These range from carrying more of your preferred throwable item to some really useful abilities such as being able to stand up if all four team members have been knocked down.
- Destructoid
April 21, 2019 | Full review
The game has a flair for setpieces, and a lot of its best moments come when you're signaling for help, setting off some sort of alarm, and watching as nothing less than an army of sprinting undead head your way carelessly, often spilling over ledges like a water fountain or climbing each other like slithering pyramids of flesh. It's simply stunning to watch even hours into the game.
- True Achievements
Even in the face of repetitive mission structure, World War Z remains a blast to play online. If you have a solid group alongside, you're in for a good time. Even the PvPvZ modes, which probably could have used more attention, are worth checking in with.
- New Game Network
April 27, 2019 | Full review
The custom Swarm engine that powers World War Z is a powerhouse that allows for incredibly detailed hordes of up to 500 zombies to terrorize players all at once.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
Stunning environments.
- Readers Gambit
April 25, 2019 | Full review
The Swarm Engine is genuinely impressive.
- WCCF Tech
If you’ve played Left 4 Dead or even just any FPS title then you’ll find the mechanics and controls of World War Z to be as straightforward as straightforward can be. It’s very easy to jump into and get going.
- Xbox Achievements
The controls, animation, and sound design of World War Z are impressive. The controls are tight and responsive, with a sense of feedback when you swing your melee weapon or shoot. The sound design and animations are particularly amazing, with hundreds of Zekes filling the screen without slowdown and the game moving at a solid framerate.
- Noob Feed
April 16, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Sadly, one area the game isn’t copying its more established four-player co-op brethren is in the boss fights. There are no tank analogies here, and it’s something that’s sorely missed.
- Trusted Reviews
April 24, 2019 | Full review
The enormous hordes of zombies in World War Z lack the same unpredictability of Left 4 Dead's famous AI Director.
April 24, 2019 | Full review
The majority of the zombies don't pose much of a threat, only dangerous through sheer force of numbers. A few types of special zombies will make your progression more difficult, capable of incapacitating you or one of your teammates until a friendly player intervenes.
- Destructoid
April 21, 2019 | Full review
The game crashed on me twice, forced me to restart due to a bug once, and would often spawn special infected in areas that were unreachable, leaving my team to listen to their signature groans but never able to hunt them down.
- True Achievements
The shooting mechanics are perfectly competent but offer nothing new for fans of the genre. A frustrating progression system makes outfitting character classes a bit of a drag to handle, however.
- New Game Network
April 27, 2019 | Full review
The stellar campaign, unfortunately, is bogged down with a lacklaster multiplayer (though the player vs player vs swarm component is a nice touch) that suffers from poor server connectivity.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
Cannot issue commands to A.I. teammates.
- Readers Gambit
April 25, 2019 | Full review
Not exactly a looker.
- WCCF Tech
There’s very little to be said for the audio as there’s nothing really special here. The sound design of the guns is satisfying especially when you land some brutal shots that dismember zombies. As for the soundtrack, it’s practically non-existent.
- Xbox Achievements
We also experienced several bugs, 1 which prevented us from continuing forward and forced us to restart the entire episode.
- Noob Feed
April 16, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. From New York to Moscow and Jerusalem, the undead apocalypse continues to spread. As the end looms, a hardened few band together to defeat the horde and outlive the dead. World War Z is a heart-pounding coop third-person shooter for up to 4 players featuring swarms of hundreds of zombies. Based on the Paramount Pictures film, World War Z focuses on fast-paced gameplay while exploring new storylines from around the world.

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An Overview On New Game

Whether you own a Nintendo, PlayStation or Xbox, picking a new game is always a challenge. There always seems to be an endless stream of games old and new, each just as appealing as the last. You may be constantly watching lists of new releases, trying to figure out which one will provide the best experience.

The first thing to consider is the type of gaming system you have. For those with a Nintendo Switch, the experience will be different than for gamers on an Xbox or PlayStation 4. When you’re in docked mode, that difference won’t be that noticeable. However, as soon as you start playing in handheld mode, you’ll notice how the gaming experience needs to be optimized for that format.

Another consideration is how important sharp, crisp visuals are to you. Most game developers will prioritize this, realizing that today’s gamers expect the best. Whether you’re swinging around New York City on a spiderweb or fending off zombies, a vivid, immersive environment is always a great touch.

That becomes a bit more challenging when you’re playing a classic game. It can be tough to balance the need for an updated look with the craving many gamers have for a classic gaming experience. This is particularly important if you’re playing a game that’s been around for a while, like “Super Smash Brothers.” The best games update the experience while still staying true to the original.

But no matter how a game looks, the thing that really makes a game a favorite is how long it stays interesting. Today’s newest games pack in plenty of new experiences and choices, ensuring that every time you sit down at your console, you head out on a new adventure. With each new release even of the most classic games, developers make sure that gameplay stays exciting long after that first session.

DWYM Fun Fact

“Super Smash Bros.” and “Kingdom Hearts” are both known as crossover games, a genre that blends characters and storylines from multiple games into one. Crossovers aren’t unique to video games. In fact, you’ll see them in books, movies and comic books. In video games, crossovers are believed to date back to 1988, when Battle Soccer combined characters from “Godzilla,” “Ultraman,” “Gundam” and “Kamen Rider.”

Today, crossovers are often seen when a company like Nintendo wants to combine characters from various games for promotional purposes, as is the case with the “Super Mario Bros.” crossovers like “Super Smash Bros.” But there are plenty of instances where characters across various properties come together in one game to attract the broadest range of fans.

The New Game Buying Guide

  • Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” brings the characters and gameplay you already know to the Nintendo Switch. New characters are mixed in with classics to make this game a blend of the familiar with today’s style of gameplay. New features include the World of Light campaign.
  • PS4’s “Kingdom Hearts 3” combines Disney and Final Fantasy for a thrilling game experience. The new release introduces mostly new storylines and improved battles and worlds.
  • Everyone knows Spider-Man from the comic books and movies. But PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac)” remains true to the superhero you already know and love. Insomniac has built in plenty of character development for Peter Parker, balancing the dark and light tones of the storyline for a great game experience.
  • If a zombie story is more your style, Xbox’s “ONE World War Z” is the game to choose. This version of the game packs in plenty of gore, so it’s not for everyone, but if gruesome is your preference, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Playing games on mobile gaming systems can require a little bit of an adjustment, especially if you’re used to playing on a much larger screen. Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” has been specially formatted for the Switch, but you may find that the many ideas, wishes and demands you’re given can be a bit overwhelming.
  • Responsiveness is always important in a game. You’ll find the controls on the Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” are responsive, even if you’re at the beginner level. PS4’s “Kingdom Hearts 3” and Xbox’s “ONE World War Z” have responsive controls, as well.
  • Things can get a bit more complicated with PS4’s “Kingdom Hearts 3” when you’re on the Gummi Ship. The menus and building interfaces can be complicated and frustrating, so it may take some time and practice to get used to it.
  • Today’s gamers demand breathtaking visuals with their games. Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” jumps off the screen, whether you’re playing in handheld or docked mode. The entire look of the game has been updated to honor the classic look of the game while refreshing it for today’s gamers.
  • PS4’s “Kingdom Hearts 3” also benefits from a complete update, with the end result being a crisper look with impressive attention to detail.
  • You’re likely already familiar with Spider-Man’s swings across New York City, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac).” You’ll enjoy realistic trips around Manhattan with plenty of jaw-dropping animations.
  • As intense as the action is with Xbox’s “ONE World War Z,” developers didn’t forget to pack in impressive visuals, including ensuring the game moves at a solid framerate.
  • One of the worst things that can happen with any new game is that it quickly gets boring. Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” keeps you engaged by packing it with more than 70 characters. This is the biggest roster so far for a “Super Smash Bros.” game, promising to keep you entertained for a while. You also get a map with plenty of secret locations and homages to the classic game that will ensure you never get bored.
  • PS4’s “Kingdom Hearts 3” draws you in and keeps you engaged with battles. You’ll get fast-paced combat and plenty of different ways to fight to let you keep mixing things up long after you play the first game.
  • Among the many things keeping PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac)” interesting for hours is the costume options. Each costume comes with its own powers, helping you try out different scenarios with each session.
  • If you like a little music with your gameplay, you’ll love the music options in PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac),” which enhance your experience as you swing around the city. The music in Xbox’s “ONE World War Z” is also impressive. Disney fans will be especially interested in the classic Disney music featured in PS4’s “Kingdom Hearts 3.” Lastly, Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” provides a soundtrack you can actually take with you. Look for a button in the Vault tab labeled Sounds, where you’ll find more than 800 musical tracks that you can load onto your smartphone to take with you.