Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Apr 24, 2019
    The best way to experience World War Z is to fire up your microphone and find yourself a four-person crew to play through its brief but fun campaign. It’s rare to see it go beyond the roots of its very clear inspiration, and there’s not a whole lot of variety when it comes to the missions, the special zombies, or the weapons, but what is there works and is enough to fill the Left 4 Dead-shaped hole in all our hearts, for a little while at least.
  2. Apr 23, 2019
    World War Z is a third-person mix of Left 4 Dead and Killing Floor 2 with the biggest enemy hordes I've ever seen in a game. This is really impressive, but at some point you get fed up with it and what's left is a zombie shooter like many others - mind you not a bad one, but not one that absolutely must be played.
  3. Apr 23, 2019
    Uninspired and with a bunch of issues, this fast-paced shooter can fill the void left in the hearts of Left 4 Dead fans.
  4. Jun 19, 2019
    World War Z is very competently made and has very few flaws, but it's just nothing we haven't seen plenty of times before.
  5. May 8, 2019
    Overall, World War Z provides a decent co-op zombie experience, despite some drawbacks. The weapons lack oomph, even when powered up, but they are still decent. The class system doesn't make anyone feel too different, but much like the weapons, there aren't any terrible classes. The locale changes are nice (even if the level beats remain similar), and the inclusion of standard adversarial multiplayer modes is also welcome. It's in real need of polish as far as matchmaking basics go, but it will satisfy those who have been waiting a long time for another co-op, zombie-killing experience.
  6. May 7, 2019
    If anyone enjoys cooperative player vs environment games like Left 4 Dead, Strange Brigade or Warhammer: Vermintide, then World War Z is for you. It’s not the greatest of the bunch, but it scratches the same itch as the above games while bringing a little something of its own with the swarm mechanic.
  7. Apr 29, 2019
    World War Z is at its finest when it throws a flowing mass of dead flesh at you, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen or work as well as we’d like most of the time. It ends up being a L4D game that still manages to pull some personality out of the original film. Not a big deal, but still a fun experience to play with your friends.
  8. Apr 24, 2019
    World War Z is a decent Koop-Survival-Shooter, which compensates for its lack of innovation with a lack of major flaws.
  9. Apr 23, 2019
    The main pleasure is the fact that we have to face huge hordes of zombies. The feeling of surprise we can have during the movie of 2013 is intact. The main problem is the lack of content (not enough levels and chapters).
  10. Apr 19, 2019
    Very inspired by Left 4 Dead in its mechanisms, World War Z, yet, plays differently. It hasn’t the same depth, which limits it to a simple way to let off steam, but it can offer some good memories for you and all your friends.
  11. Apr 19, 2019
    While we wait for Left 4 Dead to come back from the dead, World War Z is not a bad option, but it isn’t as good as that series. If you like killing zombies with friends you’ll have a great time, although the game has a fair amount of shortcomings.
  12. Edge Magazine
    May 23, 2019
    With better class implementation, carrying through into PvP, it might have been able to assert its own identity. [Issue#333, p.116]
  13. 60
    A fun and refreshing take on the zombie fighting co-op experience that is hindered by network lag and unimpressive AI.
  14. May 3, 2019
    World War Z has many rough edges that are easy to spot, exacerbated by limited content that makes repeated playthroughs less interesting with each run. But it's also a cooperative shooter that has the space for those dynamic and ridiculous player stories to emerge in.
  15. May 2, 2019
    In all things, World War Z takes ideas that I've already seen done better elsewhere, gives them an interesting little twist—and then makes that twist not matter. It treads familiar ground, but it's not as clever or fun as what's come before it.
  16. Apr 23, 2019
    The level and character design is something to marvel at with World War Z, but it gets bogged down in its flaws. There's a good game buried in here but first impressions aren't stellar, and promises of updates don't do much for a fully released game with very noticeable problems.
  17. May 13, 2019
    If World War Z proves one thing, then how exceptionally good Left 4 Dead was more than 10 years ago. It tries to emulate the formula but in the end fails to replicate the good times.
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  1. Apr 19, 2019
    It’s a shame, because World War Z throws so many interesting ideas at the wall — a half-baked multiplayer mode, 16 survivors with unique story videos, massive hordes of zombies in urban centers, and an ongoing progression system for survivors. Unfortunately, none of it sticks, except the sight of hundreds of angry zombies forming a human pyramid of hate.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 266 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 266
  1. Apr 16, 2019
    The game looks and feels great! Hordes of zombies are amaizing. Playing coop with friends is really fun!
  2. Apr 16, 2019
    First of all, EGS. That's a first reason not to buy a game.

    Mediocre graphics. No plot. Just a few missions which you can complete in few
    First of all, EGS. That's a first reason not to buy a game.

    Mediocre graphics. No plot. Just a few missions which you can complete in few hours. Wacky graphics, low-tier animations, soundtrack is bad.

    Better go replay Left 4 Dead series in Steam. Just saved you a 35$. You're welcome. No need to thank me.
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  3. Apr 16, 2019
    Solid Co-Op Zombie Shooter. It takes the tried and true Left 4 Dead formula, evolves it a bit and gives it a more serious tone. I do miss theSolid Co-Op Zombie Shooter. It takes the tried and true Left 4 Dead formula, evolves it a bit and gives it a more serious tone. I do miss the more campy tone of the L4D games, but the more serious tone does work fine here.

    The core gameplay is very similar to L4D, but with a few interesting new systems and mechanics. For one, there is a class system, and your class is not tied to a specific character, so you can always play the class you prefer. There is also a solid progression system, for both your class and your weapons of choice. This gives extra incentive to play and helps the replayability. It also adds in some simple mechanics for the horde defense sections, where you can build fences, traps, mortars, turrets and machine gun emplacements.

    The amount of zombies they throw at you is simply astonishing, and the novelty of it helps give the game a distinct feel.

    Overall, it might not be a genre defining experience yet, but at release it's already a legit competitor for the rest of the genre and I anticipate it being a success. It's only $35, so if you like L4D, it's worth a buy. Valve can't count to 3, but this is a worthy substitute.
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