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Posted 1 year ago

 Nope... And it was a really silly blunder / oversight by Reb' -- to not include a customisable HUD.

I know ZA leans more towards the "arcade-y" skew of these shooter franchises... However, that does not mean that players should be forced to endure an obtrusive HUD for their trouble.

Posted 1 year ago

 Rebellion games are rather "niche" -- you won't get Call of Doody numbers from their release (ever).

As such, I'd always look to get their games as a group (or as a "pack"... if those deals still exist), or with a regular co-op partner / friend.  That way, you can expect more longevity -- especially in the context of the co-op-centricity of their titles, dovetailed with the conspicuous lack of any LAN or local co-op functionality options (online being the only way in which to experience the games' core co-op functionality).

Posted 1 year ago - edited 1 year ago by Sablicious

 I generally agree with the overall opinion of the game/s:  GOOD, BUT, WITH MUCH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL.

As I posted in my own "rant" / suggestions topic, I'd like the "Zombie" games to evolve into TOWER DEFENCE games -- as they are all but that anyway, minus a building and "tower" system -- and "Elite" to morph into OPEN-WORLD, WW2 CO-OPERATIVE games -- an all but non-existent sub-genre.

Regarding the games as they stand, I really want to see better environment interactivity (a pet peeve of mine with Rebellion games) -- full exploration; all door / window interaction; moveable props (to created cover and block enemy paths); destructible environs; less / no "invisible walls" -- a better suite of options -- "mutators"; HUD customisation; option for "realistic" mechanics in the ZA games -- more substantive content -- more characters (and class-based), less e-trash trinkets; class-specific progression -- and the obvious QoL stuff -- dynamic weather / day-night cycles; a swimming mechanic; evasion actions; zombie speed slider; starting location option (Horde)...

I just don't think that Rebellion pay much attention to these forums and/or customer feedback.  They likely just check the sales analytics, and then temper that with their own design vision (ZA being their "arcade" / casual gamer pandering variant of SE) -- resulting in the nicer-looking, yet, somehow shallower route of progression that we've seen in their respective flagship IP's.

I have hope... I'm just not holding my breath--with respect to the future direction of these IP's.

Posted 1 year ago

 The Rebellion pattern of "on-going support" (based on their history) is as follows:

  •  release product with entrained "DLC" promised
  •  release one or two tranches of DLC, soon after game launch (i.e., the "DLC" = content stripped from the base game -- likely brain farts that could not fit into the main game)
  •  thus, the pricing model of their "Deluxe" (complete) games, hover around high triple-A range (e.g., base game US$60 + $40 "DLC")
  •  move on to next project -- offering little to no on-going support (*I had issues with Strange Brigade not running on Windows-7 at the time, and I never got any satisfaction, in terms of running the game... until I upgraded to Win-10 and the game began working)

In the case of ZA4, they released a quick cash-grab prior -- the SE:V2 "remake" -- and then ZA4 immediately thereafter.  The reason the latter game has dragged out for longer, seems purely a product of the pandemic hysteria that was causing delays (I read as much in one of Rebellion's announcements).

Posted 1 year ago


- evolve the ZA game franchise into a TOWER DEFENCE game genre: implement building system, and allow players to create their defences within maps, using locale logical props and towers (think: Fortnite, Orcs Must Die; Dungeon Defenders; Fortified) -- said genre is rather untapped, when it comes to full third-person, real-time action gameplay (most TD games are of the stale, static "plant towers and watch" variety)

- morph the SE game franchise into open-world style, co-op war games: create contiguous maps (loading between regions, if necessary), specific to theatres of World War II (or whichever era serves as subtext) as distinct from mission-based, node-to-node gameplay; give players character choice, based on classes, ans skill progression therewith; drop-in / -out co-op

- provide LAN (or split-screen) functionality for the games -- co-op-centric games need all the co-operative functionality possible

The game engine still seems to have some life in it...  However, if innovation is not focused to those areas that matter, then no amount of superficial visual fidelity improvements will save the ZA / SE franchises from falling into obscurity.  I'd also like to see the Strange Brigade franchise persisted with: its themes are appealing and rather unique ("British Indiana Jones"), and it's a nice departure from WW2 / war settings (...Just ensure that you add an aristocratic female to the roster this time -- in full bustle, who wields a parasol as a weapon--which she uses as her melee attack to hit enemies in the crotch with!).

NB: Sequestering the the latest game to the Epic software graveyard, and for so long (12+ months?... indefinitely?), was a strange move... Or, rather, a ¢yni¢al one.  I did not even know about this game until recently, and any associated "hype" has long entered its rigor mortis stage...

Posted 1 year ago

 The following is a list of suggestions for additions, tweaks and progressive improvements that the Zombie Army and Sniper Elite games need, in order to keep them fresh and relevant, and not just treading over old ground with slightly shiner jackboots:


- no between-rounds countdown timer option (can be unlockable and/or toggle "Achievements" as a penalty and/or "Private"  lobbies / offline only option)

- starting location choice as part of game set-up

- in-game map

- weapons loadout choice (as has been present in past games)

- a wider character roster, in lieu of "skins" etc. (far more  replay-incentivising than mere skins and/or worthless trinkets)

- character "class" distinctions -- e.g., "engineer" can carry more mines; "medic", more healing items; "soldier", ammo caissons etc.

- removal of "invisible wall" boundaries, for logical obstructions (high walls / fences; ravines; mountains) 

- toggle for combustible prop glow

- toggle for remaining enemy count 


- allow for more doors to be interacted with (given they are now interactive)

- props relocation (for creating obstructions and defilades)

- all open windows enterable; glass windows, breakable

- climbing: all logically climbable walls and ledges (irrespective if they lead to anywhere or not); all shoulder-high props; up piping; over fences and reasonably high walls; "zipping" along wires / lines / ropes

- swimming

- generally, allow maps to be fully explorable, and instead of restricting thus, allow enemies to access any areas that the players can


- resting snipers rifles on ledges; tripod add-on / perk

- jumping action (can be tied to a run-up, a la the 'Souls' games) 

- evasion action (roll, dodge, back-step etc. -- can be char. / class contingent)

- a middling level of "sniper cam": 50% slow-mo + instant snap to target

- "sniper cam" option for iron sights / non-scoped head-shots, and for all weapons types


- wider, less linear map layout (simply, make the maps realistically traversable, and "balance" difficult by enemy spawning logic)

- subterranean access (hidey-holes, burrows, cellars, caves)


- instead of enemy attacks extending beyond their animation range, increase attack speed and/or lethality relative to range

- increased heart rate effects on aiming (can interplay with performance: the more kills the player achieves during gameplay, the lower the heart rate / the faster the recovery -- representing composure)

- more "oomph" to melee attacks (less "wiffy")


- dynamic weather

- animations: door interactions; item pick-ups (can be optional)

- real-time day-night cycling

- fully customisable HUD elements


Posted 3 years ago

 Here are some bullet points pertaining to the issues I have found with Rebellion shooter games over the years (SE4, NZA / ZAT, SB):

  • Incongruously non-interactive maps: Although the Rebellion maps have improved steadily in complexity and size, the strange interaction demarcation has become proportionally irritating -- examples: non-interactive doors and windows (to open/close); non moveable objects (beds, cupboards, tables -- to use as defilades etc.); inconsistency on otherwise interactive objects (one downpipe can be climbed, while other cannot).
  • Pointlessly corralled maps (esp. in survival / hordes type game modes): Despite the laudable overall size of maps, areas are often 'roped off' for no apparent reason.  Now, I can understand this kind of restriction in competitive modes -- to mitigate 'unfair' camping or vantage points be abused.  However, for co-operative play and / or "private" [online] game modes (and single-player), all dragging an invisible 'police line' around an otherwise [potentially] expansive map does is diminish the game experience, unduly reduce strategic options for players to avail and limit the 'emergent' gameplay possibilities.
  • Dumb-to-telepathic enemy scripts: The "A.I." in, specifically, SE games, spans suicidally dumb / 'I just got the point blank jump on you, but will sit there yelling for back-up instead of pulling the trigger', to inbuilt 'brain radar' / 'I can detect a 150M silenced kill from a location completely hidden from my cone of vision' omniscience.  These infamously spasmodic enemy traits clearly impinges on immersion, fun and overall replay value.  Moreover, the various bot settings really do not seem to make much difference (e.g., "Authentic Plus" enemy reaction is near-indiscernible from "Cadet" [in SE4]).
  • Unrealistic weapon damage: On one hand, if an "X-Ray" effect is initiated, the kill is guaranteed;  but, without said stylised effect -- even if the enemy is hit between the eyes -- they can often shrug off the injury.  All applicable Rebellion games need a mode where damage effects are more realistic/severe; and if that results in players are getting one-shot through organs, so be it.  These games aren't made for casuals of children, and their difficulty should reflect this.
  • No option for enemy kills (of players) being viewed in "X-Ray" mode: If anything, the player's death should hold more significance than that of grunt #29831294812, and should, thus, have the option to be seen in said signature manner.  I've had this pet peeve since the NZA games, and this seemingly obvious oversight has yet been addressed.


Posted 4 years ago

 ! an input command / button for stepping over mines

• for both one's own traps and the enemies'; using a control scheme ('hold' button) akin to 'sprint' 

! manual adjustment for wind strength multiplier and gravity effects

• from zero to 'maximum'; option to remove either effect entirely for initial (e.g.) 100m, with effect/s present thereafter

! bayonet attatchement option (for better melee)

• equipped at the cost of some weapon attribute/s (e.g., scope float); could facilitate a 'charge' character action / attack (see: later Gears of War games)

! C-4 explosives as manually deployable inventory items

• with the [difficulty setting] option of supplanting the context / 'canned'  C-4 pre-placed in mission objectives

Posted 4 years ago

 - cannot grab and 're-throw' a thrown grenade

- cannot toggle identification of interactable (red) props off from binoculars / scopes

- cannot toggle off bullet tracers

- cannot toggle off slow motion / slow heart rate / steady scope function

• not integral, as one does not have to use it... but still more preferable as an option

! option to remove all objective / enemy blips from map, as well as distance markers

• leaving only the "?" / hand scrawls -- the objective interactables glisten / are visible, so are still discernible without on-map nodes

! vehicles as defilade / sniper's nest

• abandoned or commandeered 

! emotes and gestures

• to lure enemies; signal team mates (e.g., bird whistles); taunts 

Posted 4 years ago

 ! weather effects

•can be static or dynamic; could be incorporated to affect bullet physics in real-time; thunder could mask shots; sleet could hide players / snipers better

! day-night cycles

•de rigeuer for games nowadays; would imbue missions with more strategy -- e.g., night time better for stealth but harder for sniping

 ! camouflage similar to environment, affords improved stealth

•foliage helps respectively dressed snipers; snow / lighter  foliage for 'snow' camo etc.

! a 'spotter' mechanic

•in co-op player, any player could be permitted to enter a 'spotting mode', were an area of taget tagged on the map by the sniper, can be easily found via binoculars, and then fellow sniper/s aided  (e.g., the 'diamond' aim assist could be in place for the spotter ;s binoculars and interplayed with the sniper's shots / bullet holes (also displayed clearly for the spotter) -- as to abet subsequent aiming calculations)

! swimming mechanic

• for traversing maps, escape and strategy; weapon wetness could affect weapons function for period of time after submersion 

! air or artillery support for enemies being attack out of their effective retaliatory range

• e.g., if being sniped from across a ravine, eventual air / artillery support could force players to relocate or encourage stealth; could also circumvent the need for over-aggressive A.I. and its 'rushing' habits

! shooting / melee from hanging position

• adds strategy and a point to the hanging mechanics (see: Tenchu series)

! shooting from cover (un-scoped)

• to more safely exchange fire  / covering fire

! ALL HUD / on-screen assistance tools toggle-able

• including mission markers; enemy rank designation; enemy locations; any 'Spidey senses')

! split-screen local MP co-op for two players (Campaign + Survival)

• the game's co-op-centricity is such that it's a different beast entirely (i.e., orders of magnitude more enjoyable) with a partner than in solo (to say nothing of the 'spotter' side of the sniping ledger) -- thus, all means by which to accomplish this play model, should be provided for (*where possible); progression could be attached to characters specifically {as distinct from profiles only}, as it is done with individual weapons)

Overall, the game is heading in a positive direction.  There are just some bugbears that keep it from reaching true AAA level greatness.  Small things, for most part -- but in game that is all about millimetres, they're nonetheless very important and can be the difference between a great product and a good-ish one.

Posted 4 years ago

 - cannot heal partners while prone, yet can heal self prone

- cannot mount rifle on solid surface to reduce scope waver

- scope 'float' too generous

•the standing 'float' is what it should be while prone

• could be an actually context interaction,  that requires a moment to enter / exit (*risk / reward mechanic)

- heart rated effects [too] negligible 

• vision should also blur momentary / take a short time to settle (through scope) at higher heart ratesl heart rate should stay high for longer (e.g., 30 ~60 seconds), once a certain high threshold (e.g., 90%) has been reached

- no encumberment on injured characters

• sprinting should not be permitted beyond a certain point of injury (e.g., 50%); aiming proficiency should decrease significantly, proportional to injuries sustained; near death, players should not be able to scope rifles and movement slowed to a 'lerch'

- no way in which to toss grenades around corners and trajectory line too obtrusive

• leads to glitchy-looking animations and obscured vision (due to trajectory line)

- characters (skins) lack any attribute distinctions

• some minor buffs / de-buffs / unique traits across the roster, would flesh-out the option more

? character will automatically enter crouched position while in prone, when near(-ish) to an edge of a roof of drop-off 

• leaving players exposed (should simply stop shuffling is the direction--or even cause player to drop / fall--if precipice is reached)


Posted 4 years ago

 - Survival maps too small for a sniping game

• invisible walls; areas inexplicably inaccessible (often only to players); homogeneous map environs

- Too few Survival maps

•should be ten maps; many nice campaign areas un-availed; the available maps are mostly guerrilla warfare centric, as distinct from sniper-friendly

- Survival A.I. always gravitates towards player location

• this, irrespective of alert status or even a bullet being fired (*may be tied to limited map size, or...)

- once alerted, Campaign A.I. 'rushes' players from most of a map's region -- rendering many missions a game of surviving a 'wave' of enemies, then leading to an easy / easier objective

• can leave the mission targets exposed (for lack of remaining defences) -- should have either  been unlimited waves / re-enforcements -or- A.I. should simply bunker-down after their numbers begin to thin -or- increasing difficulty in enemy spawns, to the point where its unwieldy to camp / attrite enemy

- bullet drop too accentuated

• ~3m in-scope drop from ~150m

- wind affects too accentuated

• no visual clue re-enforcement, as to the wind's direction / strenght

- wind direction meter 'arrow' too simplistic and more like a crutch 

• an actual windsock, or the like, would have been preferable here -- something less 'rigid', more 'organic' and interpretable

- weapons upgrades too miserly and grind-heavy

• essentials, like better scopes, et al., could have been handled through in-mission / in-play loot items, then attached on the fly; shotgun use to unlock shotgun, is a silly design 

- bullet damage odd / inconsistent 

• <50m = steel; 50~100m = wood; 100~150m = rubber; 150m = spud plugs...

- cannot view remaining bullets via items wheel menu

• should be present--so as to assist in "authentic" configurations; could serve to simulate actually taking a magazine out to check remaining bullets (*an additional and separate item wheel function, that takes a moment longer to access -- simulating the time it may take to accomplish task in real life)

- A.I. mid-range accuracy better with machine guns than with rifles

- A.I. snipers, despite accuracy, cannot one-shot players into K.O. (or death)

•incongruous; A.I. snipers should be able to one-shot kill players on harder difficulty settings, AND with bullet cam (*optional)

- little / inconsistent environment interaction

• cannot open / close [any] doors / windows; cannot climb to / over logical places / obstacles; cannot move objects to create defilade / better vantage; obtrusive, immersion-breaking invisible walls; some areas are un-walled death drops, while others have invisible 'guard rails'...

- limited character actions

•no manual jumping; no sliding into cover; no rolling; no manual melee / bayonet stab etc.

- last four enemies revealed / "X-rayed" through environment (Survival mode)

- enemy target objectives intermittently revealed / "X-rayed" through environment (Campaign)

• should be a toggle-able option, if present at all

- some ammo / loot auto accrues, while body searching still required

•any automatic pick-ups should only occur while char. is crouched / prone; anything but weapons should not be automatically collected


Posted 4 years ago

+ nice size and scope of maps

•the bigger, the better when it comes to sniping games

+ graphics

• nice map visuals and ambience

+ good audio suite

•weapon / ambient sounds 

+ native languages for NPC's

+ improved environmental interaction

• can climb to many areas

± weapons suite

•enough, but lacking

± mission structure

• mostly of the 'go here and kill / blown up' variety

± robust, yet somewhat ineffectual A.I.

• parameter tweaking not pronounced enough in effect

± improved skill tree, but quiet shallow

• negligible tangible effects; limited branching paths / combinations (more options and obvious effects, would have been preferred -- even if at the cost of some balancing  de-buff)

± A.I. ebbs and flows from dumb to super sentient

•bat sonar ability to find players, only to then suicide rush in and kneel in the open, within execution range; cannot defuse any traps; armour does not charge the player, as its intended for, and acts more like target practise

± bullet cam in multiplayer

•better and more consistent that in the past, albeit with a haphazard "fast cam" function, that seems to work only randomly (*full slow motion cams still activate in MP with said parameter set to "Yes")


Posted 6 years ago

4. map knowledge is one of the keys to survival...suggest starting horde alone and run the board early.
Exactly. Horde maps are FAR too confined as it is and to make the even dumbed downER would ruin what's there. In fact, more and BIGGER (more open) maps are required in Horde to give the game mode some longevity... especially in light of the silly scoring system.
I'd actually like to see a system implemented where any area (between safe houses) in the main game can be used for Horde play. Even it this could only work (without extensive development) using generic enemy waves copy-pasted to the designated area, it would still feel far more diverse than the current set-up and it would also effectively give unlimited longevity through experimentation. Of course, scoring could be dumped for such a mode... or not; whatever's easier.

Posted 6 years ago

It wasn't me. It was this guy:
...and his score is nothing compared to what some are getting.
tl;dr -- scores are 'pointless' in this game because the system is broken / rewards only scrubby SG play.