Let's be honest here. It's essentially the same game as Sniper Elite V2, especially as far as mechanics go. The sniper rifles look and feel the same, the shoot them same, the still fill you with excitement as you hit a headshot from 900 yards. Nazi Zombie Army 2 is essentially a re-skin of V2. You'll find yourself in some of the very same maps and locations, recognizing much of the same scenery as you did the first time around. However, there's one important difference: Every single one of these maps has been decimated by war and they're filled with shambling zombies!
There's a couple of details about this game that makes me love it, just a hair more that V2. Almost all of that love steams from atmosphere. Nazi Zombie Army 2 is fantastic in that atmosphere department and I'm not even talking about the zombies. I'm a horror fan. A big horror fan at that. I co-host three fairly popular horror podcasts, so I'd like to consider myself well versed. (Check the links in my profile if you're a podcast fan!) The devs took a lot of time and research to make the horror tropes in NZA2's looks and sounds really pop to make this a really stellar horror experience. From the very start of the game, we're struck with an orange color pallet that screams Halloween. The music is an homage to bands like Goblin that have crafted many common themes in the genre to make the game even sound familiar if you're a fan of horror movies. It's just a really great package as far as horror nerdery goes!
Then, we get to the zombies. Even they’re creepy! They’re also a good homage to horror nerdery, pulling more from the Romero Zombie well vs. the Zak Snyder fast zombie well. The shamble, wobble and lurch, which makes getting those sweet sweet headshots all the harder. But those headshots will happen. You’ll get those amazing slow motion long distance shot ending in an x-ray that shows the bullet pass through the skeleton of your zombie of choice. This time around though, you can feel all giddy and excited without feeling bad for it. You’re shooting the undead, not other humans!
The only note to be wary of with Nazi Zombie Army 2 is that it is clearly designed towards a co-op experience. Most missions end in a “survive the waves” shoot-a-thon that while flying solo, can be a bit tiresome and difficult. You can play solo however! Just make sure you’re going to have to work for it a bit harder.