Back4Blood is a sequel, in the same zombie-filled world as Left4Deadseries introduced us to for the first time in 2008. Back4Blood based on the same principle; four survivors with different abilities must work together to survive the attack. At the beginning of the game you can choose between four different characters, but several are unlocked during the journey.
“Cooperation” and “survival” are the key words and when you play online you always work together in groups of four. A good feature is that if if there are not four to play with, your companions will instead be cured so that you can continue playing, even if there are no physical players to play with.
Since the game supports CrossPlay, you also do not have to wait for someone else from the same format as you play the game, for example Playstation 4, without that person being able to play Xbox or PC and you can meet anyway. What is a bit tricky, however, is if you – like me – have poor bandwidth, it can be some funny miss. It is extremely annoying to lose just because your server connection is not working.
The graphics are pretty detailed, but when you play The Last of Us, for example, it’s quite depressing that an eight-year-old game looks so much better than Back4Blood, which is brand new. The characters you meet are also very repetitive and generic. These are ordinary zombies, then the larger mutated versions and finally there are the mega-bosses. There is like no finesse, but it is just pepper as much as possible until everything that wants to kill you is killed and lies on the ground.
No matter how colorful and adrenaline-fueled it is, it will eventually be a bit monotonous. It’s the same approach every time. Sure it’s fun to collaborate, but the courses would really need a little more variety. After three or four courses in a row, there are no major surprises anymore.
The game mechanics are perfectly okay, but there is still something clumsy and a bit old-fashioned in the whole thing that rhymes badly with a modern, new game. In summary, that is Back4Blood really fun and challenging – in shorter doses and in the interaction with a bunch of friends – but the game had really benefited from varying enemies and missions a little more.