World War Z game screenshot of the four characters assaulted by a wave of zombies

[Update #2]: World War Z is adding Horde Mode XL with an utterly absurd number of zombies to fight.

[Update]: World War Z is getting an expansion with new levels, characters, and even bigger zombie hordes.

Despite Left 4 Dead 2 managing to stay highly popular years and years after its original release date, there are very few games that have tried to replicate its style. With that in mind, you can imagine my surprise when I realized that World War Z, a rather late movie tie-in game, managed to not only recreate the Left 4 Dead formula, but do it quite competently as well!

Much like its inspiration, World War Z is a co-op shooter that will pit you and three other players against hordes and hordes of zombies as you attempt to escape whatever precarious situation you find yourself in. Some of the zombies are just ordinary fodder, mostly there to be mowed down in the hundreds, while others have special abilities that you will need to deal with as a team in order to avoid a brutal demise. A simple enough concept, but also one that has already been proven to work.

If you're wondering what all of this looks like in action, as well as what sort of weapons you'll get to wield, allow me to share with you one of the original World War Z trailers. Have a gander:

As for whether World War Z is any good or not, that will entirely depend on how much you enjoy shooting up zombies. While I can't speak about the end-game, from what I can tell so far World War Z doesn't exactly have a ton of depth to it, so it really is just one of those games you hop into every now and then to get some crazy co-op action going. Not really original by any stretch, but certainly fun with a couple of friends at your side.

On the other hand, if you're wondering if World War Z is better than Left 4 Dead 2, I would say the answer is a resounding no. While the gunplay in both games is satisfying, Left 4 Dead 2 has a gigantic advantage in the form of mod support, which means it will always have a lot more maps, weapons, and skins to mess around with. So if you do decide to go for World War Z, just keep in mind that it's going to be a bit of a limited experience compared to what Left 4 Dead 2 might offer.

Whatever your thoughts on the matter may be, you can learn a little bit more about World War Z by visiting either the official website or the Epic Games Store.