The War Z Screenshot & Game Comparison
When The War Z was announced earlier this year the internet exploded with speculation over what the next big MMO genre could contain. Players and fans listed off hundreds of features that would make a great post-apocalyptic MMO title, coupled with the amazing screenshots that were released and we had an awesome looking MMO. However, as is common in the MMO world, many have felt let down after actually playing The War Z. Many players have accused the developers of staging the screenshots, some even going as far to say they’re completely fake. We’ve compiled some of the pre-release screenshots below, alongside some screenshots from the actual game.
The first screenshot that comes to mind and it’s not even possible to take a proper comparison screenshot. Swimming is not yet featured in The War Z, for either players or zombies, so the idea of standing at the waters edge while you annihilate chasing zombies is just that, an idea.
One of the more iconic screenshots released depicts zombies devouring the corpses of killed military personnel. Although this screenshot looks great, in actual fact this is just a basic animation used by zombies on a regular basis. I’ve seen hundreds of deaths in The War Z, including my own, and I have yet to see this animation play out in the same way as shown in this screenshot. The video says it all. It’s an animation certain zombies use, regardless of their position or surroundings. You may need to watch the video in fullscreen HD settings to capture the full animation.
There are a number of highly popular images that feature the yet to be released driving system. Slated for release before the end of the year, cars seem to be working pretty well in the few screenshots where they’ve been featured. Again no comparison shot here as yet again they used a feature not even in the game yet.
This is one of the screenshots that makes me chuckle the most. When I first looked at this, before purchasing my alpha access, I assumed that flares attracted zombies. It’s never good to assume but of all the assumptions to make, I don’t think that was a bad one. However, zombies are not attracted to flares at all. In fact, this entire screenshot is filled with issues when compared to the real thing as you cannot even hold flares once they’re alight. Sadly I couldn’t find a flare but the above is exactly what happens when zombies chase you to a car. They stack up on top of each other.
This one is downright BS. There’s not much else you can say about it. Practically every The War Z player will recognize this frequently copied and pasted building, but have any of you ever seen the zombies do that? Well I know you haven’t because it’s not possible. Upon barricading an area the zombies just enter stupidity mode. 90% of the time either totally forgetting they were chasing players or just standing there growling. Either way, I cannot see how they got this screenshot using genuine in-game footage.
Obviously when you’re trying to get your game to appeal to a large audience, you may stretch the truth a little with the screenshots. However, we’re not overly sure that it’s fair to post pictures like this and then charge for access to an alpha. Players didn’t exactly have tons of “real” game footage available to them when the alpha was first released, leaving many to purchase the game based on the opinion they had after checking out the screenshots. There are more screenshots similar to those above, one featured on another popular MMO site depicts zombies attacking a bus with several zombies standing on top. All players of The War Z will be familiar with what happens to zombies when players stand on top of anything, they do nothing.
The really interesting thing here is that a lot of the actual official screenshots released by The War Z developers are shoddy. Tiny pictures featuring 1-2 players and zombies. The large-scale ones have been fobbed off as game art for the most part, which does not seem like a legitimate way of attracting players. So in conclusion, the official images above are more than likely art pieces rather than actual elements within the game. Probably slightly confusing to honest players searching for things like “War Z screenshots” in Google.
Is this yet another nail in the quickly sinking coffin of The War Z or do you expect the game to look and play as good as the screenshots make out after launch?