As with many zombie flicks, we’re unsure what’s happened to humanity in Kill Shot Virus, but whatever the issue is it’s spreading fast. That’s why you’re called upon – a macho soldier with a huge gun, wearing an army jacket with the American flag on the sleeve, of course – to defeat every zombie in sight and protect those around you. At first you’ll be up against just a small wave of undead, slowly dragging their legs behind them and taking just a few shots to kill. The deeper you get into zombie territory, however, you’ll begin finding different types of enemy, including giants with huge bombs in their stomachs, and rapid movers that take more bullets to kill than most – unless you get that perfect headshot. To tackle the increasing difficulty you’ll need to purchase new weapons and upgrade your existing ones, to improve their damage, accuracy, recoil and so on. To do this requires in-game currency, which you either earn by completing more missions and the different objectives within them, or by purchasing it with actual money.
There are 100 missions to complete in total, with only a small minority being in the main campaign. Dead Ops, Sniper, and Breach are all other game modes which you can play aside from the main story, and require you to use different weaponry and skills: assault rifles, snipers, and shotguns respectively. In them the goal is to protect your allies as they try and take down the waves of undead too. Similarly to the main campaign, completing the mission and its objectives will reward you with in-game currency and experience points, allowing you to improve your armoury and take on bigger and more powerful foes. If you’re playing connected to the internet, you also have the ability to join forces with other players, or Factions in the game, and tackle hordes of zombies together. It’s a great addition to a game which is otherwise a solo experience, making it more sociable and, if anything, realistic and intense.
There’s a lot to Kill Shot Virus aside from the main missions, and that’s its main strength. If you find a particular area is too difficult, or it requires upgrades which you can’t yet afford, there are several other game modes which you can play to boost your skill level, and which also allow you to play with different weapons and styles. As for the gameplay itself, it’s everything you’d expect a zombie first-person shooter to be: fast and intense, with gallons of blood and gore. The mechanics are responsive and easy to pick up, helped by the fact that you don’t need to move your character, only aim the gun and shoot. Often similar titles can feel clunky and difficult to manoeuvre around because they require you to do too much with just touch controls, but Kill Shot Virus simplifies this all for you. The sheer number of levels for you to complete, weapons to unlock, and upgrades to apply give the game depth, and ensure that you’ll have enough to complete without being required to use actual money to progress.
As enjoyable as it is, Kill Shot Virus is evidence that zombie games can’t do much else other than offer players the chance to make ex-human’s heads explode. But do they really need to do anything else? With the sub-genre still reigning supreme after all these years, it seems not.[appbox googleplay com.hotheadgames.google.free.zombie]