Help, I Can’t Stop Playing The Walking Zombie 2

The Walking Zombie 2

I’m under no illusion that The Walking Zombie 2 is a good game. But I’m having the best time playing it all the same.

Starting life as a mobile game, The Walking Zombie 2 has recently made its way to console. And being a fan of casual games – and games that let me blow zombies’ brains out – I happily jumped into the PS5 version. Yes, it’s loaded with microtransactions. Yes, it’s simple to a fault and highly repetitive. But I’ll be damned if it hasn’t captured my attention for hours at a time.

Why? Perhaps it’s the simplicity. There’s something relaxing and enjoyable about picking up a simple mission, doing it, and coming back to get a reward. That’s basically the eternal loop of The Walking Zombie 2, and missions are never really anything more than ‘head to location X and retrieve item Y’. Head out, kill some zombies, find a location on your map, and head back. It’s hardly rocket science.

But with each completed quest, you’ll gain XP, which means you’ll quickly level up. Each time you level up, you’ll gain new perks and skills, making you slightly stronger to the perils that await you outside in the world.

The Walking Zombie 2

I say perils; nothing is particularly truly perilous in The Walking Zombie 2. It doesn’t carry the level of threat and terror that, say, something like Dying Light 2 does. But it’s not supposed to. This is very much casual, arcade gaming – and for what it’s trying to do, it’s pretty good at it.

Its visuals are simple, but there’s a charm to the blocky, 3D aesthetic. That’s perhaps part of its charm. This isn’t trying to be anything that it’s not. It’s My First Zombie Apocalypse Game, and it’s all the better for it.

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The Walking Zombie 2

However: those microtransactions can’t be ignored. Head into the menu and you’ll be constantly prompted to spend money. Buy better items. Buy a car. Get better clothes. You can even spend money to unlock new upgrades and perks. But don’t do it. They’re easily skipped over, and the natural progression given to you in the game means you never need to spend a penny. Apart from the cheap entry price of the game, of course. This was a free-to-play game on mobile, but on console you’re going to be spending roughly £4.99 to play. That really is all you need to spend, and it’s worth the entry price in my opinion.

Sometimes, all you want is something simple and easy-going; that you can switch your brain off and enjoy. The Walking Zombie 2 is that. Brains are well and truly off the menu here. Well, apart from the blocky zombies trying to eat yours.