January 2nd, 2012 | By Former Staff
So, Nexon set out to conquer mobile devices now? Nexon is known for their popular F2P games such as Maple Story, Combat Arms, Vindictus, etc. They’ve already released several mobile games for Maple Story, and now they’re using the Unreal Engine (known for HD games like Infinity Blade and Desert Zombie: Last Stand). The question is: “Is this game actually worth buying?” The answer isn’t so clear.
Combat Arms: Zombies has to fight among other top mobile FPS games like: Modern Combat 3, N.O.V.A. 2, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies. The game itself is similar to CoD: Zombies, where you defend your position against incoming zombie hordes. The game is unique where there are danger zones (places where you can’t go or die), different weapons, but the overall feel of the game is too similar.
The graphics are debatable. The gun models are nice and sharp, however the environmental textures seemed too blurred and could use re-texturing. The infected (zombies) looked quite detailed to me. So whether or not the graphics can be called “HD” is questionable, but I’d say the game is playable.
The game was just boring in my opinion. The game play is slow in the first few rounds, where only one infected comes out until you kill it. In the later rounds, it was the same thing, two or more infected creatures come out and they don’t spawn more until they die. It’s hard to aim and there is no aim-assist, found in the Call Of Duty games. The default weapon, M16A3, is weak and inaccurate. They also provide very little ammo, so you have to rely on your M92FS (pistol) with unlimited ammo. The M92FS is extremely weak and with unlimited ammo, it makes the game boring.
While there is gun customization, like better pistons, triggers, shaft, and magazines, they don’t offer much. While it can increase damage or increase the rate of fire, it doesn’t really help the game. Looking at the prices for the new guns, they are down right expensive. I spent about an good half-hour playing the campaign and then there was a glitch where there weren’t any more zombies coming out. I had to resort to suicide, and I only got about 1000GP. Well, a gun costs about 5K-10K GP and I wasn’t about the play the game five more times for a gun.
If you live in NA, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico, you can redeem a code that gifts you package in Combat Arms (for PC). The offer ends January 31st, 2012. You can redeem the code you receive after beating a campaign in normal mode.
I’ve heard of reports of crashing (and experienced it too), but the game works fine on the later generation iOS devices. I’d say that all 3rd generation devices and below may not be able to play the game due to RAM issues, and will experience crashing before the game starts. In the description, Nexon claims that iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch users with iOS 5 will experience crashing. Because I do not have a device running iOS 4 or lower, I cannot attest their the claim.
Overall, I didn’t like the game, and the game was just as expensive as other FPS games like MC3. I can only recommend this game for those who are looking for the gift package you can get out of the game.