KILLING FLOOR 2
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 28, 2016
Last week, a very important package arrived at our DumeeGamer HQ. You see, Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams wanted to try Tripwire Interactive's gore-filled shooter, Killing Floor 2. Not only for review purposes but also, of course, to have a really good time while shooting everything that moves until it stops doing so. But, unfortunately for him, I was the first to open the mailbox. I saw all kinds of zombies and weapons on the cover and got really excited. So I hatched an evil plan and sent a slightly bewildered Ferry to a local pub for a few pints. With him out of the way, I started playing Killing Floor 2 myself! Mwoohahahaaaa!
Killing Floor 2 is the sequel to the 2009 first person shooter game: Killing Floor. It kind of picks up where Killing Floor left off; a devastating outbreak created zombie-like creatures, known as 'Zeds', that managed to decimate most of Europe in no time flat. In Killing Floor 2, a couple of months have passed since the outbreak and the spread of Zeds has become a global problem. Time for you to get back in the action and fight back! Like its predecessor, Killing Floor 2 places you in a series of arena-like environments, where waves of Zeds will attack you and try to have a bite. Your task is simple: don't become a zombie snack! But, this is easier said than done; while the waves of Zeds are quite do-able, every match will be concluded by an epic boss battle. And these bastards are a really tough nut to crack.
The game features two basic game modes; you can either choose to play solo or online. The first two rounds I played solo but, as I've said earlier, the bosses are really hard to defeat. I ran out of health packs before I knew it! After that, I joined online matches and that was so much more fun! Together with five other players, you will enter the zombie apocalypse and that adds quite a couple advantages to the game. You can give each other ammo and, if you have a medic on year team, heal each other. Plus, you will actually have the time to reload your weapon without being overrun by a herd of zombies. So, in short: the single player mode is fun but really tough, while the multiplayer mode makes things quite a bit easier, but is truly awesome and works extremely well!
At the start of the game you choose a perk, which is basically a class, like: a Gunslinger, a Medic, a Beserker and many more. I was a little surprised that I couldn't customize my character or appearance, but I soon discovered that wasn't actually the case! By playing and progressing through the game, you unlock a lot of cool stuff. And, it's not like you don't have choices to make at all to begin with: there are a lot of options already available. You can choose from ten different classes, twelve maps and how many waves you want to fight your way through. If you enter the multiplayer mode, you can also choose the region where your teammates will be selected from. Or choose the "invite only"-option and meet up with your friends online.
In between waves, there's always a moment to catch a breath. After clearing a wave of zombies, the game will you show you the way to something called a Pod, which is basically a store where you can restore your armor, refill your ammo and buy additional weapons. You are actually allowed to buy weapons from other perks, but if you catch yourself choosing weapons from other perks, you might want to consider switching to that perk altogether. Because every perk has its own set of skills and abilities, certain weapons will be stronger when they are used by a character of a specific perk. Plus, you get bonus credits for performing actions that are directly related to that perk. Gather enough experience points and you will eventually level up, increasing the base stats of your character even more!
Are you a little bit overwhelmed by all of this? Don't worry, you may choose to start the game with a tutorial if you want to. Here, you can learn all there is to learn about the game basics in your own pace and without zombies running at you from every direction. But you can also jump right into the fray and learn the basics of the game as you play it. Everything about Killing Floor 2 is pretty much self-explanatory, I must say, so it's easy to master the controls in a fairly short time. I chose to throw myself into the action, without knowing what to do, but I got the hang of it within a couple of minutes!
Killing Floor 2 came as a big surprise to me. I never played the original game, so I really didn't know what to expect in terms of gameplay. But trust me when I tell you that playing Killing Floor 2 is really worth every second your time. The graphics are great and the characters and environments look very detailed, including all the gore! Especially the online game mode is awesome to play and up till now I only met great gamers online, who paid attention to the game, didn't drop out of the game halfway through and played cooperatively, just like a team should. So choose your perk, pick up your weapon and join us in Killing Floor 2... let's slay some Zeds!