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Killing Floor 2 (Xbox)

Developed by Tripwire Interactive, Killing Floor 2 is available now on Xbox for £29.99. It is a first person zombie shooter where you can also be the zombie!

Every year I find myself buying Call of Duty just for the zombies' mode and then never really play it because it's not quite what I had in mind... Killing Floor 2 is EXACTLY what I have been longing for, and more! 

First things first, the menus are clear, simple and fast to navigate through the tabs using the bumpers. I highly recommend playing through the Basic Training as it will really help- it is essentially the tutorial. 

You can customise so much of the game that you want to find or setup for others to join from the length (Short, Medium or Long) to the difficulty (Normal, Hard, Suicide or Hell on Earth) and then you have the option of 16 fantastic maps to choose from each with their own collectibles! You can also just pick "any" if you're just looking to get into a game with others as quickly as possible. 

There are 3 game modes: 
  • Survival (PvE) where you join up with 5 other people to fight against the AI controlled Zeds!
  • Weekly which currently is the Bobble Zed but will change weekly (clue's in the name) and does have a recommended perk level.
  • Vs Survival (PvP) where you join up with 5 other people to fight against the Zeds which are controlled by a mix of 6 other players and AI!
There are 14 characters available for you to play as, each with a little bio about them, and there are 10 different perks available to choose from which are essentially different classes, they each have their own grenade types, weapons and skill lines. Skills become unlocked at levels 5; 10; 15; 20 and 25 and you can really tell the difference once you have some unlocked! You have a choice of 2 skills at each of those levels one seemingly more team focused, other being more beneficial to just yourself. 
There are micro transactions but thankfully these are purely cosmetic! If you don't want to spend extra money then no matter, you can pick up items as well as craft skins and cosmetics as you go through the game; it will just take a little longer!
I have been really impressed with the matchmaking in Killing Floor 2 for the survival mode (PvE), Vs survival (PvP) does seem to take a little longer but I have always able to find a game to join and if it isn't already filled by me joining then I've not had to wait too long before more people join. Admittedly it does get harder to matchmake the later it gets (to be expected, really) but then you can always change your region!

Gameplay in survival mode is wonderfully smooth with no lag or noticeable framerate drops. In Vs survival, I did experience some stuttering but to be honest there were 12 players and one of them had a ping of nearly 400 which I'm sure wouldn't have helped!

Essentially the object of the game is to defeat a certain amount of waves of Zeds depending on the length of the game that you have chosen. There are many different types of Zeds in Killing Floor 2 and they all have different abilities and attacks; they also look incredible if not pretty scary!
You earn XP and money for killing the Zeds which you can spend at the trader's pod at the end of each wave, here you can purchase armour, ammo as well as better weapons (provided you have the funds!) or if you're feeling generous and already have what you want, you can simply throw your money towards another player for them to spend!
Once all of the waves have been completed you must defeat the boss! Unfortunately, there are only two bosses so I really hope they bring out more!

I do have one grumble, reloading in Killing Floor 2 is incredibly frustrating, sometimes my gun will reload automatically, sometimes it will just freeze until I reload it myself which then seems to take an absolute age and ends up with me stuck in a corner being eaten alive! 

A feature I really love about Killing Floor 2 is how you can slow down time with special kills, think headshot, mass grenade kill, etc. and it really gives you a moment to take a breath, check your surroundings and possibly get a few more kills. It really enhances any flying organs and body parts around you as well, pretty gruesome so maybe don't play it with kids around! 

I really wish that there could be something implemented to force people to work together as more of a team. A lot of the time I find that there are people who tend to run off and leave everyone, which usually ends up in them getting killed! 
It would also be nice if you could only have one perk type per squad, perhaps this would actually encourage people to play their roles more? It may be more of an idea to find people to play with rather than just finding random players if you're hoping for really good teamwork.

I did enjoy Vs survival mode but I found that neither team I've played on/with so far have been able to get past wave 3 as the mercenaries side. I'm not sure if it's just a little too hard to defeat the zombies, they just seem a bit too overpowered... So far, people have been leaving when they are getting killed and my guess is that they are returning to the PvE mode to level up more. 
This won't be a problem as the game gets older and more people reach higher levels but early on it's a bit of a shame as I think that PvP should be something that is more skill based rather than dependant on perk level which essentially is locking out the newer players from being able to enjoy the mode

Killing Floor 2 has 37 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. The achievement art had so much potential to be better than it is (currently they all have the same image). For the most part, the achievements are a mixture of collectible and progressive so you will likely get the majority of the achievements just through natural gameplay. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information!

Overall, I've fallen in love with Killing Floor 2, there I've said it. If I had to give it a score then it would have to be 8/10. Yes, there are a few little niggles I have but I really can't recommend this game enough.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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