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Zombie Army Trilogy, developed by Rebellion, is an Updated Re Release consisting of the first two Nazi Zombie Army campaigns, along with a third, final campaign in the series. It was developed for the PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, while the first two Nazi Zombie Army games were originally released on the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.
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The original Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army was a standalone expansion based on Sniper Elite V2, released in late February 2013. Its features include a 1-4 player co-op campaign, incredibly dense clusters of lumbering enemies, new weapons (including shotguns), all weapons from the original game and its DLC, and the stealth elements of the main game largely removed due to the sheer number of enemies you're facing.

The sequel to Nazi Zombie Army, naturally called Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2, was released on October 31st 2013.

Zombie Army Trilogy itself was released on March 6, 2015, and concludes the series.


  • Axe-Crazy: Hitler quickly falls into this as his Villainous Breakdown progresses. After he Came Back Wrong and by the time of the trilogy's finale he's degenerated into an Omnicidal Maniac, wishing to open the Hellmouth and unleash Hell on Earth in the name of the Fatherland.
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  • Action Girl: Zombie Army Trilogy adds 4 female fighters to the player character roster (an American painter, a French resistance fighter, a Soviet soldier, and a German resistance fighter wearing a dead Nazi's uniform as a trophy). It helps that the player characters never speak, so their gender is completely interchangeable.
  • Action Survivor: In Zombie Army Trilogy, unlike the other characters, Beth Coleman (the female American PC), is just a painter with no combat experience. She grabbed a gun and started shooting when zombies started popping up everywhere, and turned out to be pretty good at it. Which does raise the question of what the heck she was doing on the Western Front to begin with.
  • All for Nothing: The entire first episode is spent escaping from Berlin. The second episode begins with the survivors being told they must go right back there to find the MacGuffin needed to save the day.
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  • All There in the Manual: In the first 2 games, the identities of the 4 playable characters are not given at any point, although the American and civilian are Karl Fairburne and Dr. Schwaiger from the main game. The names of the Russian soldier and German general (Boris Medvedev and Herman Wolff) are only given on the game's Steam trading cards. Zombie Army Trilogy has a character select screen which gives each character's name and some brief background information about them.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Audio logs found in the safe rooms detail the grim fate of various survivors caught in the zombie apocalypse.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Panzerfaust. It's the most powerful weapon in the game, perfectly capable to turn a bunch of zombies into a bunch of assorted flying zombie parts. However, it has a few significant drawbacks: you can only carry a max of 6 rockets, ammo for it is VERY scarce, and unlike Preacher shells, it cannot be scavenged from zombie corpses.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dr. Schwaiger was a pacifist who managed to avoid conscription in the German army by assisting the Nazis in occult research, and would "rather be in a library". He's inadvertently responsible for the whole mess and now trying to make amends. When it comes down to killing zombies, he's none the worse for it.
  • Bittersweet Ending: With the defeat of Hitler, no more zombies can be created, but there are still thousands of zombies, and much of Germany is now destroyed. Also the survivors have been traipsing around the irradiated ruins of Berlin for God knows how long. Radiation sickness can't be far off.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: For lack of a better trope, the character description says that Marie, the French resistance fighter, wishes to one day own a vineyard. Yeah, good luck with that.
  • Chainsaw Good: More like Chainsaw BAD. In Chapter 3, you'll come across Elite Zombies carrying huge chainsaws. You will learn to fear them.
  • Compilation Re Release/Updated Re Release: Zombie Army Trilogy bundles the first two games along with a 3rd, final campaign into a single package, with a number of minor graphical improvements and gameplay additions across all three campaigns. For console owners it also serves as a way to play the first two Nazi Zombie Army games on the Xbox One or Playstation 4.
  • Crapsack World: In case you thought war-torn 1945 Germany wasn't bad enough, there's also a Nazi Zombie Apocalypse to deal with.
  • Came Back Wrong: Hitler returns from his fatal mauling and his mental faculties are no worse for wear for it, besides being twice as Ax-Crazy as before, anyway. It also overlaps with Came Back Strong in that he manages to gain the ability to stop bullets at the very least.
  • Creepy Children Singing: In Nazi Zombie Army. Singing twisted nursery rhymes, of course. Also giggling and laughing.
    "...three, four, you opened the door..."
  • Dem Bones: Besides zombies, you'll also be fighting hordes of reanimated skeletons. They're Immune to Bullets, and can only be killed by shooting them in their floating, exposed heart.
  • Double Tap: While you don't always have to hit a headshot to kill a zombie, they're the best way to make sure they won't reanimate. If you down them with a body shot, it would be in your best interests to shoot them in the head or stomp them into the ground.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Hitler's final fate, although it's an unusual variant in that it isn't the demonic forces that drag him off, but the protagonist literally grabbing him and throwing him into the Hellmouth.
  • Dramatic Thunder: The entirety of Chapter 1 Episode 2 has periodic lightning and thunder strikes, which render the game black and white momentarily.
  • Elite Zombie: The "mini-boss" variety include the machinegun-wielding Elite (introduced in the first game), fast-zombie-creating Fire Demon (introduced in the second game), and chainsaw-wielding Chainsaw Elite (introduced in the third game). There are also flaming, fast-moving kamikaze zombies (created by the Fire Demon), and Heavily Armored Mook zombies wearing metal armor. Finally, there are zombie snipers that can super-jump from building to building, and zombie summoners that keep spawning in new zombies until you kill them.
  • Enemy Mine: Nazi Zombie Army sees Karl teaming up with two Germans and a Russian to fight the zombie horde. Zombie Army Trilogy adds another American, a French resistance fighter, another Soviet soldier, and a German resistance fighter to the mix. Notably, Captain Wolff is the only member of the team who's formally a member of the Axis forces... at this point in the war, the Soviets had switched over to the Allies, and the other two Germans on the roster are a defecting scientist and a resistance fighter.
  • Fragile Speedster: Ignited zombies sprint towards you whilst carrying a grenade which they hope to detonate in your face. Fortunately for you, they take only a single bullet to down, whether by rifle, submachine gun, or pistol.
  • From Bad to Worse: The general premise of Nazi Zombie Army. To summarize, not only do you find out that the army was unleashed without any 'safety' measures or apparent control systems but that the irreversible opening of a Hellmouth is inevitable at this point.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: A large number of zombies are seen sporting gas masks.
  • Giant Mook: A 7-foot tall S.S. super-zombie armed with an MG 42 machinegun, referred to in-game as an Elite, appears as one of the game's mini-boss enemies. They can cut you down in seconds and can withstand an incredible amount of damage, including several headshots from the highest-damage sniper rifle. Zombie Army Trilogy adds a version wielding a chainsaw instead of an MG42, along with a demon that hurls fireballs.
  • Ghostapo: Nazi Zombie Army has this by the (zombie-driven) truckload.
  • Gorn: This is the whole point of the x-ray kill cam showing the damage your bullet does when hitting a zombie. Seeing rotten bones shatter, decaying skulls exploding, emaciated organs bursting and zombified brains splattering everywhere is very satisfying.
  • Groin Attack: It's not easy to do, but a well aimed shot at a zombie's crotch can trigger the x-ray kill cam and show your high velocity projectile bursting said zombie's family jewels. Ouch.
  • Guest Fighter: A later update added the 8 player characters from Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 as playable characters in this game. This was relatively simple to do, as Zombie Army has no voice acting, so all they had to do was get the go-ahead for the license rights, then plug the character models into their engine.
  • Guide Dang It!: In the second game, Fire Demons can only be harmed when they're not on fire (generally, when they power down for several seconds after using their flame ability). At no point are you ever told this, and it's not entirely intuitive. Also, trying to get all collectibles without a guide is VERY difficult.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: Zombie Army Trilogy adds zombies wearing suits of metal armor plates that deflect bullets. They're considered "regular" zombies, so you'll face entire hordes of them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: With the Allies on his doorstep, Hitler orders the activation of "Project Z" rather than concede defeat. In the sequel, the Fuhrerbunker is overrun by zombies and Hitler gets mobbed by an undead horde. He later on uses the Hellmouth that he and his forces excavated to try and damn all of humanity, but after the heroes defeat him and reduce him to a normal, if unkillable zombie, they grab him and toss him into it, damning him instead to an eternity in Hell forever.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Occult Generals may look like decayed parodies of the SS, but their necromantic abilities, voices and intangible, ghostly nature show that whatever humanity they had is long gone. There’s also the Fire Demons, which are humanish, yet horrific, deformed creatures with jagged teeth and skeletal faces that possess an extreme affinity to fire
  • Hell on Earth: What Germany ultimately turns into after the Hellmouth opens. Hitler tries to unleash this upon the entire world.
  • Hellgate: Hitler's forces manage to excavate one in their dabbling of the occult, and by the finale, a now zombified and completely Ax-Crazy Hitler plans on using it on the entire planet. However, he gets desperate enough to try and use it to kill Fairbourne and the others before he can fully set his plan into action, and ultimately it's used to put him down for good.
  • I Call It "Vera": A sidequest, given by the Red Army survivor Hox, at the beginning of Chapter 3, is to find his dear Vera, which turns out to be his MP-44 Assault Rifle.
  • Idiot Ball: Karl and the other survivors apparently just left the Book of Souls after they found it couldn't work instead of taking it with them. This winds up greatly helping the returned Hitler, who uses the Book to increase his own power, very nearly resulting in the whole world getting swarmed into a zombie apocalypse.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The fourth level of Episode 3 takes place at a castle called "Folterschloss", which literally means "Torture Castle" in German.
  • It Can Think: The base zombies seem to be intelligent enough to use objects as weapons and to rudimentarily use a gun, others will try to blow you up with grenades and others can operate guns as well as a normal, if exceptionally strong soldier, although cover doesn't seem to be their strong suit though. Hitler seems to have retained most, if not all of his intelligence after coming back from being flash-mobbed by a pack of hungry corpses, despite now being even more insane than when he was alive.
  • Karmic Death: Hitler eventually dabbles in the occult to try and regain the advantage for the losing side of the war, gets killed by his own creation, and then literally thrown into the Hell Gate to burn for all eternity.
  • Large Ham: Hitler. Even more so when he becomes a zombie.
    "The Fatherland WILL NOT FALL!"
  • MacGuffin: Many missions involve finding one of these, usually some ancient relic or occult text in possession of the Nazis.
  • Made of Iron: Undead Machinegunners, known as Elites, in Nazi Zombie Army are also ridiculously durable. They can shrug off a direct hit from a Panzerfaust.
  • Mercy Kill: In the third level of Episode 3, Forest of Corpses, you come across some unfortunate sods chained to the treetops with meathooks or trapped inside huge wickermen waiting for their turn to be roasted alive. Putting them out of their misery not only won't result in a score penalty, but killing all of them will unlock an achievement called Merciful Death
  • Misplaced Accent: In the third episode, the player finally links up with some friendly, living humans in the form of Soviet soldiers holding out against the hordes, who speak with distinctly British accents.
  • Mission-Pack Sequel: The second game is essentially the exact same game as the first, with the exact same engine and combat system. Even the main menu screen is nearly identical, except the zombies are somewhat more decayed. The main changes are several new maps that form a new campaign, and the addition of a couple new enemies (the Fire Demon and Fire Zombies, and the Summoner).
  • Mook Maker: Summoner Zombies, which begin showing up in Chapter 2. Target them first, lest you're swarmed with more zombies than you can handle.
  • More Dakka: Undead Machinegunners (referred to as Elites) are Mighty Glaciers that carry an MG-42. No, you can't 'borrow' it. However, in some locations (usually in places where you're attacked by a huge horde of zombies) you can find stationary MG-42 turrets which you can use to mow down the shambling menace.
    • Your secondary weapons are generally "spray as many bullets into the enemy" submachine guns. The PPSh-41 takes the cake by having a magazine capacity of 71 rounds.
  • Mythology Gag: Beth Coleman in Zombie Army Trilogy is the same character model as Corporal Tequila from Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator (2010), only wearing a World War II uniform instead of a Colonial Marines one.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted in the ending of Zombie Army Trilogy; defeating Zombie Hitler and closing the Hellmouth might stop the zombies from being created, but it doesn't seem to do anything about the hordes of zombies still roaming the European countryside.
  • No-Sell: The survivors eventually find zombie Hitler while he's in the midst of delivering a speech to his hordes. Karl, doing what he does best, takes a shot at him, only for Hitler to stop the bullet in mid-air.
  • Nuke 'em: The Allies eventually decide to carpet bomb large swaths of Germany with a-bombs to stem the tide of zombies. It doesn't work.
  • No Body Left Behind: A truly dead zombie will disappear into embers.
  • Our Demons Are Different: They are functionally similar to normal zombies, but are engulfed in flames and turn into smoke to moment you kill them. Then, there are fire demons, which are more durable than regular zombies, throw fireballs, and explode on death.
  • Post-Final Boss: After you defeat his giant combat avatar, Zombie Hitler himself is just a regular zombie with no special abilities other than the fact he can't be killed normally. You just need to knock him down with a good kick, then toss him into the Hellmouth to finish him.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: The Webley revolver, which is a One-Hit Kill for normal zombies.
  • Rivers of Blood: As the apocalypse rages on, this trope happens.
  • Scenery Gorn: This trope twice-over: first, the environment is destroyed, end of WWII Germany, which would already qualify for Scenery Gorn. It's also been liberally soaked with buckets of blood, dismembered body parts, dismembered bodies, pentagrams in blood, plates full of organs, piles of organs, impaled corpses, and other gore effects. This is not a game for people who have any squeamishness about that sort of thing.
  • Schizophrenic Difficulty: The difficulty is generally fairly standard once you get the hang of how the combat works, but many of the mini-boss and boss encounters are downright insane, as you have to deal with extremely powerful boss enemies while also dealing with hordes of regular zombies at the same time.
  • Shout-Out: Most of the achievement names are quotes from zombie movies. For example "I kick arse for the Lord!", "They're coming to get you, Barbara!", "You want me to salute that pile of walking pus?"...
  • The Siege: There's at least one part a level where you're holed up inside a structure with a massive army of zombies on your doorstep.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Shotguns are featured in the Nazi Zombie Army games, providing players with superior close-quarters stopping power. The Preacher deserves special mention, as it does tons of damage and kills regular enemies in one shot.
  • The Smurfette Principle: If you play solo as a female character, she would replace one of the male members in the cut scenes.
  • Taking You with Me: Ignited Zombies will explode when they go near you.
  • Voice of the Legion: Once the first Occult General is beaten, another one will constantly gloat or taunt the players as they proceed through the first two parts of the game. In the third act, Hitler is the one who taunts you.
  • Silent Protagonist: None of the playable characters have any dialogue, in-game or in cutscenes. This adds to the game's sense of suffocating isolation, but does result in much less distinctive characters than in, say, Left 4 Dead, Nazi Zombies, or Dead Island.
  • Smug Snake: The Occult Generals really like smugly mouthing off at the protagonists even as the demonic forces they send to stop them are slaughtered, but their composure breaks down when they’re defeated and sent back to Hell, and on one memorable occasion where they try to kill you just after they acquire the book of souls and leave the library, they’re left in utter disbelief after you proceed to carve a bloody path through every horde they send after you.
  • The Legions of Hell: Occasionally you'll find demons mixed in with the zombies to say the least, and undead Hitler's plan involves opening a Hellmouth and invoking this to it's fullest extent.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Nazis have an artifact that can control the zombies, or at least protect whoever has it from the horde. However, the artifact was broken into 3 pieces and only works if all 3 are united. The Nazis had possession of all 3 pieces, but went ahead and activated the zombies without first putting the artifact together. Hitler is rightfully enraged at this, and clubs a general to death for his stupidity shortly before the two of them get eaten by zombies.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Hitler begins the game in the throes of a particularly severe one as he realises that the Allies are closing in. He’s noticeably twitching, barely restraining himself from deciding to end it all. When one of his Generals tries to break it through to Hitler that surrender is their only option left, he proceeds to kill him and order the other Generals to activate Plan Z. Later, as the risen dead beat hungrily on his door, we see that he’s shot another of his Generals and beats the other one to death with a piece of the Relic before the dead break in and kill him gruesomely. After he reanimates, we see that he’s gone completely insane and is trying to open the Hellmouth, by now willing to damn all of humanity in the name of the Reich, and during the final boss fight against his avatar, gone is the Leader of Nazi Germany and in his place a screaming psychopath rambling all of his lines, finally culminating in a scream of terror and agony when he’s defeated and thrown into the Hellmouth to burn in Hell forever.
  • Weird Historical War: This game can be summed as World War II meets Evil Dead, pretty much.
  • Your Head A-Splode: What happens to any zombie that gets shot in the head
  • Zombie Gait: Standard, run-of-the-mill zombies. Averted with all other types of zombies.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The trilogy focuses on the aftermath of a Nazi plot to reanimate the dead to fight for them, resulting in undead, demonic carnage unfolding throughout Germany. A by then undead Hitler tries to invoke this on the entire planet by the finale of the series.
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