Kill zombies, rebuild civilisation: They Are Billions on console


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  • Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

After a successful PC release, this aerial-view strategy title from Numantian Games is now coming to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, where it joins countless other zombie games. — Numantian Games/dpa

If the thought of protecting yourself from hordes of zombies gives you the chills, then this is the wrong game for you.

The setting of They Are Billions is even worse than dystopian: A mysterious virus has triggered a zombie apocalypse in the 22nd century and thrown mankind back to the technological level of the 19th century.

After a successful PC release, this aerial-view strategy title from Numantian Games is now coming to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, where it joins countless other zombie games.

But unlike all those ego shooters that focus on killing zombies, players here must strategise to help rebuild human civilisation. To do this they need to set up colonies and fortify them against attacks by hordes of zombies.

The zombies in They Are Billions are truly relentless, with thousands (up to 20,000 units shown in real time) mounting attacks on your bases – hence the name of the game.

In the main mode there are 48 missions as well as survival maps. Even if real-time strategy games are not exactly ideal for consoles, the developers have managed to achieve a good control system.

Anyone dissatisfied with the controller inputs can always resort to keyboard and mouse – the console version of the game also supports these input devices.

Pauses are a useful part of the game: they can be used to make strategic plans, to build buildings and to distribute orders to the units. Also, they help you to take a breather from the difficulty of the game.

They Are Billions is suitable for players aged 18 and older and costs around US$28 (RM115). – dpa
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