It used to be that zombie was a very specific kind of sub-genre, lurking in the depths of the horror style and only to appear in a handful of films. As time has gone by however, and particularly in the past decade, the emergence of the "zombie movie" or "zombie" as an entire genre is somewhat undeniable. You've got movies like Shaun of the Dead, PC/Console games such as Left 4 Dead, and massively popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead. You can't browse for even a few gaming web pages these days without bumping into the flash-based zombie game genre either, and thanks in part SAS Zombie Assault 3, the genre is definitely flourishing with quality, style, and suspense. Though there are many successful Zombie games such as Road of the Dead and The Last Stand Series, Ninjakiwi's SAS Zombie Assault saga feels like it has done more for the genre than most. Delivering highly polished, atmospheric, and painfully suspenseful survival-based gameplay, SAS Zombie Assault 3 may very well be one of the greatest zombie survival games out there, and the reasons for this are numerous.
Firstly, as is always the case with any fantastic game, you've got some incredibly well-executed gameplay making the experience superior to almost any other game in the genre including The Last Stand and games such as Pillow City. You play as an SAS agent that must fight off waves of zombie attacks, starting off in a farmhouse and moving on to other locations which are increasingly difficult to defend. You face wave after wave of zombie attack, armed with just a glock at first and moving on to upgrade to better weapons from an arsenal which is the envy of most other shooting games out there. To add to the suspense, you're playing from a top-down perspective and must guide your character around your enclosure, fixing barriers with the F button along the way to ensure zombies don't simply walk in. As you make progress, the game becomes less about brute force and more about tactical maintenance and defense of the entry points, any of which could be broken down given enough time and a sufficient number of zombies.
After the gameplay, you've also got the upgrade system, or more specifically, the weapons upgrade system that makes things a LOT more interesting. After all, this is a shooting game through to the core, and a decent arsenal of guns is expected as a minimum; developers Ninjakiwi have gone far beyond the expected minimum, however. Though you start with a lowly glock as a weapon, you are able to collect upgrades both mid-level and between them, the latter of which being possible when you make more progress in the game. You'll encounter some wonderful and powerful SMGS such as the MP5, MP7, and something called "The Seizure"; assault rifles also about such as the AK47, REC-7, and the ARX160; shotguns, machineguns, and special weapons also make things significantly more interesting.
As if gratifying gameplay and a satisfying array of guns weren't enough, you've also got the extra touches which step up the whole game to a level above that of any other. Things like the multiplayer system, which lets you play co-op or in a private match, are a cherry on top of the cake at this point. Another aspect of the game that is notable is the atmosphere created by the design and the sound effects/music. Throughout you are subjected to a horror-like tone with occasional whispers and screams in the distance, and visuals are polished but distressed where it counts to give a sense of despair and anguish. There is no other game as atmospheric as this - at least not in the flash world anyway - and that creates such a tense atmosphere, approaching that of the terror felt when playing F.E.A.R
All of the above factors combine to make for a hugely intense, greatly challenging, and high-quality game from Ninjakiw. Its solid gameplay. arsenal of weapons, and terrifying atmosphere make it easily the best game of the series so far and one of the best zombie games on the internet. The only thing that may come close to the greatness of SAS Zombie Assault 3 is the 4th zombie assault game, which is the latest in the series.