October 15, 2021

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Back 4 Blood is the best feeling FPS on console I’ve played in ages

I don’t pretend to be great at shooters, but I do enjoy them for the most part. I was a huge fan of Left 4 Dead, the four-player co-op, zombie shooter, so Turtle Rock and Warner Bros’ spiritual successor, the four-player co-op, zombie shooting Back 4 Blood, had me very interested. I didn’t play the beta, so went into the final game not really knowing what I was in for.

And what I was in for, it turns out, is an FPS that controls superbly on console. I’m playing on Xbox Series X, with a standard Xbox Series controller, and I’m taking down the zombies (the game calls them Ridden, before someone jumps in to correct me) faster than Scrooge took down his Christmas decorations.

It all comes down to how the guns feel when using the console controller. With auto-aim on and aim-down-sight snap to target on, the whole thing just clicks. And while those assists are on (by default), it doesn’t feel too strong. The feeling is almost like being at one with the guns, rather than having a heavy hand wrestle the controls from you. It’s how it should be.

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