Professional noob Sergey Titov managed to upload some footage of his playtime with The War Z. The video does nothing to help promote the game in a positive light. However, you at least get to see how the third-person mechanics work as well as what the environments look like when you aren't in first-person.
The video comes from Vimeo, courtesy of Only SP. Boy oh boy is the video bad. It's not bad because the game is bad and it's not bad because the quality is bad, it's bad because the player is bad.
Just so you don't feel like you've wasted your time, I'll say that there is at least one zombie encounter in the video, so that should at least keep you somewhat positive watching the video below.
Epic. Freaking. Fail.
I'm not sure if Titov was missing eight fingers and only playing with his thumbs or if one of his eyes were eaten out by ravenous crows and his other eye was infected with pink eye, but the whole running around looking at the ground made no sense to me. I know he wanted to look at ground textures and whatever, but that's what screenshots and concept art is for...we watch videos to get a sense of the actual game in motion...the action, the intensity, the drama.
Wasting time showcasing non-essential, non-intense, non-cool aspects of the game felt like a wasted opportunity.
On the up-and-up, it's at least cool that the game seems to have a grounded gameplay foundation. It looks good. The animations are all right. The shooting is clean. The third person looked rather fluent and intuitive as opposed to being intrusive or misaligned. The environments are distinctive and I have nothing to say about the zombies so far. It's just hard to tell how well they'll behave based on the little footage we've seen so far.
The War Z is scheduled to release for PC. It's an MMO of sorts and is aimed at capturing a slightly more arcade-feel of DayZ. If the game has piqued your interest, feel free to pay a visit to the Official Website.