My teammates and I have made it to the first safe room in Back 4 Blood – just about. While we pant and wheeze, the last member through the door is still taking pop shots at the final few zombies in the level.
It could be for the thrill – the satisfying smush of 5.56 rounds pummeling into zombie brains – or more likely, they’re hanging back to add to their kill tally. We drag them in and shut the door, ostensibly to guarantee our safety, but deep down we’re waiting for the end-of-mission scoreboard, which promises to answer the squad’s burning question: who won?
Our characters stand across the screen and we wait for the reams of stats and accolades with bated breath. Who will be crowned victorious? If not for killing the most infected, then for something – any kind of zombie-slaying feat. Who did the most damage to bruisers? Who got the most melee kills? Which clumsy oaf inflicted the most damage on their teammates or kept triggering hordes?