ZombiU - Nintendo Wii U
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
Why isn’t ZombiU one of America’s iconic games? America loves Zombies. America loves video games. America loves stuff about London. Is America mad at Nintendo? We shell out $60 for a buggy and unfinished product in Titan Fall. Meanwhile, ZombiU is a bargain basement game on Amazon for $10.

I have been a massive fan of survival horror games since the 1990's. Out of the hundred or so horror themed games that I have played, ZombiU ranks in my top 5 favorite monster games. This game is cool because of the combat, graphics, and environments. You will not get a deep story that you'll find in the original Silent Hill trilogy. However, you do get an extremely fun game that is impossible to put down.

This is the most underrated game of the 8th generation. Do your self a favor and order this wonderful game. -RA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
I'm sure other reviewers have gone deep into why this game is worth your time, so I'll try to steer clear of the more technical mechanics of the gameplay. I'll just chime in that this game is not a run-and-gun experience like many modern horror games. Players must tread carefully if they want to really understand what ZombiU is about. For example, it's best to lure zombies out one-by-one, since too many will certainly overcome the player (and result in a frustrating experience). Most importantly, one bite and it's over for you. With that in mind, you have to truly act like a survivor to make any progress in the game. Keep your ears alert and eyes on the tracking radar, which is displayed on the Wii U tablet. Aesthetically, the game definitely gives me a 28 Days Later-vibe with its post-rock soundtrack and dimly lit areas. In fact, zombies are very sensitive to your flashlight so be careful with that as well. I do wonder if we'll look back on ZombiU as a game that we took for granted. It has the trappings of a game that is initially difficult to appreciate but full of substance and enjoyment for those who persevere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
ZombiU is definitely not for everyone. While I wasn't sure what to expect upon loading the disc (short of the ever-so-necessary patch), I am pleasantly surprised with the fun to be had while playing. There are a ton of full reviews on this game, so I'm going to stick on the type of game and the worth of the $60 pricetag.

Single-Player Experience:
You play the role of a survivor, with a name, and an inferred backstory. The original survivor makes his way to a panic-room and is greeted by the "Prepper". Who simply gives you objectives in a loosely generated story that is told as each... single.. survivor... is inevitably killed.

Which is important to note. You will die and there will be plenty of eerie, scary, and cheap moments that can get you killed. My first deaths were due to simply not understanding what was being asked while a hoard of Zombies wanted my face in their mouth. This may frustrate some, but it's all part of the game. When you die, the last survivor is now a zombie for you to kill (it only saves the LAST survivor, so if you die getting to your survivor the old one is now gone) and subsequently loot to get your stuff back. Have friends in the Nintendo Network? Great! Their survivor zombies end up in your game for you to pillage as well. Once connected, you'll also notice leaderboards, challenges, and messages from other survivors painted on the walls trying to be helpful or harmful to your judgement skills.

What else is important to note, is this is NOT Call of Duty: Zombie Mode. This is a slower paced survival horror. Don't expect to run and gun. Each bullet, item, and healing kit are all important to your survival. That means you'll use the cricket bat a lot, killing zombies one by one and trying not to let them grab you. You have a health-bar, but Zombies can grab you and kill you in one hit, if you don't push them away in time or hurt them. Pretty much making the health-bar useless, until you take small amount of damage from hurting yourself or getting smacked around.

The story is relatively short, but the scares, panic, and feeling of uneasiness add tremendous value in a game that otherwise would be considered sparse. Saving requires you to get back to your bed in the safehouse, making short game times almost impossible without rushing to your death. Make sure you have plenty of time to play before hopping into ZombiU.

Multiplayer Experience:
I love playing this with my girlfriend. She hates FPS games, but certainly loves being the Zombie King as she sends hoards of zombies using the WiiU game-pad to thwart my attempts at capturing points. This experience is perfect for those that want to experience an FPS in a whole new way. I can see sequels of this game really expanding on this experience.

While it is short and the modes leave you wanting, they're perfect for an hour or less gaming sessions with a buddy or significant other.

Overall:
The game is best when connected to the Nintendo Network. The survivor zombies that show up and the random messages warning you of what is next make the ZombiU world come alive. The game is all about surviving and there is plenty of challenge to do so. The gameplay and style can leave you wanting as repetition sets in early. I often found myself wanting a break after each challenge and wasn't compelled to play for long times. I don't believe it is worth the full $60 pricetag as there are other Zombie survival options for other consoles. If the WiiU is your only avenue, then it is definitely worth picking up at full price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
This game is the only game i own for my wii-u and one of the main reasons i bought it really. I love survival horror and have beat most resident evil and silent hill games, etc... I read bad reviews but after watching some game play i decided i would try it anyway. I love this game. Sure its not like the others in a few aspects, but it really feels so much more realistic to me. I actually like bashing the zombies heads in and rarely use the gun. You do start with new random people every time you die and at certain points it can be tough, but when you start back over you dont have to re kill the last zombies, but you can kill your previous character and loot the body. The little details in this game are what really make it fun for me, and i cant wait to beat it and see what happens. Also it does actually have a loose story line that i expect to unfold but who knows im only about half way thru. I might update this if my feelings change but so far i highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
This game is TERRIFYING. Make no mistake. This is not Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead, or even RE 5 or 6. Zombi U is not about mowing down hundreds of zombies. Zombi U is about survival, and it's horrifying. You can tell the roots of the game from its controls, with such features as a 180 quick-turn button (a hallmark of the Resident Evil series), and spraypaint on walls (a feature popularized by the Souls games). This is a game where every hallway and every zombie encounter is hand crafted, ala Dark Souls. It's never cheap, always frightening, and very rewarding.

If you liked the early Resident Evil games or the Souls games (Demons and Dark), you'll find a lot to love about Zombi U. Any survival horror fan should try it.

POSTPLAY: So I've finished the game, 100%. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything I said previously still applies. It's a tense, challenging survival horror game with some unique gameplay ideas. My only complaints are that it's on the short side, with about 15 hours of content. There are a couple of other minor issues. I would've liked to have seen more areas, larger areas as well, with more zombie types and more melee options. I'd give the game a 4.5, but Amazon won't let me do that! Here's hoping for ZombiU 2!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I absolutely love Zombi U. The fighting does seem a little bit clunky, but if you think about it, to swing hard enough to smash through a skull, you aren't going to be hacking and slashing, but doing well timed and aimed hits swinging as hard as you can. If you miss pushing a Zombie over, they can swarm you and eat your face off, making you a new character because your old one is now looking for some flesh to feed on. Some people don't like how when you die, your new character still has the same objectives. I don't see why. If the older character did the past things that needed to be done, how in the world would you have to redo them? The voice guiding you could really just let you know what they did and where you are going and why, and adding in a cut scene with that would get tedious... just because you are going to die.

I love this game and think it's great. I never go with game critics, they just help push through games with massive advertising budgets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
I'll keep it simple. If you love zombies in the style of "28 Days Later", you'll love this game. That's the type of zombies you're up against... some even spit blood on you, just like in the movie. I was skeptical of purchasing this game because of certain mediocre and/or bad reviews (on game sites as well), but after playing this for a while now (I enjoy taking my time when playing... not about speed), I'm convinced the dislikers or haters either didn't play the whole game (even half of it for that matter), or they're not into zombie horror. This is the most realistic zombie survival game...

...so I love it :3
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
This is the best Zombie game I have played, hands down. Nothing else delivers a relistic survival zombie situation like this game. Nothing even comes close.

If you really want a challenge, and you want a true zombie experience, go for survival mode. You get one life, no continues -- just like reality. If that sounds like too much for you, there is also the regular game mode where, each time your character is killed, you start as a new survivor and must go kill your old zombified character and retrieve all the goods you were carrying with you.

Such an awesome game. This is a must have for horror fans, zombie fans, and survival horror game fans. Everyone should try it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
ZombiU reviews have been all over the map. Some people love it, some people hate it, and some just don't care.
As you may have imagined, I fall into the first category. Why is it so great? Well, it's a truly tense survival horror experience.
How often can you say that these days? The game uses the Wii U Gamepad to actually increase the level of unease as you're exploring the zombie infested London of this game. When opening your inventory you're forced to look away from the TV screen, and manage it via the gamepad. The game does not pause while you do this, which can potentially leave you open to attack from the hungry undead.

When you die in ZombiU, you either completely die (as in if you blow yourself up, fall too far, or meet some other end).. or you are turned by a zombie. Your control is shifted then to another survivor in the city with only your basic pistol and cricket bat to aid you. At his point you need to find and kill your now zombified self to get your loot back. Should you die before that happens, and it's gone for good. This leads me to another great aspect of ZombiU, which is how scarce the resources are. How am I supposed to feel nervous about zombies when other games arm me to the teeth? In ZombiU, you cherish every healing item, and every bullet you come across.

New areas open up semi-Metroid style as you complete story missions, and explore the city. ZombiU is a very difficult game, so backtracking is inevitable. Luckily there are fast travel points that are hidden in each area, which helps cut down on having to go through hell and back just to attempt a section for a second (or third) time.

What didn't I care for? Well, it feels a bit linear as far as the story missions are concerned. You can backtrack for ammo and resources, which is often a good idea.. but overall there is a very straight path through the game. Also, as many have already stated.. the melee combat feels a touch stiff. After a few zombie encounters, however, you should be swinging your cricket bat like a pro. There are a couple minor physics anomalies, but they didn't really hinder my enjoyment.

To summarize, this is a great launch game and a really fun survival horror game in a time where those are few and far between. It's unique, well made, and I can't recommend it enough.

QX&/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
"ZombiU" effectively captures exactly what survival horror fans crave: tension and scares. It's first-person, there are guns, but it's not a "shooter." Ammo and inventory space is limited. You start with a melee weapon and a pistol, with more weapons and upgrades collected along the way. The GamePad is used for sorting items and navigation, and also for scanning the environment similar to "Metroid Prime." What makes "ZombiU" special is the intense pacing and atmosphere it creates. Like the "Souls" games, patience is a virtue. Death looms around every corner. Zombies may be of the walking sort, but once they start at you, be ready. Slowly creeping your way through the dark halls, or tunnels, or streets with a flashlight that's slowly depleting in power and only three bullets left creates a sense of dread not found in other games. "ZombiU" does not feel like a launch game but a game made by people passionate about creating a great horror title. The environments are dark and oppressive, the zombie encounters intense, and the GamePad use inventive. It's also genuinely scary. Here's to hoping for more Wii U titles of this quality, and for a "ZombiU 2."

--- 5 STARS ---
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