The Wii-U was released yesterday, and I like may others was super excited to finally get the new Nintendo console. Some were drawn to it by the fact that it was the first ever HD console and others were drawn to it’s use of the Wii-U gamepad. I myself was just excited for a new console and wait to see what Nintendo was going to do with it. While I will admit I was disappointed with the continued lack of a DVD player, I was more than happy with the price and launch/launch window titles. Specifically I was intrigued with ZombiU the Ubisoft headed zombie survival game. I personally have had my fill of the tired zombie craze, but am always interested in seeing what people will try next. So I pre-ordered ZombiU and it was the first game I played; the game in itself is like a cross between Day Z, Resident Evil 4, and Dark/Demon Souls… Yes Dark Souls probably one of the best next gen games, but we’ll get into that later. I personally enjoyed the game a lot, sure I died in the first 40 minutes, but the game is designed around difficulty and you are expected to die (just like Dark Souls). When your character dies he becomes a zombie, and you become a new survivor being told what to do by a man in an undisclosed location with motives unknown to you, but you have to listen because your life is in his hands. This man continues the very popular use of voice over guides like that of gLados in the portal series or Atlas in Bioshock. The guide in ZombiU is much more like that of Atlas, which is very welcomed because in my opinion Atlas was one of the best parts of Bioshock. Having a guide who know more than you and has a “plan for you” is one of the scariest parts in any survival horror game. So this guide keeps sending more and more characters to do different tasks and every time you die you are expected to kill your previous self, who is now a zombie, and reclaim the loot you picked up as that character.
The game is first person and has a huge emphasis on the wii-U gamepads screen, and maybe too much sometimes… hacking, picking locks, looting, controlling machine guns and more, all from your handy gamepad. It is done with finesse with some very well designed menus that work in real time. Your main weapon in the game is a cricket bat, you are in London after all, and this weapon is where the critics destroyed this game. IGN and Gamespot specifically are who I will be focusing on. They both complained about the lack of ability in your survivor and how long it takes to kill the zombies with the bat. First of all when was the last time ANY of these reviewers killed a man? Not saying I have, but from what I hear it takes awhile to bash a skull in, also they complained about the inconsistency in how many swings it takes to kill the zombies, well yeah DUH, its not like every single swing is the exact same, it’s realistic and herein lies the big issue with people’s expectation of this game. Everyone is so used to playing zombie games like Dead Island, Dead Rising, and Left 4 Dead, where Zombies are weak and you are an almighty god with the power and ammunition to destroy the entire Zombie population alone. Not that these games are bad, they are great, but they aren’t survival or horror based, they aren’t scary they are just fun and silly and more arcade style than anything. The only possible game this can be compared to is Day Z, but to be honest, the only reason Day Z is so loved is because it is hilarious especially when playing with others. I personally think Day Z is overrated and the main reason for it’s popularity is the online features. Not to say Day Z is a bad game, but it controls horribly and looks pretty bad.
I am not trying to say ZombiU is the end all be all best Zombie game of all time, but it does a lot right, and for it to get scores like 4.5 (gamespot) and 6.3 (IGN) is ridiculous. These types of reviews not only hurt game sales but they hurt the future, why try to make something new when game reviewers shit all over it? When reviews like this take precedent over true individual opinions progression stops…
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