Leading up to the New York Comic Con, one of the games I was looking forward to the most was ZombiU. ZombiU is a first person shooter for the Wii U, where a zombie outbreak starts in England. A lot of major video game sites made this game sound like the reason to buy a Wii U. Unfortunately I wasn’t entirely impressed by what I got to do.
This doesn’t mean that it’s a bad game. The hands on that I had, was only with one of the two offline multiplayer modes. We chose to play Survivors Vs King of Zombies. I had the Wii U tablet in hand while my partner used the Wii U Pro Game Controller. This mode of the game lets the person with the pro controller play on-screen in a first person view, while the person with the tablet acts as the zombie king and spawns zombies in certain areas to attack the player, in a capture the flag game. As the game goes on the Zombie King levels up and gets to choose upgraded harder zombies to throw at the other player.
Overall I think this is a great idea, and an innovative mode, but it fell a bit flat for me. You can only place so many zombies at any given time so I was waiting for the other player to kill them before I could spawn more. Most of my playtime involved me waiting for my zombies to die. Also the graphics weren’t as impressive as I thought they should be. I feel like it looked on par with the first Left 4 Dead, which isn’t a bad-looking game, but its 4 years old now. ZombiU should have looked a bit better than that.
On the plus side the tablet worked really well. On the tablet screen you are presented with a map of the level, and you can see where the player is on your screen. So you know where to place your zombies.
I haven’t tried the first player mode so perhaps this will be more interesting/fun, but as of right now from what I’ve played I can’t recommend ZombiU. I’d definitely recommend waiting for final reviews before jumping into this game.