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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the survival horror, 30 Nov 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: ZombiU (Nintendo Wii U) (Video Game)
There have been some complaints about this game,reviewers moaning about the combat system the lack of melee weapons and slugging controls.

Personally all those things are about making this game a survival horror rather than an zombie shooter.

First off the only melee weapon is a cricket bat,the reason to anyone who lives in the UK is obvious,you cant buy swords here,even finding an axe would be near impossible,the other reason for only having a cricket bat if you could kill the zombies with a single swing of your katana the fear this game generates would disappear in seconds,if i want to play a game with lots of weapons il play dead island which is a great game,Zombie U is taking the Zombie genre back to games like Resi evil 1 and 2,where your choices are limited, your ammo for your guns is barely enough to survive and you worry about whats around the next corner,rather than running around the corner with your swords slashing and heads flying off in all directions.

The combat and controls are also about slowing you down and making you work to survive,you only have a single attack with the bat which is bring the bat down hard on the head of the zombie,why would you waste your energy doing anything else,only by destroying the brain can you stop a zombie,anything else and your survivor is gonna be joining them.

If you want a slower paced zombie game thats more about staying alive than slaughtering zombies,read on,if you want an action packed game where you leave bits of undead coating everything in a hundred yards get dead island riptide when its released.

There are some great moments in this game,its the only game that has had any scary moments in it since RE1/2,the moaning of a zombie is enough to back you instantly into a corner and scan the whole area till you know what your up against,never take it for granted that there is only one zombie trying to turn you into lunch,the one that crawls along the floor whilst your braining the other one can be an end to your survivor.

How the game deals with your death is a great idea,it isnt like other games where you need to reload a past save and try again,nope that guys dead,well undead to be more precise,and you become a different survivor picking up from where your old friend finished off,you will need to hunt down your old survivor and brain him to get your equipment back.

The use of the gamepad in this game is also really good,you scan the area for items, and when you open a box you use it to adjust your inventoy,but it reduces how much you can see around you,so if you arnt careful whilst your picking stuff up a zombie can be closing in on you,which adds to the fear this game generates and keeps you worried from start to finish.

I think this is going to be a love hate game,either you will love it or hate it,nothing in between,so before you buy think do you want to slaughter zombies or just try and survive.
If you want a survival horror with limited ammo,limited weapons and a slower paced game this is for you,if not either rent or borrow it and try it first.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2012 08:52:05 GMT
Elizabeth says:
Yes I agree but you forgot one thing .... Since from when would you get Mines/guns and other exsplosives in East London ?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2012 09:50:06 GMT
Runeweaver says:
In such an event the army would be called into the capital to protect the queen and government,so it would be possible to find guns and some types of mines though more likely claymores would be more useful against a zombie,just need to set the wire at head hight.
I think a shotgun would be a more realistic first firearm in the game as there are hundreds of shogun/hunting shops in the UK,as clay pigeon and skeet shooting is a popular in alot of areas.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 09:21:09 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 11:10:32 GMT
Runeweaver says:
I was responding to Elizabeth's comment on my review, by adding pointless comments like this you only prove what other people have called you.

Posted on 6 Dec 2012 08:07:07 GMT
O. Hand says:
No axes?
have you not been to homebase?

Posted on 6 Dec 2012 21:33:04 GMT
Dracula says:
Good review, the bad reviews all come from American based sites such as IGN or Gamespot and the reason is obvious.

They have either been payed off by Microsoft, find the game too difficult or just because Wii U isn't an American console they are quick to talk rubbish when Nintendo innovate a stagnant industry once again (most likely).

The good reviews however are from places I trust, GamesMaster magazine gave ZombiU 97% and Eurogamer gave it 9/10.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 15:10:34 GMT
I agree, it first of all got slated, then when it came out over here its been received well. Maybe americans don't like innovation!

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 08:55:32 GMT
I work at a garden centre and axes are not hard to obtain... you CAN also purchase swords here, there's a couple of armouries about half an hour away from me in Edinburgh. Also there are plenty of antique swords scattered all over Britain's historical cities in museums and castles. Still, looks a good game. It's nice to see developers move towards the atmospheric approach not run and gun, probably inspired by DayZ.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2013 04:08:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2013 04:09:38 GMT
Richard Dale says:
I love how you try to explain why guns and mines might be available, lets not forget the game involves flesh eating zombies! where would they come from? Great review btw

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2013 23:33:16 GMT
Runeweaver says:
Zombies are easy to explain,a minor mutation in the Toxoplasma Gondii parasite and things could turn bad very quickly,posted a link below with some information on how it can already effect the human mind in many positive and negative ways.
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