ZombiU review round-up: Wii U’s dream launch title?

Sunday, 18th November 2012 19:23 GMT By Dave Cook

ZombiU reviews have begun shuffling out of the shadows. Is Ubisoft’s brutally challenging survival horror a solid Wii U debut, or is it a smorgasbord of gimmicks? Get the scores below.

Before you dive in, why not check out Pat’s own hands-on appraisal of ZombiU? He’s been a changed man ever since he played it, we think:

ZombiU – adding a screen and breaking the mould.

Eurogamer – 9/10
CVG – 8.4/10
IGN – 6.3/10
Gamespot – 4.5/10
VentureBeat – 88/100
Polygon – 8/10
Game Informer – 5/10
Destructoid – 8/10

Got a score we’ve missed? Slap it into the comment box below and we’ll add it when we can. Bear with us though, it’s the weekend.



  1. The_Red

    This is rather confusing. 4.5 from GameSpot but 9 from Eurogamer? I don’t know. Seeing as how GS gave 4 to my beloved Hell Yeah and EG gave 8, I think I’ll give ZombiU the benefit of a doubt. I know they are not the same reviewers but GS has been giving some random scores lately.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 it’s because it’s a polarising game like Dark Souls. Someone at Gamespot scored it down for ‘slow combat’. It’s a fucking slow survival horror title, of course it’s slow and not fast like Call of Duty.

    Grrr. I for one think ZombiU is awesome. Dark Souls fans will love it, seriously.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Gamespot is the one that gave Homecoming a much lower score because the combat was not similar to Resident Evil 5. I stopped reading their reviews after that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    …You may actually want to check Dark Souls review scores, its a terrible example to use in this case.
    But Homecoming was a terrible game, are we really calling out sites for giving terrible games terrible scores for being terrible?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @2 I wasn’t talking about it in terms of scores. I mean that people really love it, or they absolutely can’t get on with it. Also, I was saying it’s a polarising game in the eyes of gamers, not critics. Should have been clearer.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. kezwar

    Really surprised how polarizing this is. I poverty Demon Souls so I reckon I”ll love it.oh Edge gave it a 7 too.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    I wasn’t either just in the fact that the reviewer didn’t like Homecoming because the combat was not what he wanted. He wanted a third person action shooter in Silent Hill.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. kezwar

    * personally love Demon Souls. Damn auto-correct

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    I have heard about Souls like elements. As a super sucker for both Souls games, I guess I don’t have much choice. Still, gonna wait for some long play videos and check them before getting it (So far, both Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U have turned me off).

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    I watched Giant Bomb play it, and to use their terminology I’d call it janky.
    It is gimmicky (implementation of pad/screen thing in a way that often pulls you out of the game), has seam issues, and visually can look bad. It’s really simplistic. Like dumb-as-wood simplistic. However, inventory manipulation via the screen, although it can’t be that difficult to pull off, came across an effective, immersive use of the tech.

    I reckon people interested in the idea would be better off sticking with Condemned, or Left 4 Dead, if possible. (I’ve not played DI yet, but I gather it’s a similar idea, on a greater scale).

    @2: “Dark Souls fans will love it, seriously.”
    That’s bold! Other than the idea that when you die, one mode allows you to go and chase down the zombie you became, I’m not sure that I see much further connection…The combat here is slow, but it also seems basic – albeit that said, most of what I saw was them running round with a cricket bat, and a brief time of pistolry, but not enough to judge projectile behaviour to tell if that has any variance.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. _LarZen_

    I think it brings a immersion to the game that you have to look away from the screen to loot or interact with objects, it’s a risk to focus on other things in the game…just as in real life.

    So as a hardcore survival game I think it look’s and fits perfect.

    And comparing a survival game like this to the run & gun mayhem that is Left 4 Dead is wrong in so many levels I dont know where to start.

    It’s clear that ZombiU is not for everyone, it could wery well be that Ubisoft went to far in making a hardcore survival game. People have been wanting hardcore games for Nintendo for a long time. Well….here it is!

    COD players that think themself uber hardcore probably will cry like the little children they are after ZombiU have bitch slapped them around.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    @11: The way they’ve done the look away from the screen prompt is what I dislike about it. It’s completely unimmersive, and even if it wasn’t this awkward blocky white text at the centre of the screen when the game determines, it happens so often (in the hour I saw) to become a nuisance. It messes up the presentation to go from scanning the environment in cautious concern, alert the one minute to TEXT ALERT – THERE IS AN ALERT IN TEXT THAT YOU MUST READ! It’s like the relationship minigame in GTA IV: except you can’t ignore it.

    What’s “hardcore” about the game? I’ll watch another vid, but it looks supremely clumsy to me, and heavy-handed in how it presents its gameplay.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    Most of the reviews i’ve seen/read complain about the melee combat being dull and dragging on for too long. Considering there doesn’t seem to be a way to avoid most confrontations its a huge downer and unlike Dead Island there doesn’t seem to be any other weapon than the cricket bat.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    WTF…same as Hitman….all over the fucking place.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    I played it at the EG Expo but all i can say from that brief snippet is the combat definitely is clunky, can’t say much more than that with regards to what the full game could be like.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. MadFingerz

    From watching gameplay videos, I know I wouldn’t really like this game, but I’m sure it will appeal to many people. I actually haven’t read a review in years partly because I find the whole thing obsolete. At least have each place give you a review from more than one person. It’s obvious that not every game can appeal to every kind of gamer, so they should have at least 2 people with different opinions about the game telling you what they think about it. I just think it would be more pratical if you didn’t need to go to multiple sites to get all those different opinions.

    haha, really? wow, some people really can push the bar in terms of idiocy..

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lounds

    If Zombies were real they wouldn’t run. They’d struggle to walk for one. So slow move zombies makes sense, it’s the dead cells that are living. No Live cells living with a nervous system controlled by a virus in the case of 28 days later.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Judicas

    Sounds to me like ign and gamespot aren’t happy they didn’t receive a paycheck for reviewing the game :P

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Agt_Pendergast

    @#18 Wouldn’t that imply the other sites did receive their checks and that ign and gamespots reviews are the more honest ones?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @17 – Why would they struggle to walk, exactly? Older dead, yes, because their bodies would have broken down. But fresh dead would be just like us, but without feeling pain or getting tired. If you’re going to bring up rigor mortis, any mortician can tell you that it disappears on its own after a few hours. Study some mortuary science before you dismiss runners. The only thing that would slow a zombie down would be the slow deterioration of their bodies or breaking bones while running for prey.

    I did research of this for something I was writing. Fast zombies make more scientific sense for the fresh dead, at least.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. 3rikko

    WiiU ZombieU Edition already pre ordered. its time to play a Zombie game where you can get a little challenge and can’t shoot your way through everything

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Mike W

    I’ve been playing this non-stop, it’s really good. :)

    #22 2 years ago

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