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

Sunday, 18 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.

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22 Comments

  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

    @2

    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

    @2
    …You may actually want to check Dark Souls review scores, its a terrible example to use in this case.
    @3
    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

    @5

    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

    @2
    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_

    @10
    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.

    @2&3
    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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    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]