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ZombiU players “deserve a richer melee experience”

Monday, 28th January 2013 22:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Developers are often asked what they would change about a shipped game if only they’d had a little extra development time. ZombiU writer Gabrielle Shrager has only one regret, and it’s a doozy.

“More melee weapons would be one of the first things on our list. Give me a halberd to keep those zombies back. The pickings in the Tower of London’s armory would feel like Christmas,” the developer told GameInformer.

Shrager said Zombiu wasn’t designed with melee weapons in mind, with the cricket bat intended as a fallback measure only.

“The cricket bat was designed to be used almost as a last resort, significant because it’s such a violent assault on your senses,” she said.

“Players quickly learn that it won’t save their bacon against more than one zombie at a time (either the hard way, or by listening to the Prepper). Some players depend on it entirely instead of scavenging for ammo and new gear, and these players deserve a richer melee experience.”

ZombiU is a Wii U exclusive survival horror which is difficult, unforgiving and equipped with plenty of amusing little innovations. Not enough golf clubs, though.

Thanks, NintendoLife.

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  1. monkeygourmet

    This was easily the game of last year for me.

    Perfect for a console launch and delivered in a big way for me. Being a huge fan of survival horror, old zombie films and Demon Souls, this game was just great.

    Great use of the pad, even the multiplayer stuff was fun and the Miiverse community excellent.

    Would absolutely LOVE a sequel that was a little more polished.

    Graphics and a few elements needed a little more time in the oven but it was a strong first entry in what I hope will become a franchise.

    The UK setting was genius too, I think they should keep it in Europe in the sequel.

    Paris, Amsterdam would be nice. Can’t recommend it enough, especially if you like survival horror! :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Also, if they do a sequel, maybe a slight name change.

    Not sure how Bono would feel about Zombi U2!!! ;)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    they can do a improved remake for the more powerful ps3, then they get everything in they missed..

    #3 2 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    I don’t even know if he believes this or not.

    Its fucking scary.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. daytripper

    @4 nah, he just logs into the other account with a smile

    #5 2 years ago