Like many others, in the build up to the Wii U launch I was consumed by the hype. Many a review was read and trailer watched as I awaited getting my grubby mitts on the system. By far the game I had the most vested interest in was ZombiU, simply because it's the game I chose to pre-order well in advance as my launch game. Judging by reviews, it seems ZombiU ended up dividing opinions more than Marmite and I was pretty worried that I would be wasting my money on a mediocre launch game. But along came ONM's review, a noble score was dished out and I immediately felt better.
I've been playing ZombiU for a couple of days and thoroughly enjoying it. Within the first half hour I had this image in my head of lots of games designers from Ubisoft sitting around a table and asking each other "what are the cleverest gameplay mechanics we can put in this game?" There are just so many clever little features - I love the way you leave yourself vulnerable by looking away from the screen while sifting through inventory. Using the WiiU controller as a scanner to check for items and the undead is great, too.
ZombiU is truly scary and delivers the frights by making you feel anxious. There's an extreme ammo drought while limited bag space just adds another layer of fear. Hearing that click of the pistol when you run out of ammo is a dreaded sound.
The thing with ZombiU is that it's a proper old school survival horror game - it's been many a year since I've played a zombie game featuring one bite deaths. The gaming world has changed a fair amount since horror games played like this and for many a gamer these slow-paced, tense games can be a bit boring.
But the zombie games that people play these days are not in the same vein as the original Resident Evil games anymore. You've got the zombies mode of Call Of Duty but even Resident Evil 6 is an all-action affair that can't be compared to ZombiU.
Of course reviews are just an expression of the reviewer's opinion; some loved it, some hated it, that's just what they think. The bottom line is: if you want a claustrophobic, fairly slow brewing, cricket bat swinging survival horror then go out and get ZombiU but if you're expecting a high speed, gun toting shoot 'em up then you will probably not like it. Just go get Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and rack up high scores on Zombie Survival. I won't judge you too much for it.