ZombiU

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a game by Ubisoft Montpellier SAS, Straight Right, and Ubisoft Bucharest
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Survival Games, Horror Games
ZombiU
ZombiU
ZombiU
ZombiU

ZombiU is a survival-horror game with roguelike elements, where players must navigate the zombie-filled streets of London. Playing as a random survivor, you must scavenge for resources and use a variety of firearms and melee weapons to defeat undead enemies as you explore the city. If you fail to outsmart your zombie opponents, consequences are extremely high, as ZombiU features perma-death. While it's not quite as horrifying as a Resident Evil game, ZombiU gives players plenty of reasons to tremble in their seats. Every small victory uncovers more information about the zombie plague, giving you more motivation to go outdoors and risk your neck. Despite some clunky controls, ZombiU is a strategic and exciting horror game that will challenge your survival skills!

Main Game Features

  • Lengthy single-player campaign
  • Multiple difficulty levels
  • Permadeath character progression

Story

The game is set in a fictional future version of London, where a flesh-eating virus has caused society to crumble. Those afflicted with the mysterious disease quickly turn into deadly Zombies, flowing into the streets and stumbling around hungry for human flesh. At the start of the game, you are led into an abandoned subway station by a mysterious voice known as the Prepper. Guided by the Prepper, you start to explore some nearby buildings, as he clues you in on the history of the virus and its potential origin. As you progress through challenging missions, you'll learn more about the plague that decimated London and the truth behind the Prepper's identity.

Gameplay

ZombiU is a slow-paced and suspenseful experience, combining exciting zombie encounters with strategic exploration. After the initial tutorial portion of the game, players must venture outside of their safe house and explore nearby buildings for supplies. At the start of your adventure, you are equipped with a small backpack to store items, a cricket bat to smack zombies with, and a handy pistol with some ammo. As you go out on various excursions, you'll be able to loot your surroundings and find better weapons, healing items, and storage upgrades. You have a handy radar that you can use to ping your environment for enemies, along with a scanning visor that helps you locate helpful items and points-of-interest. Since large parts of the city have lost electricity and the game takes place at night, the majority of the areas you investigate are dark and tough to traverse. Luckily, you have a battery-powered flashlight to light the way, but it's still easy to get surprised by zombie attacks.

When you do encounter an undead foe, you can dispatch them using a variety of weapons you collect during your adventure. Melee weapons like the cricket bat are powerful and silent, able to pop open zombie skulls with ease. Melee combat is slow and feels purposeful, similar in style to games like Condemned: Criminal Origins. Firearms are loud and ammo is scarce, but sometimes you'll need the extra distance to survive. Zombies are fierce and their attacks hurt, and if you're not quick enough to heal, your survivor will perish. If that happens, you'll respawn back at the safe house with a new survivor and continue your quest, but your backpack full of supplies will be lost. That said, if you're able to trek back to your point of death and discover the newly-zombified survivor, you can recover your goods and pick back up where you left off.

Conclusion

ZombiU is a challenging adventure through the wet and grimy zombie apocalypse that offers a bit more strategy than your standard zombie shooter. The permadeath element makes the experience suspenseful and tense, since it takes just a few zombie attacks before you'll become overwhelmed. Although some of the gameplay elements can be annoying at times, specifically the clunky controls, ZombiU produces an interesting loop of exploration, looting, and survival. There's plenty of frights to be had too, thanks to the creepy atmosphere and moody color palette.

6

For players who want to slay zombies with bloody results but still want an element of strategy and suspense, check out ZombiU.

Pros

  • Creepy atmosphere
  • Visceral and bloody melee combat
  • Fun looting and exploration

Cons

  • Blurry visuals
  • Aiming feels stiff
  • Boring at times

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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