#6 ZombiU

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  • Original release year: 2012
  • Consoles: Wii U (later released as Zombi on PS4, XB1 and Steam)

A slightly controversial game, ZombiU was hyped to the extreme and was going to prove that a Nintendo console could be home for “mature” games and could appeal to hardcore gamers.

Unfortunately, initially reaction was detracted by a couple of negative reviews from two of the biggest gaming websites (as well as a whole host of people who hadn’t even played the game). Despite lots of positive praise from much of the gaming press and gamers, the overall mixed reaction led to many losing confidence in the Wii U and Nintendo in its initial release.

It’s a great shame, because ZombiU is one of the best third party games on the Wii U and is just about the only game that makes full use of the gamepad in a way that is at the core of the game’s mechanics and doesn’t feel gimmicky. For example, you might need to use the gamepad for something simple like checking the map. Other times, you might need to beak off a wooden panel that’s blocking a door from opening. But the best use of the gamepad, is when you need to manage your inventory or are looting items from a dead corpse, with the action continuing on the main TV screen as you do this, making the game all the more tense and interesting.

It doesn't get much more tense than this. Use the gamepad to 'rummage' through your inventory, but be careful - the action continues on screen.
It doesn’t get much more tense than this. Use the gamepad to ‘rummage’ through your inventory, but be careful – the action continues on screen.

ZombiU is a Survival Horror in the truest sense of the term, with the whole game being centered around your survival. The atmosphere is tense and ammo is rare, with the cricket bat being your closest friend for most battles.

One of the best bits about ZombiU is what happens when you die. Instead of simply restarting at a checkpoint, you awaken back at the base as a new person, with none of your items you had on your person previously (with exception of a couple of basics), with the previous character you were playing as, now as a zombie and wandering undead where you fell. If you want your items back, you are going to have to find your previous character and kill the now zombified character. Thanks to online connectivity, you can also run into other people’s undead characters and loot their corpses.

Overall, ZombiU is a must have for any true Survival Horror fan. Give the game a go, there’s nothing else quite like it.

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