ZombieU was mentioned and some of it was shown at the Nintendo E3 2012 Press Conference, but for reason’s unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo decided to focus more on Batman: Arkham City Wii U than the much more original and unique ZombieU; a game that is more of a system seller and AAA title than probably anything else in the Wii U lineup, including any of Nintendo’s own first-party titles. And a game that finally does survival horror RIGHT.
Here is the extremely gory and gripping ZombieU Debut E3 2012 Story CG Trailer.
At first blush ZombieU doesn’t look like it will be an entirely unique title. It’s once-again another tired zombie apocalypse first-person shooter right? Sure it is that, but it is the premise of the game beyond its themes that REALLY set it apart, and this is something that is only hinted at by the tagline, “How long will you survive?”; and not demonstrated in any of the trailers (but see the video below with the developers to fully understand).
First the obvious, ZombieU makes excellent use of the Wii Gamepad tablet controller to further immerse you in a zombie survivalhorror FPS, where you must work your way around city environments, picking up items and weapons and fighting off the zombie horde, in order to survive. With weapons and ammunition being in short supply, and a dangerous world where a few bits of damage from the zombie scum literally mean death. However the Wii U GamePad tablet controller with its touchscreen brings a lot of unique features to the table while making normal features more interesting. Access to everything in a game that is normally menu driven or UI (user-interface) HUD (heads-up display) driven is now done on the Wii U GamePad tablet controller while the action continues on the TV (no more bringing up a menu!).
Here is the Wii U debut ZombieU Gameplay Trailer from E3 2012.
So for example, Sonar allows you to detect the location of zombies, which you see right on the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen. Your inventory to equip items and weapons is also on the touchscreen, allowing you to easily and quickly equip new items and weapons. You can Scan suspicious objects in the environment by bringing up the scanner and holding it up to the TV to scan an object. You can also Snipe by using the Wii U GamePad’s screen as your scope. Other features like breaking free of zombies and performing Finishing Moves with blunt weapons (like an ax) are given more ooompth by using the Wii U GamePad tablet controller. With the built-in motion controls of the Wii U GamePad, you must shake it to break free of a zombie who has grabbed you, or can swing the GamePad to kill a zombie with an axe!
None of these features is “new” per se however and all the developers have really done is regulate them to the Wii U GamePad controller’s touchscreen instead of having you enter a menu on the TV. Which in and of itself is quite unique and feels much more natural, as well as removing any annoying clutter and UI displays from the gamescreen. But one area where the Wii U GamePad REALLY adds to the experience is with the Door Hacking feature. Here you reach a door that is locked with a keypad, the keypad comes up on your controller screen, and you must then quickly type in the correct code, while being able to see the zombies coming at you from behind on the TV screen. This dual-view is something that isn’t easily done without having access to two different screens that each show something different. A feature the Wii U brings to the table and only the Wii U can pull off in such a smooth and natural fashion.
The best feature of ZombieU is in the premise though, as previously stated, and how the game is structured. In ZombieU, if you die, you are forever dead. And death comes quickly, with your character only able to survive a small amount of punishment. You will then respawn as a different person within a huge environment, with all of your stats and weapons wiped out! You’ll have to start from scratch from a new location, with a new character! As you kill zombies, you level up your equipment and weapons and get stronger and stronger, however if you die, all of this disappears and you must start anew! Thus, ZombieU offers survival in the truest sense of the word! Instead of a game where you play a linear or non-linear story until you reach an ending, you are playing to see if you can break your record for surviving the longest. While none of your stats transfer over to a new character if you are killed, you can actually navigate through the environment to find your dead body, which is now a zombie enemy to fight, and reclaim your old equipment! Suffice it to say, this is an AWESOME new take on the zombie genre that is definitely welcome and refreshing!
Additionally, ZombieU makes use of the MiiVerse and Nintendo Network for online play! If you are killed, an alert goes out to all your friends telling them the vicinity of your dead body, so they can reclaim your loot! Can you find your body before they do? Additionally, a badass multiplayer mode allows one player to use the Wii U GamePad to drop zombies in an overhead view using the tablet controller, whereas a second player must survive using first-person viewpoint!
Here is an indepth look at ZombieU for Wii U from a female developer on the game named Gabrielle Shrager who is the Story Design Director for ZombieU.
London is falling! Are YOU prepared? It is 2012 and the Last Blight is upon us… It was foretold.
For the second time in history, a great plague has enveloped London in a fog of death. Big Ben tolls as hundreds upon thousands of the unprepared die or are infected by a sickness worse than death… You are still breathing, for now. But how long will you survive in the labyrinth of London streets and underground – abandoned by the outside world, surrounded by the Infected. The horrifying remains of humanity ravaged by the foul disease shuffle through the streets, waiting to prey on your living flesh at every turn!
ZombiU is built from the ground up to take full advantage of the Wii U and its revolutionary controller and will test your will to survive in a fear-fueled zombie Survival Horror First Person Shooter. So grab hold of the Swiss knife of survival kits – your Wii U new controller – and stock up your Bug-Out Bag with supplies! Make every second count; you only get one chance.
Key Features of ZombieU include:
TWO SCREENS, TWICE THE FEAR
Feel the tension mount as you try to keep an eye on your TV and controller screen.
SURVIVAL-HORROR AT ITS BEST
Resources are in short supply while your enemies are legion; you never know when you will find more weapons, ammunition, first aid and food. Use them wisely!
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR BOB
The Wii U new controller becomes your Bug-Out Bag; the ultimate all-in-one survival kit for your tools, inventory, med kits, maps and more.
UNIQUE DEATH MECHANIC
If you die, you wake up to play an entirely new character who is another survivor in the same terrifying position. You will want to recover your old BOB, now worn by the last character you played… who is now a zombie!
HORDE AT YOUR DOOR
Prepare yourself for the inevitable onslaught. Stock up on guns, ammo and supplies, and lock down your Safe House! It’s time to defend your home against the ravenous, infected horde!
SURVIVORS VS. ZOMBIES
An adversarial multiplayer mode where one player takes over the role of Zombie Master (top-down view) spawns enemies and springs traps with a simple touch on the Wii U new controller; while a second player (first-person view) fights for survival with the Classic Controller/Wii U Pro Controller!
When your character gets infected, your online friends are alerted of your death and can come and hunt down your zombified character to loot the gear in your BOB and put you out of your misery!
BASED IN LONDON
A city steeped in grisly history, royal secrets and bloody tales, where the medieval fortress of the Tower of London and the stately Buckingham Palace contrast with the modernity of the world’s most cosmopolitan city!