ZombiU

Common Sense Media says

Extremely violent survival horror game flowing in blood.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

In this survival horror game, players are defending themselves from a zombie invasion in London, England. Played from a first-person perspective, you must maim, kill, dismember, and decapitate the undead. While you're a "good guy" against flesh-eating zombies, the game is far too bloody and gory to suggest it has a positive message.

Positive role models

You don't know much about the lead character in the game -- in fact, every time you die you take over the body of another survivor -- but you're trying to stay alive in a zombie-infested London. Because there is so much gratuitous violence, blood and gore, any noble efforts to destroy these zombies is overshadowed.

Ease of play

The game isn't very difficult to play, but when you look at the Wii U's GamePad screen, the zombie action doesn't pause around you -- which adds welcomed tension.

Violence

ZombiU is an extremely violent and gory game. To kill the relentless undead, gamers must use a number of weapons -- guns, explosives, cricket bats, and more -- to turn the zombies into bloody stumps. Gamers can also bash in enemies' heads, as well as decapitate and dismember them, from a realistic first-person perspective. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Strong profanity like "f--k" and "s--t" can be heard in the game, along with words like "bitch" and "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy and safety concerns. The game can be played online, but gamers cannot communicate with one another.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ZombiU is an extremely violent and gory survival horror game. Sure, it's over-the-top, but players can shoot, stab, blow up, and smash in the heads of zombies. Not only do they die (er, again) but they can be beaten or exploded into a bloody pulp. Enemies can be decapitated or dismembered. There are other gore-filled scenes in the movie sequences. Parents should also know there is strong profanity in the game.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • investigation

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

What Kids Can Learn

ZombiU wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • investigation

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

ZombiU wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Ubisoft's ZOMBIU -- as the name suggests -- is a zombie thriller designed for Nintendo's new Wii U video game console. The first-person survival horror game drops players in the middle of London, England, during modern times, to fight back against a zombie outbreak that has infected the majority of the population. Unlike other zombie games like Resident Evil or Dead Island, players assume the role of a different survivor every time they perish -- which allows them to find and kill their old infected character and recover their equipment to stay alive longer. Another unique feature is the use of Nintendo's new GamePad controller, which serves as the player’s survival kit that contains weapons, maps, tools, and supplies. The game also offers multiplayer modes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ZombiU isn't bad, but it's not one of the strongest launch titles for the Wii U either. For one, the combat is repetitive and somewhat lackluster. As in other zombie games, you'll use various weapons -- melee and ranged -- to take down the flesh-eating undead before they can infect you. What does add nicely to the tension is using the Wii U GamePad because when you look down and open you inventory on the screen, the action doesn't stop around you. Also, the missions, environments, and puzzles aren't as interesting as other games in this space. At least the multiplayer modes add more excitement, including an Adversarial mode that allows one player to take on the role of "Zombie Master" that spawns enemies from a top-down view on the Nintendo Wii U GamePad, while the second player fights for survival on the big screen in first-person view (with Wii wireless classic controller). Overall, however, fans of zombie lore should wait until this one hits the bargain bins.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact of media violence.

  • Families can also talk about playing on the Wii U. Does having the GamePad make the gaming feel different?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 18, 2012
Genre:Survival Horror
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (Nintendo Wii U)

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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Kid, 8 years old November 28, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Meh

If I Were You,Wait Until Your Kid Is Atleast 13 to play But id recommend 14,Yes i do love these games As an 8 yr old But Wait A while Kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old Written byStephen the great December 27, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Sooooooo violent

Super violent!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byDylx January 12, 2013
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Good For 14+

It's fun. But can be scary for some teenagers/children.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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