Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extremely violent survival horror game flowing in blood.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 17 reviews

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Educational Value

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

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.


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. 


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12, 14, 14, and 17-year-old Written byJason B. January 25, 2017

Violent but not too bad

I'm a parent of four kids and my 17 year old plays this game and I'm okay with it and so does my 14 year old but I don't let my younger children... Continue reading
Adult Written byCasey H. January 21, 2017


Honestly as an 18 year old who loves zombie games, this one is very disappointing. I've completed it and it took two full weeks to do it because I kept get... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheJosh November 23, 2016

My opinion of ZombiU an M rated game.

Honestly, I think ZombiU isn't that bad but only the blood and gore is probably the worst thing in the game. The game only has the F word once, they say th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byswagasaurusrex December 28, 2014

makes the survival experience more authentic

Good game for mature children 11+ . It's a bit gory. There are no language issues. Some of the scenes are a bit disturbing. For instance a quick slideshow... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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