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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.
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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 ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, investigation
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? 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
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