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Upon first hearing about ZombiU, many players assumed it was simply a game designed for launching with the Wii U. However, this title is actually a reboot of Ubisoft’s first commercial game from 1986, Zombi. The exclusive launch title offers elements of survival horror with first-person gameplay.

Using the Wii U gamepad, the player takes on the role of a random survivor in London in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. As with other zombie horror games, the general point is simply to survive without succumbing to the infection that the rest of London has fallen from. Unlike other zombie horror games, however, the player can die from just a single zombie bite. This is a very welcome addition of realism rather than having to rely on the trope that the player is one of the very few in the world immune to the virus.

Should a zombie bite the player, he has one chance to save himself; he must have a drug known as Virucide to inject himself, which eliminates the virus and allows him to continue. Without this, the character will die permanently, forcing the player to start again with a new character. ZombiU does use some roguelike elements in this aspect, especially as the player can find the remains of the old character, who is now a zombie, and try to kill him to retrieve the items he lost from death. Of course, if the player happens to die before being able to retrieve the old items, then those items will be lost forever; there will not be multiple zombies carrying multiple backpacks of items to retrieve.

Due to the screen on the Wii U gamepad, there is no interface to clutter up the television screen. All weapon changes and other interactions take place on the gamepad screen, which frees up the television screen to display anything and everything that is taking place in the fictional version of London.

ZombiU released on the Wii U on November 18, 2012 and is set to release around the world in the following couple of weeks.

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