chris-littlechild - August 1, 2015
Remember ZombiU? It was part of Nintendo's we-have-mantastic-games-too-y'know-it's-not-just-Mario-with-the-sun-shining-out-of-his-ass-around-here initiative, ‘pon the release of the Wii U. A smaller scale version of the Gamecube/Resident Evil deal they had going on back in the day.
What we had here was a U-exclusive launch title, another zombie survival affair. It saw you hauling ass through an apocalyptic London, gathering supplies, taking out the undead where it was safe, and slowing unraveling the mystery of what's happened to Merry Old England as you go.
With your cynical hat on, you can see that this sounds like every other entry in the genre. But ZombiU did a couple things that were pretty darn cool, like the character-zapping business (your randomly generated survivor had a little backstory of their own, and you'd instantly become someone completely different, Quantum Leap-style, on each death). Inventory-fiddling was done by means of the Wii U's chunky GamePad, too, and the action on the TV didn't pause while you did so. You never knew what could be using your scrote for a chewtoy if you weren't wary.
Anywho, anywho. Enough of this ‘past tense' business. Ubisoft has announced that ZombiU is now --years later-- on its way to Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Zombi (sans U, because that wouldn't work out here) hits on August 18, in digital form. To celebrate, here's a melodramatic throwback of a trailer.