E3: ZombiU Makes a Case for the Wii U Controller

E3: ZombiU Makes a Case for the Wii U Controller

The dead walk, and the Wii U controller is your best hope.

Nintendo desperately wants stronger third-party support for its home consoles, and it needs titles that can demonstrate the viability and functionality of its special touch-screen controller. Ubisoft's ZombiU, though sounding like a university for the undead, does both.

Set after a zombie apocalypse (natch), ZombiU becomes a tool in the player's arsenal. The screen becomes a radar indicator to locate nearby undead, and zooms in to become a sniper rifle scope when shooting from afar. It's also used for inventory management in what seems to be a classic "Inventory Tetris" a la Resident Evil.

Curiously, the use of the screen - and the inventory - seemed to be in real time. When the player switched to the inventory screen on the Wii U controller, the character on the TV pulled out his case, but the action continued. A zombie kept approaching, which necessitated a very quick change of weaponry to the shotgun and a switch back to the "action" screen to defend oneself.

The controller has plenty of context-sensitive scenarios, too. When attacked by a zombie, the Wii U gamepad becomes a first-person view of the zombie about to bite the player's face off until he or she manually shoves the zombie away by shaking the controller. When trying to figure out the combination to a locked door, the Wii U controller becomes the keypad in question.

ZombiU will reportedly be about the fight for survival, as one zombie bite means that your character is dead. But don't worry, though - you'll be able to jump into the body of another survivor to try and hunt your old, now-zombified self down and recover what little equipment you can save.

ZombiU will also take advantage of the Wii U controller's camera to "zombify" your face. I think the Reggie Zombie will give me nightmares for weeks.

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I really could see this being a good use of the tech, but it's rather expensive tech for such novelties at this point, isn't it?

This is a lot of money to ask people to shell out for what still amounts to a "proof of concept."

The trailer looks great, but why the Wii U exclusivity? (sigh)

Okay, okay, I see everyone's point but... I so want to play that game.

Morbid 3d still-frames backed by classical music? Yep, never seen that before.

Well, I see this as the same as Dead Island. Very promising trailer that obviously doesnt live up to the actual game.

I don't know about all this "Dead Island" comparison. To me, Dead Island had a solid trailer that came at the same time as absolutely no information about the game itself except for the island resort and zombies. This seems like a much more open world while doing away with the cookie-cutter zombie apocalypse design.

I will have to see what else the Wii U has for third-party support, but I'm feeling optimistic about this console.

Looks cool but I won't make the same mistake I did with Dead Island, I'll need some gameplay footage before I decide whether I want this game or not.

Ok, yeah, that looks pretty epic.

I loved the gameplay trailer.
Everything seems to be really good. The use of the GamePad, the graphics, the setting. But the thing that makes me excited about this game is the 1 bite kill and that the game keeps going when you open the inventory. Everything is in real time.

I always got annoyed by the fact that when I open my inventory screen, the game paused until I want to continue. Well, no more. Now you need to prepare before joining the fun. No more changing of equipment "on fly". If you enter a room full of zombies and don't have the right equipment... well, good luck. :)

Captcha:
"how about that!".
Looks like it's talking to people who said the WiiU is doomed to fail before having any info. ^^

I...wh...wha?

I'm actually really intrigued..and I'm sure my friend would be as well, cause he's a zombie nut

Ickorus:

Ok, yeah, that looks pretty epic.

It looks Epic enough that I plan to buy a Wii u for it

This actually... looks very promising or at the very least intriguing.

CAPTCHA: that hurts - Zombie bites do that?

The gimmicks look awesome and fun, but I'm not really interested in a gimmick game about zombies as much as I'm interested in a fun zombie game with some gimmicks. It looks promising, and I planned on buying the WiiU anyway. I'll be watching.

Hmm. The WiiU controller scheme is looking promising after all.

It actually looks really interesting, may end up getting this is there is enough other good games on the Wii U to bother buying it...

Love the idea its in London, a zombie game NOT in America?! Though it does then annoy me with the fact a random businessman has a gun... But it looks a bit into the apocalypse so maybe he nicked it from police or something...

Wow I am not that big on zombie games but this one looks really fun and its seems lik its going to be real time so sweet!

Ickorus:

Ok, yeah, that looks pretty epic.

OK that actually looked amazing. I hope it isn't on rails.

It looks damn impressive but its ubisoft and they have a long history of launch games that suck... still though....

Here's some Actual Gameplay footage for everyone! I must say, I am certainly impressed with it! It looks amazing!

Here's hoping its as fun as it looks...

My only worry is that the constant switching between screen and tablet might feel a bit awkward and break immersion, then again I haven't played it so I hope that it doesn't.

so... maybe nintendo will let the system get real games this time around? before turning the system into a "family fun" crapfest?

I love the bit where they show the "door hacking"... and they just show entering random combinations until one works.

This, along with Watch Dogs and Dishonored, are the only "exciting" things I've seen from E3 so far. Watching this, seeing the potential therein, is really making me ponder buying a Wii-U.

And I had initially sworn off this coming console generation.

Well played Ubisoft. I still hate you with a fiery passion, but I have to admit your new IPs are looking pretty bad-ass.

Buretsu:
I love the bit where they show the "door hacking"... and they just show entering random combinations until one works.

I feel like it should still bring up an on screen display for the inventory at least, because at least then you might not have to look at the tablet, then back to the tv, then back to the tablet when ever you want to take out a new item.

This... looks exciting. I'm actually looking forward to the WiiU a little now, especially since I consider the Wii the worst current Gen console on the market.

This is the only game that has me excited about the WiiU so far but if there are enough games like this one, I might be interested in getting it after all...
The Wii U has a ton of potential for core gaming but the problem is the Wii did too and that potential went to waste so I'm still on the fence.

I'm not a console player at all but that looked pretty cool to me.

Damn fun if it won't seem scary, since now even zombies can attack you when your checking inventory or a map.

Uber Evil:

Buretsu:
I love the bit where they show the "door hacking"... and they just show entering random combinations until one works.

I feel like it should still bring up an on screen display for the inventory at least, because at least then you might not have to look at the tablet, then back to the tv, then back to the tablet when ever you want to take out a new item.

It'll probably be one of those things where it's difficult to get the hang of at first but will became more natural to you over time. At least that's what I hope.

The one death thing looks a bit painful to me. Hopefully there'll be a "You're a little baby mode" that gives you a chance or a checkpoint. Hopefully isn't sheerly a Wii U exclusive. Considering that smart glass thing Microsoft unveiled it seems it could work with a iPad etc.

Ickorus:

Ok, yeah, that looks pretty epic.

Wait... wait.. me and a friend were discussing how we thought it would be best to use the WiiU controller in games 2 days ago. This game showed everything we said it would be good for and more. This seems pretty neat, I think I might get this game.

Buretsu:
I love the bit where they show the "door hacking"... and they just show entering random combinations until one works.

That's how I have always done my hacking. True, I've never actually managed to hack into anything, but that's not the point here...

Uber Evil:

Buretsu:
I love the bit where they show the "door hacking"... and they just show entering random combinations until one works.

I feel like it should still bring up an on screen display for the inventory at least, because at least then you might not have to look at the tablet, then back to the tv, then back to the tablet when ever you want to take out a new item.

It's purposely done like that and it's a brilliant move on Ubisoft's part. It's set up so you can't change between weapons with superhuman speed while knowing what is going on around you perfectly.
You have to dig through your survival bag for what you want and just like in real life you'll be looking into the bag while doing it with occasional glances up to ensure you aren't being run at by some zombies.

Perma-death and zombiefication of your character when you die only makes it an even better survival-horor concept that actually deserves the name instead of action based pap like RE and DS have become.

 

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