ZombiU Is a "Deadly Relay Race"

ZombiU Is a "Deadly Relay Race"

This Wii U exclusive title has a clever use in store for your controller.

Zombie apocalypse titles are ten a penny these days, but that hasn't stopped Ubisoft from plugging away at its London-based Wii U title ZombiU. Its latest atmospheric developer diary really makes the setting stand out, particularly if you happen to remember the older version of God Save the Queen. "Confound their politics / Frustrate their knavish tricks," eh? That's the stuff to give 'em!

In this one you play as a survivor trapped in the decaying capital of England, helped in your frantic escape by members of the occult society Ravens of Dee who think they know what's going on, the Prepper who'll give you practical advice, and desperate Doctor Knight fighting to find a cure. It all revolves around a prophesy made by John Dee, astrologer and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, who saw it all coming and tried to warn us, over 400 years ago.

The Wii U controller becomes an integral part of the game as your Bug-Out Bag, where you keep all your stuff, from med-kits to maps. Here's the fun bit: If you die, your previous character becomes a zombie. Your new character? Well, he'd better be quick about finding his predecessor's shambling corpse, because guess who's got that vital Bug-Out Bag? Hint: It's not the new boy. This is why Gabrielle Shrager describes it as a "deadly relay race"; someone's got to get out alive, but it may not be the character you start with.

This Wii U exclusive title will be out November 2012.

Source: VG24/7

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So it's going to be like Modern Warfare 2 but with zombies?
I thought that was MW2's multiplayer!

That is a REALLY nifty idea!

Yeah, I might get a Wii U for this, if it turns out as good as it promises to be. :)

DVS BSTrD:
So it's going to be like Modern Warfare 2 but with zombies?
I thought that was MW2's multiplayer!

Erm... care to explain where COD has ever had a Dark Souls style 'once you die, you die!' system? I was under the impression that if you died, you simply went back to the last checkpoint, or the game just ended.

By the way, I think it's World At War/Black Ops you're thinking of, as they're the ones with Zombies.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

DVS BSTrD:
So it's going to be like Modern Warfare 2 but with zombies?
I thought that was MW2's multiplayer!

Erm... care to explain where COD has ever had a Dark Souls style 'once you die, you die!' system? I was under the impression that if you died, you simply went back to the last checkpoint, or the game just ended.

By the way, I think it's World At War/Black Ops you're thinking of, as they're the ones with Zombies.

Repeatedly Killing off player characters in-game, Staving of hordes of inarticulate, bullet fodder, blood thirsty sociopaths. That doesn't remind you of Modern Warfare at all?

DVS BSTrD:

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

DVS BSTrD:
So it's going to be like Modern Warfare 2 but with zombies?
I thought that was MW2's multiplayer!

Erm... care to explain where COD has ever had a Dark Souls style 'once you die, you die!' system? I was under the impression that if you died, you simply went back to the last checkpoint, or the game just ended.

By the way, I think it's World At War/Black Ops you're thinking of, as they're the ones with Zombies.

Repeatedly Killing off player characters in-game, Staving of hordes of inarticulate, bullet fodder, blood thirsty sociopaths. That doesn't remind you of Modern Warfare at all?

In as much as such fare are staples of the FPS genre, and have been for years now. I mean, 'bullet-fodder' goes all the way back to the original Doom. Does that mean both ZombiU and MW are ripping off Doom wholesale?

And there's a difference between a cutscene/set-piece where a player character is deliberately killed off as part of the story, and a gameplay mechanic where the player character can die at any time. That's like saying Mass Effect 3 is the same as Metal Gear Rising because it has cutscenes with a whiny cyborg ninja in.

 

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