We couldn’t be any more excited about the Wii U release, that we have not only ordered ourselves a Wii U 32 GB Premium Pack with ZombieU included, but we have already ordered another 4 games, which you may or may not agree with us, are the Top 5 games available on Day 1 of release in the UK (Nov 30th) and US (Nov 18th).
SO we’ll be going through each of the games over these next 5 posts, giving you all the details, any lesser known facts and secrets about the games along with the inclusion of the trailers that show the games qualities in the best light and our reasons why and in no particular order, they make the list!
Firstly, that all important Trailer to show off ZombiU in all it’s beautiful gory , and with I4T being UK based, we are loving the Buckingham Palace Trailer….
Whether you are considering getting ZombiU on it’s own or as part of the Premium Wii U Pack, this has to be the 1st game you play on Day 1 when you get your Wii U. At I4T, we are huge fans of the Zombie genre, whether in film or games, so when we heard about ZombieU it was already massively exciting, but now we have seen the trailer and learned about all of the splendidly gory details, we are desperate to get our bloody hands on it as it looks and sounds amazing and also makes fantastic use of the Wii U’s new GamePad. Firstly though, the story behind the game…
400 years ago, Welsh astronomer John Dee creates an apocalyptic prophecy known as The Black Prophecy which will be fulfilled in the year of 2012. “The Prepper”, an “ex-army, no-nonsense” man sees this apocalypse coming and prepares, whilst a secret society known as the Ravens of Dee researches his predictions to find a way to stop them from being realised. In November 2012, the Black Prophecy begins to be realised in the form of a zombie outbreak in London, United Kingdom. Survivors hide in the Prepper’s bunker, with one (the player) being chosen to confront the zombies, supported by Raven leader Sandra. Meanwhile, one of the Queen’s doctors, Dr. Knight, searches for the fabled panacea under Buckingham Palace.
Ok, so now you know the plot, you will surely want to know, what is your role in ZombiU on the Single Player Game?
You play the game as on of the survivors who must attempt to continue to survive the zombie apocalypse running amok in London. You control many various elements of the game using the Wii U GamePad.
The Wii U GamePad with its touch screen is going to function as the player’s “Bug-Out-Bag” as it contains all of the player’s survival tools like weapons, med kits and a map. Players have only one life and lose all the equipment and skills they’ve built up in their previous run. Once the player’s character dies, they will wake up as another survivor of the ongoing zombie apocalypse and can kill the their previous character that now roams the area as a zombie to reclaim their items. Collecting weapons and items is essential to survive since a zombie horde can appear at any time and the player needs to find shelter that can be defended.
The main goal of the game is to survive as long as possible and eventually escape Zombie-infested London. Character progression is a key element and the longer a player survives, the more skilled the character becomes at handling weapons: accuracy, kickback, reload-times are among the upgradeable skills–all these benefits will have to be relearned if the character dies and players start back at the camp with a fresh survivor. Upgraded weapons and items can only be retrieved by killing the previous survivor who now roams the area in zombie-form.
The world state is permanent. Zombies that have been taken out will remain (for-real-)dead. While there are certainly some scripted moments, enemy spawns are also dynamic to avoid predictable jump-scare scripting.
Players progress through the world by fulfilling tasks give to them by one of the four main characters (in the form of radio voices). Looking for important items, turning a power generator back on or finding new supplies is what drives the randomly generated character into the streets of London via the sewer system which acts as a kind of fast-travel from the main hub in the safe house. The game world is not wide open but will be repopulated with enemies and items as time goes by since backtracking and completing objectives in previously visited areas is a big part of the game.
From time to time, the safe house will get attacked by zombies so the player has to fend off the hordes and use the items found previously to take them out or barricade the entry ways.
Online Features in Single Player
ZombiU incorporates a system called “Blacklight” which lets players leave messages via graffiti in the game world which can be scanned and read by other players. These messages are comprised of symbols instead of written text and can be tagged as distrustworthy.
There is also an always-online feature called “Mercy Kill” that, once a player dies, notifies their friends of the player’s death and other players can then look for their friend’s now zombified body to end its misery and steal their loot in the process.
Once players finish the game, a new option becomes available that lets players play in Survival Mode. In this mode, the player has to finish the game with only one single survivor.
The premise of the multiplayer portion of ZombiU puts one player in the shoes of the Boris, the King of Zombies. The King of Zombies has created his own set of challenges and arenas to entertain his undead people.
The asymmetric one-on-one local multiplayer mode allows the person using the Wii U GamePad–the Zombie King–strategically control the Zombie hordes from a top down view to attack the second player who is using a Wii U Pro Controller or the Wii Remote & Nunchuck combo with regular FPS controls. The Zombie King has a limited pool of points to spend on zombie units. Basic grunts cost one point, but armored hunter units cost four. Resource management is key in this case. During the course of a match, both players can also level up and gain skills/zombie types to select.
In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, story director Gabrielle Shrager revealed a new London location that is home to the multiplayer arenas.
It’s called St George’s Yard and Shrager described it as a hell within hell. “You’ve seen the Tower Of London gameplay footage by now, so you know we are going to have to breach the Traitor’s Gate and penetrate the depths of the Bloody Tower to find the Raven Of Dee’s Secret Bunker, but you’ve never heard of St George’s Yard.
“St George’s is our hell within hell. Survivors here are unwilling participants in a twisted game in which they are thrown to the infected. Our multiplayer arenas are a spin-off of this mission in the campaign.”
The multiplayer portion of the game is comprised of three modes:
Assault Mode is a blend of Control Point Capture and Capture the Flag modes form other games. The GamePad-player (or the Zombie King) and the First Person-player (Survivor) both compete to capture three flags spread across a map. The Zombie King controls the spawn points for the zombies but has to split his attention between attacking the Survivor while also having zombies go for the flag points. The Survivor has to focus on surviving while capturing the flag posts.
In Killing Box, the Survivor has to hold out against the zombie hordes dropped onto the map by the Zombie King. This mode is high score-based and scores the player for how many zombies he can kill before the Zombie King eventually takes them out.
Survival Mode rank players depending on how long they hold out against the Zombie King’s horde.
Multiplayer supports local play only, due to the focus on asymmetric gameplay.
Ok, that’s it for today’s I4T post, but we’ll be back with Number 2 in our Top 5 Wii U Games available on Day 1 in the UK and US later this week.
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