Zombi Week 1 Hands-On

Zombi released earlier this week for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, and I was thrilled to get my hands on it since I refrained from ever buying the Wii U to play it. Originally released for the Wii U back in 2012 as “ZombiU”, Ubisoft’s first-person surival-horror title stood out among the Wii U’s lineup of otherwise kid friendly games. The game made good use of the Wii U’s controller and offered a gameplay experience strongly akin to the Dark Souls series. Having been able to sink my teeth into it the last few days now, I can definitely say it was worth the wait.

After killing hundreds of zombies, crawling through miles of sewers, and searching through Buckingham Palace for supplies I’m still very entertained by this game. The game punishes you for not appropriately handling any given situation correctly. In true survival-horror fashion, you start off with a cricket bat, a pistol, and a backpack to carry items you come across. You’ll find other more powerful weapons, but ammo is scarce so use it wisely. Zombies are no pushover, so you’ll want to draw them out one at a time if you wish to succeed. Should you die, the game will restart you as a new avatar back at your hideout with the new objective of finding your former avatar’s corpse (which is probably shambling around eating brains) and kill it to recover the items you gained earlier. Fail, and you lose them forever.

Zombi certainly looks like a Wii U port, but still offers up plenty of good visuals. Lighting plays a huge role in evoking the terrifying atmosphere surrounding you, and the game runs smooth. Controls work well but I recommend increasing your sensitivity on your aiming cursor when starting off. The only main gripe at this point is the inability to drop your cricket bat and starting pistol. You can drop any other item and it’s a waste of space having to lug these around when you’ve already come across better weapons. There’s no reason they couldn’t fix this with a future patch.

Zombi is an absolute blast so far and I highly recommend it for anyone yearning for a stiff challenge in the world of survival-horror. Be sure to check back for my full review in another week or so (hopefully sooner) and join me on my Twitch channel while I shoot my way through London’s zombie infestation problem.

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