‘ZombiU’ Is Coming To PS4, PC And Xbox One As ‘Zombi’

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Zombi Announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

“ZOMBI returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in dilapidated, infected London,” says the blurb. “For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death. Thousands have died, or worse, been infected by a sickness more gruesome than death.” ZOMBI is a first-person survival horror game with light rogue-like elements.

By the middle of 2013, those third-party game publishers bellowed loudly about why they had jumped ship—and loudest of all was Ubisoft, whose games Rayman Legends and ZombiU relied pretty heavily on the system’s touchscreen GamePad. The long-delayed Rayman Legends eventually found its way to other systems, but ZombiU, a launch game for the console (and this author’s pick for the most compelling Wii U game to date), was another matter.

You’ll collect stuff, use it to kill zombies, and stay alive as long as you can—and when you do die, the perma-death mechanic places you inside a new survivor and leaves you to choose between trying to recover your lost equipment from the infected (which is to say, animated and hungry) corpse of your old body, or letting it go and starting anew. Its post-apocalyptic terror relied on that touchscreen—on making players manage inventory, puzzles, security cameras, and other stuff on a smaller screen while zombies raged on your TV—making it a rare delight in an otherwise crowded zombie-gaming landscape. The core gameplay will remain the same, but of course the graphics been upgraded to take advantage of modern hardware, “to bring gamers to a new level of horror.” The field of view has been expanded and can be adjusted “a little,” and a pair of new melee weapons, the shovel and the nail bat, have been added.

Thursday brought news that Ubisoft was bringing the series back—with the letter U blatantly chopped off—on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. It’s likely that all touchscreen capabilities were removed from the game, as none of three platforms have built-in screens like the Wii U Gamepad does. Should the newer Zombi prove less compelling, console and PC players may want to direct their attention to Dying Light, a game whose core play is pretty similar. We liked it a lot at launch in spite of its lower-res Xbox One performance—and, hey, it’s much better with DLC and the performance boosts on its current PC edition.

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