• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2012
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 70
  2. Negative: 1 out of 70
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    63
    ZombiU has so many great ideas from looting with the Wii U GamePad to permadeath to its spooky setting, but none of them grow into a great game. Controls are clunky, melee combat is annoying, and the game doesn't look good.
  2. Nov 18, 2012
    45
    With an uninteresting world and dull combat, the survival horror game ZombiU is a weak link in the Wii U's launch lineup.
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    84
    The campaign isn't too terribly long, but its innovative perma-death mechanics make that experience enjoyable throughout.
  4. Nov 18, 2012
    50
    Gamers eager for a new experience tailored to the Wii U likely have their eyes on ZombiU. It shows off nearly every feature of Nintendo's new hardware, but the sum of these parts is a horrifying Frankenstein's Monster. Good zombie games are a dime a dozen these days, and I can't recommend ZombiU above them despite being the only undead shooter on the Wii U.
  5. Nov 18, 2012
    90
    No timid attempt at carving off a slice of the bloated zombie market, ZombiU takes a new path - one that cuts a swathe through the horde. If it's not quite perfect then that's no terrible criticism, and whatever else, it is one hell of a launch title.
  6. Dec 13, 2012
    80
    ZombiU isn't the kind of game that merits purchasing a new console, but it's still exciting, if flawed. There is no other zombie game on the market that captures the tension and fear of a zombie film the way ZombiU does.
  7. Dec 5, 2012
    91
    Overall I was extremely impressed by what ZombiU brought to the table for Wii U owners. It's a fantastically tense horror experience, and one of the best zombie themed games I've had the pleasure of playing.
  8. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    A game that rewards the smart, patient survivalist who is able to overcome the many menacing challenges of a dark setting filled with treacherous zombies. Moments of adversity are frequent and the Wii U's GamePad is able to heighten the experience with interactions that leave you in distress.
  9. Dec 18, 2012
    80
    You'll be shocked that a Nintendo launch game can shake you up so easily. [Jan 2013, p.72]
  10. Nov 18, 2012
    60
    ZombiU's complete and utter dedication to creating a tense, realistic zombie survival game can be problematic, and its often at odds with itself. Despite this, the game successfully proves that horror games can be enhanced by the Wii U's GamePad, and does a great job at showing how the new controller can create an incredibly immersive experience.
  11. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Zombiu is a strong launch title, even if the focus and the alignment on a Nintendo console seems a bit forced. However, a shallow combat system and some disappointing graphics keep the game from being much better that what it actually is.
  12. Dec 13, 2012
    80
    In the areas of visuals, features, mechanics, story, and such, it doesn't really do anything special. However, the tone of the game, and the sheer weight and dread that the player feels when trying to survive in this version of London is ZombiU's crowning achievement.
  13. Dec 18, 2012
    80
    ZombiU should also be recognized as one of those rare launch titles that doesn't have the classic earmarks of a launch title that's been rushed out the door.
  14. Nov 18, 2012
    83
    As a first person survival horror, it's a great game, even though we feel certain aspects could have been improved. One of the best WiiU launch titles, and one of the very few titles that made us feel nervous in the last few years.
  15. Nov 18, 2012
    70
    A smart and engaging exploration of what Nintendo's strange new machine can muster. Historically, thirdparty releases on a console launch day have been chequered and timid affairs made by inexperienced teams fearful of losing their footing on unknown terrain. When Ubisoft Montpellier's ZombiU works in smart union with its host console, however, it frequently delights.
  16. Dec 4, 2012
    75
    This isn't a zombie shooting gallery, nor is it an episode of the Walking Dead. Zombies may be cliche and played out, but ZombiU's strengths far outweigh its weaknesses. Definitely check it out if you own a Wii U.
  17. Dec 5, 2012
    80
    ZombiU has more than enough value as a solo experience to strongly recommend. It's a hell of an achievement for a launch title from a third-party team getting to grips with strange new hardware – who'd have thought that not Nintendo but Ubisoft would have created the defining Wii U experience?
  18. Dec 14, 2012
    90
    ZombiU is slow and methodical, designed to build tension rather than pump adrenaline. [Dec 2012, p.74]
  19. Nov 23, 2012
    78
    Zombi U completes its mission: be funny and suggest interesting ideas to take advantage of the Wii hardware. An intense and innovative survival experience that Wii U users will remember as one of the most enjoyable launch games for their new console.
  20. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    You'd think after all the years of playing survival horror games I'd be ready for just about anything, it's good to have my survival skills thrown in to question every now and again, and thanks to ZombiU it'll keep me sharp for when the real thing goes down. It's too bad some design choices keep this game from being a truly stellar launch title.
  21. Dec 17, 2012
    84
    It's not perfect and it's not for everyone, but ZombiU is a fantastic return of the survival horror genre.
  22. Dec 9, 2012
    60
    ZombiU is an atmospheric game that can be very tense and even sometimes scary. You just have to be willing to over look its flaws.
  23. Nov 28, 2012
    75
    A good survival horror game, with some technical issues and a poor storytelling.
  24. Nov 18, 2012
    80
    ZombiU is awkward, ugly, crawling in its pace, and often nonsensical with its narrative ... and I remember when horror games weren't ashamed of any of that, even actively exploiting it to create alienating, frightening atmospheres that stuck in a players' memories and made them too spooked to want to take another step forward. ZombiU did that to me.
  25. Nov 29, 2012
    80
    Despite an uninspired melee system and a plateauing story ZombiU does a solid job in bringing an old genre to a new console. This is survival horror how it's meant to be.
  26. Jan 23, 2013
    86
    An intense experience. ZombiU delivers one of the most intense experiences in recent history. Moody, violent and suitably tough, it managed to keep me playing long into the night. [Jan 2013]
  27. Nov 19, 2012
    85
    Zombie U is one of the most intriguing Survival Horror titles of this generation. Is has some technical issues and some flaws in the narration process, but the atmosphere and the setting are amazing. It's a cruel game that makes you crawl in the darkness, completely alone and insecure. The Gamepad is used wisely, to stress the immersion of the player.
  28. Nov 26, 2012
    70
    In this Ubisoft launch title for the Wii U, some very good ideas are sadly spoiled by poor action and an average technical execution. ZombiU is still worth a try though, if you really are into the Survival Horror genre.
  29. 90
    These kinds of games are not for everyone, and some people may not like ZombiU due to its high level of difficulty or clunky combat. However, if you appreciate the qualities of the older Resident Evil games, the challenge of a game like Dark Souls, and the exploration of a Metroid-style world, this game is absolutely for you. Enter the survival horror.
  30. Dec 3, 2012
    90
    ZombiU is the perfect Wii U launch game for adult gamers: there's violence, monsters and it's actually quite scary. Because the death of your character is permanent and zombies are very hard to take down, playing ZombiU guarantees sweaty hands. The GamePad adds on to this experience by pulling you even further into the game world. ZombiU is scary, unique and only possible on the Wii U. Nintendo couldn't have wished for a better launch game.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 580 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 197
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    10
    This was one of nintendos main launch games and wanted this game to sell the Wii U, well Nintendo have achieved that ZombiU works great on the amazing gamepad and has a really adventures twang to the game this is the best game I've ever played you guys have got to get it! Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2012
    9
    How in the world this game got a few bad reveiws I will never know!!! The game is fantastic its not like every other zombie game on the market thank goodness!!!!! It stands alone, a truly fun and unique gaming experience!!! Dont let a few false reveiws ruin a truly extraordinary gaining experience for YOU!!!!!!! think for yourself don't let others decide for you!!! if you want a great game its here waiiting 4 you!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2012
    10
    GameSpot gave this awesome a 45/100, but then they deleted the review. Yep. Anyway, ZombiU it's an awesome game not only because it's better than the new entries in the series that used to be the bomb in the Horror genre a decade ago ( Resident Evil and Silent Hill), but also because it's challenging, rewarding and it uses the GamePad in a great way. Get this. It's gold. Full Review »