• 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 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.
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    81
    Whilst not being one of the coveted Ninty iconic characters in a launch title that fanboys are hungry for, it looks like this will satiate the hordes with its gritty realism (as much as it possibly can be in a title about fictional zombies), tense environments and an immersive control set-up thanks to Wii U's GamePad.
  3. 72
    A game that successfully utilizes the Wii U's GamePad features, provides a spooky atmosphere, and has some innovative elements that make it a worthy purchase for many. Unfortunately, the combat is not as refined as it could be and I found the gameplay somewhat tedious.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    84
    The campaign isn't too terribly long, but its innovative perma-death mechanics make that experience enjoyable throughout.
  5. Dec 5, 2012
    90
    A solid concept at its core already made sure that ZombiU was an attractive and interesting prospect even before it launched. What was delivered turned out to be a most attractive and addictive experience like none other in the current generation of games, especially as the Survival Horror genre having pretty much died over the last decade.
  6. Dec 12, 2012
    80
    ZombiU is definitely not a game for everyone, mostly due to its unforgiving design and flat fiction. But few horror games really make you feel like you're in a desperate struggle for survival, and few action games command all of your attention and precision to play. ZombiU manages both those things simultaneously, and the result feels fresh and interesting in all the right ways.
  7. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    For what it presents, the game works on so many levels. It is a landmark experience and one that deserves repeated playthroughs, if only to try and make it to the end unscathed. Not perfect by any means, but then is anything ever really perfect? I'd argue not. We are all perfect in our imperfections; by this outlook, so is ZombiU.
  8. 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.
  9. Dec 21, 2012
    74
    While far from perfect, ZombiU is nevertheless an compelling launch title that no owner of the Wii U shouldn't at least rent.
  10. Nov 30, 2012
    80
    It is unforgiving and brutal, but in the best of ways that challenges players to carefully consider each step. For those who don't shy away from a challenge, ZombiU may just be the best reason to own a Wii U at launch.
  11. 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.
  12. Nov 21, 2012
    55
    As much as I'd love to heap praise on ZombiU for a smashing debut on a console that needed a good proof-of-concept, it ultimately comes off as a game that tried to get there the easy way-and failed. I applaud Ubisoft's desire to bring fear back to the genre while leveraging the Wii U's unique capabilities, but I wish they could've found a way to do so that didn't require so much needless pandering.
  13. 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.
  14. Nov 27, 2012
    70
    ZombiU is hardly everything it could have been. But it has to be commended for not reducing its gameplay to a handful of technical gimmicks. Its ideas are brave and while they tend to alternately make you love and hate the game, in the end they still make ZombiU a tense and worthwhile affair.
  15. 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.
  16. 80
    If you want to feel pure terror without having to visit a haunted house, then ZombiU is a game for you.
  17. Dec 6, 2012
    90
    Can Wii U offer something more than just family entertainment? Zombi U is a clear answer that yes, it can.
  18. Jan 7, 2013
    80
    A terrific and terrifying launch title that actually tries to make use of the new hardware in a meaningful way, while also keeping high production values. I recommend all new Wii U owners to take a look at Zombie U.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Nov 23, 2012
    80
    A fascinating survival-horror game. Despite some surprising shortcomings, in particular a perfectible playability and combat system, ZombiU puts the player at the center of a zombicalypse like no other game. The extremely well polished atmosphere, high difficulty and asymmetrical gameplay ideas deliver an intense experience that all fans of horror and survival themed games should live.
  25. Dec 21, 2012
    70
    The game-ending glitches can be a real pain and the same goes for some of the developers choices concerning the use of the GamePad. But if you are willing to look past those problems you'll be left with a true and immersive survival horror experience.
  26. Dec 10, 2012
    75
    While unlikely to be the game that sells millions of gamers on the Wii U as a system, ZombiU is a strong game and its purchase a no-brainer for those who own the console already.
  27. 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.
  28. Dec 2, 2012
    80
    ZombiU becomes a showcase for the new Nintendo console with it's clever use of its unique controller scheme. It's an excellent survival horror game that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. It's tough and scary, and well worth the effort to play through.
  29. Dec 18, 2012
    80
    You'll be shocked that a Nintendo launch game can shake you up so easily. [Jan 2013, p.72]
  30. Dec 16, 2012
    80
    Ubisoft scores with its depressive journey to zombie-infested London. We have to take into account this console because of a combination of slow pace, adrenaline-filled moments, and a unique death and control system proving there are mature games for Wii U.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 587 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 200
  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 »