ZOM­BIU ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

18, Ubisoft, Wii U Nin­tendo may be known as a fam­ily firm, but Zom­biU is ev­ery bit an adult game. You take on the role of one of a small band of sur­vivors of an apoc­a­lypse that has struck Lon­don. Your goal is to sur­vive, which, as you might guess, is dif­fi­cult. The twist is that in nor­mal mode, ev­ery time you die you respawn as a new sur­vivor and your pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion joins the hordes of the in­fected. To get the items that you col­lected pre­vi­ously, you have to find your in­fected char­ac­ter and kill them. The use of the touch­screen Gamepad con­troller can be a bit con­fus­ing at first – you switch be­tween the main screen and the smaller con­troller – but it soon be­comes sec­ond na­ture, and you can use it to view ex­tra con­tent, such as maps. Zom­biU stretches your last nerve to break­ing point – not al­ways for the right rea­sons. Com­bat can be clunky, and some­times you’re bet­ter off mak­ing a run for it rather than try­ing to fight off a zom­bie . But it’s a good start for the con­sole.

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