ZombiU on Wii U puts Resident Evil 6 to shame in realism stakes

By Alan Ng - Jun 18, 2012

If you are not too impressed with what you have seen from Resident Evil 6 so far, allow us to show you some brand new gameplay from upcoming Wii U exclusive, ZombieU. It’s a unique take on the zombie horror survival type of game and it is easily one of the best Wii U games we have seen so far.

You may have even seen Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime unveil this recently on the Jimmy Fallon show, but we have some much more intimate gameplay for you to enjoy. Gamers have been crying out for a realistic zombie survival game for many years now and we’re pleased to see that Ubisoft are trying to deliver this with ZombieU.

The game features realtime elements to make each play-through unique to the player. For example, if you are biten once by the zombies, it is game over and you’ll have to start all over again as there are no save points during levels. What is interesting is that after you die, you assume the role of a new survivor and the previous person you played as, now becomes a zombie with all of your gear. You can then track down this zombie somewhere in the level and retrieve your gear in order to make your odds of survival much greater.

From what we have seen from this video, there are actually some very scary moments and one of the key design focuses for Ubisoft was to make ZombiU as less scripted as possible. For example, you’ll see in the video that during a second play though, zombies turn up in different locations, so they don’t always come out of the same place each time. You may enter through a door to find a new group of zombies and even running out of ammo will result in a game over screen.

It’s early days yet, but this is looking very promising for the Wii U and a great example of how third-party developers are already putting that touchscreen controller to good use. Does Resident Evil 6 need this kind of realism? After watching a recent RE6 gameplay demo, Ubisoft are almost putting Capcom to shame in their own specialist subject. Watch the action below in HD and let us know your thoughts on this.

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