ZombiU...what a controversial launch title. Reviewers gave the game such a mixed review. Some of them, playing the game as if it were an action game, missed the point. It was a SURVIVAL HORROR game, not action.
Here are some key points about the game that as a fan of survival horror, I picked up on so far:
-Inventory management is a key feature in that game. You drag and drop your items in limited slots, and to the top right and left corners of the Gamepad are quick-access slots you may use for anything (I tend to use them for weapons). Any item management in the inventory happens in real time, and as you drag and drop items, the TV screen shifts to a third person view, which gives you a view of any incoming zombies. Should you find that a zombie is approaching you as your using medkits, you know its time to book it!
-The combat is a burden (in a good way). Pushing the ZR trigger shoves back ala Left 4 Dead, but when you hold down ZL you aim your equipped weapon ala Resident Evil and then ZR uses the equipped weapon. Ammo is delightfully limited in the game, as 6 rounds found could be considered a godsend. It's recommended to stick with the cricket bat (the melee weapon), as it conserves the rest of your resources.
-Taking a page from RE Revelations, the game has it's own scanner (called the Bug-out-bag), which is used to mark incoming enemies, scan CCTV cameras (downloads the map for the area), read messages left by other players of the game, mark doors as locked or unlocked, and more.
-The sense of being alone is successfully executed, something that made me so satisfied. Any other characters in the game (so far) only talk to you through the Bug-out-bag, which was neatly pulled off since the Gamepad audio is top-quality (something I heard no reviewer mention).
-Not to mention atmosphere...the lighting, along with the atmosphere, successfully pulls off a great sense of dread and isolation! You have a light, and when you use it, its battery starts to drain. When you turn it off (to recharge it), the darkness haunts you!
Highly recommended for survival horror gamers, and succeeded in holding me off until more info on The Evil Within surfaces!