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New ZombiU trailer has some exciting Doom-style surprises. And some zombie-shaped ones too

As we said in our Wii U good news / bad news round-up, ZombiU is looking better than it did last time we saw it. But look! You can see that for yourself. In fact, this new trailer for the Buckingham Palace level (that's where the Queen of England lives... occasionally) is well worth a watch as it contains some rather unexpected gameplay elements. How about Doom-style hidden corridors, crossbows, sniping and molotovs? Check it out:

It also shows off the environmental scanner and the way you can be distracted by the Wii U GamePad, for instance when inputting a security code, unaware that a zombie is approaching you on the main screen. Conversely it also shows how the GamePad can be used tactically to avoid such instances - to scout ahead for safe navigation. Well, comparatively safe navigation, at least.

You can also see in the trailer how well the dynamic lighting is working, with shadows cast in real-time from your flashlight. We also like how the gloomy, musty air around the antique bookshelves is conveyed through a rather accomplished-looking murk filter. And man, are those baseball bat kills brutal?!

It's getting the atmosphere right, it's getting the exploration and isolation right... crucially it's getting the sense of survival right. Could this actually deliver on its promise? We're guessing it's not far from release now because there isn't that much time left this year, so we should have definitive answers soon enough.

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6 comments

  • jackthemenace - September 1, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    Baseball Bat? Isn't that a cricket bat? And speaking of Cricket bats, when will the goddamn Winchester be announced as a playable level?
  • onetimebuster - August 31, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    I hope this doesnt turn out as bad as the first red steel game.
  • Gazanator101 - August 31, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    Damnn, this looks quite good, I'll definitely be treating myself to this and a Wii U this Christmas.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 31, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    This game is looking phenomenal, even if the on-fire zombies just turn orange. However, as a slightly unrelated question: will the WiiU have backwards compatibility for Wii games, maybe even Gamecube games? If not, will there be an online store for both Gamecube and Wii Games, possibly even N64 games? A yes or no an any of these might justify a purchase early in its life.
  • Cyberninja - August 31, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    It will be fully backwards compatable with Wii games and on the online store it will let you purchase gamecube and earlier games(N64,SNES and NES)
  • shawksta - August 31, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Wii? Yes, GC,? No. There's also something called virtual console, the Wii and 3DS already have it, where you can download old games from NES GENESIS SNES and even Nintendo 64, while 3DS has old handheld games, if Wii U is to follow we'll soon enough get downloadable Gamecube games.

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