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Oct 26, 2015

Zombi - PC Review and System Requirements

The true art of survival

There are probably too many Zombie games out there. We have become thoroughly desensitised to the shambling and groaning, and the blood spatter generated by a well-placed blunt-weapon strike is far too familiar. It is time, really, to find other things to smash. With that said, though, Ubisoft have brought Zombi to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and it really is most welcome. This game was originally released when the Wii U first hit shelves in 2012 and, despite the platform exclusivity, it provided the player with a brutal, visceral zombie experience. The port obviously sees the Wii U game pad (which was a huge part of the original release) removed from the picture, while a few graphical tweaks and the like step in.
But it’s pretty much the same game, and that’s what makes it so welcome of these platforms. But why? We have seen numerous games since Zombi U (as it was originally called) hit the shelves, including the excellent Dying Light. Why should Zombi be so cool to play, particularly considering that it is three years old (a long time in game terms)? The reason is simple: Zombi has not lost the core idea that made it awesome in the first place. And that idea, quite simply, is that the character you control is not a professional soldier, secret agent, star athlete or any other kind of person that may display skills beyond the ordinary. In fact, ordinary is exactly what they are. And that adds a sense of reality to the game.

There have been plenty of survival horror games which feature ordinary people, true, but add one more element to the mix, and you have a heady mix that actually makes this game feel like one in which you need to survive. Death is permanent. If the zombies get you (and they will) it is literally game over for that character. No checkpoint. No respawn. The player pretty much needs to start again, from the home base, with a new survivor.

It can get frustrating, particularly when you’ve built a character up a bit… but the whole concept adds to the dread of the title, particularly when you run into your old character, who is now a zombie wandering the streets of London. To make matters worse, they have all your equipment, and if you want the cools stuff you’ve collected back, you’re going to have to kill the person you spent so long looking after. It’s jarring the first few times, and it brings a true feeling of horror – and survival – to the game.

And then there are the zombies… these aren’t the slow, mindless shamblers we have come to expect. They are fast, vicious and out for blood, and running into a pack of them may well mean the end of the
character. Ammo is scarce, noise attracts them, and there is only so much you can do with a melee weapon. All these elements combined, along with the fact that Zombi has a great setting (even if its story is a little weak) make it a game that is more true to the spirit of its genre than most we have seen in recent years. It has translated well onto the new platforms (although the game pad is sorely missed, thanks to the added tension it brought to the experience) and although it’s a bit dated, it is a most welcome addition. And at the great, bargain price, playing Zombi is almost a no-brainer.
Rating: 79/100
System Requirements:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (64bit version only)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5770 (1024MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 (64bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2105 @ 3.1 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD7850 or better (2048MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers


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