The creators of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are certainly proud of their zombie mode. It's a feature that sets the Black Ops games apart from the Modern Warfare side of the Call of Duty franchise. However, it is just one mode among many in that game. Zombie apocalypse fans looking for a pure zombie survival horror experience might want to look to Ubisoft's upcoming ZombiU for their fix.
ZombiU will have multiplayer modes where friends can fight off the hordes together, but it will also feature a mode dedicated to a more combative multiplayer experience.
This week, Ubisoft released a live-action ZombieU trailer that demonstrates one such multiplayer mode. One player takes on the role of the survivor - the helpless sap trying to escape the zombies. The other player takes on the role of King of the Zombies, and is in charge of providing the zombies the survivor will face. The King will operate the Wii U Gamepad, which in this mode is dubbed the "Zombie Spawner." Using a light real-time strategy-like interface, he or she can mercilessly drop zombies into the game the survivor will be playing on the TV screen.
It's an interesting concept, and one that could help bring in friends who wouldn't normally play a Left 4 Dead-type zombie shooter. It's also a system that could easily create fights between players, so gamers should take care before allowing their sadistic significant other be the King.
Fair warning: the trailer is live-action and contains plenty of blood and exploding zombie heads.