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Shaun Of The Dead Star Seems Pleased With ZombiU Homage

Posted by Damien McFerran

You've got red on you

We've all heard of life imitating art, but what about art imitating art? That's exactly what has happened with ZombiU, as it gives the player a cricket bat as their only melee option — a loving nod to the seminal 2004 British horror comedy Shaun of the Dead.

In case you haven't seen it, the film focuses on one man's quest to win back the love of his life — and how it becomes annoyingly hampered by a zombie outbreak.

Amusingly, Shaun of the Dead co-creator and leading star Simon Pegg has just discovered the game, and seems to be pretty pleased that his film is referenced:

ZombiU was released alongside the Wii U console last year, and gained a positive review from us. Are you still smashing skulls with your trusty cricket bat? Or, like Pegg, are you only just discovering the game now? Post a comment to let us know.


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seronja said:

i love this movie =D made me laugh hard xD and about the ZombiU i finnished the game last month, and didn't touch it ever since the f-zero came on e-shop



Stuffgamer1 said:

I went into that movie expecting a comedy...and I got that...for the first half or so. Then it got disgustingly gory and I hate it.

Only had a brief taste of Zombi U, though. I'd like to investigate further...but I don't gots da moolahs.



RevolverLink said:

Given his personality and his very geek-savvy body of work (of which I'm an admitted fan), it doesn't surprise me at all that Simon Pegg would enjoy that reference.

Also, I can't wait for The World's End!



McHaggis said:

I keep trying to download the demo but I'm never on my Wii U during the ridiculously annoying permitted download times on the eShop.



MAB said:

How about we just head down to the Winchester and wait for all this to blow over



Bulbousaur said:

The next Zombi U should have a stage where you have to act like zombies so you can trick them to get to a pub



akabenjy said:

Simon Pegg is in the best TV series ever IMO in Spaced. I love all of the movie and video game references in that show.



PorllM said:

@Stuffgamer1 I found it hilarious all the way through, matter of opinion I guess.
The only gory part was when that guy got pulled out of the pub window and torn apart, and he's such a hateable character that me and my mates were laughing with glee when that happened lol.



Ristar42 said:

Think Simon Pegg had a bit part in Land of the Dead as a Zombie, I also remember the Resident Evil 2 episode of 'Spaced' from the good old days of 90s gaming...



Zodiak13 said:

Odd that I can't seem to get around to buying this game. I own other Wii U games I'm sure I'd like less, but I can't get myself to buy this one. Maybe I'll pick it up the same time I get MH3U and Lego City, since it will be wallet apocalypse anyway.



DerpSandwich said:

I picked up a copy cheap about a month ago and haven't played it yet, but just last night some friends and I booted up the muliplayer. It was tons of fun!



LavaTwilight said:

Great film if anyone in US has not seen it yet, you must! Completed game but gearing up to go through survival mode! Glad Simon Pegg loves the reference



Stuffgamer1 said:

@rastamadeus: Well, that was a bit of a needlessly insulting way to put it...granted, I watched the movie some years ago; it is entirely possible that my sensitivity to such things has reduced since then. But I think it is at least not so hard to understand why a guy going into a movie expecting lighthearted shenanigans would be upset by the approach Shaun of the Dead took. Felt like the old bait-and-switch, but with extra nausea.



Dpullam said:

I watched a little bit of Shaun of The Dead. I can't say I remember too much about it though.



Aerona said:

I really wanna play Zombi U but I know if I can hold on a little longer I'm going to find it in the discount bin.



MadAdam81 said:

Left 4 Dead 2 had a cricket bat and I found it much more enjoyable that ZombieU, which I returned after a couple of days and got Mario & FIFA instead.

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