The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
It may have taken a while, but The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is a game that is actually based on the TV show. This is nothing like the games that the people at Telltale and Skybound put out. In many ways, Survival Instinct is what most people expected when they heard there was a game based on The Walking Dead coming out.
Man, I so, so wanted to get invested in this story! While The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is in fact based on the TV show. The game is actually set before it. Having a prequel is actually a pretty neat idea and seeing what some iconic characters were like before they all met up on paper is a great idea.
The game is about the Dixon brothers, Darrel and Merle. These two are just trying to get by and do what they can to ensure that they each survive the walkers and the other people that are around. The whole story is a bit of a mess, but I do think if you are a fan of the show you will be willing to tolerate it.
I will start with the good. They actually managed to get the proper voice actors from the show to do the voices for Darrel and Merle. This right there gives the game an authentic Walking Dead kind of feel whenever you hear the two of them talk. The quality of their voice acting is actually pretty solid so I give them a thumbs up for that. Sadly, the rest of the game has a very rushed, almost low budget kind of feel to it. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is not a bad looking game, but it is not going to blow you away. Character models are kind of rough, lip syncing is just god awful and I swear some of the cars have square wheels!
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is a first person shooter. A first person shooter set in the TV world of The Walking Dead is a great idea and there are some very interesting ideas in this game. This is only single player and you take turns playing as the Dixon brothers and that I feel is the first missed opportunity for the game. This should have been a two-player co-op game.
Each mission sees you having to make your way to the end point. On the way, you may have to get gas, ammo or something like that. Oh, and there is, of course, an army of walkers wanting to eat you as well. The problem is that the game is very poorly designed. You can actually just run to the objective point and ignore nearly all of the walkers that are after you. There is very, very little challenge here.
You can get extra people to join you guys and you are able to send them out on their own missions to get gas and other supplies. This is something I feel that was a very clever idea and something that I would like to have seen expanded on.
Another good idea the game has I getting from mission to mission. You have a map and choose how you get to where you want to go. You will have different paths you can take, some will require more gas and give you more chance to break down, but the rewards could be higher. When you do run out of gas, you have to get more which is just a case of killing some walkers and picking it up as you go.
Final Thoughts On The Walking Dead Survival Instinct
This really is a disappointing game. It is the kind of game that would have been released on the PS2 to cash in on a movie or a TV show. There are some good ideas here, but the overall gameplay and presentation are so average that it is really hard to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. This is one that is for die-hard fans of the TV show only.
Final Score: 5/10
- The voice acting is good
- They got the actual actors from the show
- Some ideas are quite interesting
- The idea of it being a prequel to the show is good
- It is not shy about spilling blood
- The gameplay is very poorly thought out in every regard
- The presentation is really, really bad