Don't listen to all the harsh haters who tore this game apart, expecting it to be even closely similar in amazingness to Telltale Games' original take on the show. That game was character and story driven, while this Survival Instinct is a FPS/survival game that focuses on a side story of Daryl and Merle with no true ties to the TV show.
This game is not the most refined game on the market, but I actually liked it since I eat up all things Walking Dead. I didn't expect a blockbuster title since it's a budget game. It doesn't follow the show other than you taking the place of Daryl, while you try to find your way South with your brother and some followers you pick up along the way.
So basically it's a survival game where you have short missions you play as you travel a map. You have a limited inventory, need to pick up supplies, explore towns, and complete side missions. You may need to help survivors in a town to gain their car, for example. These people can stay in your group until they die, if you dismiss them or kill them off on an errand you sent them on to gain food or fuel, for example.
Each little town can be explored and has things like new guns, a crossbow, grenades, fuel, shotguns, rifles, etc. You need fuel to get to places, so if you run out, your car will stop and you'll be in a cut scene to a new place. The huge downfall is that the maps are all duplicates. So you keep having to stop at the same looking gas stations, fuel stops, roads, etc. They repeat like 4 different ones other than the towns, so you realize this right away and then it becomes monotonous and annoying I found.
I liked the stealthy gameplay though, being able to sneak and kill walkers with head stabbing them. The crossbow is also really cool and quiet and makes for killer new ways to tackle a level peppered with deadly walkers. The campaign was pretty short, but it offers multiple playthroughs because of unique choice making paths.
The premise was good, the characters highly rated, and of course, the series is huge and rightly so. From the comics, to the show, to the game, it gets high regards from people who wouldn’t normally even care. This game however, takes everything that has been built, and dumps on it, Survival Instinct. (Let's be honest, it doesn’t deserve the name Walking Dead anywhere near it)
The very beginning of the game had me highly interested, the story looked very promising, you’re thrown right into the mess right away. The problem, the characters don’t really show that. They seem to show no emotion what so ever, I mean, I didn’t expect a lot from the actual actors, a lot don’t realize how hard voice acting really is and it showed. The entire game felt like a monotone blur of a couple sentence cut scenes that added up to a nonexistent story.
Glitches! I’m one to normally forgive glitches, every game has some, and as long as they’re not too repetitive or game ending, then I can forgive them. Survival Instinct was too much for me. Multiple times the game would glitch at the end of the level, to the point where I could not move on. I hit restart level, hoping for the checkpoint, however, of course, it would take me to the very beginning.
The Zombies!!!! Now I’m no zombie expert, seeing as the human ones don’t exist, no matter how many times I wish upon a star, (Jiminy Cricket is Full of it) but these zombies were terrible, easily the most boring zombies you’ve ever seen. If these zombies actually existed, the apocalypse would last 5 minutes. They just walk, they are blocked by everything, including ankle high pieces of wood, and planks above your hips, easily crouched under. The Knife. How do you put so much into one little knife. I could sit for 20 minutes as the zombies got into a line, so I could stab their face. None attacking, all just patiently waiting for their turn to be stabbed in the face.
All in all, I have to say, this was one of the worst games I've pl
posted by Slicktrick (MARSTONS MILLS, MA) Mar 21, 2013
Member since May 2012
gamers (43%) found this review helpful
Terrible graphics, terrible controls... Totally bummed this game is a joke! The arcade game that came out before this one is better... I don't know how this has a 7.6 rating.. I know the show is a 10 but this game is a joke....