The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is a product of a different time. I say that because back in the day every hit movie and TV show would have a tie in game. Most of the time these were rushed, not that great and nothing more than a cash grab to get money out of fans. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct has some pretty neat ideas, but it never really does anything with them.
There Go Them Dixon Boys!
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is based on the TV show so that right there is cool. The game is actually a prequel to the first season and sees Darrel and Merle try and make their way in a world full of walkers. Both Darrel and Merle are voiced by their respective actors so that is awesome. Darrel in particular sounds just like the Darrel that we all love on TV.
This is a bare-bones first person shooter game. You play as Darrel (co-op is a missed opportunity!) and you need to get through each area without dying. The game is clever in that like the show ammo is scarce and gun noises will attract the dead. You would think that this would force you to play the game in a more stealth manner, but the game is poorly designed so it is not necessary.
For example, you can just run straight to the objective and ignore like 90 percent of the walkers in a level. Also, you can jump on a car, wait for the zombies to come to you and kill them one at a time as there is no way they can grab you! This is just poor game design and spoils what could have been a tense first person game.
As well as the main story, you can also talk to NPC’s who will give you more missions to do. You can have people come with you and you can send them out to look for supplies while you are worrying about the main mission. This again is a good idea, but it is rather poorly executed as you are never really that stuck for supplies.
On The Road Again
One thing that I think they were onto a good idea with was how you travel in the game. Before a level, you need to pick which way you are going to drive. Some ways will take longer and use more gas, but there will be more chance to scavenge for supplies. A shorter route will use less fuel, but there will be a higher chance of breaking down.
If you run out of fuel the game will load up what for a lack of a better term is a side level. Here you can deal with walkers all the while picking up a ton of gas from the million gas cans that are laying around for some reason.
Now Quite Like It Is On TV
The presentation in The Walking Dead Survival Instinct is very poor, even on the highest settings this is not a pretty game. Everything has a rushed and low budget feel to it. There are jaggy edges all over the place and walkers flat out disappear in front of your eyes! It comes across as if the game was rushed to get it out at a certain date. The voice acting to be fair is great, but it is severely let down with how basic everything looks.
A game based on The Walking Dead TV show should have been a smash hit. I do feel that there are some good ideas here but they are all very poorly executed. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct feels like a quick cash grab of a game and unless you are a super hardcore fan of the show, you would be better of staying away. I would not say it is the worst zombie game I have ever played, but it is not that exciting either.
- The voice acting is great
- Seeing Darrel and Merle together is cool
- The travel idea is quite clever
- There is a lot of blood
- It is set before the first season of the show
- It feels like a budget game from 2002
- Overall the game is just very poorly made
Download The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
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