Walking Dead: Survival Instinct review by DB

Gamers have spent years debating a ton of different things, but one thing they all agree on is that most “official” licensed games suck. Sure, the ones based on comics (Batman), cartoons (Disney) and those set in the universe of pre-existing properties (Star Wars) are usually pretty good, but the ones based directly off of movies or TV shows are usually, well, terrible. Any gamer worth his name knows about the debacle of the E.T. game back in the early 80’s that basically sunk the original Atari. Yet, after numerous failed attempts at quick cash-ins, game studios continue to release them again and again.

Daryl-Dixon-The latest casualty is The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Releasing this so close to the massively successful Telltale game from 2012 was a huge mistake – there was never a chance it could match it in quality. But the biggest travesty is that the game took what could have been a great opportunity and so clearly rushed it that it ultimately fails.

Don’t get me wrong – there are some good ideas to be seen. As it takes place before the hit series, they wisely chose to base the game around popular characters Darryl and Merle Dixon. Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, the actors from the show, provide the voices which is awesome. The idea behind the game is actually good, and the story is interesting. But sadly, that’s where the good stops.

What starts out as a good idea eventually becomes endlessly repetitive. While the game is relatively short, doing the same thing time and time again becomes a boring chore. There is no investment whatsoever in the supporting characters. While you are offered multiple paths, they all have the same goal – go here/grab that/kill zombies. Then there’s the graphics… the poor, poor graphics. Looking like something that may have been lower end GameCube graphics is disheartening when seeing them on a high end system.

When I started playing, I could look past the graphical issues and enjoy the game, but after doing the same thing for the fifteenth time I started losing interest. What sucks, is being the trophy whore that I am, I’m going to need to finish this game at least 3 more times. Once I get that platinum, this is getting traded in!

1.5 stars out of 5