This zombie thing has gone too far and I have to say that I like it! The Walking Dead series of episodes (I am talking about the game here) became really popular and fans can’t stop talking about the next season that will be released somewhere in May, 2013. But before that will be offered to play something different, something special and, hopefully, something as atmospheric as the original title of the Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is the name for a new game we are going to see this year on the store shelves. Unlike the Walking Dead: The Game it won’t be anything even close to it. This is a totally different story with a totally different heroes based on the TV show and not the comics. Also, right before you ask yourself, I am going to answer the question: no, you won’t play as Rick here. But, you are said to discover a totally different story, a story that you haven’t been told before, a story that happened long before meeting with the group, a story of two dedicated brothers. Yes, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct gives us an opportunity to understand the characters of Daryl Dixon and Merle Dixon. If you are familiar with the TV show – I am pretty sure that you are familiar with those two, if not – well, you still have some time to get things done and get to know them closer.
The story of two brothers happens long before the farm or Atlanta but just at the moment when things have gone serious about zombies. You will be playing as Daryl Dixon and your task will look kind of simple – you will need to survive. But surviving in the world full of zombies without proper weapons is not something one can easily cope with, so – here’s where all the fun starts. Besides, killing zombies is not something that you would like to keep doing in this game – just on the contrary: you will have to make things right and keep closer to the show scenario. You see – zombies in the game act as aggressively as they do in the TV series. You can’t just keep wondering near zombies making them feel comfortable about this. First of all – developers assure us that zombies will smell human which means next: if you get in the danger area even without making any noise – walkers will still find out that you are nearby and will try to eat you alive. By the way – making noises is also something you should keep attention to. If you plan to run and gun through the hordes of zombies killing them with a shotgun – not ganna happen. If you recall, in TV series Rick and his group try to remain as silent as possible and they use firearms only if and when anything else won’t help. Noises draw zombies’ attention and you should really be careful about this. However, by throwing stones, bottles and other items you can distract them and then make your way through which is kind of nice and helpful.
We do not know much about the gameplay and how things are going to progress in the future. Probably, by the end of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct you are going to meet the group and in the future releases you will play the plot described in the TV show. Or, maybe, Terminal Reality will create a couple of games telling a short prehistory of every member of the future group. Well, this would be great as well. According to developers – The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is not a first person shooter and it’s not a stealth game either. Those who enjoy playing Call of Duty or Splinter Cell won’t find this game attractive. But, if there’s just a little compromise in your head for both – then welcome!
“We were trying to create something real but loaded at the same time. Shooting is like a breakfast ring for zombies. First person survival – this is how we would like to describe this game. This was our plan and we are going to stick to it to the very end. Everything that the TV show is famous for, we want to see in our game. If you are familiar with it, you can’t but notice that characters do their best to kill the walkers without firearms. In the third season of The Walking Dead they’ve been using DIY silencers to avoid any unnecessary noise. You will be forced to be as silent as possible because even a little group of walkers can be very and very dangerous,” says Glenn Gameble, game’s producer.
So far game is in its alpha and in the videos below you are going to see pretty common graphics with nothing special to boast with. Please, remember – the game is still being developed and the final result is going to be far better than this. The official release date has been set on March, 26 but there is a possibility that we are going to see it a bit later. But the good news is – The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will be released for all platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, РС and even Wii U. Moreover – Wii U users won’t be forced another month or two to dive into the interesting gameplay and enjoy the game because the Wii U version (a bit modified) will see the world together with the other platforms.
As it was mentioned already, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will be a lot like the TV show – inspirational and atmospheric survival where killing zombies with a gun is rather a luxury than a regular scenario. And the people, of course. In the world where everything is not like it was before, you can’t just act normal and greet the other people with a smile on your face. Everything has changed and so did you. “What we do like about the show is that after the D-day people are forced to survive in the cruel world of zombies and at the same time remain as calm and in control as possible: some will simply do their best to survive, others will follow the rules of fallen society. But there also will be those who would change their attitude to you depending on the situation. They are the most dangerous fellows,” says creative director Angel Gonzalez.
Being a dedicated fan of The Walking Dead franchise, I am looking forward to see this game. Some fans keep being skeptical about the future and they say that this is going to be a failure. Well, it’s too early to make these conclusions because, if you recall, people used to be skeptical about The Walking Dead The Game with its short episodes too but it turn out to be amazing. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a totally different game with totally different ideas but there is something that should make it as good as the show or other titles connected – its Atmosphere!