I picked up The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct the weekend it was available. As a fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, naturally I had to give this game a try. Like many other video games, everyone plays it differently and different people are better at certain games, like me, I suck at sports games, but I have a natural gift with this type of game.
The graphics and story line of the game were amazing. It was nice to see the Dixon brothers get their own game. On a scale of 1 to 10 how challenging the game was for me, at first a 7, but once I played a couple of levels, it went down to about a 4. Below, I added a cheat of mine to make missions go a bit faster.
When the game first starts, you are playing as Daryl and Merle’s father on a hunting trip, but only for a couple minutes then you die and play as Daryl. I loved that there was an overall mission, find Merle and evacuate, to the game and it wasn’t about just running around and killing walkers. There is a mission for every level whether it be saving a survivor, finding a part for your car, finding gas or of course, finding supplies. I liked that the level of difficulty of each mission fluctuated. Unlike most games, the missions didn’t get harder as the game went on, but went up and down. As a matter of fact, I had the most difficulty in the middle of the game as apposed to the end. The game does not plateau like many others of this genre do.
I liked the over all flow of the game, but I do have a couple of complaints. For starters, you can’t choose which Dixon you want to be, you have to be Daryl, sorry Merle fans. I understand why this is, but it would be cool to be able to choose Merle or Daryl. My next complaint, the way the game saves. I don’t know if this is just for Xbox 360 or all consoles, but the only way to save was to complete a level. If you don’t complete the level you are on, you have to start it over. A save option would have been nice. My final complaint is the length of the game. It is way too short. I would love to see a part two of this game with some more options and maybe a bit more length to it.
All in all, I really liked The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Even if you’re not a big gamer, the game is fun. It is a must have for any fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and of course, our favorite dysfunctional, fictional brothers, Daryl and Merle Dixon.
*My Personal Cheat*
At first, I struggled, but I quickly found easy ways to get through missions. For example, when I had to find a part to fix the car, this is after you get the crossbow, I would find a car or a truck and stand on top of it. After I was in the center of the roof, I would fire a gun and bring all of the walkers out. They would surround the car then I would switch back to the crossbow and kill all of the faster ones that came out. After that, you have a walker free environment and tasks become much easier.
- The Walking Dead Survival Instinct First Gameplay Trailer (shockya.com)
- Activision’s The Walking Dead game to be named Survival Instinct (basleyyizha.wordpress.com)
- Colm Plays #6: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (godisageek.com)