They say first impressions are the most important. If that’s the case, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is off to a really bad start. Chances are you’ve already read about the awful impression this game has made on gamers. The more I watch the first gameplay trailer for this game, the more I’m convinced it’s a soulless cash grab on behalf of Activision. I know what you’re thinking. “Activision milking a brand while putting out mediocre software? Say it ain’t so!” If that is in fact what you’re thinking, I’d say your are 100% correct. I’m not a person who tends to completely judge a game based on trailers, but it’s so hard to not do that when looking at this video Activision put out of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. This game looks graphically dated. It looks like a mod that was put together by a few dedicated indie developers and not by a developer (Terminal Reality) that has been around since 1994. The blurry textures, the Play-Doh-like hair on zombies and the constant screen tearing virtually ruin my hopes for this game. Not to mention the fact that someone decided to layer a lame soundtrack over the trailer and strip it of any in-game sound effects. That tells me someone isn’t confident in their product.
It’s a shame that after Telltale’s The Walking Dead series earned so much praise, Activision comes along and leaves this bitter taste in our mouths. For some reason, a game like Sleeping Dogs wasn’t good enough for Activision, but this ugly attempt at a survival horror game is.
I can’t give my final judgment on The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct until it’s been released. I have to hold on to the slightest shred of hope than maybe, just maybe the footage that we saw today was of a very early build. Now, without further ado, I give you the debut gameplay trailer of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
Update: Good news everyone! It turns out this trailer is not the official work of Activision or Terminal Reality. According to a PR representative who spoke to Giant Bomb, this trailer was made by a fan that stitched together footage from IGN’s Up at Noon video series. So while we’re happy the trailer itself isn’t official, it still doesn’t make up for how crummy the game looks in general. To keep things fair, we’ll have to dial our feelings back a bit until some official up-to-date footage is released.
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