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4.0 out of 5 stars ITS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD FUN, 13 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I had read so many conflicting reviews of this game I was unsure whether to give it a go or not. I have recently watched series 1 and 2 of the TV programmes and decided to take a punt. I'm glad I did.

Ok, there is limited combat moves and the Walkers seem to fall backwards like planks of wood most of the time when they die, but before they die the act of mashing one of them with a lead pipe, an axe or the various other objects you can pick up never ever becomes boring. The sounds that accompany whacking the Walkers round the head are pretty gruesome and adds to the overall atmosphere. Sticking a dagger into one of their heads or throats is equally gruesome.

This game is more likely to suit the type of person who wants a stealthy thinking person's game where you have to look ahead and work out which Walker you'll take on first. Will you take them out one at a time and use cover in between strikes to hide, or simply go for it with traditional weapons or guns. If you do use guns or make a noise, prepare to be surrounded!

Another interesting feature is the ability to collect empty glass bottles and flares and throw them into the environment to distract the Walkers so you can sneak past them. It works rather well but if you take too long, the Walkers lose interest in whatever caused the noise and begin to disperse again creating danger.

Graphically the game is not the best I've seen on the Xbox, but nor are they the worst by any stretch. Some details are excellent, some are a bit more bland, but overall they are perfectly acceptable and do the job just fine.

If anything my biggest criticism was being forced into playing the same sub-level a couple of times to collect extra supplies (fuel, ammo etc), but again other games do that as equally as often. Occasionally if you wander off searching the terrain instead of sticking to the script and find key objects in the wrong order, the game can occasionally trip itself up and you have to revisit an NPC again to trigger the next sequence, but that didn't spoil the game too much for me. At least the game didn't break or freeze which many so-called AAA and highly rated games do on a regular basis.

Yes this game could have been better, but its not as bad as many people have made out. I suppose it all depends on what you expected from the release and how much of the hype you believed. In my view, it captures the feel of the Walking Dead TV series very well and most importantly, it's actually a lot of fun to play. Approach this with an open mind and you might find it's enjoyable as a simple and straight forward TV tie-in. I own lots of big-budget AAA games, but I'll be playing this one through a couple more times and I doubt I'll get bored with it. That says something.

Hey at least this game works regardless of which Xbox model you own. The Walking Dead game from Telltale Games does not work on 4GB machines and it's utterly disgraceful that the publisher is still pushing their game out on the shelves without warning labels about the serious problems being clear on the packaging. The advice from Telltale? Buy an external hard-drive or download a free digital copy from the web (which I presume you need a hard-drive to do!!) Despite the massive problems for many Xbox owners, it seems to be attracting high scores in reviews. There is little justice in the world....
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