OK. So recently the TV show “The Walking Dead” has released its new video game The Walking Dead- Survival Instinct. I have been intrigued by this game because the story was said to be a prequel to the TV show and you would play as fan favorite Daryl. I am not here to give a full review to this game, or to ruin the game and/or show for anyone reading this but I am here to give you my personal opinion on what the walking dead should do to make a great video game.
My brief opinion on this new game. Its decent. A 6.5-7 out of 10. There are many reasons for this. One is because the graphics in this game are terrible. They do not compete with other graphics. Not only are the graphics poor but the skinning of the zombies and maps are not great. I feel that you fight the same zombie, multiple times in one level and that the stops you make in the game are in the same place. Also the game is not very realistic when it comes to stopping these zombies. Too many times a simple table that’s flipped over stops a zombie heard, which is uncharacteristic of the TV show zombies. This game did have some positives. The game forces you to be stealthy which is a good thing and firing a weapon will attract zombies to you. Also finding new people to take with you is fun, but they really don’t do too much to help you and you cannot really interact with them. That’s just a small taste of what I thought the game was about.
OK. Now on to my main point of writing this. The Walking Dead has released two games. The Survival Instinct game and the game called “The Walking Dead”. Honestly the second game I mentioned, though it is good, I do not like those styles of games. It’s just not for me. The Survival Instinct game would be a game that interests me but unfortunately I think the game was not the best that it has to offer. I’ve put some thought into this, “What type of game would be fitting for The Walking Dead?”, and what I was able to come up with was a RPG, Fallout type game. I love RPGs and the Fallout series in general and for anyone who has played Fallout can say that The Walking Dead theme could be used in these games. I think that Fallout is a survival game, where you have to survival the post apocalypse world. Is this not the same as The Walking Dead? In The Walking Dead the group is trying to survive this world they’re in. In my mind if Bethesda was able to work with the zombies and story of The Walking Dead, it would be a recipe for a great game.
If The Walking Dead decides to make a open world, survival, Fallout type game they would have to make the game in one of three ways. One way would be to follow the story line of Rick’s group. Of course they would have to change things up but if they decide to go this route they would have to make it so you would control Rick or Daryl and follow their story. Another way they could make this game is to have it take place in the same region as the current TV show is in but have an entire new character introduced and have the player choose what path he/she wants to take (kind of like how Fallout is now). Like Fallout there could be multiple ways to finish the game (Join up with Rick’s group or join up with The Governor and his group)
Another way they could make the game would be to make an entire new story line. Instead of having the game based in the Southern region near Atlanta, have it take place in Northern or Western U.S. This would open up many possibilities to create a new story line and perspective of the zombie apocalypse. Have multiple groups fighting for survival and have multiple ways to finish the game.
What should the next The Walking Dead video game be? Well that’s not up to me but it can be influenced by the people. I would love to play a Fallout type The Walking Dead game. With the right people making the game, it would be an instant buy for The Walking Dead fans as well as RPG, survival game enthusiasts. Please if you do think this idea is good please share it because if enough people buy into this idea we can get a Fallout type The Walking Dead video game, a game that’s worth playing and interesting.