Activision-published Walking Dead FPS gets trailer, shows shameplay
Update: this trailer is actually a fan edit. Here is our apology, and an explanation of where our fact-checking went wrong. I’ve lost count of the number of Game of the Year Awards awarded to TellTale’s episode Walking Dead game. If you put a gun to my head and forced me to rank our 25 best games of the year, I may give it the nod myself. The last season of the AMC Walking Dead television show was also much better than season 2, and it proved to be one of the best, and certainly one of the most entertaining, hour-long dramas on television. People are still talking about the 100th issue of the comic book. Hell, even the iPhone game turned out well. The franchise is, to put it mildly, kicking a shit ton of ass. It’s time for Activision and Terminal Reality to work together to break that trend!
I’m so sorry for what I'm about to show you
First, sit down and watch the trailer. The game is called The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, and is based on the television show. You’ll play as fan favorite Daryl Dixon, and you'll kill zombies. It looks absolutely dreadful.If you told me that was a decade old Half-Life mod made by a small team I’d think it was a pretty good job. As a modern title based on one of the hottest franchises in entertainment it looks absolutely horrendous. I don’t want to judge any game based on a trailer, but why the living hell would you show that to anyone? This is supposed to get people excited for the game, and it’s absolutely killed any enthusiasm I might have had for a project that was already making fans deeply skeptical. There is nothing in the trailer that sets this game apart from all the other zombie-based games on the market. Nothing that makes it seem unique to The Walking Dead, unless you count that one scene in that one episode where someone threw a bottle and then there was horrendous screen-tearing. Remember that bit? Of course you don’t. I was curious about Terminal Reality, the game’s developers, so I looked up their last project. If you want to take a beloved, high-quality franchise, and completely wreck everything that fans loved about it, it seems Activision went to right place. Terminal Reality’s last game was Kinect Star Wars. That game enjoyed a 55 score on Metacritic, and the levels shuffled between sludgy, unplayable messes and a Dance Central rip-off that seemed to actively take a piss on Star Wars fans.I can't imagine what it must feel like to be handed the Star Wars license and have that be your final product. Taking The Walking Dead and turning it into what already looks like a generic first-person shooter is bad enough, but being the combo breaker for a run of amazing pieces of entertainment based on that world is even worse. It's possible that trailer was meant to drive a stake through the heart of a project everyone knows is a bad idea, or it could be some crazy tax avoidance scheme that involves killing any interest players may have in the title, or the game may simply be terrible due to any number of factors. My hope that this turns into something worth our time is all but zero. If I didn't know better, I would say this publisher hiring that developer to create an FPS based on that property is an elaborate April Fools joke. It plays on too many negative stereotypes of those companies and this industry. But no, reality really is just that bland and predictable. If the game is better than this trailer makes it look, don't show anything this ugly and early. If it's this bad in practice, don't show it at all. If you decide to show footage of this quality, after the last game based on the license was one of the most loved titles of the year… get ready for the bad press.