The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct First Gameplay Footage Buries Some Axes
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Activision has released some gameplay footage for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct and... well, we’ll let you make your own minds up.

Spinning-off from the TV series (as opposed to the graphic novels), The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct follows the Dixon brothers, Daryl and Merle, who will be voiced in the game by their respective actors from the AMC show

In the short gameplay snippets below you’ll see players sneaking around and burying the odd axe in zombie skulls, to a familiar soundtrack.

It’s the first time we’ve seen proper footage from the game, despite sitting through a Gamescom presentation about it last year. And while there’s nothing about the vid to get us terribly excited, we’ll continue to reserve judgement until we finally get to play it.

In the meantime watch the vid below and let us know what you think.


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Comment #1 by lid
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:29:07 AM
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The world needs more FPS'

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Comment #2 by BiggD
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:33:41 AM
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Ehh..looks kinda lame to be honest. But then again, this is only minor gameplay.

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Comment #3 by doomsayer123
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:36:35 AM
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Why are the cars freakishly huge!

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Comment #4 by SD Dragon13
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:37:31 AM
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Hmm...more Walking Dead is never bad, but this...well...they have a lot of measuring up to do after Telltale nailed it....I'll reserve judgement until I see some more, yeah.

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Comment #5 by TH3 R00KI3
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:40:15 AM
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Left 4 Dead meets Dead Island?!

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Comment #6 by Ninja Kaspyr 83
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:45:54 AM
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@ #1 - shut up!
@ #2 - be quiet
@ #3 - shhhh....
@ #4 - giente!
@ #5 - nailed it.

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Comment #7 by MoldyClay87
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:48:30 AM
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Graphics look kinda awful. I hope this isn't anywhere close to the final product. Not that I am a graphics whore, but oh god.

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Comment #8 by AKfoy0face
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:49:07 AM
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its 2013 right?

looked god awful

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Comment #9 by NickoB1
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:53:02 AM
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Looks bad and Terminal Reality don't have the best track record

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Comment #10 by Nation_Of_Violence
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:57:01 AM
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This looks like shit.

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Comment #11 by XsniperXxxXGODX
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:58:57 AM
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Twilight could make a better video game then this zombie crap!

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Comment #12 by PlanetGalida
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:00:54 AM
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Wow, and not in a good way. Was hoping this wouldn't be a cash-in type of game, but whenever a 360 game comes out that has original Xbox graphics or worse... yeah...

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Comment #13 by Trendin
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:02:06 AM
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and people thought the walking dead arcade game had bad graphics..

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Comment #14 by lid
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:02:38 AM
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@6 the hell did i say mine was positive lol

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Comment #15 by bLaKgRaVy
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:03:59 AM
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From the developer who brought us.... Kinect Star Wars.

Ha! This looks like shit.

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Comment #16 by Nevander
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:08:01 AM
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Looks better than the arcade game, and besides, this is probably just very early footage. I'm sure it's going to be much improved. What we really need is a proper studio to do a Walking Dead game. No special zombie bullshit, no L4D style gameplay, just exactly what the Walking Dead brings us.

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Comment #17 by TheTenthPlague
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:08:36 AM
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I couldn't care less if the graphics of a game are sub-par if the game and storyline are great, but these models and animations look absolutely terrible. It's like they weren't even trying, I hope this is early footage.

Also, Lee, I think you meant "AMC" not "ABC." Just an fyi.

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Comment #18 by MagicMurderBag7
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:12:28 AM
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Meh. I'll probably get it when it's cheap. I'm really sick of FPSs.

Also the show is on AMC not ABC.

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Comment #19 by XsniperXxxXGODX
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:14:03 AM
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I don't think this show is on ABC, I believe it's on AMC.

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Comment #20 by Earthbound_X
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:19:25 AM
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@16 They also bought us that great Ghostbusters game.

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Comment #21 by Emfulz
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:21:59 AM
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This is kinda dull but I bet that's not the case. It reminded me of a new Left 4 Dead but of course it would with it being a Zombie game. I can't wait to use the Crossbow!

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Comment #22 by LeeBradley [STAFF]
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:37:22 AM
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@17 @18 @19

My new year's resolution was no typos. That didn't last long, did it?

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Comment #23 by Aussie27Legend
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:38:46 AM
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"Now featuring textures from 2006 and terrible screen tearing!"

I want this game to be good, I really do, but it appears its not going to be :(

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Comment #24 by Blue Thunder28
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:39:59 AM
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Surprised to see the arcade game's graphics getting knocked here... Those were actually really good! Had a great aesthetic to them.

This looks extremely dull, they need to make it more clear that it's an early build because this doesn't give any hope at all.

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Comment #25 by StrikeAnywhereX
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:54:57 AM
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Vid looks budget as fuck. But i'm happy to wait and reserve judgement... this is still very early footage. Im sure TWD creators wont let anything that rubbishes the IP out. I hope.

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Comment #26 by The Kingslayer
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:55:21 AM
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Wow that looked engrossing.......

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Comment #27 by RedstoneFanatic
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:04:01 AM
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Yeah the video isn't making me all too excited. I was considering a day one but I think I'll wait for reviews, because I think this is going to be bad.

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Comment #28 by Boro Iz Rich
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:34:00 AM
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This is the first I'm hearing of this... Shame, I was hoping it would be a sequel to The Walkin Dead episodic series on the XBLA. Too bad...

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Comment #29 by Astrex
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:45:49 AM
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I'll def download this

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Comment #30 by crimboski
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:03:28 AM
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Even if you ignore the poor graphics, giant cars etc, you have to ask who put the trailer together.

It's like they just used any old footage; climbing down a ladder! Twice!

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Comment #31 by Steakslave
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:18:11 AM
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It seems that one of the side effects of becoming a zombie is that your hair turns to plastic...

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Comment #32 by GamePlayUK
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:27:28 AM
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Hmmm game movement and combat feels weightless and floaty but i like the idea of being able to approach zombies in many ways... stealth or loud

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Comment #33 by amacteur
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:43:56 AM
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Terminal Reality? Stay away from this crap...

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Comment #34 by WalterWhite
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:01:11 AM
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This did look a little like Left 4 Dead but not in a good way. Hopefully this is old footage or they're shooting for a late 2013 release because this needs alot of work.

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Comment #35 by Im Mr Stefan
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:03:12 AM
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IGN has an interview with a dev that discusses some of the features in the game that sound pretty cool, however im guessing it will sell badly because of people thinking "0mgZ t3h gr4ffix r b4d 2/10"

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Comment #36 by eMp Annihilator
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:13:48 AM
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Well another Activision game that has horrible graphics, what a surprise.

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Comment #37 by bradengunn
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 05:01:14 AM
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I think this game has potential, it just needs some polish.

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Comment #38 by blleiffer
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 05:28:31 AM
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Eh looks like a shitty L4D ripoff

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Comment #39 by Original
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 06:08:01 AM
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@38 Nailed it!

This is pretty much heading in the way of "Family Guy BTTM".
Successful show and game by Telltale is now going to get hated on by this ton of crap. Again; props Activision! /clap clap

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Comment #40 by thenewpeter
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 06:26:34 AM
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I watched the full video on this earlier yesterday, it was nice to hear what was discussed about the game, there is some nice though going into it to make it stand out to other FPS games, it's to early to tell based on this only and that vid though, but it should shape up to be a good game, one of the major difference's though, is how they talked about how the play would struggle to take on 3 walkers at once.
They also went back to basics on sound design, was interesting seeing them attacking cabbage to get the sound effects XD basic sound capture at it's best.

I'll reserve judgement until this game is either released or there is enough out to judge it on, no-one expected Telltales TWD game to do as well as it did, who knows, maybe this will be decent, though I;m defiantly not expecting such a moving story.

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Comment #41 by kyboy
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 07:10:06 AM
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Can't wait!! Kinda wish they woulda kept the same art style as the arcade game, but non the less, I'm excited!!

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Comment #42 by Lord Montymort
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 07:21:35 AM
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Oh FFS. This is exactly what I said would happen, but no one believed me. I said it'd be a L4D clone, but everyone I spoke to about it said "no, it'll be like the other game and the comic and TV show, and be character driven", I don't understand why company's still trust Activision when it comes to licensed games, so many TV shows and Movies have potential, but Activision is one that'll never reach it because they are just in it for a quick cash-grab.

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Comment #43 by VyperJMc
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 07:35:52 AM
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Looks like I'm gonna have to dust off my N64 to play this gem. Thanks, Terminal Reality!

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Comment #44 by INSANE ASHBY 16
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 07:46:17 AM
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Little to say but I'm not filled with confidence that this game will do well. And its not just the graphics its the combat just looks like dead island but worse in every conceivable way. Cancel this game Activision it wont do well

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Comment #45 by ash356
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 08:02:19 AM
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People complaining about the graphics, let it frankly looks the exact same as L4D. Double standards, much?
OT: Actually looks kind of good, surprisingly. More creeping around, less Dead Rising style zombie massacres. Quite evidently an early build, although hoping the 'plastic hair' is definitely out for the final part. I've never been one to care too much about graphics, but Zombies shouldn't look like Action Figures.

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Comment #46 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 08:28:54 AM
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This is call of duty mixed with l4d! Activision you un creative bastards!

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Comment #47 by Slayinfool
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 08:35:06 AM
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Sadly the game will not be as good as the show or the books.

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Comment #48 by CenozoicZombie
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:10:42 AM
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@5, Left 4 Dead meets Dead Island was exactly what I was thinking too.

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Comment #49 by Saracin
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:23:06 AM
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Actually outside of the zombies and it being first person I don't see any similarities to Dead Island or Left 4 Dead. It just looks...generic. The textures look too clean and shiny, nothing seems scary, it really doesn't have the grittiness of the series at all. If this game comes out at more and 40 bucks, I'd say it better be long as hell, otherwise not worth it. Of course they still have time.

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Comment #50 by iBlaise
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:23:22 AM
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@45: Left 4 Dead came out in 2008, this is coming out in 2013. 'Nuff said.

On topic: When I first saw this I thought it looked like every other game that Activision has put out. There also doesn't seem to be much gameplay yet other than running amok towards zombies when the point is to avoid them. But, this is an early build, I'll wait for future trailers, because they have to be half-smart to release a game at this quality, so I'm sure it'll improve.

I feel as though the game should've have been made in 3rd person instead of 1st person, even if it is a "FPS". That would totally add to the survival horror aspect, never knowing when a walker may creep up behind you, give it a Dead Space sorta feel.

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Comment #51 by hotdogenigma
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:28:33 AM
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Comment #52 by XxStuartxX 1990
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:39:27 AM
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The graphics are not that bad IMO, but the animations were horrible.

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Comment #53 by CyberPunch83
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:39:53 AM
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The game looks like Left 4 Dead, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Given the game has up to the remainder of the year to get finished and released, a lot could change between now and then. It did seem like there was an increased stealth component, which seemed out of place, but I'm sure will get explained in-game. That, or the person making this demo was too scared.

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Comment #54 by ash356
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:42:31 AM
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True, although not quite. L4D2 came out in '09 and looks the same.
But that isn't the point I was making. Valve made L4D look how it did because that's how Valve wanted it to look. It had little to do with limitations as Valve had already done some amazing and superior graphical work on Half Life 2 (Episode 2, in particular). It was merely a graphical style, like TWD arcade.
Plus, considering the nature of zombie games, ie. Jamming screwdrivers into peoples heads, it's probably a necessity to not go for 'amazing realism' so the game isn't banned/not rated like Manhunt.

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Comment #55 by Timmsy
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:44:15 AM
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best looking zombie experience but arcade graphics let it done, come on this is an xbox 360 man!

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Comment #56 by secretkaos187
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 09:52:28 AM
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As a fan of the series I hope this turns out to be AWESOME!!! They've been advertising this for year,maybe more on the tv. I'm curious about how the contest winner is gonna be in the game. @3 The vehicles don't look "Freakishly" huge to me,Although I've always thought world scale would be one of the harder things to nail in game design.

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Comment #57 by Hurricane Of 87
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 11:51:20 AM
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This vid was laughably bad, like a spoof of the worst of modern day gaming.

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Comment #58 by Total Shinobi
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:24:29 PM
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This looks god awful. The zombies chasing him down the alley? I want close encounters in which I narrowly escape, I don't want to escape with no trouble at all. The zombies look fucking awful too, when he was surrounded by like four of them they did fuck all to stop him, gives a slight nudge with a gun and home free. Just rename this from the Walking Dead to generic zombie game with a mass of guns and generic dull zombies. This is not what the Walking Dead is about. I know this is a short piece of gameplay to judge the whole game on, but just looking at the zombies behavior tells me everything I need to know. Disappointed is an understatement.

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Comment #59 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:31:19 PM
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I clicked the HD button and nothing changed

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Comment #60 by Fuzzy Potato
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:31:11 PM
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Truthfully if i wanted another zombie game in which it requires me to salvage items and run around with melee weapons id rather play dead island. As well dead island has better graphics then this. Just saying seems way to much like dead island. Had high hopes for this game but now im not so sure.

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Comment #61 by Jake Joey
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 05:26:10 PM
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Tell tale games did such a good job of The Walking Dead. I just wish season 2 would hurry on out.

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Comment #62 by The Grendel
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 07:05:33 PM
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This does not bode well...

If you read that in the old man's voice from Diablo, you win a free internets.

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Comment #63 by russcargill
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 04:16:06 AM
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And of course now that R rating has come out in Australia I will not likely be playing this for a couple of years

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Comment #64 by Lbrun12415
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 10:44:42 AM
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This isn't real this is a fan made trailer

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Comment #65 by cursednaruto
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 02:05:01 PM
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Sorry bout this on my phone typing this but what about a partnership who ever makes this one with mortal kombat studio doing kills and and death moves

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Comment #66 by Spartanic Ghost
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 04:17:07 PM
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I had high hopes, but this just looks bad. It looks like Activision lazily stamped some Walking Dead textures over a Call of Duty engine. I was looking forward to a Zombie game, not another CoD title based around Zombies. We already have 3 of those.

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Comment #67 by hibsta1992
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 05:00:25 PM
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Good thing I wasn't excited for this game. This looks awful

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Comment #68 by ArticDecipal
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 08:48:12 PM
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Yikes. Coming from a huge Walking Dead fan too.

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Comment #69 by The Grendel
Friday, January 04, 2013 @ 03:53:38 PM
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Read @64... this isn't real.

The Walking Dead fanbase breathes a sigh of relief.

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Comment #70 by Oversig
Sunday, January 06, 2013 @ 12:25:08 PM
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Graphics I agree, suck major ass!
This is true of most FPS as well I think.
Everyone is always complaining about how Xbox needs to go to Blu-Ray format
to keep up with playstation & most games made don't even use anything higher than 720p. And they wonder why people are not buying as many games?
The new DMC coming out is a prime example of bad graphics & hype.
Being a huge fan of Gears Of War3 because of its graphics I will continue to judge all games from its foundation.
So far hardly any games live up to it! For what we have to pay
The game industry needs to step it up or quit making games period!

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Comment #71 by xwhocrazy2197x
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 12:12:51 PM
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Maybe they are the guys in the Walking Dead Ep 5 ending.

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Comment #72 by MapleMire
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:55:55 PM
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I'm kind of disappointed. But hey its only the first trailer.

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Comment #73 by Headless Snip3r
Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 11:27:12 AM
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If this is a fan made trailer then AWESOME!! If it's not then this just moved from an already paid in full pre-order to a gamefly rental.

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Comment #74 by Mangumm
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 05:18:35 PM
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OT: thats... umm for now ? disgusting i hope its reeeal early pre-alpha or something... i get the point in this game, but make it an AAA title... seriously, if they gonna sell out crap and every1 still buys will never happen again lul

sorry for my english, 3rd language ;p

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Comment #75 by Dangerous Brian
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 05:36:58 PM
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This defiantly needs work.

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