I didn’t realise Activision’s shooter The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is due for release in just a few days — March 21 to be exact. If you haven’t had a chance to see the game in action, the following video made its way onto YouTube, showing off eight minutes and 20 seconds of play.
Initial impressions are that it looks like a suburban version of Dead Island, but there’s something about the whole thing that screams “Low budget!”, despite the acting talent the publisher has recruited to add authenticity to the proceeds.
The gameplay in the video above also appears in chopped-up form in a GameSpot “behind the scenes” video featuring Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, who play Daryl and Merle Dixon on the show.
The two are also a prominent part of the game, lending their faces and voices to their 3D representations.
Telltale’s interpretation nailed everything good about The Walking Dead — and the realities of post-apocalyptic survival in general — but what big publisher could ignore the deliciousness of a zombie shooter based on a super-successful IP? You want to like it — it has Norman Reedus in it after all — but going from the gameplay here, I’ll be damned if it’s not trying its best to make me not want to play it.