Mar 22nd, 2013

walking dead-survival-instinct


This isn’t something we usually do on Wii U Daily, but given the lack of games that are available, some of you might be considering picking up The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. The game is Activision’s shoddy rip-off of a popular trend, following Daryl and Merle, the brothers from AMC’s The Walking Dead series. It’s a first person survival shooter game that has received so much negative press at its release that it’s become something of a joke. Nearly every major gaming site is bashing the game and its $50 price tag. Here are a few reviews checking out:

  • Kotaku – “Worst Game I’ve Played This Year”
  • Destructoid – “There’s not much to say about The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct because there’s not much of a game here.”
  • IGN – 4.5

Based on these reviews, it’s probably best for Wii U owners to skip this one. Buying it doesn’t sent a message to Activision that you want more games on your Wii U, it sends the message that they shouldn’t continue making terrible cash-grab games based on popular franchises.

  • zhenyaivan

    saw that coming…actually

    • Nathaniel Lopez

      Yeah, as unfortunate as it is, I did as well..

  • Adam Fox

    IGN gave it a 4.5? Hmm….it must be fairly decent then……..I have learned that IGN scores go the opposite…lower scores mean better games……Call of Duty getting high scores and its a crap game….Rogue Warrior was fun and it got a 1.5…..NEVER go by IGN, or any other game rating sites…be your own judge…don’t listening to these video game ANALysts….

    • I disagree with Rogue Warrior being a good title, but I agree with you on everything else. The influence these reviews from gaming media outlets are high. Follow every one, and you may regret either buying or not buying a game just because of the influence of one or a few people.

    • David

      I have to agree with you on that one.

    • so true

    • D.M.T

      What you said about IGN is not really true. Nintendo exclusives always get high scores but that doesnt mean that Nintendo games are bad. Only Nintendo haters will say such nonsense. But yeah I agree that you shouldn’t listen to reviewers.

    • Micks610

      So does that mean Bioshock Infinite is really bad ?? scored 9.4 (ps3/xb360) and 9.5(PC Version) on IGN ?

    • Metal_Man_v2

      ZombiU got a mediocre score because it was a great conceptual idea, but had sub par graphics, glitches, and not enough game modes. Similar to the recent The Walking Dead, a pure survival game isn’t worth $60.

      CoD gets higher scores because it adds new stories, new ways to play, lots of customization, and has a zombie survival mode that does practically everything ZombiU does but better.

      InB4 CoD haters gonna hate.

      • DragonSilths

        So much fail that I cant even fathom a logical response…

        • Metal_Man_v2

          Because you are a fanboy?

    • Teves153

      Nah ign aren’t that bad (well when penguins go north). They did at least one game fairly right. Cough cough ocarina of time

  • Nintedward

    The game is actually a zombie. When you see it on the shelf , drive a knife into its face!

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  • tooby77

    I went to buy nfs and saw it on the shelfs, i just had to buy it coz i collect wii u games. My verdict is that the game sucks so bad i dont even like to have it in my home. What sux? Gameplay, innovation, graphic, story, handeling. Pretty much top 3 worst game iv played. And i have played games since 1984.
    Dont buy it like it say here

    • tooby77

      I bought it yesterday, the store was about to close so they had taken it out already, so i played last night

    • Only a few are true gamers

      well i love the game and i have been gaming since 1977 but it had me jumping out of my seat a few times

      • tooby77

        Indeed, got some chills a few times, but just like a reflex.

        • Only a few are true gamers

          To me it was way better than zombi u

          • RyuNoHadouken

            if youre not trolling, then you suck at life

          • Only a few are true gamers

            Nope no trolling and nope i have a life and have two great kids so no my life does not suck ..but your trolling does…just saying

          • RyuNoHadouken

            you seriously think walking dead is better than ZombiU? hahahahaha slap yourself!!!!!!

          • Only a few are true gamers

            Slap yourself and yes i do..It had more zombies..zombi u was cool but walking dead had better weapons and better game play..sorry if that does not please you..But again do i care…nope

          • RyuNoHadouken

            wait, you must be talking about another walking dead and not this one in the above story…please tell me thats so…lol…ZombiU is the best survival horror game EVER created…no other game has captured the tense, gut-wrenching feeling of trying to survive a zombie apocalypse…youre trolling…im done with this conversation

          • Only a few are true gamers

            Dude get over yourself..Just because i enjoyed this game does not give you the right to do name calling troll boy so get over it i like this game better than zombi u ..sorry get over it..and for the record i do like zombi u but i enjoyed this one a little better and you come here hating on my likes…but that’s why i love buying what i want and comment on what i want and you sir need to open your mind to other zombie games and not just zombi u …just saying and won’t be responding to any more of your childish comments. Go troll someone who cares..because i don’t

          • Only a few are true gamers

            @ryunohadouken:disqus and yes we all have our likes and dislikes and you call that trolling….Facepalm!

  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon got a 9.3 (amazing) from IGN, 6.5 from Gamespot (fair). Which score is the fairer one? What were the criticisms from Gamespot that warranted a lower score?

    I’m not saying that TWD:SI was going to be a great game, given the budget and time Terminal Reality had. But to say don’t buy it because of what a few reviews state as opposed to being the judge yourself and looking beyond a quote and score isn’t sound. IGN stated in their review the game had good concepts, but they failed in execution. What else was there?

    Note that IGN gave God Hand 3/10, which was not only one of the lowest reviews at the time, but the game would then go on their list of Top 100 PlayStation 2 Games.

    TL;DR There’s more to a review than a number and quote. Judge for yourself.

    • Nintedward

      The game has a very healthy meta critic score 🙂

      • Oh I know it’s doing well, I was just using an example.

    • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon scored 95/100 in PU (Power Unlimited, a games magazine from the BeNeLux, Europe) so a very high score for now the first 3DS game which deserved a Gold Award, yet they also said fairly that Luigi’s Mansion is not for everyone and others may find the score undeserved. It’s a slow pased game according them and not everyone would like it. Most games score between 70~85 so far in that mag for 3DS, also they said in a preview that FE:awakening will score probably just as high or even higher then Luigi’s Mansion.

      As for this game seeing so many mags/sites say walking dead: survival instinct fails to meet the hopes as planned, I would pass on it for sure. Reminds me of Aliens: Colonial marines which received similair criticism. Does anyone by any chance have any new info about A:cm for the WiiU, or should we simply consider it as a loss, and according the criticism not a big loss. (Still has a small hope to get the definitive version on WiiU which would justify a WiiU purchase with MH3U score of 72 and Lego City which scores a whopping 92 aswell on PU)

      • I was just using the Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon reviews from IGN and GS as an example to reinforce why numbers or quotes don’t mean much without context, such as GS having issues with difficulty and IGN not mentioning that as a negative of the game.

        A:CM is due to be out at the end of March (allegedly), but neither Sega or Demiurge are saying anything about it. Some retailers have product pages for it, with various release dates, while others such as Amazon don’t have the game listed at all. Unless Sega, Demiurge, and Gearbox did some serious crunch time to fix A:CM for the Wii U for release in a week or so, it is either cancelled or delayed indefinitely.

    • RyuNoHadouken

      it only has a 6 hour campaign…rent it, dont buy it

      • Length of campaign doesn’t matter. I had no intentions of buying or renting this game for some time.

  • Justin Grandon

    Video games are all about personal opinion. Take “Zombie U” for an example. You couldn’t find a website that didn’t bash it. however, from a customers point of view, everyone loves it.

    • Jimmy D. Fugate

      Actually Eurogamer, G4, Joystiq, Giant Bomb and Official Nintendo Magazine all gave it good reviews. Only IGN, Gamespot and Game Informer gave it a bad rating.

      • D.M.T

        IGN didnt give Zombi U a bad rating. 6.5 out of 10 is not bad, it’s average.

        • tomtank91

          it gave a 4.5 to walking dead

          • D.M.T

            You better look again buddy, here’s the link
            IGN gave it a 6.3 out of 10, not 4.5

          • Guhtere

            Gamespot gave it a 4.5.

          • NkoSekirei

            gamespot sucks on reviews here and there but not all the time

          • Chiwawa

            theyre both pretty bad scores.

        • Fred

          6.5 is bad.

        • tomtank91

          i didn’t mean post on your comment because i know the score they gave zombiu because i know it deserves at least a 7 but walking dead of what ive seen deserves a 4.5.

        • Mauricio Guaura

          6.5 is bad for recent reviewers. Get with the times >_>

      • Not to mention the guy who wrote the infamous Gamespot review reviews fighting games exclusively.

    • DragonSilths

      ZombiU not Zombie U.

      • LonDonE247

        who even gives a shit about that, u know exactly what game the guy meant, sheesh, grammar nazi much? pointing out other peoples spelling mistakes, or grammatical errors, do not make u, or prove that your any smarter!

    • mikel334u2

      User review score average on Metacritic: 4.1
      Only big Walking Dead fans will enjoy this game, not FPS fans or even gamers in general.

  • DK_Hadouken

    When I saw the trailer I already knew it was bad. You get that unmistakable feeling that you should not get it.

  • Is Wii U Daily trolling?

    • MetroidZero

      Are you?

    • AAAkabob

      What, you think this game is good?

      • No, it’s just that when ever anyone dares to put the Wii U down, knuckleheads call it trolling.

        • Adrian

          Saying stuff like “The Wii U is facing issues X, Y, and Z” is fine. Saying things like “The Wii U is doomed” makes a person sound like an idiot. I don’t know much about the term “troll”. But I do see alot of people sounding like idiots.

          • No, one choose to lay down evidence piece by piece about the Wii U being doomed without saying it, while the other chooses to just come out and make it plain!

    • Only a few are true gamers

      To a point yes and it’s a shame

  • Gameflue

    “Buying it doesn’t sent a message to Activision that you want more games on your Wii U, it sends the message that they shouldn’t continue making terrible cash-grab games based on popular franchises”

    What the hell does this mean? Buying it: “sends the message that they shouldn’t continue making terrible cash-grab games based on popular franchises”

    Not buying it sends the message that they shouldn’t make terrible game…

    What is wrong with WiiUDaily lately…

  • JuleyJules

    Reviews are always just someone else’s opinion. sometimes they might point out things you agree with but whether it’s a movie or a videogame it’s not the gospel and we should all see for ourselves. perhaps it means rental to check it out.

  • mind you at least this video game wasn’t given a bribed review by ign
    cough cough call of duty

  • only ign and game spot gave it bad reviews and their typically seen as cod players who go into a review hating the game. Its quite bad that them game reviews spoil people from buying the game. I suppose the only reason their popular is because all the cod fans look at it because their bribed to give good reviews 😀

  • it is actually a really good game, i bought it and have really enjoyed it, base it on what you want, if it appeals to you then buy it dont listen to what anyone else rates it as, i loved it

    • got a question how long does the game last

      • Matt Stratton

        it was about 7 hours of play time

  • Only a few are true gamers

    @ashley king Are you kidding me…really? The game is awesome i have not jumped out of my seat in a long time in a game and this game is great and i recommend it to any wii u gamer…9/10 for me

  • tomtank91

    I’m gonna what till its about £20 to buy it, my brother has it on ps3 and the gameplay is dreadful.

  • I bought it and I find the game uninteresting. There is hardly any difference from this game and the Walking Dead game featuring Lee and Clementine.

    • Captain Falcon

      You’re kidding, right? The Walking Dead games by Telltale are amazing.

  • DragonSilths

    Man WiiUDaily is going downhill fast these days.

  • LopsidedPasta

    I was going to get it, but the terrible reviews and lackluster graphics/presentation changed my mind.

  • Denvy

    Let me get this straight, you are advising your own readers to not buy a game based on other people’s reviews and you haven’t even checked it out yourselves? The game may indeed blow chunks, but base your opinion on your own experience.

  • Chiwawa

    its crappy.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    when I watched the IGN live stream of this the other day, I immediately thought to myself: THIS GAME SUCKS

  • NintendoNoob

    I actually thought this game looked very interesting. From the commentaries I loved the game. I don’t trust IGN or any gaming websites, I watch commentators play and decide from them

  • trainerblack

    thxs for the heads up. i will make sure to stay like it’s rabid

  • Barters

    Crap game released on Wii U = game doesn’t sell = Wii U audience blamed = less Wii U game development = low attach rate…….round and round we go.

    • Johny

      well the Monster hunter 3 Ultimate is turning out quite awesome 😀 (as i’ve expected).. i mean.. of course its HUGE in japan… but ALOT of people are getting it in US and EU.. and the communities on miiverse are growing REALLY fast actually… its certanly a good sign of showing that wii u gamers are willing to buy good quality games (although the game was advertised pretty decently), and its good for the future of monster hunter on nintendo consoles.


    Who ever wrote this particular article shouldn’t be aloud to post here again. Not because he says the game was bad, but because theres typos everywhere. At least at the time read this.

    • Josh

      Really? With your grammar skills, you have the nerve to call someone else out on a few mistakes?

  • GermGerm

    The show sucks so it makes sense that the game does 🙂

  • Johny

    saw that coming xD people on miiverse are raging.
    YEA.. cmon.. we recognise a bad game when we see it… be it a 3rd party or 1st party, be it a multiplat or exclusive….. we’re not THAT desperate

  • Mr.X

    Just going to point this out. This game was going to be amazing and had every thing to be a good game. But then it was rushed to finish cause it needed to be out on shelves before The Walking Dead Season 3 ends. So Activision rushed the developers. To bad. But my point is it was not a Cash in. If it really was a cash in they would have slapped Call Of Duty Zombies on it. lol

  • Jimmy D. Fugate

    Unfortunately I bought it….

  • Only a few are true gamers

    Great game..A little short but awesome

  • CuriousManiac

    I was at first sad that I heard Australia wasn’t getting this because I’m a big fan of The Walking dead, but after seeing the reviews…

    phew, I feel like I dodged a bullet there!

  • I’m enjoying it right now…

  • Only a few are true gamers

    Well i have enjoyed this game and glad i spent my money on it..but to a few people graphics make the game but i disagree graphics are not everything but it’s game play..if this game would have been in 16 bit i would have enjoyed it now as for zombi u great game but like i told one troll we all have our likes and some think graphics make the game …they don’t so im not hating on zombi u i own it but i still like the gameplay of walking dead and it really made me jump out of my seat. So that is how i feel hate me or not i stand by it regardless of some troll…and no im not a troll just a nintendo fanboy who loves nintendo and both my sons love it

  • Kennis Thompson

    Zombie fans need to check out this comedy skit about the zombie apocalypse.
    It’s scary how true it is that most of us would act just like this lol

  • Matt Stratton

    I actually liked the Walking Dead: Survival Instinct on Wii U, Wouldn’t purchase it because once you beat it, its done but not a bad game to rent or get from Gamefly! I would try it out, I mean its a standard scavenger game and it did scare me a few times with zombie’s jumping out at me! I mean I bought it, played it, beat it, and sold it on ebay and only lost about $8 as it sold for $42 on ebay.