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  • Summary: OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a co-op first person shooter with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror and stealth, that invites players to explore the hugely popular The Walking Dead universe, where they will play the role of survivors fending for themselves in aOVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a co-op first person shooter with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror and stealth, that invites players to explore the hugely popular The Walking Dead universe, where they will play the role of survivors fending for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating walkers. In 2016 Washington will fall – what will you do? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. Nov 11, 2018
    75
    It's fun when you cooperate with friends and get out of the crowd of zombies by sneaky ways. But due to the dull shooting experience and repeated puzzles, it hardly ever satisfies me.
  2. Nov 19, 2018
    61
    I enjoyed Overkill’s The Walking Dead but perhaps more as a concept. Playing with a friend makes the experience much more enjoyable; however, the price point is a concern given all the issues I had with the game. To this day, it doesn’t feel complete. Granted, it has the potential to be an AAA game but given its current state, The Walking Dead certainly feels like a budget title. Before you make the plunge (and I recommend you do strongly consider the purchasing the game), I’d recommend holding out until we see a price drop or when for it gets fine-tuned.
  3. Nov 14, 2018
    60
    OVERKILL's The Walking Dead is a clever take on the series with a subtle mix of stealth and gunfights to survive the numerous foes of the lore. Sadly, the game is ruined by bugs, the lack of tutorial, the long loading times, and a lack of vocal chat and the balance problems.
  4. Nov 15, 2018
    50
    Overkill's The Walking Dead is an ambitious online multiplayer experience. It nails the aesthetic of The Walking Dead universe. However, it struggles in almost every other department. Bugs and game-halting instances have been very apparent in the near 20 hours spent with it.
  5. Nov 22, 2018
    50
    Despite the excellent foundation on which it is based, Overkill's The Walking Dead is a mediocre production. Although it can still be saved, at present, the excessive repetitiveness and the artificial difficulty imposed by the developers make playing and progressing simply frustrating, ruining the experience.
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    45
    Overkill’s The Walking Dead plans to dole out content in seasons, so the current batch of missions will soon expand. But dramatic reworking of most core combat and mission systems are necessary before the game could be worthy of a recommendation. The premise sounds promising for fans of cooperative play, zombie action, and the taut survival storylines implied by the license. The execution fails to meet the needs of any of those groups. You’re better off heeding the warning – keep this menacing door closed, and leave the zombies to their gnawing hunger.
  7. Nov 12, 2018
    20
    Imagine reaching the final minutes of an hour-long mission only for your connection to drop and, in turn, your progress to be lost. Overkill’s The Walking Dead certainly stokes the player’s despair, but not the sort that its developers intended.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 62
  2. Negative: 19 out of 62
  1. Nov 8, 2018
    10
    Alot of fun playing this! Hope they keep the updates coming. Been playing it with 4-other friends and we all enjoy it as a solid co-op.
  2. Nov 7, 2018
    10
    I was a bit sceptical at first, both pre launch and during the first map. But after that, I was really impressed how great this game is. ThisI was a bit sceptical at first, both pre launch and during the first map. But after that, I was really impressed how great this game is. This is a challenging and realistic game that is perfect together with a couple of friends. We had tons of both tension and laughter during our first session playing. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2018
    10
    Thank you Overkill!
    Great game! I really see this type of game will expand over the next few years.
  4. Nov 7, 2018
    9
    Its a great game with great potential. Graphics are good. Zombies in this game are realistic to the TWD franchise. Itś a good 4 player co-opIts a great game with great potential. Graphics are good. Zombies in this game are realistic to the TWD franchise. Itś a good 4 player co-op to enjoy! Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2018
    7
    It hurts for me to give this game a somewhat lower score. I've been a fan of The Walking Dead for probably six or seven years now and I haveIt hurts for me to give this game a somewhat lower score. I've been a fan of The Walking Dead for probably six or seven years now and I have been waiting for a true video game adaptation. After the 2013 mess that was Survival Instinct, I thought hope was lost. Then this bad boy was announced back in 2014. I saw the trailer and was instantly excited. After many delays I was so happy to hear the game was coming out in 2018. Fast forward to this moment. I have played the game for a few hours now and it is definitely fun. Overkill matched the universe perfectly with its level design and overall tone. The gun play is alright, actually reminds me of payday obviously. The melee is not terrible but very repetitive. The graphics, again, are not bad but not earth shattering either. The real problem is the game always feels repetitive. Its either you are defending your camp or going out to find something specific... that's all. They did not even try to do something original. I am trying to keep this short so I will end it here. In the end Overkill's The Walking Dead is a very fun game to be honest, but it falls short on what it could/should be. Hopefully they improve the the game with more and original content via updates. They have already announced the upcoming 'Season 2' (starting later this month) which I hope will breathe some extra life into this game.

    Note- Telltale's four season adaptation is a masterpiece and every Walking Dead fan needs to play it.
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  6. Nov 7, 2018
    3
    Update: Fanboys with buyer's remorse and shills might be able to spam Metacritic (Really, this game is a 10/10 perfect game for all of you?Update: Fanboys with buyer's remorse and shills might be able to spam Metacritic (Really, this game is a 10/10 perfect game for all of you? How interesting.) But it's harder to fake Steam reviews. Go check that out instead.

    I'll start with some positives: the game looks impressive on the surface and has a solid franchise to stand upon. While the Walking Dead television show is a boring trainwreck built on the suburban couple's over investment and stubbornness to break a bad habit, "Overkill's The Walking Dead" is primarily based on the comics, which still hold a glimmer of hope.

    The game is bland, boring and repetitive. The camp system is a bust and not at all interesting. (Think Payday safehouse level of uninteresting) There isn't enough variety, the talent/skill trees all end up the same eventually and they need to balance weapons: all these symptoms add up to one diagnosis- the game is severely over-priced and needs some serious polish. At it's current state, it's a $35~ game, and yes, even with the "season 2" missions planned. But all of that is obvious, I want to touch upon points that other people might not talk about.

    The worst part about "Overkill's The Walking Dead" is seeing incredibly obvious mistakes that the developers shouldn't be making at this stage in their career. These are the folks that made Payday- they already have understand the basic framework, but still make blunders like not having proper voice communication settings. In the beta, it was constant open-mic, no choice on the matter. Now, it's tied to your steam settings. . . If this was their first game and they were some two-man indie company, that wouldn't be an issue, but these guys have been at it for years. It would be like if Blizzard just up and decided not to include a screen resolution setting.

    Another minor mistake is that there can be multiple copies of characters in a game where that obviously doesn't work. You can have three Grants or Maya Twins- had these been faceless schmucks without deep background lore or personality, it would have been fine, but this isn't that kind of game. Again, these devs made Payday. The kicker? Payday already HAS a system, in which no two players can be the same character. I have to assume that Overkill simply didn't have time to implement the system or some similar excuse.

    Experiencing "Overkill's The Walking Dead" is like being a professor and watching your student fail the same course two semesters in a row. (three semesters if you count that God-awful RAID game) You keep hoping that they'll learn from the previous time, but they just don't and there's not much you can do except sigh and shake your head in quiet disappointment. Refund the game if you can and if you can't resist, wait until it's 50% off or better. No one should be shoveling their cash into a furnace, even to keep warm for the winter.

    As a side note: They say the game won't have lootboxes, but we've seen that song and dance (and eventual betrayal, followed by hasty backtracking from community backlash) before with Payday. Let's see if they can actually keep that promise this time. One can hope.
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  7. Feb 3, 2019
    0
    There were hopes, but this is a complete failure, boring, uninteresting, how can you play this at all?

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