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Wants some ears? Head to San Diego Comic Con and pre-order the Walking Dead video game.

No, not the excellent adventure game that just recently saw its second episodic release. Activision has developer Terminal Reality hard at work on a First Person Shooter based on the TV adaptation. The game stars loveable crossbow-wielding hillbilly Daryl Dixon and his not-so-loveable racist brother Merle, and is a prequel to the TV show.

Anyway, if that sounds appealing to you, you might be interested in pre-ordering the game at SDCC and getting this creepy zombie ear necklace based on the one made by Daryl in the TV series during a moment of insanity. Quantities are extremely limited, with only 100 available, so don't shamble.

In the meantime, there's a trailer that doesn't really do much more than spoil the TV show.



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Staff article by Rhody Tobin (July 09, 2012)

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zippdementia posted July 09, 2012:

Ugh, god. This sounds terrible. Not the necklace but just the generic FPS adaptation of a show featuring the most FPS style characters. Sigh...

It does remind me that I have to pick up episode two of the decidedly more unique and interesting TellTale game.
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Roto13 posted July 09, 2012:

This one could be ok if handled correctly. It'll reportedly allow you to try to sneak past zombies, and there's some kind of supply management mechanic. I'm taking this to mean that you'll want to stick to your silent crossbow as much as you can, which isn't exactly good for taking out hordes of zombies, and if you fire your gun, you'll attract their attention like in the comic/show and make things a lot harder for yourself.

That's my optimistic take on it. If it's just Call of Duty with hillbillies and zombies (which it very well could be), it'll just miss the point of the Walking Dead show.
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zippdementia posted July 09, 2012:

Well said, Roto. And you're right: if they utilize cool mechanics—but I keep feeling like they are going to get sidetracked by just tying it into the show. I've yet to play a single Television Show game that is any good. Or anything better than a 5, at least.
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honestgamer posted July 09, 2012:

You need to play some DuckTales for NES, stat!
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Roto13 posted July 09, 2012:

Capcom's Disney games on NES were pretty great in general. Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Rescue Rangers. Good stuff.

Astro Boy Omega Factor immediately comes to mind as a great game based on a TV show.
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zippdementia posted July 09, 2012:

I should have clarified, I meant live action television. Because, yeah, if we go to cartoons, I can think of dozens of great games. Ducktales was so good...
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zippdementia posted July 10, 2012:

See what I mean? No one can think of any. The only one that comes close to being good in my experience was the original x-files game, which gets away with a lot because it's an adventure game in which you can shoot Director Skinner within the first five minutes of gameplay.
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pickhut posted July 10, 2012:

The only one that comes to mind for me is The Lone Ranger for the NES. I haven't played that in EONS, but I remember having a good time with it.
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honestgamer posted July 10, 2012:

Part of the problem is that live action television shows have only rarely ever been made into games. So there's not a large enough sample from which to draw. With that said, Telltale Games did an okay job on its CSI game (that was around a 7/10 for a lot of people, I recall). And there are probably other examples, but I'd have to assemble a list of TV shows made into games before I could ever tell you which ones are or might be any good...
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threetimes posted July 10, 2012:

Alias wasn't bad according to Psycho Penguin, I've never played the game but the TV show was fun and it sounded like the game was too, though not perfect by any means.
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zippdementia posted July 10, 2012:

I remember several that were bad. 24 was cool for it's use of the show's "multiple camera" effect but otherwise pretty stinky. Lost was terrible (and I love Suskie's review of it—think it was Suskie). Game of Thrones was fairly lambasted by Rob recently. The X-Files game was actually fairly well received, somewhere around a 7, too, I think... but the second game was panned. Then there's all the "Most Dangerous Catch" and "American Idol" games. Ugh.

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