Zero Punctuation: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

 Pages PREV 1 2 3
 

Zachary Amaranth:

Joe did? Wow.

Nope. Yahtzee. Look at the first page of this thread.

Any zombie game after Left 4 Dead 2 seems kind of a futile effort. I don't mean this for the story or the random zombie spawn points, but because you can kill zombies by hitting them repeatedly with goddamn Gnome Chompski. Something that silly really sells me in such a moldy, threadbare old hat of "zombie" games.

I think people are misunderstanding here. Yahtzee didn't "like" the game. He felt that is was a unique experience compared to most triple A games coming out; like the new God of War.

From what I've seen, it seems like Yahtzee is right. Despite the less than stellar production values, this game really does seem quite interesting and tense.

well that was...unexpected. this is about as close to a shining review as yahtzee gets, and from what ive heard from some of the sources i trust most (angry joe and tb), its really bad combat, mixed with a bunch of interesting ideas that fail completely

I didn't realize there were so many GoW games until this video.

While last week was a master piece this week around we got the worst zero punctuation ever. Not one joke and most of it was explaining the game.

well that certainly came as a surprise. but considering how he appreciates survival horror games with tense gameplay only made more difficult by frustrating controls, then this game might have a chance of rubbing him the right way

if anything because it's so short that he can get through it quickly with deadlines coming up :p

What was the joke of CAlling god of war "ass burger" I just don't get it lol.

Edl01:
I think people are misunderstanding here. Yahtzee didn't "like" the game. He felt that is was a unique experience compared to most triple A games coming out; like the new God of War.

Yeah, this is pretty much how I viewed the video too. I mean, just because he didn't spent 6 minutes screaming "fuck this game" into the mic doesn't mean he liked it.

He had plenty of bad stuff to say about it, the graphics suck, the story sucks, the incentivizing sucks, the main character sucks, the ending sucks and the game is too short. He was just saying that he respected some of the games ideas and its ability to pull off a tense atmosphere compared to, say, RE or Dead Space, despite its budget (I'll ignore the fact that he still hasn't caught on that those games are no longer horror).

I actually wish he'd do more reviews like this, but then there goes a 1/3 of his fanbase I suppose.

Andy Shandy:

ShermTank7272:
Not Bioshock? Yahtzee, you charismatic stallion. Way to not jump on the bandwagon like every other freaking reviewer in existence. *clap**clap*

I must ask, did you actually watch the episode? It said a couple of times that he's doing it next week.

He just needs to think up some butt metaphors first.

So he is jumping on this bandwagon, just later than everyone else. Although I'm not sure how reviewing Bioshock Infinite would be particularly bad.

I did actually watch the episode, but unfortunately made that comment about Bioshock before I had gotten to that point in the video. He started off talking about God of War, and I had assumed that he would've mentioned Bioshock at the beginning, not near the end.

Kratos is already an angsty teenager. In fact I think that's his appeal, because the biggest God of War fans I know are part of that demographic.

The story of God of War 2 was essentially about an angry young man who gets brought into the home and granted his brother's old job by his estranged rich and powerful father. Instead of becoming happy and showing gratitude, he's disrespectful and gets into frequent fights with his gang of Spartan friends until his dad decides that enough is enough, fires him, and throws him out of the house. Kratos spends the rest of the series rebelling against his dad.

Magmarock:
What was the joke of CAlling god of war "ass burger" I just don't get it lol.

I think it was God of War Ascension ~ Ass Tension.

I can't wait until he rips Bioshock Infinite a new one.

Mrkillhappy:

rayen020:
he actually liked it? color me surprised.

I know right with the way most people have reacted to this game I was expecting a absolute bloodbath.

>Yahtzee confirmed for banana

I'm really surprised that he didn't rip its spine out and eat it, although seeing as it was rushed it's not really fair to judge it. Calling it terrible because it's incomplete feels kind of wrong. Best to let these types of games slide off into the ether where they slowly disphixiate and die forgotten.

Magmarock:
What was the joke of Calling god of war "ass burger"...

Uh, no. he said 'asperger' - as in Asperger's Syndrome.

I disagree with the review that some of you thought you saw. I saw a different review.
I saw Yahtzee give the game a chance - and he found it to be somewhat amusing and fun despite its obvious problems. I think that he gave it bonus points for a moment of spontaneous fear and tension, and that may have colored other bits of the review.
[Also I think he played the game in one day, then wrote/made the review in a sleep-deprived state immediately afterwards. So that he could spend 10-12 days playing BI.]

Having said that, I wouldn't give this game the time of day on account of all of the other games that it has borrowed from (and then squandered those good ideas). I'm also annoyed at Yahtzee for not making the same call. Just last week he was making the "Steam bath" joke, and the game 'Organ Trail' was on sale all last week. You would actually have had to ignore the Steam store completely for about 14 days to not know anything about it (though I grant that could happen - I check daily to see what's on sale). Worse still is the fact that the terrible ending with 'a turret-zombie' set piece is almost definitely borrowed from another game - the great old Zombie Half-Life mod 'They Live'. [A set piece which was also borrowed by Valve and placed prominently in Half-Life 2, during the beach outpost fights just before Nova Prospekt.] Its just amazing that they can borrow so much material, screw it up with bad implementation, terrible graphics, a tiny number of level designs, awful AI, buggy code, and then somehow get a big publisher to release it. This game should have been aborted, and its existence insults my sense of propriety.

Zachary Amaranth:

bificommander:

Maybe they patched it?

Maybe it didn't it Joe's usual narrative of fellatio to super-hyped AAA titles?

Eh, I dunno. I don't like Angry's review style much, but I occasionally check them because, somehow, he seems to enjoy similar games to me. Including the first Sword of the Stars, a favourite of mine too. And hardly a AAA blockbuster.

Despite his obvious issues touched upon with GoW, I'm not going to with even the slightest attempt at a straight face call Survival Instinct a better experience.

Fresh ideas? Sure, but when they're handled this poorly, even the more uninspired title is leagues better if its functional.

ShermTank7272:
Not Bioshock? Yahtzee, you charismatic stallion. Way to not jump on the bandwagon like every other freaking reviewer in existence. *clap**clap*

Due to Aussie release dates and the time to make a video, Yahtzee is usually a week or so late with his videos.

Hmm... I was dead set against buying this game. Every reviewer hates it. As long as this isn't revealed to be a delayed april fools joke I'll keep an eye out for a good sale on this game.

To anyone put off by this game or the other one (or both, somehow), I want to assure you the show is really good. Most of season 2 might drag a little, and if you tear up easily and don't like to, it's not for you, but it's all good.

Surprised by how generous he was with this review - both relative to other sources and in terms of typical Yahtzee reviewing. How nice. Still not going to buy it though, the Telltale ones are the only TWD games I need.

Yahtzee is certainly unique among most other game critics, I'll give him that. Is there anyone else who would give (relative) praise to such a reviled game purely on the basis that it's not what his idea of an awful mainstream game is?

It is a bit pretentious, though. He liked Far Cry 3 and that was about as Triple A as it got. I'm guessing his Bioshock Infinite review will be all griping about the set-pieces and contextual button presses that the game uses sparingly, as opposed to the story, atmosphere, organic combat or anything that's actually worth talking about.

I bought both Project IGI and IGI 2. Never finished them without cheats though. I failed at stealth when I was a kid.

Frostbite3789:

Nope. Yahtzee. Look at the first page of this thread.

Apologies, but you only said "he" in a comment talking otherwise exclusively about Angry Joe.

bificommander:

Eh, I dunno. I don't like Angry's review style much, but I occasionally check them because, somehow, he seems to enjoy similar games to me. Including the first Sword of the Stars, a favourite of mine too. And hardly a AAA blockbuster.

You realise that pointing to exceptions doesn't itself invalidate the rule, and these do appear to be exceptions.

I used to watch him all the time. Now I just do it for the Schadenfreude when I'm reasonable sure he's going to have a fit. Like, for example, any Capcom news whatsoever.

Actually, I should rephrase. It's not just schadenfreude. It's also the fact that the times where he's angry to the point I think he might cry are the only instances where he comes off as genuine.

 Pages PREV 1 2 3

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Registered for a free account here