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I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it.  If you aren’t watching The Walking Dead on AMC, you are missing one of the best shows on television.  The 3rd Season just started last night, so get Netflix and get caught up.

 

While your at it.  Get The Walking Dead game.  A finer depiction of survival at the end of the world is hard to come by.

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And no, I’m not talking about new television show Revolution, although after watching the first couple of episodes I’m afraid that’s true.  Nor am I talking about the first episode of Elementarywhich I was surprised to find I actually liked.  In fact, I’m not referring to a television show at all, and I’m not even sure why I brought it up.

I am referring to Resident Evil 6, the latest in the survival horror turned action shoot-em-up video game franchise .

I’ve been a fan of the Resident Evil games ever since I first played through Resident Evil 2 over the course of several nights in high school with a couple of friends.  We had a big screen, a dark room, and junk food.  It was fantastic.  I had the original Resident Evil on computer (no PS1 at the time), and I eventually accumulated my own copy of 2 on the Dreamcast, along with 3 and Code Veronica.  I own the remake of 1 on the Gamecube, along with 0 and 4.  But my most recent experience was co-opping my way through Resident Evil 5 with my friend Brian over spring break a couple of years ago.  We would play everyday during my son’s nap time.  It was fun, but I was keen on the ‘more action less horror’ path they seemed to be taking with it.  It’s like the games started becoming more like the movies instead of vice versa.

And now Resident Evil 6 comes along, and the critics are not pulling any punches.  It currently sits at a 66 on Metacritic, which, for as big a game as this is, is a  pretty terrible score.  Most of the descriptions confirm my fears;  lot’s of big action set pieces, very few moments of true horror.  I hate that.  Especially because the early trailers seemed to indicate it was going back that direction.  I’ll probably still get the game at some point.  But I’ll wait until it’s a bargain.

On a related note.  If you are looking for a zombie survival horror game done right, you will do no better than Tell-Tale’s The Walking Dead.  I’m a long-time fan of the comic, and the TV show, but this game blows away even my high expectations.  This is survival horror with an emphasis on survival.  It’s a game about making hard decisions when the world falls apart, and they don’t mess around either.  You have a finite amount of time with every choice, and if you waffle too much, the game just goes on.  So far I’ve had to choose who to save when two people are being attacked at once, what to do when a man gets his foot caught in a bear trap, and how to dole out four rations to ten people.   It’s a rough game.  Perfect for The Walking Dead.

 

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English: Steam logo

English: Steam logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So Steam’s Summer Sale began a few days ago.  It’s an exciting time because I have some money that I got for my birthday, and I’m going to buy video games with it just like I haven’t been out of high school for over ten years.  Here’s what I’ve bought so far:

Shogun 2: Total War    $7.50

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare     $3.74

The Walking Dead     $14.99

I was very excited to find The Walking Dead for $10 off (still available as of this posting by the way).  I’ve heard great things about the first two installments, and I’m anxious to play them. If you’re looking for some great pc games on the cheap, you can buy Amnesia: The Dark Descent (otherwise known as the scariest game ever made) for $4.99 for the next six hours, and Portal 2 is $9.99 (although I’ve seen it drop as low as $4.99, and it may again before the sale is over).

I’ve still got my eye on a couple of things.  If Skyrim drops low enough I’ll be tempted to grab it, although I have no idea when I’ll find the time to play it.

Any recommendations?

 

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I’ve heard great things about AMC’s original series – Mad Men, Breaking Bad – but I haven’t seen a single episode of either one.  Still I was excited to hear that they were taking one of the best monthly comic series and adapting it for TV.

The Walking Dead.

The picture above is from the comic, but the tagline on it does the best job of explaining what the book is about.  It’s been described as “the zombie movie that never ends”, and at 78 issues and still going strong it’s doing its best to live up to that claim.  It’s a fantastic comic.  It’s frightening and disturbing.  It’s wonderful horror, but it’s also a brilliant study on the nature of humans and the lengths they will go to for survival.

The TV show looks to be shaping up the same way.

So far only two episodes have aired, but they’ve both been outstanding.  Just watch that first episode, particularly the scene near the end where Morgan Jones sits in an upstairs bedroom window with his rifle ready, trying to steel himself enough that he can put down the monster that used to be his wife.

It’s good stuff.

I know zombies have been overdone in the last few years; that they’ve somehow saturated horror pop culture.  But forget all of that.  This is the best that it’s done.  No camp.  No gore so over-the-top it’s farcical.  Just a story about characters trying to survive.

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