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Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: Road to Survival

The Walking Dead is no stranger to the world of video games. From Telltale’s groundbreaking The Walking Dead: Season One to Activision’s less-than-stellar Survival Instinct, the series’ appeal has spread through genres like a zombie plague through Atlanta. It was only a matter of time until the series took a bite out of the free-to-play mobile genre, but luckily developer Scopely has managed to keep the series’ dark appeal intact for what might be the deepest Walking Dead game yet – The Walking Dead: Road to Survival.

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For those who don’t know, The Walking Dead began as a humble comic book series, before bursting onto the scene with a smash hit television show and a series of video game spinoffs. The TV show and the comics diverge in points, but feature many of the same core characters and key plot areas. Those characters make occasional appearances in Road to Survival – including a noteworthy appearance by Lee and Clementine from Telltale’s adventure games – but the core storyline is original, and focuses on placing you in the violent throes of a world slowly disintegrating from infection.

The focus on a mature, violent story separates Road to Survival from the crowd of free-to-play games on mobile. There’s a deep storyline, which players can exert direct control over through multiple choice prompts. You might be asked whether to spare a survivor or let them die, for example, and your choice will color the rest of the story.

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At its core, Road to Survival is a role-playing adventure game, so as you progress you’ll find yourself collecting more survivors for your party. Each survivor has unique skills, strengths and weaknesses to take into account when you battle. Fights play out against both human and zombie (called walkers, in the parlance of The Walking Dead) enemies. You make your choices in a turn-based fashion, but the intensely strategic nature of the fights means that there’s never a lack of tension during battle. Each character’s unique power adds a dash of aggression to the combat, keeping you on your toes.

Of course, all of the survivors you’re collecting need space. As you expand your party, you’ll also need to expand your base of operations. You’ll build homes to store your survivors, expand your Town Hall to grow your town, and more. The strategic, low-tempo base building is the perfect counterpoint to the intense combat and heavy decision making in the story.

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It’s a great mix, and all things considered I had a fantastic time with Road to Survival. The blend of storytelling and intense combat makes it a surefire hit for fans of The Walking Dead and role-playing games alike.

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Steel City Con- Pennsylvania’s Premier Comic Con

26197_105888466109237_1230232_nAttention comic book fans and horror nerds alike, celebrating 25 years, Steel City Con is returning to the Monroeville Convention Center Friday, April 10-Sunday, April 12th. If you’re looking for 100,000 square feet of comic and pop culture goodness, Steel City Con is the convention for you.

Who will be attending this event to make it even more special? Celebrity guests include Noah Wyle (Falling Skies), Tara Reid (Sharknado), Addy Miller (The Walking Dead), Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Alex Vincent (Child’s Play), Ari Lehman (the first Jason Friday the 13th) and many more. Ari will also be doing a special meet and great that Friday the 13th fans may want to jump on.

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Autograph prices always have fans wondering how much they need to save up. Steel City Con was kind enough to supply convention goers with a list of autograph prices to help avoid sticker shock. View the autograph and photo op prices here>>> Celebrity Autograph & Photo Op Prices <<<.

Convention admission can also get a bit pricey, especially if you are bringing the whole family. For being a comic and pop culture convention, Steel City Con is quite affordable. Single day passes are only $20 and 3 day passes are only $40. 3 day pass holders also get to enter the convention at 9:30 am on Friday (30 minutes before single day pass holders). Children under 5 are FREE. Parking is also free and there are currently reduced hotel rates for the out-of-town guests. You can purchase your tickets at SteelCityCon.com/Buy-Tickets.

One of my personal favorite parts of a convention are the celebrity Q&A panels. Steel City Con is loaded with top notch panels. 3 day pass holders will see a perk here as well, you get priority seating. Find the Q&A and event schedule here>>>Q&A and Event Schedule<<<. 

Cosplayers and trivia buffs, there will be something for you as well. On Friday from noon-12:45 there will be a trivia contest with tons of great prizes up for grabs (it is open to everyone). On Sunday, there will be a costume contest from 1-3 pm. The costume contest is free to enter and there is $3,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs.

For more information on Steel City Con and how you can be a part of Pennsylvania’s Premier Comic Con, visit SteelCityCon.com.

You can keep up with Steel City Con on social media by liking the Steel City Con Facebook page and following the official twitter, @Steelcitycon.

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Convention Updates: HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati March 20-22nd (2 days away)

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We are now only 2 days out from HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati, and there are even more updates pouring in. More additions, cancellations and Norman Reedus photo op questions answered.

As mentioned in yesterday’s HHW update post, megastar of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus is now SATURDAY ONLY. This brought forth questions from fans about the photo ops they have purchased, well this was said in the HHW group on Facebook:

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OK gang, here’s what’s going on for all Norman Reedus photo ops at HorrorHound this weekend. All tickets will be honored on Saturday, If you have a Friday ticket and can’t make it on Saturday email us immediately at info@celebphotoops.com about a refund. Time is of the essence.

We will still be selling all Saturday photo ops for Norman on site, on a cash only basis. We want everyone to get their photo. We’ll shoot as long as there are people there to shoot.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again at the Sharonville Convention Center this weekend starting at 5pm.

Chris & Kitsie

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The newest cancellation to note is Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). He unfortunately had to cancel due to work on a Ben Affleck film. The amazing HorrorHound Crew did however make a new addition to the roster, Regan MacNeil herself, Linda Blair.

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If you purchased a photo op with George Wendt (Cheers, House), you are in for a big treat. George will be dressing up as his beloved character Norm from Cheers for photo ops.

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Autograph prices have been some of the most asked questions. One guy, Cameron Dunlap, was kind enough to post a list of what he has paid at previous conventions for some of the autographs. Thank you Cameron!

Estimated Autograph costs according to the people I met last year or the posts on this page (Some may differ, but this will help the people wondering or calculating prices).

***DO NOT MAKE THIS POST ABOUT DEBATING OR DISHING A CELEBRITY ON THEIR PRICE AS THIS IS PROBABLY ONE REASON IT GOT DELETE PRIOR-IT IS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT ARE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS***

Norman Reedus-$80.00(No Pic at Table)
Denis O’Hare-$40.00(No Pic at Table)
Ryan Hurst-$40.00
Mark Boone Junior-$40.00
Sean Gunn-$30.00
Michael Rooker-$40.00(Auto) + $10.00 Pic at Table
Alanna Masterson-$40.00(Auto) + $20.00 Pic at Table
Lawrence Gilliard-$40.00
Josh McDermitt-$40.00
Madison Lintz-$40.00
George Wendt-$40.00 w/Pic at Table
Zach Gilligan-$20.00(Auto) + $10.00(Pic at Table)
The Soska Twins (Jen & Sylvia)- $25.00 w/Pic at Table
Katharine Isabelle- $30.00 to $40.00(Auto) + $20.00 Pic at Table
Terrance Zdunich-$20.00 to $30.00
Jason Mewes-$30.00(Auto)/$40.00(Auto+Pic) or $20.00(PIC ONLY)
Tom Atkins-$20.00 to $25.00
Ron Simmons-$30.00 w/Pic at Table
Rhyno-$20.00 to $25.00
Jeffrey Combs-$20.00 to $30.00
AJ Bowen-FREE
Pat Healy-FREE
Naomi Grossman-$25.00 (Auto) + $10.00(Pic at Table)
Kane Hodder-$30.00 w/Pic at Table
Joel Hodgson-$30.00(Auto) + $20.00(Pic at Table)
Stuart Gordon-$25.00
Linda Blair-$40.00 to $50.00 w/ Extra charge for Pic

UNKNOWN PRICES (???)

Adam Minarovich-$
Jeff Kober-$
Max Hernandez-$
Gregg Henry-$
William Katt-$
Bruce Abbott-$
Barbara Crampton-$
Brian Thompson-$
Pedro Miguel Arce-$
Richard Brooks-$
Jesse Hutch-$

-Cameron Dunlap via the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook Page

The Sharonville Convention Center is a large building, and when you’re swept up in the glow of the convention awesomeness, it can be a little difficult to make a game plan or find your way around. Maps of the convention layout along with a coded guide to which guests will be in which rooms has been released.

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The final update is kind of an ironic one. Old Spice, yes the deodorant company, will be on hand giving out samples.

With so many last minute changes being made, Nathan and the rest of the HorrorHound Crew are being swamped with emails and questions in the Facebook group and Facebook like page. To ensure that everyone sees the important updates and everyone gets their questions answered, be sure to check out FAQ section of HorrorHoundWeekend.com, it has been updated and many of the most asked questions can be answered there.

I can personally only provide so many updates. To keep up to date on the minute to minute changes, be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend Group and like the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook page. More updates have been added to HorrorHoundWeekend.com as well.

Here’s to hoping Norman Reedus does not cancel for all those that have purchased photo op and VIPs to meet him, and wishing him a world of luck for cramming 3 days into 1, he is one amazing individual. 

Hope to see you all there!

Convention Update: HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati March 20-22nd 2015

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HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati begins this Friday, March 20th, and updates continue to pour in. Guest additions, guest cancellations and more have been announced, and I am here to give you the most important changes.

Let’s start with guest changes. I’m sure most of you are aware that Norman Reedus will now be appearing SATURDAY ONLY. Below is a quote from Nathan Hanneman (the guy awesome enough to put the convention on) about why this is.

“Due to being booked for a talk show in LA later this week, we are put in the position to move Norman Reedus’ flights around to try and get him to HorrorHound Weekend – and it appears there will be no way for him to make it to Cincinnati in time to sign on Friday evening – meaning, Norman will now be a Saturday-only appearance. We were just informed of this change and are working out the details, but wanted to post this news ASAP. More information ill be posted as soon as we have it, including updates from his management direct.” – Nathan Hanneman 

Another change has been made that will affect how long you may have to wait to meet The Walking Dead superstar. Reedus’ line will not really be a line per-say, when the doors open, a “ticket line queue” will begin. Basically, you go to Norman’s table and pick up a ticket, said ticket will have a number on it, a bit like taking a number at a deli, this will keep everyone from having to stand in a huge line for just one autograph. For more information on this ticket line queue, visit the FAQ section of HorrorHoundWeekend.com

Unfortunately, guest cancellations are common due to schedule conflicts. There have only been 4 cancellations this year. Those cancellations include Alex Winter (The Lost Boys), Jason Patric (The Lost Boys), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) and Mitch Pileggi (Shocker). Now that the bummer news of cancellations is out of the way, there have been some pretty awesome additions, C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead).

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No autograph price list has been released, the HorrorHound Weekend Crew is just as unaware of autograph prices prior to the show as we are. The only ones for certain are AJ Bowen (You’re Next) and Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), who will be signing for FREE.

extramoneyAutographs are typically the most expensive part of conventions, so if you need a little bit of extra money for those names and have some collectibles laying around collecting dust, visit Wayne and Rob at the “The Print-Pixs Booth”.

The biggest change aside from the ticket line queues for high demand guests for this year is the Coco Key Water Park Party.This year, the party is pre-sale only, and the tickets have already sold out according to the ticket site. 

There are a lot of exciting films being screened this year including the world premiere of Old 37 starring Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley. Not only will the film be screening, but Kane Hodder himself will be in attendance, pretty awesome bonus. The film that was dubbed the scariest film of the past decade will be screening as well, The Babadock. For full film festival schedule, visit HorrorHoundWeekend.com/events.

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On top of all of the fantastic guests, don’t forget about the Re-Animator reunion which will include Jeffrey Combs, Stuart Gordon, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Dennis Paoli. For full guest list, be sure to check out HorrorHoundWeekend.com/guests

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For even more up to date information, be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook group, like the HorrorHound Weekend Facebook page and follow HorrorHound Magazine on twitter, @horrorhound.

Hope to see you all there!

Convention Update: HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati 2015

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Convention season is upon us, and one of the biggest horror cons is only a couple weeks away, HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati has had some new guest announcements, schedules are being made, ticket prices are changing and so on and so forth. So, who will be joining the ranks along with the already announced Re-Animator reunion?

Some of the new names that have been announced include Jason Mewes (Mallrats), Norman Reedus (Friday and Saturday ONLY)(The Walking Dead), Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps), Madison Lintz (The Walking Dead), Jason Patric (The Lost Boys), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), Alanna Masterson (The Walking Dead), Lawrence Gilliard (The Walking Dead), Terrance Zdunich (The Devil’s Carnival) and Jesse Hutch (Freddy vs. Jason). You can find the full guest list >>HERE<<.

Unfortunately, every convention is subject to having guests cancel due to work or scheduling conflicts. There have been only two cancellations as of now for this year’s Cincinnati show, Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys).

One of my personal favorite parts of conventions, especially HorrorHound, is the awesome list of films that will be screened. This years list includes some pretty promising looking films. I have only seen one of them, The Other Side, which I reviewed. You can read that review >>HERE<<. The one that I am most excited to see is Old 37 starring Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley. I’ve heard so many great things about the film, and it is finally getting a showing and will be released on DVD later in March. See the full list of films being screened along with a bit of information on them >>HERE<<.

Panels are another reason many go to conventions. HorrorHound has an impressive guest list, so of course the list of panels is going to be just as awesome. Some of them include an Old 37 panel, American Mary panel, Guardians of the Galaxy panel, Re-Animator panel and more to be scheduled. For the full list of panels and times, visit the events section.

What fun would a horror convention be without a great list of vendors to buy some cool sh!t from? HorrorHound always has one of the largest vendor lists around, and their vendor room is a horror nerd’s Wonderland. Some of the vendors on tap for this year include Dark Sky Films, Dead Ink, Living Dead Dolls, Samhain Horror, Scarebears, Super Pumpkins, Troma and so many more. For the full list, visit the vendor section of HorrorHoundWeekend.com.

As usual, the closer you wait to the date of the convention, the higher the ticket prices will be. There are still pre-sale tickets available. Single day passes are $20, Weekend passes are $40, VIP passes are $175 and weekend passes with early entry are SOLD OUT.  Pick up your tickets now at HorrorHoundWeekend.com to avoid higher prices, sell outs and longer lines at the door.

Planning on staying a couple of days of the entire weekend? Hotels near the Sharonville Convention Center are filling up fast. You may want to get your reservations made quickly to avoid longer travel times. Here is the full list of the closest hotels.

Be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend group on Facebook for minute to minute updates.

HorrorHound Weekend Returning To Cincinnati In March 2015

10409763_10204223008709026_7440578705409585299_nIt’s almost that time again, time for HorrorHound Weekend to invade Cincinnati. On the weekend of March 20-22, 2015, the biggest names in horror will join some of the most hardcore horror fans in the Sharonville Convention Center. There have already been several exciting guest announcements made and even more to come.

JeffreyCombsOn the subject of guests, one of the biggest announcements made is that of a Re-Animator reunion. Joining the guest lineup from the film include director Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton. Other guests include Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), George Wendt (House), Mitch Pileggi (Shocker), Richard Brooks (Shocker), AJ Bowen (You’re Next), Jeff Kober (Sons of Anarchy), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), Brian Thompson (The X-Files), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) and Pedro Miguel Arce (Land of the Dead). Some pretty talented MichaelRookerartists have also been added to the HorrorHound Weekend roster such as Nathan Milliner and Joel Robinson. More guests will be announced as the show approaches, and all guests are confirmed as of now, but may cancel.

The Ink Fusion Tattoo Festival will also be returning this year. Some of the world’s most talented tattoo artists will be tattooing. You can score some pretty amazing ink from names like Marc Draven, Chris Jones, Josh Wiley and many more. Pricing and schedules available at HorrorHoundWeekend.com.

Tattoo-MarcDravenPanel times are still yet to be announced, but on Saturday at noon, there will be the Horror Host Hall of Fame Ceremony. Other special events include the annual HorrorHound Film Festival and a cosplay contest.

HorrorHound Weekend always has the best list of vendors. Vendor spots always fill up quick, but there are still some spots available. If you are interested in setting up a booth this year, you better jump on it before they’re gone.JoshMcDermitt

One thing that fills up faster than the vendor spots are the hotels. There are several hotels within walking distance of the convention center, but you have to act fast on those. They are usually filled up or close to by the end of January. Don’t worry though, there are tons of hotels that are just a very short drive away.

MitchPileggiTickets are already on sale at HorrorHoundWeekend.com. Special low prices are only for a limited time, and the closer to the event we get, the less of a deal you will be able to get. Day passes, weekend passes and VIP passes are all currently available. Children 12 and under get in free.

Convention hours are as follows, Friday, March 20: 5pm-10pm, Saturday, March 21: 11am-7pm and Sunday, March 22: 11am-5pm.

Be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend group on Facebook for more guest announcements and event changes. Hope to see you there!

The Return of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4

Last night the long wait to walk with the dead finally ended. ‘The Walking Dead’ returned with a bang with an episode aptly titled “After”.

“After” picked up right where the mid season finale ended. The episode was focused mainly on Rick and Carl and the changes that the two of them have gone through. Michonne was the other main character featured. If you have not seen it yet, I’m sorry ladies, no Daryl until next week.

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‘The Walking Dead’ is notorious for making one specific character the focus of an episode. Carl was the one in the spotlight this week. Carl is beginning to grow into a man, and now that his father is out of the game for a bit recovering from his injuries, he is one going out and finding supplies. Carl has a melt down while Rick is passed out on the couch. He tells Rick that he would be fine if he died. He pretty much blamed Rick for Hershel’s death and the Governor’s attack that separated their group. I do not want to give too much away, but there are a couple of close calls while he is out on his own. Carl’s innocence may have been lost, but like the 13 year old boy that he is, there is nothing that 112 ounces of pudding can’t fix. Chandler Riggs is without a doubt one of the most promising, young actors I have ever seen, and I for one can not wait to see how he continues to grow.

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Michonne has become not only a main character, but a fan favorite. How much do we know about Michonne’s past? Well until last night, not very much at all. While on her own, she falls asleep in a car and we join her, her dead boyfriend and his friend in a dream. *SPOILER ALERT* Michonne was a mother. In this dream, we get a little insight into who Michonne was before the walkers and how she became who she is today. The dream also helps to explain shy Michonne got emotional in the last half of the season when Beth handed Judith to her. She does not get emotional often, but there are some tears that flow from her after she takes down a group of walkers. I loved getting to see the real Michonne.

There were a few humorous moments mixed in with the drama. There is a reunion at the end of the episode.

I for one am loving the direction the season is going. Here is a sneak peak at next week’s episode “Inmates”

 

Blood and Tears, The Walking Dead Season 4 Mid-Season Finale

The season 4 mid-season finale of The Walking Dead aired last night on AMC.  The episode was aptly titles “Too Far Gone”.  For those that have already seen this emotion and action packed episode, you will know exactly what I’m talking about, and for those of you who have yet to see it, get the Kleenex ready.

The Walking Dead is no stranger to emotional episodes, but last night’s mid-season finale was by far the most emotional episode to date.  I am not one that generally cries during television shows and movie, but “Too Far Gone” really tugged at my heart strings.

The build up to the showdown between the group at the prison and The Governor and whatever group he has brainwashed at the time has been building for the last season and a half, and last night’s final showdown did not leave me disappointed.  For a minute, I really thought The Governor may have turned a corner,and I think he did too and Rick’s words to him, “we can come back”, really got to him, but he did not want to accept it or appear weak. Which brings us to the first emotional loss of the night, Hershel, who was brutally taken out in front of his daughters.  I kind of seen it coming, but I figured he The Governor would go for Michonne.  After all, she is a tough, key member to their group.

The past conflicts between Rick and The Governor was finally capped off by the murder of Hershel and all hell broke loose.  The Governor then ordered his “militia” to storm the prison and “kill them all”.  The tank and the gunfire were not all that had to be worried about during the fight for control of the prison, the noise of the battle drew in an army of walkers.  I thought for sure that there would be more major deaths when that happened.  Almost everyone was injured one way or another.  The backyard brawl between Rick and The Governor was amazing.  Just when Rick was starting to lose the fight, Michonne and her sword got the best of The Governor.  I thought the were going to leave him in the field for the walkers and have him go the way of Merle, but Lilly came in to end it, but much like Lori and Andrea, we never see the end result.  Is the Governor really gone or did Lilly get attacked and is he now a walker?

Perhaps the most emotional scene for me was after Rick found Carl.  Rick asked Carl where Judith was and he said he did not know, so they set off to find her and come upon an empty, bloody car seat.  Is Judith dead or did someone come through and save her?  In the full season preview, Carol is back with the group.  I think she came back to explain herself and talk to the entire group, but the showdown was going on.  I think she found Judith and took her to the bus.  If you notice, when the girls are carrying Judith in her seat, she is securely belted in, but when Rick finds the seat, the straps are properly unhooked.  Walkers can’t even properly use the stairs, so I highly doubt they can unhook a car seat.

“Too Far Gone” was by far, in my opinion, the best episode to date.  The way that brutality and raw emotion was seamlessly blended together into one powerhouse of an episode really proved just how talented the writers and the cast of The Walking Dead really are.  Everything about it was completely mind blowing, and the transformations in the characters we have seen throughout the seasons I feel came full circle last night.

During last night’s Talking Dead, it was announced that season 4 of The Walking Dead will resume on Sunday, February 9th.  I personally can not wait to see what happens when the season picks back up.  The group is scattered and nobody knows how many made it out alive and many that did were injured.  How will the group find each other? Did they have a plan or will it be like the farm at the end of season 2?  I for one can not wait to find out.

Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (with some “cheats”)

The Walking Dead Survival Instinct-coverI know I’m late on this review, but this has been a highly requested review from a few of my readers.  I also decided to do this to test the possibility of maybe doing more video game reviews.

I picked up The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct the weekend it was available.  As a fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, naturally I had to give this game a try.  Like many other video games, everyone plays it differently and different people are better at certain games, like me, I suck at sports games, but I have a natural gift with this type of game.

The graphics and story line of the game were amazing.  It was nice to see the Dixon brothers get their own game.  On a scale of 1 to 10 how challenging the game was for me, at first a 7, but once I played a couple of levels, it went down to about a 4.  Below, I added a cheat of mine to make missions go a bit faster.

When the game first starts, you are playing as Daryl and Merle’s father on a hunting trip, but only for a couple minutes then you die and play as Daryl.  I loved that there was an overall mission, find Merle and evacuate,  to the game and it wasn’t about just running around and killing walkers.  There is a mission for every level whether it be saving a survivor, finding a part for your car, finding gas or of course, finding supplies.  I liked that the level of difficulty of each mission fluctuated.  Unlike most games, the missions didn’t get harder as the game went on, but went up and down.  As a matter of fact, I had the most difficulty in the middle of the game as apposed to the  end.  The game does not plateau like many others of this genre do.

I liked the over all flow of the game, but I do have a couple of complaints.  For starters, you can’t choose which Dixon you want to be, you have to be Daryl, sorry Merle fans.  I understand why this is, but it would be cool to be able to choose Merle or Daryl.  My next complaint, the way the game saves.  I don’t know if this is just for Xbox 360 or all consoles, but the only way to save was to complete a level.  If you don’t complete the level you are on, you have to start it over.  A save option would have been nice.  My final complaint is the length of the game.  It is way too short.  I would love to see a part two of this game with some more options and maybe a bit more length to it.

All in all, I really liked The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.  Even if you’re not a big gamer, the game is fun.  It is a must have for any fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and of course, our favorite dysfunctional, fictional brothers, Daryl and Merle Dixon.

*My Personal Cheat*

At first, I struggled, but I quickly found easy ways to get through missions.  For example, when I had to find a part to fix the car, this is after you get the crossbow, I would find a car or a truck and stand on top of it.  After I was in the center of the roof, I would fire a gun and bring all of the walkers out.  They would surround the car then I would switch back to the crossbow and kill all of the faster ones that came out.  After that, you have a walker free environment and tasks become much easier.

 

Recap/Review: ‘The Walking Dead’: Season 4 Episode 1: “30 Days Without An Accident”

The long wait for season 4 of the AMC hit show, ‘The Walking Dead‘, was finally ended last night with the premier of episode one, “30 Days Without An Accident“.  When we left our favorite group of walker killing survivors at the end of season 3, The Governor went even crazier and is now MIA, a few key members were killed, Daryl was getting over the loss of his brother and the prison group was welcoming the citizens from Woodbury which left a lot of questions for season 4.  Will Daryl finally get some?  Will The Governor finally get what’s coming to him?  Will the merger of the prison group and the citizens of Woodbury work out?  Will the group finally find a little peace and some time to catch their breath?

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Season four of ‘The Walking Dead‘ picks up about 6-7 months after the showdown with The Governor, and the prison seems to be a peaceful sanctuary from the nightmares outside of the walls and fences.  The prison has been transformed into a community complete with a small farm with animals and crops that Rick and Hershel tend to to help feed their growing group.

At the end of season three, Carl shot a boy in the woods after the showdown at the prison.  Because of this, Rick has become somewhat anti-gun and stepping up to more of a father role as apposed to his role in previous seasons as the hero and leader of the entire group.  His focus is more on Carl and giving him the most “normal” childhood he possibly can given the circumstances.

The walkers have been a problem for them even inside the prison walls.  This has not changed, but now they are threatening the fences that keep the prison safe from them.  The walkers have begun to gather and push at the fences.

Daryl is again kind of the white knight of the group.  He is finding new people to bring in to their new little “community” and he still goes out hunting to help provide food for the surviving group.  Carol still seems to have it pretty bad for the badass with a heart of gold.  Their relationship has become even more playful and flirty than it has been in the past.  Carol even gives Daryl an adorable little nickname that he so shyly reacts to.  Their interactions in last night’s show will definitely make the “Caryl” fans very happy and it certainly makes the possibility of a hookup look more promising.

Let’s not forget about the prisons most loved couple, besides Daryl and his crossbow, Glenn and Maggie.  When we left them last season, they had gotten engaged and seemed incredibly happy.  When we see them in last night’s premier, they are just waking up and talking about a run that the group has planned.  We all know Maggie is one badass chick that is quite capable of taking care of herself, but Glenn has a problem with his bride-to-be going out on the run with the others and he talks her into staying.

With the merger of the two groups as well as newcomers that Daryl and Rick bring in, there is bound to be some new love connections.  Not even the big man Tyreese is safe from cupid’s arrow.  He now has a bit of a relationship going with one of the ladies from Woodbury.  Adorable little Beth even has herself a boyfriend, but with the whole zombie apocalypse thing going on, can things really end up happily ever after?

Michonne come riding up on a horse and she has been away for a little bit.  She has been going out on runs of her own trying to track down The Governor.

Our favorite one legged farmer, Hershel, has a surprise.  Like Lt. Dan, Hershel has a new leg!  There is no explanation given in the episode for how Hershel acquired his new appendage, so let the minds wander.  Hershel has a couple of discussions with Rick, one of them is pretty funny.  Hershel also brings up another aspect from the graphic novels, The Council.

Rick goes out to check the snares that have been placed in the woods to help bring in more food, and this is definitely a very bizarre trip for him.  While out, he comes across a wild hog and just as he goes to approach it, a woman that appears to be a walker approaches it first.  As Rick goes to walk away,  the woman speaks to him, she is not a walker, but a woman down on her luck living in the woods with her husband.  She and Rick have a talk about them joining the prison group, but Rick wants to meet her husband first, so they set off towards her camp.

Carl has had some issues and has become fairly hard to say the least.  In the beginning of the episode, it looked as though Carl wasn’t going to be such a little jerk, but that is short lived when he comes across a group of the other kids from the prison hanging out by the fence naming the walkers.  He has a very “Carl moment” with a very sassy little girl who kind of stuns him a bit.

Daryl leads a group out on a run to the local “Big Spot” store for supplies.  In the first scene of the run, Daryl shows a more care-free, funny side while he jokes around outside the store with Beth’s boyfriend Zach.  He has definitely come a very long way from the bitter, hard redneck we met in season one.

The remainder of the show flips back and forth between Rick and the crazy lady from the woods and the group on the run.  Back to Rick and crazy lady, Rick is walking with her back to her camp and she becomes even weirder the closer they come to her camp.  The run that Daryl and the others are on seems to be peaceful with minimal walker interruption, but we just can’t have that now can we?  The walkers were not in the store, but chilling at a crashed helicopter on the roof.  The roof is leaking a bit of water which can only mean bad things.  As the walkers hear the movement and banging around inside the store below, they begin to walk across the roof, then all hell breaks loose.  For the first time in ‘TWD‘ history, walkers begin to fall through the ceiling, it was literally raining walkers.

Back to crazy lady and formally crazy Rick, their conversation has become quite heavy.  They talk about what each of them has had to do to stay alive in the new crazy world.  On the run, Daryl and crew are forced to fight a horde of walkers falling from the ceiling and to make matters worse, remember that crashed helicopter on the roof?  Well it is tired of being up there and decides it wants to slowly begin to crash through the ceiling along with the walkers and it’s coming in down just above Daryl who is trying to fight off a group of walkers.  In badass Daryl fashion, with the help of Glenn and Zach, he gets out of the way just as the helicopter comes crashing in.

Now at camp crazy, the woman bends down to a burlap sack and begins talking to it, that’s when Rick realizes that the woman’s husband had turned and she kept his head in a bag.  desperate to feed her walker head husband, the woman attempts a sneak attack on Rick.  Rick counters and the woman falls to the ground.  Upon standing up, she gives Rick a sob story and says “we cannot come back from the things we’ve done” and she tells Rick she wants to be with her husband and she tells him not to end it when she’s done.  After saying that, she stabs herself.

Back at the prison, Carol is in the library reading to the kids.  When she is finished with the story, she pulls out a small case of knives.  like any good teacher in a zombie apocalypse, she teaches the kids “knife fighting 101”.  Glenn and Maggie have a discussion in the privacy of their own room about starting a family.  Glenn of course against it because of what happened to Lori and all the other craziness going on around them, Maggie tells him “I don’t want to be afraid of being in love“.  Cliff hanger with them and their discussion.

Daryl finds Beth in her cell and delivers the bad new that her boyfriend had been bitten by a walker on the run.  Beth, normally very emotional, seems to have a very cold, detached reaction to the news saying “okay” to Daryl after he tells her.  Daryl seems a bit shocked at the change in her.  She walks over to a desk and on the desk is a work accident counter.  It says “30 days without an accident“, hence the episode title, on it and Beth removes the 3 resetting it to zero.  She walks over to Daryl and says “I don’t cry anymore Daryl” and embraces him.  The embrace and the look in Beth’s eyes seemed to give room to a possible hookup between the two of them in the future.

Rick, haunted by the woman in the woods and the things that she said to him, has a a pretty serious discussion with Hershel.  Hershel reassures Rick that you can come back from the things you’ve done and that people really can change.

At the end of “30 Days Without An Accident“, the peace in the prison looks to be in jeopardy and a real problem is about to rise inside the prison.

Review:

Last night’s premier was quite different from the premiers of past seasons.  It was kind of nice to see a season start off on a peaceful note.

The shift in the dynamic of the prison is very refreshing and the character evolution is incredible.  Seeing sweet little Beth becoming the hard one and hard ass Daryl become the sweetheart is quite a change, but those changes are making for a more interesting show.  The way that Norman Reedus portrays Daryl is nothing short of amazing.  His talent and experience allows him to take Daryl through these changes and make them believable.

I know it may seem mean that the writers are giving the group hope only to yank the rug out from under them after all they have already been through, but they are in a zombie apocalypse.  Not everything can be sunshine and rainbows or the show would fall flat in just a couple of episodes.  I commend the writers on the bold decisions they have made thus far.

Season four could perhaps be the best one yet.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.