When watching an especially heated sequence of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” in which our favorite zombie-slaying group of protagonists finds itself (yet again) flanked by dozens of flesh-hungry “walkers”, I just can’t help but imagine myself into the scene, armed with just a metal pipe, fighting alongside Rick and Glenn. The satisfying *crunch* of a zombie being put down makes me cringe, but despite the ick factor, my eyes are locked on the screen. “The Walking Dead” is halfway through its 3rd season and it really has people wondering… “why doesn’t this game have a video game counterpart already?!”. I wouldn’t be macho insofar that I would actually survive very long in a world overrun by undead former humans hungry for my current human brains, but armed with an Xbox controller, I am eager and more than ready to handle horde upon horde, feeling macho from the safety of my leather armchair.
The game acts as a prequel to the show’s critically acclaimed first season. You play as Daryl Dixon: misunderstood tough guy / televisions favorite crossbow wielding zombie hunter, navigating the mean streets of Georgia in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. Along with your less lovable brother Merle, you meet other survivors each of which will individually affect your outcome depending on how you treat them. The game seems pretty sweet and I will finally be able to live out my armchair zombie hunter dreams. The game comes out in March 2013 on Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3. Be sure to check it out!