The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Fans of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead won’t want to miss one of Activision’s latest videogame releases. Based on the zombie-filled world, the survival game brings to life the horrors that are portrayed in the Emmy award-winning series. Through their partnership with Activision, C4 Media recently had the opportunity to sit down with two of the show’s main characters.
The Dixon brothers, played by Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, worked with Activision to bring their characters from the reality world to the virtual one. During an interview with C4 Media, Reedus, who plays Daryl, expressed his excitement over continuing the show’s storyline in the videogame realm.
“I didn’t know Activision would pick my character specifically for the video game, but I was thrilled,” he said.
The game takes players through pre-Atlanta, before the rest of the show’s famous cast arrives to take on the zombie uprising. Merle and Daryl are forced to live day to day on whatever items they can find. As players battle herds of walkers and help other survivors, they consistently have to think of their next move. According to Reedus, this requirement for planning and forward thinking is what makes the game different than a regular point and shoot.
“There is a level of excitement in the game that is as high as watching it on television,” he said. “There’s a level of urgency that really shows itself in the video game.”
The television brothers enjoyed the process of recording their voices for the game, but acknowledged the differences between voice over work and on-camera. For Rooker, who plays Merle, the only difference was finding the proper place for inflection and tone.
“Because I’ve been on the show for awhile, I have a feel for the energy and the way Merle would talk and respond to a given situation,” he said. “You know, for example, if a zombie comes at me I kill them.”
As Rooker puts it, “Merle and Daryl in a game… what could be better than that?”
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