Overkill’s The Walking Dead Preview

Overkill’s The Walking Dead is a variation of a famous comic book from the developers of the rather good co-op shooter Payday 2. This is a story about the world after the apocalypse, inspired by the work of Robert Kirkman. After the success of the second part of Payday, did Starbreeze Studios manage not to lose face and make another good project, without serious flaws and various endless additions and sets?

Overkill's The Walking Dead preview

A few words about game development

Overkill’s The Walking Dead is based on the comic by Robert Kirkman – The Walking Dead and is part of the universe of this comic. The comic strip itself was first released back in 2003, and several well-known games and a very good American TV series of the same name have already been created on its basis. The game itself is being created by Starbreeze Studios. Among the successful projects of this studio are games such as: The Darkness, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and the aforementioned Payday 2, which in a number of game mechanics is very similar to Overkill’s The Walking Dead.

Overkill's The Walking Dead preview

In 2014, it became known that the game would be based on The Walking Dead, in 2015 a trailer for the game was shown, and then there was a lull for almost 3 years. And now, already this year, video on the game began to appear and you can already say at least something about the project.

What is the game

Overkill’s The Walking Dead is a first-person shooter that focuses on a four-player co-op where you must confront both zombies and other survivors of a global disaster. The action of the game will unfold in the capital of the United States – Washington, where each of the characters will have not only their own individual skills and abilities, but also their own history. The main key to victory, as you might guess, lies in cohesive actions and a clear distribution of roles in the team. A group of survivors needs to unite and only by common efforts can they resist the crowd of the living dead and other enemies.

Overkill's The Walking Dead preview

The goal of the game is quite simple – to explore the surrounding area and find out in Washington what exactly caused this epidemic, which led to the fact that now the city is almost completely inhabited by the living dead. But in addition to investigating the main problem, we have to perform more mundane tasks – to explore areas of the city and its environs in search of the remaining survivors of the epidemic of people, as well as supplies and various weapons with cartridges. Each sortie poses a great danger, because even the smallest sound will attract a crowd of zombies.

Who can you play for

Since the game is cooperative and is designed for four players, it is worth taking a closer look at the main characters:

Heather is an ordinary girl who worked as a kindergarten teacher in Washington DC before the outbreak. The girl taught the children what good and evil are, but it seems that now these lines are completely erased. However, Heather still believes in kindness and always prefers peace and diplomacy over cruelty and violence.

Overkill's The Walking Dead preview

Grant is an old man who decided to move away from the bustle of the city in his old age and calmly indulge in hunting and reading novels on a well-deserved retirement. But now he has returned to the city to find his family, although he understands that the chances of success in this business are very small. Holding a rifle in his hands and looking at the zombies, Gran realizes that although the world has changed, something in it has remained the same – hunting.

Maya – in the past, a surgeon who understands better than others how the living differ from the living dead. The woman accidentally ended up in Washington and at first helped the wounded. Realizing that she would not be able to return home, Maya decided to become a medic for the group and apply her knowledge to treating the wounded.

Aiden is an impulsive young man who constantly struggled with his anger and tried to adapt to life in a civilized society. But here’s the problem – a civilized society has been destroyed, and its former representatives are trying to eat the guy alive. Now a young man certainly can not restrain himself and give vent to emotions, crushing the heads of enemies to the right and left in close combat.

Overkill's The Walking Dead preview

Gameplay and a little about the plot

Since the familiar world has already been destroyed, the characters will have to adapt to modern realities and show remarkable strength in order to survive. The harsh world after the apocalypse The Walking Dead is a brutal place where every step can threaten death, and resource extraction is a dangerous adventure. Even if you have any weapon in your hands, it will gradually begin to wear out and can easily fail at the most crucial moment. To prevent this from happening, the game will tell us in detail about all the key aspects of the world of The Walking Dead.

The gameplay of Overkill’s The Walking Dead is based on the presence of a certain control point in the group – a base in the form of a protected dwelling. This house can be used as a defense zone from the attack of the dead and a place to create any items. It is here that you can replenish your supplies, as well as repair or upgrade weapons. It is worth noting that the base also requires regular strengthening, as zombie attacks over time more and more destroy your home’s defenses.

In general, the creation of certain items (craft) or the improvement of weapons is an important part of the game. You regularly need to search corpses for certain objects, and a timely created first-aid kit or a sight on a machine gun will help you a lot, as in skirmishes with enemies.

Overkill's The Walking Dead preview

The zombies in the game are pretty common. They move slowly and slowly attack people. In small numbers, they do not pose a particularly serious threat to the group of survivors. But as already mentioned, in the game, in addition to zombies, other survivors will also be the main opponents, which is why the gameplay is very diverse. Shootouts with survivors will be the most dangerous activity in the game, since in addition to its obvious complexity, such a fight attracts a crowd of zombies due to the noise and therefore it can easily happen that, barely surviving after a hard fight with bandits, you are left to be torn apart by a crowd of zombies. In this regard, stealth in the game will be a very good solution, but, of course, no one canceled a noisy attack in front of you if you really want to and if weapons with equipment allow.

The plot of the game will also be original due to the fact that here each hero has his own personal story and life circumstances. New storyline and additional quests will also be introduced into the game, as well as entire zones for new tasks will appear. Alas, the developers from Starbreeze Studios have one big drawback that many fans may have noticed from the same Payday 2 – the studio constantly wants to squeeze as many paid add-ons into the project as possible, which is very annoying for gamers. It is unclear what the reason is, the desire to earn as much as possible, while not creating a new game, but only slightly improving the current project, or the creators of the game simply do not have time to complete the project in time and implement all the ideas. Be that as it may, such an approach looks extremely inappropriate in relation to ordinary players and I want to believe that the abundance of additional paid content in the game will decrease, of course, not to the detriment of the project itself.


Although the developers of the game do not really brag about the gameplay of the new project, based on the numerous videos of the gameplay of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, we can conclude that the game is a cooperative first-person zombie shooter, where a large arsenal of both firearms and cold weapons awaits us. I would like to note that the theme of the zombie shooter is now far from original and it will be very difficult for the game to compete with such “monsters” of the genre as Dying Light 2, Resident Evil 2, Days Gone and Last of Us 2. From the original and interesting, the game has so far only a license for the universe of The Walking Dead, so you can easily follow the path of a comic book and focus on the plot and disclosure of the characters and their relationships. Of course, this option is not very suitable for a cooperative shooter, but in terms of other parameters, the game is objectively inferior to its direct competitors. If you go back to the gameplay, then if you participated in numerous robberies in the studio’s last project – Payday 2, then the system of perks and weapon pumping will be painfully familiar and recognizable for you. Unfortunately, the game has quite a bit of original content and a lot of borrowings from Payday 2, but I want to believe that this will change by release and the game will reveal itself from its own side, because it has a very large potential.

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