The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Intense, scary, graphic adventure in virtual reality.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While "survival" is a positive message, this game is mostly about killing zombies -- with a ton of gore thrown in for good measure. It doesn't push any strong message to the player. That said, there are some moral choices you’ll need to make, which can impact the story line.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You don't know much about your role as "The Visitor," who arrives in New Orleans and fights to stay alive among a zombie infestation. This VR game is played from a first-person perspective and you don't see your character. There isn't much of a backstory tied to the protagonist, but you will have to make some moral choices along the way. Much of the gameplay is brutally killing the Walkers, and sometimes humans, so it's not a good role model overall.

Ease of Play

This ambitious VR game takes advantage of motion controllers and does a good job emulating real-life actions like wrapping a bandage around your wrist to cover a wound, but it's not too complicated to pick up. You'll start off with slow to learn movement and aiming and firing weapons. Too bad you can’t crouch in real life – instead, it’s a button press.

Violence

Action is incredibly violent as you must kill hoards of zombies in graphic detail. With lots of blood and gore, you can impale and decapitate enemies, explode their head off their shoulders with a shotgun, clobber them with a baseball bat with nails, and many other weapons -- even a spoon can be used to stab the undead in the head. Because this game is played from a first-person view and in virtual reality, it can really feel like you're performing actions like pumping a shotgun.

Sex
Language

The game has strong language, including the word "f--k" and "s--t," heard in dialog sequences.

Consumerism

The game is based on The Walking Dead fiction, which was a popular television show, as well as games, comics and graphic novels, and upcoming movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You can find and consume alcohol in this game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a virtual reality action game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Based on the popular The Walking Dead franchise, the game's extremely violent, bloody and gory played from a first-person perspective, and lets you kill several zombies at once using a variety of guns and other weapons. It's possible to dismember, decapitate, and impale the undead, shoot their head off their shoulders, smash them with bats with nails, and much more. Players will mimic the actions such as swinging a bat and pumping a shortcut, using motion sensors. It's also a very scary game. Players will also hear "s--t" and "f--k" in dialogue, and can find and drink alcohol in some areas.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjohnnyboy01 October 31, 2020

Is it okay for most kids

it is really fun to play and it has a couple swear words here and there but not a ton, the swear words include the f-word but that is said rarely and the s-word... Continue reading
Adult Written byPaul C. May 9, 2020

Walking Dead VR

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners helps breath life into The Walking Dead franchise. With exciting storytelling and great companions, this games lets you fee... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byReal_name July 1, 2020

One of the best vr games ever

One of the best vr games ever, although there is some gore ( you can cut off zombies heads and limbs and if you stab you get blood on your hands) and some swear... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGRINNER7707 September 6, 2020

best game evver

i think its really good game but i wouldn't recommend it for kids under the age of 14 unless they are mature enough to play. sure there is some swearing an... Continue reading

What's it about?

Based on the popular television show, THE WALKING DEAD: SAINTS & SINNERS is a virtual reality (VR) game that takes place in a ravaged New Orleans. The city has fallen to Walkers – hordes of the undead that are feasting on any human survivors. You play the role of The Visitor, who must fight your way through enemies with any weapons and supplies you can find, avoid getting attacked (and avoid dying from your wounds if you are stricken), meet characters and perform missions, and unravel a larger mystery tied to the outbreak. Played from an immersive first-person perspective using a motion controller in each hand, you’ll roam around the city and interact with survivors. You’ll also have to make some tough choices that can impact the story line, the characters you’ll meet, and future missions. During combat, you’ll position your hands to aim and fire guns, swing axes and bats, use a crossbow, and even use a kitchen “spoon” a zombie to incapacitate it.

Is it any good?

While not a perfect adventure, this is an intense, scary and quite graphic VR game that has a lot going for it. The first thing you’ll notice in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is the smart use of motion controllers that really give you the sense that you're manipulating objects in this world. Many games let you do things like push open a door, grab a note pinned to a wall, or aim and fire a gun by performing the gestures with your hands in real life. But there are great touches with the little details in this game. For example, you must wrap a bandage around your forearm to prevent an infection. Or you can grab a defeated zombie’s face and wave the corpse around like a ragdoll or scale a wall by shimmying across a gutter. The developers did a great job here creating that immersion. The only thing missing is physical crouching, which could likely be added in an update (it's silly you need to do that with a button press instead).

The action (with some role-playing game elements) is gratifying and very gory. Not only is it tense when you’re surrounded by flesh-eating Walkers, and you realize you’re running low on ammunition, but then it starts getting dark outside which amps up the tension even more. But the graphics are good, not extraordinary, and same goes for the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence), which takes away some of the overall experience. The characters are interesting – at least, to start – which will hold your attention during non-combat sequences, and the moral choices you need to make create a sense of personalization to your adventure (such as who should be saved or left to die). But after a few hours into this campaign, you might get a sense of déjà vu when it comes to the environments, missions, and combat. If you like horror movies and own one of the VR headsets required to play this $39 game, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is an atmospheric, 15- to 20-hour game of survival, exploration and blood-drenched combat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners affected by the immersion in virtual reality? While this game is clearly fictional -- as you're killing zombies -- should anyone be concerned about the fact gamers mimic the hand movements for things like pumping, aiming, and shooting a rifle -- with the intent to kill and dismember? Does it lead to desensitization or is this purely fantasy and there is absolutely nothing to worry about?

  • Does VR seem like it brings you closer to the action, or does it seem like a gimmick to sell a game? Would there be a way to make VR more interactive, or is it as good as it could be with today's technology? 

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