The Walking Dead: Saint and Sinners is a game developed by Skydance Interactive. 

It has been year since the outbreak of the pandemic. The once great city of New Orleans is now surrounded by Walkers and the remaining survivors. 

As a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, the situation is that just about every moving body around you wants you dead like them. 

Our Review of The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

Ys we know, this game is straight up violent and scary. 

In the beginning of the game, you encounter another survivor for a brief moment who explains the situation in the city to you. The conversation will help you get a basic idea where to find safety, and possibly some hope to survive the game. 

Every challenge you face, and the decision you make is up to you. You decide who you want to be, who you want to help and hurt is totally your choice. Your action will determine whether you are a Saint or Sinner. 

You are playing the tourist, a notable outsider who’s traveled to the flooded city in search of a prize known as The Reserves. Since the outbreak, people have managed to hide medical supplies, food, and weapons. The search for these goodies require interaction with locals, some are good, some are bad. 

Walking Dead Saint and Sinner review

How scary is the Walking Dead Saints and Sinners?

Gross is probably a better word to describe the game other than scary. You are immediately greeted with the violent tone of the game. The zombies themselves aren’t really that scary, as they do move slow and can be easily killed.

All you have to do is to find a sharp object and slash it through their head, or swing an ax with both hands to decapitate their from their body. If you do not swing hard enough, your weapon might get stuck in the zombie’s body, or bounce off as the zombie moans while being still alive. You must force the weapon harder into their body to put them to rest. 

The next thing you got to do is to putt the blade out from the dead, otherwise other zombie will dangle on the weapon, and get stuck on the weapon that killed it. It is quite disgusting and gruesome to be part of the game, while you watch and interact that certainly requires a strong stomach.

Be prepare to allow racing heart-beats to surface, and any emotions that may trigger a fight-or-flight response as you partially destroy your zombie enemy, and their zombie friends start coming after you. 

What do you need to play walking dead saints and sinners?

A strong heart and a knowledge of how to use the weapons. The weapons you pick up will degrade over time with use, so you do want to make sure that you have more than one weapon available. The guns you locate can be difficult to handle, as they have different handling methods according the type of weapon it is. Make sure you practice how to load and reload for each gun, so you don’t get stuck while being surrounded by zombies. 

The next thing you need is to survive the game. The weak weapons always seem to break at the time that you need them the most. Do you best to locate a automatic rifle, or automatic weapon using just one hand, knowing how to arm the weapon, and reload it without hesitation. You want to get used to the physical motion of exercising the weapons. The zombies are not hard to kill, what’s going to get you killed is your inexperience in weapon handling, and the stress and panic that you experience. 

The stress from panic is the most dangerous part, needly to say the amount of stress hormones that is induced in your autonomic nervous system. The right things can help you if you grab them at the right timing, yet, if you grad them at the wrong time it can actually become more of a liability. 

You have a map that you can take notes located over your left chest, and a rechargeable flashlight that can be charged with a shake over your left chest. You are able to carry a weapon on each side of your hip. You can also store a longer weapon over your right shoulder, like a bat or rifle. Each over your left shoulder to access your items in your backpack, where you store things like game objects and healing good. 

Don’t be surprised to reach over your shoulder and end up not grabbing anything at all, or drop stuff on the ground as you try to put them in your backpack. These will take some learning curve to do, even to grab your journal as well. It is easy to grab the wrong item that you need the most and get killed.

It may be the way the game was designed, the lack of haptic feedback, which results in the lack of precision. You may be going for your knife, only to accidentally grad the flashlight instead, which can only get you destroyed by your enemies. 

One important feature is the ability to crouch, this will help you hide from the zombies and avoid combat. However, this requires hitting a button on the controller, rather than physically crouching the produce the movement. This sometimes will induce VR motion sickness, which we think is a big improvement for the developer. There’s an option to introduce a ghost hand to display where your hands are relative to the game, but the result really just distorts the visuals. 

How long does it take to beat walking dead saints and sinners?

The Walking Dead Saint and Sinner was designed for the player to spend a long time in the game, to explore the story itself amongst different locations and missions. 

It is easy to get overwhelmed and struggle at the start of the game. If you prefer to craft certain game objects, there it would be necessary to go on an item-collection mission. You could find yourself explore abandoned buildings in the theme, just as much as you would spend time killing enemy zombies. It is absolutely critical to be prepare yourself with medicine and food once your energy is worn off from fighting off zombies. The stamina decreases as you do anything that requires energy. 

Whether it is filling up your backpack with goods, crafting your weapon of choice, or looking for food to keep your energy high, these activities all require extra time aside from fighting enemies. Sometimes taking a break will recharge your stamina as well, but the dwell time could attract more zombies to your surroundings. 

Be prepare to immerse yourself in the game for at least 30 minutes to an hour in each VR session, otherwise it may be hard to make significant progress in the game.

It is estimated that it will take over 15 hours to complete the game, as you craft, explore, and uncover many secrets. 

Our Final Verdict

Despite the minor game flaws, I still kept wanting to revisit the game. This game could be boring if played in traditional 2D, but turns out to be far more interesting in VR. The issue is that certain movements such a crouching, attack, and interactions do not feel smooth. It does take time to practice to master certain movements. This game feels like a different approach to playing videos games, although not necessarily introducing a better gaming experience. It would take some more development effort to set a new bar in gaming, but we are just not there yet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Walking Dead on PSVR?

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners was first made available for the Oculus and Steam VR compatible hardware. The game was released for the PS4 PSVR in 2020, 

How much does the walking dead saints and sinners cost?

you can buy it now for $40USD at the Oculus Store, Steam, or PlayStation PSVR. 

Is the Saints and Sinners on Quest?

Yes, the game is available on the Oculus platform, including Oculus Quest. 

Can you play The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners without VR?

The game was designed to be played in VR, so a VR headset is required to play the game. 

Are there any jump scares in The Walking Dead?

Yes there are certain jump scare scenes, but only a few. We would say around around 7-10 total. 

System Requirements 

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 15 GB available space

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel i7 8700k / AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon Vega 56
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 15 GB available space

Author: VR Reporter

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