The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Review
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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360*
Dev: Terminal Reality
Pub: Activision
Release: March 19, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore Intense Violence Strong Language

Gas runs have you running around as fast as you can to collect fuel that just so happens to be conveniently lying around the environment in gas cans. Breaking down has you simply following your magic compass to whatever part you need in order to fix your vehicle.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Screenshot

This is the type of uninspired filler that really killed the game for me. If I had at least been able to focus on the story of the Dixon brothers, I might have been able to endure some of the other deficiencies. Instead, I found myself trudging through a series of pointless side missions.

Throughout the game, you can also pick up survivors, which would have been pretty cool if any of us cared even a little bit about these worthless pieces of walker-bait. It’s impossible to feel any attachment whatsoever to these one-note characters, so their deaths have zero impact. In the end, they are just pieces of inventory to manage with attributes that make them more or less useless, able to be traded out for other survivors without a second thought.


The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct fails on almost every front. Whether it be the dated graphics, lacking gameplay, or shoddy level design, this game does little (if anything) right. While super-fans of the TV series may be able to tolerate the insurmountable number of flaws here, anyone else will walk away thoroughly disappointed.

Joshua Bruce
Contributing Writer
Date: April 2, 2013

Dated graphics that look like they came from the previous generation of consoles.
Cookie-cutter FPS controls are okay, but overall the control scheme feels stiff and generic.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Aside from the TV show theme, the voices of Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker are the only redeeming qualities in an otherwise bland soundscape.
Play Value
Fans of the show might enjoy the game on some base level, but most players will remain unsatisfied by this forgettable gaming experience.
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Tread carefully in the post-apocalyptic world as you scavenge for weapons and supplies.
  • Avoid attracting walker herds.
  • Use wit to stay alive during encounters with the undead.
  • Help survivors, but don't trust everyone.

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