The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct plays out like an action-packed episode of the TV show. There’s a pre-credits intro, complete with cliffhanger, in which you briefly take control of Daryl’s father before he’s turned into a zombie, followed by the familiar title sequence and theme tune. Fans of the show will feel right at home.
The rest of the game faithfully follows the format, with Daryl slowly making his way across America in search of safety, teaming up with fellow survivors and battling small pockets of Walkers along the way. Adding to the authenticity, Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker reprise their roles as the resourceful Daryl and hard-bitten Merle Dixon, respectively.
The places you encounter share the same things in common: they’re run-down, bleak and populated by Walkers with just a few humans holed up somewhere. Among the settings you’ll come across are spooky towns, an abandoned campsite, a lab and even a stadium for the final showdown against the Walkers.
If you want to unlock various cheats from the main menu, such as unlimited ammo or silenced weapons, you need to find hidden collectibles as well as play through the game at least twice to rescue all survivors and visit all locations.