A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a violent, gory, and profanity-laden survival horror game based on the television series upon which it's based. But as Daryl Dixon, you're the one shooting, slicing and dicing through undead zombies out to get you and your crew. The game has plenty of blood and gore, including dismemberment and beheading. There is also strong language in the game and some sexually suggestive references in the dialogue sequences.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
As you might expect, THE WALKING DEAD: SURVIVAL INSTINCT is based on the mega-popular AMC television series, The Walkind Dead, about survivors of a zombie apocalypse. It's a first-person shooter that has you assume the role of Daryl Dixon, a tough warrior who relies on his hunting skills to take down zombies, protect other humans (including his overbearing brother Merle), and find a way to survive in the wake of this deadly outbreak. This single-player campaign is story-driven, and folds in elements of exploration, action, and resource management.
Is it any good?
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct isn't a great game, which is too bad for fans of the Emmy-winning series. On paper, it seems like it's a winner: step into the shoes of one of the more popular heroes, Daryl Dixon -- who is played on the show by Norman Reedus (plus he lends his likeness and voice to the in-game character) -- and you get to test your skills to stay alive among all the zombies and panicky survivors. But the game has bland graphics, repetitive environments, technical glitches, less than stellar enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) and no multiplayer options. Sure, there are some fun combat and scavenging moments (like looking for gas cans so you can drive away) and different ways to tackle each level, but overall it's a disappointing romp that pales in comparison to last year's imaginative The Walking Dead serial game series.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, exploration, government
Language & Reading: following directions, using supporting evidence
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, problem solving
Self-Direction: achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses, work to achieve goals
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, learning from consequences, respect for others
Collaboration: respecting other viewpoints
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Release date: March 19, 2013
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love action and adventure
Themes & Topics
Browse titles with similar subject matter.
Top advice and articles
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.