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12:30 PM on 12.12.2013

Development studio Terminal Reality has shut down

2013 hasn't been to kind to struggling game studios, and it appears we've got another casualty before this rocky year in gaming closes out. It is now reported that the Texas-based game studio, Terminal Reality, has shut down....

Alessandro Fillari


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Review: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct photo
Review: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
by Jim Sterling

"Merlenderl, in a game, what can be better than that?" mumbled The Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker, in a voice that betrayed a man who could easily recall a dozen things better than Survival Instinct.

The brief trailer, in which no game footage was shown and two actors simply told fans to buy it, was a harsh clue that Daryl Dixon's undead adventure might not be everything it could have been. The sudden release date, coinciding with the return of the AMC television series, alongside tepid previews and visual evidence of a dated, unappealing experience, didn't exactly set the scene for a classic licensed property to rival the likes of Telltale's The Walking Dead

Life has a habit of surprising us, though. Sometimes, a game can look visually sub-par, be promoted poorly, and prepare us for a terrible experience, only to upset the playing field by being better than it has any right to be. 

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, however, isn't one of those games.

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2:30 PM on 03.20.2013

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct review coming soon

In the meantime, enjoy this hastily taken shot of the intro cinematic. This is running on a retail Xbox 360. Yes, that's a PC mouse cursor just sat there in the corner.  Excuse the low quality of the pictures. Very much like the game, they were clearly made in a hurry! Look for our full review coming soon.

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 02.07.2013

Walking Dead: Survival Instinct pre-order DLC revealed

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is getting downloadable content in the form of a "Herd Mode" game type and "Amazon Walker Execution Pack." They'll be available to those who pre-order the game from GameStop and Amazon resp...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 02.07.2013

Walking Dead: Survival Instinct finally gets real trailer

Activision's tried to put it off for as long as possible, but has finally released a real gameplay trailer for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Now the day's finally arrived, I don't even know what to say. In all honesty...

Jim Sterling

10:30 PM on 01.11.2013

The DTOID Show: Cyberpunk 2077, Fallout, & The Razer Edge

Hey gang, welcome to the party. And by "party" I mean "Destructoid Show." I'm sincerely sorry for any confusion I might have caused by referring to it as a "party." Today, we talked about a Fallout-related Tweet. Then, the to...

Max Scoville

8:30 PM on 01.04.2013

The DTOID Show: The Walking Dead, Bioshock & Evil Patents

Happy New Year! We're back, and boy did we miss you! We have a lot of news today, starting with that semi-legit fan-trailer of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct that probably made it look a lot worse that it'll actually be....

Max Scoville



The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct trailer is ... hmmmm photo
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct trailer is ... hmmmm
by Jim Sterling

[Update: This is a not an official trailer by Activision or Terminal Reality. Rather, it's a fan made video of gameplay clips taken from an interview by IGN Start on the upcoming game.]

The Terminal Reality-developed The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct has gotten itself a full trailer, showing off all the minty fresh gameplay you can expect from this TV series spin-off. Yeah ... let's just say that comparing it to TellTale's effort isn't exactly fair. 

The first thing you'll note is the surprising lack of quality in the graphics department. With its flat environments and lackluster animation, it looks like an indie budget game as opposed to an Activision-backed licensed product. Also, am I wrong or is the trailer full of screen tearing? 

I'm willing to forgive games that aren't visually up to snuff, but the gameplay looks substandard too, featuring as it does meager pockets of zombies that seem fairly uninterested in doing damage, and the kind of shambling humdrum combat of years ago. Hardly inspiring stuff. 

Of course, the game is still in development, and there's no set date for its 2013 release, but if this video is what Terminal Reality thinks is acceptable to show the viewing public, I am going to remain quite wary. As big a fan as I am of withholding judgment until a game's released, even my woolly optimism has its limits. 

Trailers are meant to make games look attractive -- this makes Survival Instinct look like crap. 

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Preview: AMC's The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct photo
Preview: AMC's The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
by Alessandro Fillari

It’s been an exciting year for The Walking Dead. The comic series reached its 100th issue, the TV series has hit its stride in the current season, and Telltale Games’ adventure title has broken new ground for storytelling and reinvigorated a near-dormant adventure genre. Now, AMC’s TV series makes its videogame debut in a new action horror title.

Set before the main events of the TV series, the developers at Terminal Reality are determined to bring their own take on surviving the zombie apocalypse in their new single-player-focused survival horror game.

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3:15 PM on 07.09.2012

Activision's The Walking Dead Comic-Con swag is so gross

No, seriously. Look! The first 100 fans that pre-order The Walking Dead at Activision's booth during San Diego Comic-Con this week will get a necklace of zombie ears. So gross! Oh, and in case you missed it last week, Activis...

Hamza CTZ Aziz