Many games feature fetch quests to break up the action; here, it's the entire story. Merle and Daryl from "The Walking Dead" TV show venture from town to town in Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, encountering stragglers who will only assist as long as you bring back something of import to them. This leads to the inevitable zombie encounters, which should provide a dose of excitement -- but instead suffocates the game in monotony.


RATING M for Mature

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PLOT Merle and Daryl in a prequel to the show

DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $50

BOTTOM LINE Might turn fans away from the show