The Walking Dead is a game I picked up for cheaps on the last steam sale, and as with most games bought in the sale, it just sat on Steams servers waiting to be downloaded.
Daren on the midlifegamer.net podcast mentioned he’d played the first 2 episodes and was really enjoying it, so decided to go back to it.
As you may or may not know, The Walking Dead is an five part episodic game by Telltale games, set in The Walking Dead universe. I’m only familiar with the TV program, however there are apparently a great series of comic books out there on which the game and TV is based on.
Now I have to be honest, I’d been slightly put of Telltale games by playing through the first chapter on the Back to the Future episodic adventure. Not that there was anything really wrong with it, it just didn’t feel like my type of game,However, I through caution to the wind and played through the first episode….I was hooked.
This is a lot more adult, a lot more gruesome, and you feel like the dialogue choices you make actually make a difference and it’s not a matter of ‘pick the top one, listen to the dialogue, rinse and repeat’. Most of the dialogue options pop up on the screen only for around 10 seconds, and you have to choose one of the potential four answers, each with their own morality outcome.
Now unlike the likes of Mass Effect series, or Dragon Age, or most other morality decision games, it’s not very easy to work out which is a good guy answer, and which is a bad guy….which in a way was refreshing, this combined with the minimal amount of time you have to choose, feels like it gives you your most genuine outcome.
Obviously I’m not going to give away any spoilers, however (you’ll pick this up in the first few minutes of the game or the trailer below) you play as Lee, a guy who starts the story in the back of a police car heading to prison, and you become the protector of a young girl called Clementine….and that is your story, approximately 12 hours of living in a world where Zombies roam the world, bumping into other small pockets of survivors and trying to make the best decisions for you and your unofficially adopters daughter.
If you’ve read the comics of watch the TV series, you’ll know this game is not safe for children, as there’s a hell of a lot of zombie dismemberment, some quite disturbing scenes, and apparently (Watching The Human Centipede 2 has obviously left me dead inside) some quite emotional scenes. In and amongst there were a number of scenes that made me jump out of my skin, and a handful of ‘How the f**k can I make a decision like that’ moments.
As mentioned above, I played the first episode, enjoyed it, read that the final part was going to be released on the 21st November, so spend an entire day (around eight hours) playing through episodes two, three and four, just so I could enjoy the finale with the online communities, and so glad I did.
All I can say is, this is currently on sale (£10.49) on steam for another five hours, and if you are a fan of the TV show or comic books, I strongly suggest you pick this up, it’s a true emotional roller coaster.
Approx Time taken to beat – 12 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]
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