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Reviews- The Walking Dead Chapter One: A New Day
*This is a little different from my normal reviews because I usually
save a section in the end for bonus points and deductions. These are
more for certain aspects that I think deserve praise or criticism
that don't fall into any of the above categories (usually graphics
and sound is worth ten points because they aren't as important as the
elements of the game, which leaves twenty points to fiddle with as
wished). However, I'm trying something a little more classic. Hope it
It's no real surprise that The Walking Dead has finally limped its
way into the video game world. Zombies are an always increasing fad
and after a best-selling graphic novel series and an award-winning TV
show, it was inevitable.
This is going to be a short review because it is the first of five
chapters. However, unless TellTale decides to change a lot over the
course of its run, then this review should signify how the remainder
of the series will play out (unless they drastically change
something, but I don't see that happening).
So, come! Let's traverse the zombie apocalypse, Reader.
Graphics: -2 (18/20)
I have to give the developers credit. The comic book art style fits
perfectly for this game. Everything from character models,
environments and gore are presented in a very understated yet
artistic way. The only gripe is that some animations are a bit
choppy, but it doesn't break the illusion.
Sound: -1 (19/20)
Apart from some hiccups in terms of voice acting, it's more than
solid all across the soundboard (zing!).
Controls: -2 (18/20)
Definitely a huge difference from the BttF series. It's more
streamlined. Controls are simple. Walk, click on an object of
importance (character, item, obstacle, etc) and repeat. The only
deduction comes from a sometimes-finicky camera.
Style: -5 (15/20)
Alright, onto the juicy stuff.
Something that many true horror-based games have lacked in the past
few years (with a couple exceptions) is lack of a good atmosphere
(I'm looking at you RE5 and Raccoon City). Apart from the opening
scene, the remainder of the game always holds the ever-present
depressing gray-shade of gloom. While anyone smart enough can know at
what moment something bad is going to happen, eliminating the element
of surprise, they throw a curve-ball that will catch you off guard.
The game (much like the material is based off of) is a drama with
many characters you absolutely love or absolutely wish would get the
As new character, Lee Everett, you are on your way to what is
presumably a death sentence, when you are set free...into the zombie
The best way I can use to describe this game is Heavy Rain-ultra
lite (which is in no way a bad thing for me, I absolutely loved Heavy
Rain). As you play through the game, Lee is put into many situations
to where your choices dictate how the remainder of the story plays
out. Do I lie to someone and lose their trust? Or do I respond
honestly and ensure that they'll have your back when the time comes?
Do I save this person or that person, and if I do, how will this
effect me later on? There are only a few of these choices in the
game, some holding more weight than others, but it's all up to you
and how YOU feel the situation should be handled. There are no wrong
The one huge beef I have the game is the unevenness of the
game-play. The story stays consistent throughout but certain things
like balancing puzzles, combat and other elements is very hit or
miss. I personally think there wasn't enough interaction with the
environment or enough puzzles (except for a brilliant one involving a
pillow and a spark plug).
Combat is a little on the simplistic side, as well. It's just aim
and hit a button. Whether or not this is an ode to how it will be in
the future zombie outbreak (point and shoot, swing at its head)
remains to be seen. It doesn't detract from the experience though,
considering it's not an action based game.
Fun: -5 (15/20)
Much like other games of this type, I don't really think it's about
“having fun” in the traditional sense. I tend to think of it as a
“you find the enjoyment in it” sort of deal. If you are
interested in story, the relationships you form with characters and
how you will deal with the consequences that follow your actions,
than this is will be right for you.
Final Score: 82/100 B-
Is it worth the $5 price tag? Only if you are going to play through
the entire series and put the time into it. As for me? I can't wait
to see what happens “Next week on: The Walking Dead.”
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