The lights are on
While being a fan of just about everything The Walking Dead
related, I just had to pick up the first episode for this game on its digital
release. Since then, I’ve only played one other episode digitally and took a
long break, which could have been much longer if not for the games 2012 VGA
success. After hopping online and finding out that The Walking Dead had won the
Game of the Year from many more locations, I figured that it was about time to
start playing again. Was returning to this game after so long worth it and did
it truly deserve Game of the Year? Find out by reading on in this spoiler free
review (which definitely makes it a bit shorter than I’d like it to be)!
As for the good things about Telltale Game’s The Walking
Dead: This is much different from the majority of the titles I’ve played within
the last year and maybe even the year before that. It isn’t a shooter and it’s
not filled with over-the-top action, which seems to have become the norm in the
gaming industry. Instead, The Walking Dead is a game that focuses on the choices
you make while also managing to tell a fantastic story to keep you playing.
Everything you say, everything you do, and even everything you choose not to do
matters, carrying over from one episode to the next. Oh, and with season two
being confirmed recently, I assume that your choices will carry on to that as
While on the topic of making choices, it may be best to
inform you that it isn’t easy at all. Some may’ve read over that part with the
assumption that all you’ve got to is press a button every once in a while, and
then a decision is made. Well, that’s only half true. There’s a lot more behind
it which makes the process of making these decisions much more difficult. For
starters, the vast majority of the decisions that have to be made are timed.
Failing to make a decision within the time limit can result in hindering the
relationships you have, causing someone to do something that messes everything
up, or even cost you your life. Then there’s the fact that you won’t be able to
save everyone you meet, and you definitely won’t be able to keep everyone
happy. However, if you’re not satisfied with the way something went and wish to
change it, you can always play the episode from the beginning using the rewind
The Walking Dead has been the first game I’ve played, ever,
that actually made me feel as if I was the main character without having to
customize them. I could actually see myself in Lee’s shoes, which is something
I’m sure a lot of people may claim, but this felt different. The more time I
spent playing this game, the more I began to see myself and started thinking
about whether or not it was just because of the choices I made. In a sense,
that’s definitely a good chunk of why I think that, but even in moments I had
no control over, it felt like Lee was doing something I’d do. There were even
times in which I said something out loud which shortly ended up being a part of
his dialogue. That’s how I think all games that force you to make choices should
feel like, which is one of my favorite things about it.
Telltale’s take on the franchise may not follow the
television show or the comics directly, but you will certainly be able to
interact with a couple familiar faces and find yourself in similar scenarios. I
can’t exactly say who you’re going to bump into or what’s going to happen, but
I can say that not even Walking Dead die-hards will be able to dissect some of
the things that go on. As someone who’s read a few of the comics and seen every
episode of the show, I’m actually somewhat disappointed in how many times I’ve
predicted something, but then something totally different happens. Then again,
I’m also quite intrigued by it for surprising me and keeping me on the edge of
my seat to the end.
Though Telltale’s The Walking Dead was an amazing journey
from the beginning, the conclusion is definitely where I’d have to give the
most props. For the first time in my entire gaming career, a game has been able
to make me put down the controller just to come to my senses. My hands were
trembling, heart was racing, tears were flowing, and nose was dripping simply
from all of the things that went on during episode 5 alone. I mean yeah, there
have been times in other episodes where I’d feel my eyes begin to water up or drop
my jaw in awe, but nothing has ever been able to get me like that. It was
actually so bad (in a good way) that I don’t even want to play the game again.
I want to remember my first playthrough as my last playthrough.
As for the bad things about Telltale Game’s The Walking
Dead: If you’re playing the retail version of this game, there are a couple
problems that may come up as you’re playing. The most significant seems to be
the framerate, which can get incredibly bad and cause you to miss quick time events
or even lag through cutscenes. There were
also a few moments, in which the game took a bit too long to load, causing me
to think that my console froze. Worst of all, the game doesn’t’ allow you to install
It to your hard-drive, which is usually the fix for these problems. For those
of you who have been playing this digitally, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
With so many unforgettable moments, so many questions left
unanswered, a second season already in the works and such a fantastic overall experience,
I can certainly see how The Walking Dead has won so many Game of the Year
awards. Personally, I actually agree with them and give this game a well-deserved
10 out of 10. This game is actually so great,
that I encourage everyone, whether you’re a gamer or not, to play it to the
end. You won’t regret it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review. If
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(Review based on Xbox 360 version.)
Really excited about this game. I haven't played any of them yet but I am still thinking about buying them. I really enjoy the show a lot and plan on someday trying them.
Nice. i REALLY LIKE THE GAME, BUT DON'T THINK IT'S PERFECT. For me, it's a 9.5.