January 16, 2013

The Walking Dead: Season One

Walking Dead Season One Feature
Developed by Telltale Games

» Based in Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead universe, The Walking Dead Game is developed as a five part episodic “season”, following the main protagonist Lee Everett.  Our story begins as Lee is on his way to prison for murder when the police officer escorting him crashes the car into a zombie.  Lee struggles to escape the wreckage where he barely gets away after witnessing the dead officer, now hungry and re-animated. Making his way through the forest, he comes across an abandoned house and manages to save a little girl named Clementine who has been alone in her tree house since the outbreak began. Together with Clem, and a few other survivors, Lee manages to escape a horde of zombies and begins an adventure to not only survive, but to protect Clem and help her find her parents.

The Walking Dead follows in the footsteps of Telltale’s Back to the Future series. This newly embraced method of releasing full titles as multiple chapters has proven to hold the interest of gamers and create anticipation. It is this yearning to find out the next part of the story that is reminiscent of the Walking Dead TV series on AMC which was adapted from Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comics. There are even a few characters that Telltale has incorporated in The Walking Dead that tie into the comic as well.

TWDS1 Lee Clem

The Walking Dead is a point-and-click adventure game with horror elements and is played in third person as the character Lee Everett. The game’s cartoony design surprisingly suites the serious story because the characters convey a great deal of emotion with their drastic gestures and facial expressions. The Walking Dead is a dynamic adventure based around the choices players make. Each choice leads to changes in relationships with the characters in Lee’s group. These quick decisions prove to be extremely important, and sometimes difficult, and can affect the overall outcome of certain events later on.

TWDS1 screen 2

In terms of the gameplay, The Walking Dead Game is not a hard game to complete. The puzzles found embedded in the story are not overly challenging but are used to space out story-based interaction between the cast of characters. The heart and soul of The Walking Dead Game is its compelling storyline and the very human choices players are forced to make. Much like the comic book counterpart, the series itself is not so much about the zombies, but what happens to us as a society when everything goes awry. The game is about how we would change and evolve to survive and protect those closest to us no matter the costs. The Walking Dead Game is phenomenally written in a way that will make you truly care for these characters and worry about their outcome.

TWDS1 screen 1

Each of the 5 chapters last, on average, between 2 to 3 hours and each will build to a climactic and satisfying finish. Much like a television show that sinks its teeth into you (pun intended), The Walking Dead Game will keep you guessing and wanting to play until the dramatic and very emotional ending.

About the Author

Diana is an Apple Administrator and a Post Sound Assistant at a major Canadian television company whose love of gaming first began with such classics as Doom, Duke Nukem and the King's Quest Series. A previous job at EB Games has caused her collection of both console and PC games to grow to epic proportions. Her preferred genre is Sci-fi and her favourite titles are Mass Effect, Deus Ex and Dead Space. In any video game, however, what really matters to Diana, is a good story. Diana can be found on Xbox Live and on PSN as Limesplash.



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