The Walking Dead Video Game by Telltale Games Review
I don’t normally write video game reviews for Cosmic Comics!, but the close relationship this game has with The Walking Dead comic book series (read Burke’s review of TWD V.15 TPB) ultimately lead to this post and I feel fans of the comic will not be disappointed with the title from Telltale Games. The review can be found below. Enjoy.
Episode 1 “A New Day” Review
Telltale Games‘ newest endeavor into the zombie apocalypse starts with the much beloved The Walking Dead comic book series. I only say that because the “game” feels much more like the book than the TV series of the same name. The Walking Dead Game puts you in the shoes of Lee, a man who you first meet in the back of a police squad car. After some zombie murdering and escaping from said zombies, Lee meets your soon to be favorite companion, Clementine. Together with Clem, you’ll meet plenty of different people while making tough decisions in order to survive.
The Walking Dead: The Game has a nostalgic old Lucas Arts adventure game feel. Of course the graphics are much improved with cell shaded art, but you still search for clues around your character with a large translucent D-Pad looking pointer. With the pointer you can direct your character to start conversation, pick up objects, or just observe the environment around him. In combat scenarios the game relies on quick-time events and locating weak points on enemies followed by prompted actions. It, of course, doesn’t allow twitch reflex game-play, but The Walking Dead: The Game‘s strength isn’t in the combat system, it lies in the conversations and interactions with other survivors. Each conversation prompts 4 timed options to choose from, with silence also being an option.
Unlike Bioware‘s famous morality choices, what you choose isn’t between good or bad, but rather your choices are based off of how others perceive you. Do they think you’re honest? Do they trust you? They also remember what you do when the going gets tough and who you tend to side with during confrontation. In most conversations in Episode 1, no decision besides choosing to go out at night made a huge impact, but choose with caution; decisions you make in Ep. 1 will bleed over into the upcoming episodes. Of course there are life altering decisions, but I’m not going to spoil any of those moments for you. I would suggest though, to speak to Clementine in an honest and nice manner, she is a bright and intelligent young girl who’s a great companion and will surprise you with many of her actions. Do not let her down.
Continue the rest of Burke’s review at nerdfarmblog.com!