The Walking Dead (Complete)

[Multi Plat. ] - Review:  Can the complete Walking Dead game live up to the success of the tv show?
The Details
  • Title: The Walking Dead
  • Web: Official Site
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Released: 22 April, 2012
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  • Platforms: PC XBox 360 PS3
  • Reviewed On: PC

I  am a massive Walking Dead fan.  The television series is by far the most engrossing drama I have seen in the last ten years.  The graphic novel, having only read the first volume, is also a classic.  You have to keep reading, turning the page, or in terms of the television show, keep watching, frantically putting on the next episode, one after the other, just to see how the gang get out of their nightmare.  What troubles will they face next, what drama will erupt amongst the camp?  This is also exactly how the game plays out.

You play a convicted murderer called Lee.  You claim your innocence, but you choose how the story unfolds.  It plays like an interactive comic, or film. It puts you in the television show, giving you options during various encounters, to pan out how your adventure unravels.  The circumstances that happen throughout all depend on the choices that you make.

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Quick time events happen frequently, making you have to act in time!

There are five episodes altogether.  You can now purchase all episodes as a complete collection, with an expansion pack sold separately.  The game reminds me very much of Heavy Rain.  There is little to do in terms of control within the game, with it being more story driven than anything else.  You will have questions to answer, choices to make and quite a bit of button bashing to comprehend.  Quick time events are frequent but they almost feel at home with this one.  In the likes of the latest Tomb Raider for example, quick time events felt pointless, lost, almost like they were thrown in there to just try to make the player feel more involved with the story.  To which I would respond ‘just get on with the game already.’  However, with this game playing like an interactive storybook/film/graphic novel, whatever takes your fancy, the quick time events are very much welcomed here.

Before I finish this review, I must give credit to the art team behind the wonderful graphics in this adventure.  They are done in the style of the graphic novel, in colour, and they really blossom.  This makes the game stand out from other point and click adventures, and again, makes you feel like you are playing an interactive graphic novel.  The artwork is fresh, well detailed, and involves quite a bit of graphical gore.  Violence is aplenty, if you want to survive.

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The visuals and gore are fantastic

One gripe I have is that some of the choices you make can lead to a Game Over screen, meaning that there can be a wrong decision after all.  I suppose this is just me nit-picking, for it only seems fair and more of a challenge to have you be killed from time to time, but I can’t help feel that sometimes the storyline can turn linear, giving you only one path to go down.  However, this isn’t frequent, but again, it would have been nice to have a bit more freedom.

The game has cameo roles from some of the characters in the show and comic, such as Glenn and Hershel but the game itself plays through a whole different story.  If you are like me and think why would I want to play a game where I quite possibly know already how it progresses due to seeing the show and reading the comic, then think again.  You will be wrong, for it is a brand new story and one that will capture your imagination and suck you in whilst you wait for the next Walking Dead series to arrive.

Judgement
Pros:
  • Fantastic gripping story.
  • Fun to play.
  • Outcomes that depend on your choices.
Cons:
  • Let down by linear moments and the breaking of the illusion of choice.
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