I’m going to cut the crap and tell you straight up. This game bloody brilliant, I would argue it was the best game of last year. The story is brilliantly written and the player feels they have an effect on the events occurring in the story. This is the finest example of game storytelling I’ve seen in a while.
The Walking Dead’s story changes with the decisions you make, and this is the strongest feature of the game. The main decisions you make are usually concerning the other characters in the game and what you say and do to them. The game is split up into episodes and in each episode there are usually two characters in your group having a fight and you need to choose who to side with. All the decisions in the game are timed so you are really forced to go with your first decision. Which I think is really cool because it means your response is very real, you don’t get a lot of time to sum up what you think the effect of each response will be, you need to go with your gut feeling. Many of the decisions you need to make are really hard with no obvious good or bad answer. A lot of the decisions you make are also what kind of person the protagonist, Lee Everett , is. Each player might make Lee a different kind of person, is he aggressive or kind, rude or sincere, it’s up to you. The characters in this game are really well written, each has distinct personality traits and characteristics. One of the standout characters is Clementine. She is a little girl who Lee meets early on in the story, and he looks after her throughout the game. She is one of the best child characters I have ever seen in a game, she designed so you want to protect her at all times and her opinion of you is very important. The other characters in the games opinions of you are also important, but you cannot please everyone. A character is more inclined to help you if you’ve helped them or their family. If you don’t they will be less likely to help you, they might even begin to hate you. This system does have some flaws though. Early on you meet Kenny, and he seemed like a cool guy so I tried to stay on his good side, but one time where I don’t back him up, he resents me for the whole game. I spent pretty much the rest of the game trying to get on his good side again but to no avail. The Story in the Walking Dead is an emotional ride and the ending left me stunned, the choice system is outstanding and is the standout feature of the game. It doesn’t get much better than this.
The gameplay of The Walking Dead is the modern day equivalent of a point and click adventure game. WASD is the standard movement and you use your mouse to interact with people and objects. Each level environment usually has short puzzle to complete, these puzzles are not awfully complicated, they mostly entail working out how to open a door and things of that nature. They seem to be mainly there to tie the dialogue sections together. If I was to judge this game on the gameplay alone, imagine there is no story it’s just these door opening puzzles, the game would be incredibly boring. The gameplay separate form the story is outdated but melded with the great story makes it an enjoyable experience. There are quick-time events in the game, which in comparison to the other gameplay elements fits in well so I didn’t mind them too much. Overall the gameplay in The Walking Dead is nothing without the story, but alongside the story it’s a tolerable experience.
The graphics in The Walking Dead are cell shaded and cartoony. This is a throwback to the Walking Dead comics, the art style isn’t original but looks good none the less. Granted the game has some really violent scenes so having a realistic graphic style may have forced it not to be released in some countries and the rating would be a lot higher. The music in The Walking Dead has a very western feel with guitar centric songs. It suits the setting but there aren’t too many memorable tracks.
- Outstanding story
- Great characters
- Awesome overall experience
- Mediocre gameplay
On the whole this game is an amazing experience. The story is utterly gripping and it will have you hooked from start to finish. I highly recommend you get this game.
Suitability: 16+ Platforms: Windows/Mac/Xbox 360/PS3/iOS/PS Vita Replay Value: Medium