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After playing The Walking Dead, it is easy to see why it received so many awards from the VGA's, including Game of the Year.
Over the years, many games have claimed that your choices effect the rest of the game, yet very few actually deliver on that promise in any meaningful way. TWD really delivers on this point, as you are constantly reminded of some action you took. Be it a few minutes before, or in one of the earlier chapters of the story. The emotional level in the game is also quite high, as I found myself really struggling to make the tough decisions, especially when one of the characters life's was on the line.
Visually, the game borrows the art style from the comic book series, just with color instead of black and white. Though, perhaps it would have been cool if B&W was an option or an unlockable after playing through it the first time. Harking back not only to the original source material, but also the original Night of the Living Dead movie, the movie that started the zombie genre.
The voice acting is top notch, and not once did it feel like any of the actors just phoned it in so they could collect a paycheck. You can hear the tension and emotion in their voices.
The only reason I did not give this game a perfect score was due to a glitch in the third chapter that forced me to shut the game off and start it again when the camera dropped beneath the world, preventing me from playing, or even seeing what was going on. Nothing major, but quite an annoyance since I had to replay about ten minutes of the game and sit through another five minutes of unskipable cut scenes to get back to where I was.
All said and done, I cannot recommend this game enough. Especially if you are a fan of the show, as it adds to the world. Just be sure to have some tissues handy, as there are a few moments that will bring a tear to your eye.
posted by ZombieFilmmaker (BOISE, ID) Feb 27, 2013
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There are a million games out there that can deliver you a decent story and fantastic graphics. It will consume your time to a point where you find nothing is missing. Plodding your way you find yourself at the same result of every major game you've ever played. A disappointing ending.
Enter "The Walking Dead." When I first loaded the game up, I dealt with the frustration that is video lag. I discovered it was because I was on the standard 4 gig system, which apparently didn't respond well to the game. Fine, I can handle it. I'll work my way through, even with the lag. The result? The best story I've ever experience in a zombie series yet.
You play as Lee Everett, a man who lost control once and was sentenced as a murderer. From the opening scene you see the regret in his eyes, and truly feel his fear as he fast approaches the rest of his life.
Then things take a twist, you are now at the mercy of wreckage and must make a quick escape, because the undead are coming. Fleeing you meet the person who makes surviving worth it, the 8 year old Clementine.
You are then faced with decisions that this little girl gets to witness. You find yourself seeking to be morally sound, so you might make this little girl smile. Her simple nod is enough to make you feel successful. This game encompasses what it is to live with your choices, and your regrets.
The game is designed around "The Walking Dead" comic books. The art is very cleanly done with all the bells and whistles of the comic. The voice acting is amazing. There was a clear direction in this game given to these actors, and they fulfilled it, brilliantly. The soundtrack fills the mood well, and offers a strong emotional response to certain situations.
The 5 episodes are unstoppable. You simply can't stop. When you hear the familiar words "Previously, on The Walking Dead" you know you can't stop.
I give this game an 8 out of 10 simply because of the technical issues that many experienced. Brilliant game