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GF Rating
7.7

2026 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Not for the indecisive (easy platinum trophy)

posted by Izzy_Duzit (MIAMI SPRINGS, FL) Feb 21, 2013

Member since Sep 2012

Fans of the comic book and/or tv series should definitely give this game a try. It's not your traditional kind of game because there are seemingly more cinematics than there is actual gameplay. At first glance, one may think that this would make for a terrible game, but it is quite the contrary. Those who have played Heavy Rain in the past would understand. The Walking Dead is unique in that you primarily control what the protagonist says and does; it is very interactive. The meat of this game requires you to make mostly quick and hard decisions that affects the plot of the story. It forces you to think on your feet and problem solve.

The game consists of 5 episodes each with several chapters. It focuses on a former history professor at a university in Georgia (Lee Everett) who is convicted for murder and being presumably taken to a prison in a police car when the zombie outbreak commences. He is consequently "freed" and comes across an 8-year old girl named Clementine who got separated from her parents. Lee takes her under his wing and the remainder of the game centers around their relationship evolution, how they deal with the zombies, and other characters they meet/interact with along the way.

The game does a good job of making the player feel like they are in Lee's shoes and prompts one to make decisions as if it were he or she making it in real life.

The graphics are comic-book like, the controls are fairly fluid, and it features a nice auto-save system. However, the game often suffers from choppy frame rate issues, delayed voice animations, and actions. Lee is capable of dying in the game so it restarts you to the moment before you died to redeem yourself. This is a nice feature to prevent frustration from potential repeated deaths.

Overall, the game is very good and a more than worthy rental. Buying isn't recommended unless you intend to play the game over again making different decisions than your first playthrough to change the ou

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

A Game Worth Playing

posted by HarbingerKismet (AURORA, CO) Feb 19, 2013

Member since Feb 2013

When I first picked up this game, I had little knowledge of the game itself nor the comics it's based on. I was surprised to see the style of graphics the game has as they do not immediately strike with the seriousness this game has to offer. This fact quickly became irrelevant as I was thrown into an emotional roller coaster of decisions and consequences. It has one of the best stories I've seen from a game in a while and caters to an adult audience perfectly. I was delighted to play it the first time, and I would play it again.

That said, the game is not for everyone. If you enjoy games for their challenge in skill and their difficulty to beat, this is probably not the game for you. However, if you enjoy games where you have agency over your own story, such as the BioWare titles or Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, this is a must-play. It tells an engaging story that will keep you hooked right until the end.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Stuck between a Rock and a Zombie? No kidding!

posted by aboutjer (LONG BEACH, CA) Feb 18, 2013

Member since Mar 2007

Let me first say that this game is great. It's exciting to unfold and develop the story throughout the episodes. The story, the character development, and the moral dilemmas set this game apart from many out there. I was happy to find out that this game comes from a small studio rather than a EA or the like.

Let me also say that I probably won't be playing this game again unless more Episodes are released. I say this because the plot is on rails; meaning that no matter the decisions I make, the ending is still the same. No Mass Effect story arcing here, sorry. Replaying the game make change certain story lines, but the fixed "events" don't change.

Slight spoiler-Warning!!!
The other reason I won't play this game again is the ending. It left a lasting emotional mark because I was so vested in the two main characters of Lee and Clementine. If you watch the AMC series, you know that you can get attached to characters very easily, especially if you have seen them escape horrible deaths over and over again. If you ever played FF7, and you tried desperately to get Aeris back, then realized you couldn't, NO MATTER WHAT, then you know how it feels when you "lose" a character before you're ready. Combine the two experiences and you have the ending of this video game.

With that, I end this review with a strong recommendation that you rent this game. Give it a go over a weekend and you too will fight the dead and fear the living.

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