This post-apocalyptic adventure game is one of the best zombie stories to play out in video game form since the upstart of the zombie craze. As you make your way through the now zombie-ridden world to safety, you’re faced with life and death decisions, and your knee-jerk decisions determine how the tale moves along. Interactions with NPCs are tracked, and the type of character Lee ultimately becomes is entirely up to the player. The five episodes were released at various points throughout 2012, but the disc release allows players to take the whole story in at once. I was glad I waited, honestly, because it plays like having your favorite TV show on DVD. You don’t have to wait a week or a season for the next episode! The Walking Dead plays through much less like a zombie killing free-for-all, and more like a choose-your-own adventure book. Instead of mindlessly wandering through hallways of buildings and down dark back alleys hacking, slashing, and dumping tons of rounds of ammunition through a shotgun, players will meet complex characters, make tough decisions, and ultimately act to kill or be killed. You’re playing through a story more than meeting checkpoints and leveling up. The gameplay and characters develop on their own as the story progresses. Transitions between video sequences and action are relatively fluid. There are some animation bugs, but not enough to detract from the experience. Controls are basic, but effective. The beauty of the game lies in its simplicity. There are no long control sequences, or complicated button-mashing marathons. There are no monetary systems or leveling enhancements. You simply play through an excellent story and make tough split-second decisions. Speedy reflexes are rewarded while sloth is typically punished with death. This elementary gameplay formula coupled with a dark, delicious narrative puts The Walking Dead on my list of must-play games of 2012!
The only reason why I wanted to play this game is because of all the buzz around it. And to be honest I saw gameplay and read reviews and was not too enthused to play it.
But after the first episode I was hooked. Even though yes it is just a point and click game the story makes you look past it. I honestly played this with a bag of popcorn because it the story and characters draw you in just like the TV show does.
But to be honest I would not buy this game because even though its fun to play once a second time isn't really that much appealing. This a great game to rent doesn't take more than 2 days to pass.