I wrote a review for the ‘Walking Dead’ video game by Telltale games for my University paper and they published it today!
Here is a link to the online version of the article.
I’ll post the article on here as well!
Game review: ‘The Walking Dead’
Zombies and apocalyptic themes remain popular in the video game world today, but if you’re tired of the run-and-gun gameplay typical of the genre, Telltale Games has taken advantage of the popularity of “The Walking Dead” television series and created a video game that will satisfy any zombie fanatic – even those who aren’t fans of the show.
“The Walking Dead” is a decision-based game that is more focused on actions and emotions than the typical first-person shooter. It is available for platforms such as iOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and has five episodes that were released between April and November 2012.
While most “Walking Dead” fans are familiar with the characters from the television hit, this particular game is based on the original comic series by Robert Kirkman. Like the show, it has the same basic concept of a zombie wasteland, but also adds new story elements that allow the player to decide the outcomes to each story.
Gamers play from the point of view of Lee, a “criminal” charged with murder – the specific details are kept secret. It is the gamer’s job to choose which path Lee takes – whether it be one of aggressive, brutish behavior or compassion ¬– and if he is to do the right thing in any situation.
Each new decision has lasting consequences and changes the outcome of the overall story. While other action-based games are only fun the first time through, the same cannot be said about “The Walking Dead.” I’ve gone back several times to see what other alternative endings I could encounter, and I’ve watched many “Let’s Play” videos of situations that I haven’t even come close to yet.
Telltale Games has made a thrilling action-based game; players are made to anticipate each cliffhanger and life-changing event. With the use of quick-time events and timed responses, you have no time to zone out or get bored.
The action and situations presented are intensely realistic – whether it be jumping onto rooftops or deciding whom to side with in arguments among the group. I’ve flinched more than a couple of times when exploring unknown territories, having the lives of others solely in my hands and when hit with sudden “walker” attacks. A sense of urgency lurks in the background with risky and uncertain decision-making. Mix this with fear and anticipation, and you’re never sure what could happen next.
At the end of each episode, the game will display statistics of your actions compared to the choices that other gamers have made during the same situations. Were most people good, or did most people choose to sacrifice the safety of others for their own benefit? The outcomes can be surprising.
“The Walking Dead” is definitely one of the best games of 2012 and well worth the investment. It is suspenseful but also has a gripping storyline with developed characters. Fans of the television show, try out the game to get your “Walking Dead” fix before the series returns in February. For those of you who have already enjoyed “The Walking Dead” game series, look out for the second season, set for release sometime in 2013.
Five torches out of five