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‘The Walking Dead’ Game Review

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I wrote a review for the ‘Walking Dead’ video game by Telltale games for my University paper and they published it today!

Hooray! Hoorah!

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

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Walking Dead Episode 2

So I’ve been looking forward to Episode 2 of Walking Dead for so long! It seems like forever ago that they released the first one.

I’m pretty happy to be playing it but can they really just skip ahead 3 months? Is that something I’m going to have to get used to?

I’ve tried to stay pretty much neutral the whole game but it’s pretty hard.

Here are my thoughts on the game.

Spoiler alert!

Kenny is a fucking jackass, yeah go run off in your RV like I give a shit! Take your ADHD ridden kid with you. Pff.

If you give me ANY more shit about not looking out for Duck I will shove this gun barrel so deep in your mouth it’ll clear blow out all your brains before you even have a second to blink.

I’m glad Larry is dead, that son of a doggone bitch.

Yes I knew this family ate people even though I haven’t read the comics yet. Poor Mark though…maybe I shouldn’t have wasted my food on him.

It’s funny if you watch any of the walkthroughs on Youtube because I DO NOT get the same options these guys get when they’re playing.

And how DID that lady get Clementines hat? Weird.

We will talk about NBA trade talk soon…just need to beat this episode of Walking Dead first…

*UPDATE*

Here’s a part of the walkthrough for those of you who want to know what the game is like:

And here’s my final percentages for Episode 2

So I did what majority of people did. And YES I stole food, so be it.

There are some cruel and unusual people out there…leaving people for dead or helping them get there. Hey, it is what it is.

I enjoyed it regardless. Maybe I’ll play again and just kill everyone. Muhahaha.

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Living it up the only way I know how!

Hey you guys I’m sorry I’ve been gone but I’m alive and well!

My last days in LA consisted of going to a Clippers game and sitting in a Suite and eating tons of Korean BBQ. YUP! Be jealous!

And now I’m in sunny Hawaii soaking up the sun in my cowboy boots. Hahaha.

The NBA scene has been going crazy while I’ve been gone so I don’t even know where to start!

Oh no wait…I lied. I know EXACTLY where to start!

I was at the Clippers vs Kings game where Blake Griffin made that shot when he was down. Thank God it didn’t count for jack shit though. Yay!

That was a pretty amazing shot though. Especially when you get to sit so close to the center of the action!

I CAN’T GO BACK TO THE 300 SECTION!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!

It was fun seeing DeMarcus Cousins play too. And watching Blake Griffin miss his free throws made everything just THAT much better. Haha.

And while I’ve been gone the Celtics have managed to work their way up the Eastern Conference ladder while other teams seem to be losing their star players. I mean in one week Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love and even Corey Maggette is out. Not to mention the other people who have been knocked down along the way.

The only thing that sucks about being in Hawaii is that most of these games happen anytime from 10am to like 3pm my time. When am I supposed to watch these games? While I’m at work? Ugh…Whenever I have a chance to look at my phone to see the scores the games have already ended…that’s something that I’m going to have to get used to…it might take some time though.

And I’d still like to see the Bucks make the playoffs this year if at all possible…they just need to win their games and make sure that the Knicks keep losing.

The Heat need to stop losing though…for real.

Lebron made 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 asssists.
Wade had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Bosh had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.

But the Bulls had more players (5) having double digit scoring and the Bulls had a better 3 point shooting average which makes a big difference. 11 out of 22 3 points shots made is pretty impressive.

AND  OMG BYNUMS 30 REBOUNDS! That kid can only get better. I’m glad we didn’t trade you!

It was the Lakers first out of 3 games with the Spurs and Bynum killed it!

All 3 games that the Lakers have with the Spurs are all within a span of 10 days. As long as Bynum keeps up the good work we should have no problem taking out the Spurs for all 3 games.

It’ll be fun to see the Lakers play the Thunders as well on the 22th.

Speaking of the NBA…Mark bought NBA Jam so I’ve been watching him play and it’s pretty hilarious. They just use cropped photos of the heads of players and mount them on top of animated bodies. I’ll put a link to a clip but before I do that we just thought the lineup for the Phoenix Suns was so hilarious! It’s Nash and the dude who impregnated his wife. Ouch. Hahaha. Forever immortalized in an XBOX360 game…just priceless.

Or maybe I won’t attach a video…people keep talking over their videos and it’s kind of annoying. Meh.

And before I go this is the only picture I’ve taken since I’ve come to Hawaii. We stopped by Yogurtland yesterday and they had a Birthday Cake Batter flavor! YUM! We both mixed it with the Red Velvet Cupcake batter and it was like heaven in a cup. All it needed was a few sprinkles and a little drizzle of condensed milk to make it JUST right!

I’ll take more pictures of Hawaii…soon. Mahalo!

Now I’m going to back to playing Portal 2 a second time around! Thanks Mark!

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