The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series – Season One Review

  • Developer:  TellTale Games
  • MSRP:  $29.99
  • Rated M for Mature
  • Full Season On Disc Released On: December 11th,2012
  • Platforms:  Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Vita, PC, iOs, Android
  • Review:  ★★★★★

The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series – Season One

Robert Kirkman’s wildly successful hit comic book The Walking Dead is a hit with most comic book fans. Zombies are one of the most popular mythical creatures this day and age. So it’s only natural that it was not only turned into a TV show, but a video game as well.  TellTale Games (known for their series Sam And Max, Jurassic Park, Tales From The Borderlands, and Game Of Thrones) produced this wonderful adventure that was originally broke into five chapters for the first season.  With the release of the disc for Xbox One and PS4, we decided to revisit The Walking Dead:  A Telltale Game Series – Season One.

The Walking Dead Season One has you take control of Lee Everett, a man of great mystery. The game begins with Lee being handcuffed sitting in the back of a police cruiser on his way to the county jail on the way out of Macon, Georgia. The first episode of the season takes place in a little neighborhood within Georgia, that sees you run into and rescue a little girl by the name of Clementine. Clementine is locked in her home, waiting for her parents to come back home. She quickly becomes a fan favorite, due to being adorable and quirky. Right off the bat, Clementine is a little wary of Lee, as he is just some stranger in her house. But later on in the season, she warms up to him and ultimately treats him like a father figure in a way. You’ll also meet Shawn Greene whose, if you guessed it, father is Hershel Greene. You meet Shawn shortly after Clementine and he takes the both of you to his family farm. Obviously Hershel doesn’t want new guests, so you have to prove yourself to him. On the farm you’ll also meet Kenny and Katja, and their son Duck. Lee, Clementine, and Kenny and his family are banished from the farm after a group of Walkers attack and kill Hershel’s son Shawn. They head back to Macon, Georgia where they meet Lily. Lily saves them from a group of walkers and they get held up in a drug store which a little later in the story, we find out is actually owned or once owned by Lee’s parents. Episode 1 also introduces us to Glenn, Carly, Irene, and Doug. With Irene being killed off, Glenn leaving to save other friends, and either Doug or Carly being killed, depending on who the user saves. The episode ends with the group taking shelter in a near by pharmacy.

From there on out, each episode see Lee and his group traveling to different areas, trying to survive. With ultimately the last episode bringing an end to his journey but setting up a continuation for Clementine. 400 Days was an extra episode thrown in to keep players busy while they waited for Season to launch. 400 Days sees you play as multiple different people, who’s paths end up crossing at the end of the full episode.

For The Walking Dead, the basic movements is tied to the left stick, with the camera being tied to the right stick. The Y button is to look to a point of interest, with the A button to do most actions, such as kicking a window to escape, or simply opening a door. The X,Y,A,and B buttons will also serve as replies during conversations with other characters. In terms of actual game play, moving Lee is a simple hold of the left thumb stick in any direction you want him to walk.

The sights and sounds of the game are nothing short of spectacular. While the graphics are that of the comic book, the sounds are almost identical to something that is produced in real life. While there are some negatives such as sometimes certain textures take a second to load or are blurry or the ccasional texture pop in and frame rate stutter, I can honestly say I stayed immersed within the world of The Walking Dead the entire time I played.

While I did have to sit through a couple of load screens that were just a tad too long, I enjoyed every second that I played this game. My heart was tugged on, I laughed a little, and I even got a little angry at a few of the characters. The game is a definite must own for anyone who is a fan of the TV show, the comic book, or zombies in general, as well as anyone who is looking for a good story.

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