The Walking Dead: The Game
When you think of the modern point and click style game, The Walking Dead by Telltale Games is 9/10 the first game you think of. The Walking Dead is a truly incredible series of video games and it all started here. What is really cool about it is that while it is set in the same universe as the comics and the TV show, the game is very much its own thing.
The biggest strength that The Walking Dead has is in its storytelling. The game is set across five different chapters and it plays out kind of like a TV show. The game puts you in the role of Lee Everett. A former professor who is on his way to jail when the zombie apocalypse hits. Lee is one of the most interesting characters I have ever played as in a video game. Shortly after an “accident” on his way to jail. Lee winds up meeting a little girl called Clementine. Lee decides to take Clementine with him to help her find her parents. The two of them strike up a really wonderful father/daughter style relationship. The game does it so well that you are willing to do anything to keep her safe.
As well as Lee and Clementine, The Walking Dead also features some other fantastic characters that you come to care about. I would say this will differ from person to person, but for me, Kenny and his family were who I really cared about.
The Walking Dead has a really interesting look to it. The game has a somewhat comic book style to the presentation and I think it looks great. The different sections in the game are quite well detailed and there is a lot of variety to the different places you will be going. Also, the Walkers look pretty gruesome and gory which is awesome.
Even better than the graphics though is the sound design. The voice acting in The Walking Dead is some of the best that you will ever hear in the game. I really do not think there is one poor performance in the whole five chapter story arc. The music kicks in just as it should and there is also some nice ambient sound as well.
Even though this is a game that is about surviving in a zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead is not an action game. It is more like a point and click adventure game and it is one of the best that I have ever played. You will be playing as Lee and you can move freely around each section of the game that you are in.
Here you can interact with a lot of different objects, talk to characters and solve puzzles. Talking to characters plays a huge part in the game and some of the things that you say and do will have a major consequence on the game going forward and even the games that follow. It can even lead to one character surviving over another.
This is the big gameplay twist of The Walking Dead and while some decisions that you make do not really mean anything. The fact that each one could, does make you think very carefully about what you want to do. It is done so incredibly well and some of the decisions you make will stick with you for a few days as some of them are brutal!
Final Thoughts On The Walking Dead
This is the first game in The Walking Dead series and I think that they did an amazing job. The storytelling really is movie/TV show quality and even all these years later after the first time, I played it some of my choices are fresh in my mind. This is a game that is pretty much available on everything and there is no excuse not to play it.
Final Score: 9.5/10
- Has amazing storytelling
- Some incredible performances from the voice actors
- Chapters play out like a TV show
- The game is pretty brutal (but in a good way)
- The story leaves you wanting more
- The game will break your heart
- The ending… OMG!!!!