The Walking Dead Game – A New Day
Telltale Games released the first episode in their highly anticipated new game yesterday, The Walking Dead. And it did not fail in the expectation.
The game is beautifully rendered and keeps the faith with the art and story direction, Robert Kirkman’s influence oozes throughout the game. The whole game plays out like an extended TV episode. I am big fan of the comics and the TV series, and I haven’t been let down.
The game play is intuitive and you can get straight into the game using either your keyboard and mouse or a game pad. (I chose a game pad as there didn’t seem to be any customisation for the keyboard controls). Using the controller was a bit clumsy at first but it didn’t detract from the experience. It probably made it a little more tense in those sticky situations.
The Walking Dead Game is dialogue driven and the choices you make influence the direction the theme of the game takes. This plays out quite well as it develops the story of the protagonist, Lee Everett, and the people he meets along the way. You are generally given four options to respond to questions, a lot of these have timers so you sometimes need to be quick selecting a response due to the situation. Your responses could have dire consequences for you down the road, so choose your responses wisely… or rashly!
But where is the action?
There is a bit of action… memorable action! Your first encounter with a walker is testament to that. But don’t think that this a Left 4 Dead clone, it is anything but that. You will also have to make some decisions as to which action you will take, some of these are ‘hard’ decisions that affect other characters in the game, but you generally get to the same point down the road.
There are also some puzzles to work out in order to advance through the story. Some things aren’t obvious, so make sure you hover over, read, inspect, and pick up everything. Make sure you talk to everyone as well. It isn’t a hard game and it is not meant to, just get involved with the story and your surroundings.
The Walking Dead Episode 1 lasts about 90 to 120 minutes but there are many choices to take throughout the game. You can run through the episode several times taking many different paths. You have three save profiles so you can save different decision paths, but these need to be done from the start of the game. You can also rewind chapters if you don’t feel you made the right decision which increases the replay-ability and entertainment.
If the next four episodes follow the same length, you will have over ten hours of game play in the Walking Dead apocalypse. It will be interesting to see if any decisions made in Episode 1 influence outcomes in Episode 5. That would be awesome!
All in all I enjoyed the game and the story and I can’t wait for Episode 2, Starved for Help, to be released. If you are a Walking Dead fan, you won’t be disappointed.
Art work is testament to the comic series
Story line is good
Many different paths
A little too easy
The Radio Puzzle – a bit goofy!
4.5/5.0 Silicon Chips!