Review – The Walking Dead Episodes 1 and 2

I’m not much of an XBL Arcade guy, but I can’t get enough zombies let alone The Walking Dead so this series was a natural fit for me. After burning through the first 2 episodes, am I still ravenous for more? In short…YES!

The wizards at Telltale Games had the dubious task of putting players into the world that Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard crafted and they did so by building an Episodic game that puts the player in the role of Lee Everett, a man who we’re introduced to as he’s being hauled off to prison after being convicted of murder a state Senator. In usual fashion, we won’t go into too much detail on the story so as to preserve the integrity of the game for those of you who haven’t yet ad the opportunity to experience it.

The games mechanics are simple but somehow feel refined in a way that lend themselves well game. Simply put, move the character around with the thumb sticks, press the correct button over hotspots that pop up  in the on screen target and pick your responses to character dialogue scenes. As a kid in the 80s, choose your own adventure books were a staple in my house, what Telltale did was take that concept and turn it into a videogame which works amazingly well and lends to the need for multiple play throughs as your dialogue decisions can directly affect the way the story plays out and how people will react to you as a character.

The graphics feel as though they were lifted directly from the pages of the comic books which in my opinion is incredible. I loved the  overall feel of the package from the graphics, to the moody sound editing and overall feel of desperation and fear that came with the game. I’m of the opinion that Capcom can learn a thing or 2 from this series and the story telling that goes along with it – or just hire Telltale to do a proper Resident Evil game.

Much like the TV and comic series, at the end of each episode, I found myself clamoring for more. So much so that I started Episode 1 over again when I finished Episode 2 just to see how different things can play out with different decisions.

Pros
– Graphics
– Multiple choices can directly change the outcome of the game
– Much moodier and more exciting than the last 2 Resident Evil games
– Sound Editing was fantastic

Cons
– I would like for the episodes to be longer

Feed Your Console give The Walking Dead Game a 9 out of 10

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