In the first of my five episode reviews of The Walking Dead Season 1, you jump right into the game as the character Lee Everett, a man who was convicted of killing a man, and is currently on his way to prison. In the midst of being transported to prison, the great zombie apocalypse abruptly outbreaks and you are now in control of this characters fate. Lee has been given a second chance of sorts now that the zombies are out and about, so it’s up to you to keep Lee alive and survive in this amazing horror.
The really cool part about this game is the story all takes place concurrently with the comic book series. You now taking over and controlling the story of Lee is all happening while Rick the main character of the comic book series, is calmly asleep in his hospital bed. Though the story is happening in conjunction with one another, the game is a completely separate story line. There will be a few familiar faces along the way of the game but for the most part it’s a whole new group of survivors and a whole lot of plot twisting. This game has a ton of action and cut scenes that help build the stories main and sub plot lines, but you “Lee” will spend a lot of time making on the cuff decisions and having to live with the outcome.
The Walking Dead removes any second guessing and makes you choose a decision in a split second. Basically someone will ask you a question and you’ll have a limited time to pick one of four responses. Whatever you decide, you and whatever group you are with have to live with the outcome of that decision. Also, the group will remember what you say and take note of your decisions. Remember this is the same story line that everyone plays, but how they answer the questions is what depicts how the game plays out. I’ve currently got multiple sessions of the game going as I want to play out different choice lines to see the outcome of the game. You have three save slots available so ultimately you have three chances at the game having a different outcome to the same story.
Into the game we go… as when you play a zombie game you want to crush a few skulls and bash some zombie scum right? Ok, so with this game the creators made a very unique movement and reaction system. I’ve been playing the mobile version of the game so the controls on the phone are a bit different then the PC or Console versions. You navigate Lee with your finger and he follows on-screen. Sounds easy right…? Wrong, as you sometimes have split seconds to decide what direction to go, or what zombie you have to kill. They have even designed the “OMG” button that you have to frantically tap to get out of some sticky situations in the game. Overall the movement in this game gets an A+ in my book because it’s easy to learn, and easy to follow along with, though it is much harder to target a “Walker” than you would think.
The graphics in game are spectacularly done as well… they have that gritty, dark comic book look to them. There is not a shortage of blood and gore in this zombie montage of craziness either. Visually this game is beautiful in it’s own twisted sorta way. Plus, with the exception of a strange camera angle or a cut scene jumping the game is amazing. The game is amazing but it’s not flawless but for the caliber of game quality you get I really don’t have many complaints and what complaints I do have are trivial at best. This by far is one of the best zombie apocalypse games I have ever played.
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