The Walking Dead game has recently came out. Being the impatient person that I am, I caved in and bought it. The genre of this game is an interactive horror game. More popular games that fit this type of genre would be Indigo Prophecy or Heavy rain. The Walking dead is listed to have 5 episodes but as of right now it only has 1. The first episode can be completed within two to three hours. Even though it is a short game, there are many branches the player can choose to give this game a high replay value.
The game starts off with the protagonist Lee, a middle age African American man who is being taken to jail, who has no idea about the zombie apocalypse happening. While the game story takes a turn for the worst you find your secondary character 8 year old Clementine. She is the equivalent of Yorda from Ico. She follows you around the game from room to room and basically you are her guardian. The game is all about the voice acting and the choices you make. The only gripe I have with this game is that you can’t skip scenes. This may not sound so bad but if I already did a part of the story and all I want to do is make a difference choice I don’t really wanna hear the 5 to 10 minutes conversation that goes before my choice making.
The story is determined by the choices you make in the game. If the other survivors are in trouble who do I save, character X or character Y? I save character X how do I try to save him/her? Do we leave the town at day time or do we leave the town at night time? These are some of the choices you make in the game. Even though there may look like many choices in the game, the game still forces some important parts of the story to the player. The choices you make doesn’t really matter and it leads to the general outcome. Should that deter your from playing this game? I don’t think it should. The story of this game should be enough to all Walking Dead fans or people who just like good stories.
The major kicker for me in this game is that you get to meet a few of the actual characters from the Walking Dead show and comic. You get to see why they act the way they act in the comic/show. It gives them a little more back story and explains what they did during the early parts of the zombie outbreak. Once you finish the episode, the game gives you statistics of what choices other people did when they played the story which adds a nice touch. To top it off, at the end of the episode, the game gives you a sneak peek of what might happen in the next episode. As of right now I think this game is worth playing even if you don’t watch the show or read the comic.