Review: THE WALKING DEAD (2012)

How far would you go to protect a stranger?

The Walking Dead is an episodic point-and-click adventure role-playing video game developed by Telltale Games, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. The game takes place in the same fictional world as the comic, with events occurring shortly after the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia. However, most of the characters are original to the game, which centers on university professor and convicted murderer Lee Everett, who helps to rescue and subsequently care for a young girl named Clementine. They meet other survivors along the way and well, some of them aren’t so lucky.

Is It Worth?

Let me put it this way: The Walking Dead is not your average video game. Not only is it unique in its category of role-playing video game, but it is a totally different zombie apocalypse game. It does not require you to shoot every zombie you see (though you’ll get your moments), but rather focuses on the group of people who are surviving this horror. It emphasizes on how they deal with it and what it does to them both physically and mentally.

Hold the door!

Hold the door!

A little about the Gameplay

Like I mentioned, The Walking Dead is a point-and-click adventure role-playing video game, played from a third-person perspective. The player can examine and interact with characters and items, and must make use of inventory items and the environment. Throughout the game, the player is presented with the ability to interact with their surroundings, and options to determine the nature of that interaction

The game’s AI helps the player initially

The game’s AI helps the player initially

The Good

1: The game is very well written. One of the chief reasons why The Walking Dead is the entertainment juggernaut it is, is because the story has this unique quality that makes you actually care about the characters. Episode 3 and 5 are particularly good.

2: Unlike other RPGs, there are no “good” or “bad” choices — or rather no binary choices. The choices have ambiguous results having an effect on the attitude of other characters towards Lee that go throughout the entire adventure. You will have to make tough decisions after tough decisions, not only because you want to survive but because you are now part of this group that wants to do the same.

Dialogue options during a standoff with the bandits

Dialogue options during a standoff with the bandits


3: The game reacts to how we play. The story adapts and changes according to the choices we make. This, in my opinion, gives it a huge replay value because you want to know how the story would have played had you made a different choice.4: Zombies! And unlike, most zombie apocalyptic games this does not rely on action but focuses on the story and character development, which makes it unique.5: Some would argue that game features lackluster graphics but I think they added another layer to this unforgiving saga.

The Bad

1: Pointing and clicking everything to makes it somewhat boring.

Click again and again to break the window

Click again and again to break the window

2: I experienced some freezes when scenes change and it is irritating. But The Walking Dead is worth the technical hiccups you might encounter on your journey.

Conclusion

The Walking Dead is something special and indeed deserves a play. If you ever get bored of all the other games in the market or just want to try something new, this is the game for you.

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About Amandeep Singh Virdi

My name is Amandeep Singh Virdi and I love video games among other things that include comics, films, music, and pro wrestling. Follow me @thatvirdiguy on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, whatever.
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