Article written by Blair Inglis.
Published on 19/02/2013 at 01:00 PM.
The Walking Dead spans several mediums, with ongoing comics, a TV show, an episodic game from Telltale and even an upcoming first person shooter based on the TV show. They’ve all been well received too – well, the released ones have anyway – and the episodic game is a particular highlight, largely due to its extremely good, yet sometimes absolutely devastating narrative.
In fact, it’s one of the best games of last year, backed up by numerous game of the year awards and near unanimous praise from critics (it holds a 92 Metacritic rating, though that’s only based on twelve reviews).
Personally, I think that it’s one of the best games I’ve played this generation and, to my mind, there’s few other examples of storytelling in gaming that are as good as The Walking Dead. While we didn’t review each episode individually, I took a look at the game as a whole after all five episodes had fully released, so I’ll let those words do the talking:
This game connects you and the characters like no other. You are living the zombie apocalypse, not just glimpsing into a world through a screen. Emotions are raw and genuine, choices are brutal and yet necessary, the outcome is heart-wrenching and yet so incredible.
It’s arguable that The Walking Dead hasn’t only forwarded the zombie trope in interactive media, but the medium as a whole. Choices you make have a huge impact – it’s not a matter of gaining XP or being at a certain point on a morality scale but instead a matter of life and death.
To put it simply, it’s a game that shouldn’t be missed by anyone seeking a good story. It might be Lee and Clementine’s story but in the end it’s yours too, since the choices you make affect the outcome of the game to such a large extent. Even if you aren’t a fan of zombies, the connections between each of the character’s and their tale – their plight – is one of the best pieces of fiction that released last year.
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. I’m confident that most of your reactions will be positive, though it should be interesting to hear from anyone who didn’t quite click with the game. All opinions are welcomed, so long as you’ve played the game.
Simply drop a comment below with a concise review of The Walking Dead and make sure to put a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating on the end. As always, we’ll have a round-up of your thoughts on Monday, so if you want a chance to be included make sure to comment by Sunday afternoon.