Telltale, developers of the successful Back to the Future series has turned its hand to the zombie survival genre.
The Walking Dead started as a modest comic series where the dead have risen and strangers must band together to survive. The game retains all the features of the comic with the similar art style and limitation to what individual characters can do.
The Walking Dead game is most certainly not a run, gun and kill as many zombies as you can style of game, as at times, the less zombies you disturb the better. This approach gives a much appreciated breath of fresh air that the genre has needed for a long time.
Two things should be clear about the game, firstly it takes the comic book story line instead of the TV series and secondly, it’s set to be released in five episodic games. Telltale games have done this successfully in the past, with both Sam & Max and Back to the future and since The Walking Dead is of the same high calibre as the rest of Telltale’s catalogue, we are sure they’ll be just as successful again.
The story of Walking Dead follows the main character, Lee Everett. In the opening scenes you see Lee being transferred to a county jail after being convicted for murder. Other characters you meet, such as the police officer driving you, suggests they think you’re innocent. Lees’ past is only ever hinted at and he doesn’t seem to be a bad guy when he’s looking after his new friend Clementine.
Those familiar with the Walking Dead world can expect to run into some familiar faces such as Glenn and Hershel. The game features a lot of scavenging and some puzzle solving which with a careful eye are solved easily. Actual zombie killing scenes occur in quick time events.
Dialogue is also timed meaning you have to make a quick decision which you can’t go back on; these decisions will define what will happen in the story or how other characters view you. There are also big choices to be made through out the story which will also have an impact on who is left in your group.
Based on the first episode, this is one of Telltale’s best titles so far, as well as the most adult orientated, thanks to both its violence and more importantly the complexity when faced with moral decisions.
In conclusion, for those who are interested in the comic and TV series, purchasing this is a no brainer. The art style and dialogue brings the story to life and although there are less puzzles than a traditional Telltale game the story plot makes up for this. I am certainly interested to see where Telltale will take this title next.
If you are new to the series I would highly recommend you at least try the free trial, which is available now.
Rating: Excellent Review Policy (version tested: Xbox 360/XBLA)
The Walking Dead is now available on XBLA, PSN and PC. You can order points card for XBLA or PSN from ShopTo here.