What do you get when you combine one of the biggest names in zombie slaying goodness with video games?
Umm…The Walking Dead video game? Not to be confused with Survival Instinct, but rather The Walking Dead video game brought to you by Telltale Games?
Ding, ding, ding! What do we have for ‘em Johnny?
A review on Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead from The Geek Hq! And yes, I realize this game came out in April of last year…Worst. Prize. Ever.
Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is a point and click role-playing game where your actions decide the storyline and outcome of the game. The story revolves around a guy, Lee, and a little girl he found in a house after the outbreak, Clementine. The story follows Lee and Clementine as they try to find their way to safety. You meet people along the way, some are helpful, others…not so much.
Depending on how you play, some people in your group will like and trust you, while others will not, and some may even die. Every conversation you have has different responses that pop up for you to choose from. They vary from positive, negative, relatively neutral, and you can even choose to not respond in certain occasions. Every response, even the neutral responses will have some sort of effect on the group’s perception of you. And to make it a little more nerve racking, you only have a short amount of time to respond.
The whole group perception thing can get a little crazy at some points, at least for me it was. Some key responses give a very small amount of time for you to read, then analyze the best response, and then hit the correct button. I’ve made a couple of mistakes during gameplay that would cause the wrong person in the group to suddenly be really pissed off. Then me being me (a person that requires most things to be perfect where it borderlines crazy), I have to restart from a save point to correct my mistake.
The bulk of the game revolves around having conversations with the people you encounter, but that isn’t the only thing the game is about. The non-conversational parts of the game offer a little bit more substance and entertainment. You also have to figure out how to escape from certain places, find certain things, figure out how to work your way through areas without being seen by the zombie infestation, and occasionally decide who lives and who dies. Get’s a little intense sometimes.
But even with the intense parts, the game does lack a little pizazz when you do end up getting attacked. Maybe not so much lacking, but it’s just different. Granted, the majority of the games I play are either shooters or require a lot of button smashing so it was a little unusual at first when I got attacked and I had to move the cursor onto the zombies face and select what I wanted to hit it with. Sad to say, it did take me a bit longer than I’d like to admit to realize that nothing was happening while I frantically pulled the right trigger.
One feature I thought was awesome was at the end of the level, or episode, your major decisions are brought up on the screen and compared to everyone else’s responses that are stored on the Telltale’s servers. It tells you what percentage of people chose the same response as you. Pretty cool to check out if you stand with or against the majority of players.
There are two things that rank high on the list of things that 99.99% of geeks like are zombies and video games. So why not combine the two? While some developers fall short in making an excellent zombie game with decent content, Telltale Games was not one of them. They certainly achieved their goal of making and awesome RPG zombie game. While it does lack in the action portion, The Walking Dead was not meant to be an over the top shooter. It focuses on story and character development. If that’s not your cup o’ tea, then steer clear, but if you like creating your own story and deciding your own fate, all while trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, then The Walking Dead video game is the perfect game for you.
TheGeekHq Rating: 8.5/10
ESRB Rating: M