The Walking Dead is an episodic graphical adventure game developed and published by Telltale Games. It was originally released in episodes on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and is now available complete on those systems and the PS Vita, which is the version reviewed. The game follows a new protagonist, Lee Everett, a university professor and convicted murderer as he is caught up in the zombie outbreak. He rescues a young girl named Clementine and serves as her guardian throughout the game. Although this is a original story that is only shares a setting with the original comic/TV series, Lee does encounter some characters from the comic, though most are unique to the game.
The gameplay consists of moving the character through the environment and interacting with it using the touch screen. Combat is done the same way, with you touching the screen to load a weapon or tapping the enemy on screen. The majority of the game is solving puzzles or interacting with the environment in order to move on. The game is heavy with dialogue, giving you multiple choices for response, each affecting how others react to you during the game. The choices are time sensitive; if you do not respond in time, the game goes on as if you refused to answer the question.
The game is broken down into 5 “episodes” that you play through. As you go through the game, it keeps track of your decisions, with can help or hinder you later on. How Lee handles himself and his response and actions affect how the others react to him. All these decisions add up by the beginning of the last episode.
I am only through episode one but I can tell you that this is a good game. I have played games fro Telltale before (such as their Sam & Max games) and they are always entertaining. The Walking Dead seems like a good fix for this type of game and it has done well enough to warrant another “Season” of games. I highly recommend this game for any of your systems, but if you have a PS Vita, get it for that system, or if you don’t, by the PS Vita Walking Dead bundle. I would like to see Telltale bring more of these game to the Vita.
The Walking Dead is Rated M for Mature.