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This review is from: The Walking Dead (PS3) (Video Game)
The phenomenal success of Telltale's The Walking Dead has deservedly led to the release of a disc based version of the game. Being based on Robert Kirkman's graphic novels rather than the AMC TV series helps the games visual style. The cel-shaded look is a fine homage to the source material (Kirkman was actually involved in the production of this game). It also enables Telltale to present a character driven story without resorting to fan service. Some characters from the show make brief appearances, but it compliments the plot instead of hindering it.
The game was originally released episodically, and all 5 episodes are included here. Gameplay is from a third person perspective, in the style of old point and click adventures, or more recently, Quantic Dreams `Heavy Rain'. The lack of action may marginalise this game for some. The focus is clearly on decision making and the resulting consequences, rather than combat and gathering supplies. But even players that exist on a staple diet of shooters will not be able to deny the sheer emotional impact this game can elicit.
The plot focuses on convicted murderer Lee Everett, whose prison van is attacked during the initial outbreak. Escaping and taking refuge in a nearby house, Lee discovers 8 year old Clementine has been left all alone, and vows to take care of her. Throughout the game, they encounter other survivors, and the game follows their struggles and internal conflicts. The bond between Lee and Clementine runs through the entire game, it never feels forced, and develops beyond the usual benchmarks set by video games. The writing quality and voice acting are also of an exceptional standard.
The Walking Dead's trophy set is one of those rare instances where I actually wished it was harder. The Platinum is obtained for simply completing the game. Because of the significant choices presented, the trophy list could have encouraged the player to experience these branching paths and wildly different outcomes. However, those looking for an easy Platinum will find it doesn't get much simpler. Season 2 has been confirmed for release later in the year, along with the intriguing suggestion that your actions here could impact how the sequel plays out. So make sure you keep that save file. A strong contender for game of the year.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2013 16:30:54 BDT
Mr. Game says:
A truly amazing, awe-inspiring game that raised the benchmark for emotion in video game everywhere!!! A fantastic game!!!! Totally agree with you all the way! Now if only it would come out on ps vita in the uk :(
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