Since the show has been a trending topic on this site for a while now, I have decided to offer my services as a professional games tester and write a very short (if biased) piece on Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead’. Set around an entirely different group of survivors than the show, you take on the role of a character named Lee Everett, trying to survive the zombie apocalypse and protect a little girl you only just met. The game plays in the same world as the hit TV action drama and there are occasional references to the show. It is split into seasons, with more being released much like a TV show, which is a very interesting concept.
It’s kind of tricky trying to explain the gameplay. The closest I can come in putting a genre on it is ‘point and click’, but that makes it sound rather boring. Far from it! It is extremely tense, with strict time limits, at times challenging controls, and it does involve shooting zombies in the face. It’s just not a mindless shooter. When it comes to actions, it is perhaps a little linear, but I would not mark that down as a negative. The game is all about the interactions you have with the other survivors in your group. Even dialogue is timed and you are often forced to make split second decisions when talking to people, which will make the difference between life and death for characters, and somebody hating you or thinking of you as a friend. And alliances mean a whole lot in this game! If you wrong somebody, they might not have your back when it counts most. Your decisions greatly affect the story and it often had me sitting on the edge of my seat, panicking as I tried to make the right choice under pressure while the timer continued to clock down. It’s also highly emotional. There were times when I was fighting back the tears or throwing my controller away in terror. I highly recommend it.