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This episodic zombie adventure begins with protagonist Lee Everett, a former professor at the University of Georgia Athens (UGA), removed for his recent murder conviction. Lee finds himself handcuffed and sitting comfortably in the back of a older gentleman’s squad car. After a back and forth conversation with the officer, you begin to get the feeling that Lee is not as murderous as he seems, still, the officer continues to advise him about his life choices. Heaps of police cars, medical units and even air support are seen flying into the city of Atlanta, as Lee and his escort make their way out of the city. This doesn’t seem to phase the officer one bit, as he calmly explains right and wrong to Lee, failing to pay attention whilst speeding on the interstate highway. A man stumbles into the roadway, and despite Lee’s warning, the cop strikes the man, sending the vehicle off the side of the road. The game then takes a predictable turn, as you begin to unravel Lee’s story.
Now, the game doesn’t have the amount of control that some would have anticipated, yet it is full of action. The gameplay is, more or less, driven by your directing the course of the story and less on total character control. This approached has been subject to controversy among many gamers, but nevertheless, it is a game, and a damn good one. As you progress through the story, you will use timed button presses, quick time, button mashing events and limited character movement. As you make your choices throughout the episode, you will shape the individual course of Lee’s story by making an impact on the characters around him. This helps develop vivid characters and help discover just who Lee is and what happened in his past. The story is a fantastic one that should make fans of the franchise very proud. Just because the button pressing and character movement seem limited, shouldn’t discourage gamers from playing The Walking Dead. On the contrary, the games beautiful art styling and impressive story telling are more than enough to warrant the small price tag.
As stated before, the gameplay in The Walking Dead is quite limited, but each action you preform has a distinct purpose and possible future consequences. The comic styled art is as beautiful as can be imagined and the story is fantastically told. The game really fires on all cylinders and the only real downfall is the lack of character control. The best part about The Walking Dead is its episodic releases. There are set to be five episodes released, one about each month, and after each episode is finished, you can catch a sneak preview of the next episode cut in a television premiere manner. The game is packed full of action, tense moments and thrilling scares. The Walking Dead is available now on the PlayStation Network and PC, and will be released on the Xbox Live Marketplace this Friday. You can grab the game on any of these platforms for about five bucks.
- Great Storytelling
- Good Character Development
- Beautiful Artwork
- Ominous Audio
- Little Character Control
- Have to wait a month before continuing the story
Taking everything into consideration, we give The Walking Dead a final score of:
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