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E3 Screening: The Walking Dead: Starving for Help

June 18th, 2012 by Crowbar Comments

The Walking Dead is the newest sensation with TV and Comic Books. Telltale Games, the company behind the Back to the Future videogame have begun their latest endeavor to create a Walking Dead videogame. Similar to the gameplay of a Quantic Dream game, The Walking Dead is a cinematic game with an emphasis on storytelling. While many games say they emphasize storytelling (Fable series) it is rarely executed properly. The Walking Dead delivers on cinematic interactive storytelling.

The story is that of Lee Everett’s story of survival. Accused of murder Lee is arrested and upon leaving Atlanta with the police, the cruiser runs over a zombie and crashes. Lee makes his way to a house where he meets a young girl named Clementine. This is but the beginning of a chain of events that will shape your story. I do not want to get too much into what happens as I do not want to risk spoiling anything.

At E3 2012 Telltale Games held a private screening for their newest episode, Starved for Help. Showcasing in this episode was how the littlest action made can change how Lee is viewed as a person. Lee has met up with a group during the events of Episode 1 and despite their “secure” living area everyone is feeling the pressure of hunger. A pivotal sequence during this episode dictates who becomes your ally and who becomes an enemy. As I watched the demo being played I was thinking about the outcomes. If Lee gave food to the leader of the camp, her view of him would be better, but nearly everyone in the camp will begin to resent Lee for his actions.

Telltale wants to emphasize that this is a zombie survival game and that there will be no happy ending for anyone. There will never be a correct choice to make and someone will always end up hurt. It brings a whole new meaning to “moral choices”. In a world where society has crumbled and anarchy is the norm, is morality still a factor? It is brilliantly conveyed in this second episode.

Below this article is a video of a representative from Telltale Games answering a few questions about the game. Be on the lookout for Starved for Help on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 later this month.

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Crowbar is an angry young man, but he knows his games. We all have our passions and his come alive when his digital self is hammering baddies, solving puzzles or flying. He also has a penchant for dressing like giant penguins, but we promised him we wouldn't mention it.