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The Walking Dead Episode 1 video game review

May 30th, 2012 by Paddy 2 Comments

The Walking Dead
Developer: Telltale Games
VIDEO game adaptations of comic books can be notoriously hit and miss affairs. For every Arkham City there’s a dozen Superman Returns.
There’s also a degree of suspicion, or snobbery, that games that aren’t bankrolled by a lavish EA or Activision marketing campaign are somehow inferior.
It’s a ludicrous stance but unfortunately there are those in the gaming fraternity who still think that way.
Telltale Games’ adaptation of The Walking Dead should go some way to dispelling those myths.
It should be noted that this downloadable chapter, the first of five, is set in the world of the comic books, rather than TV show.
That doesn’t mean that you won’t immediately become engrossed in events as you take on the role of Lee, who is sitting in handcuffs in the back of a police car when the zombie outbreak explodes.
The video game market is overloaded with zombie games but The Walking Dead manages to differentiate itself, just like Kirkman’s comic series and subsequent TV show, by focusing on characterisation and plot.
That’s not to say that it’s not action packed, if anything the scenes where you flee from the zomibe hoards are nothing short of terrifying.
There’s a wonderful sense of dread with the doom laden atmosphere dripping from every scene. Imagine Grand Theft Auto meets Heavy Rain by way of Dawn Of The Dead and you’re halfway there.
Every decision you make will have big implications as the chapters unfold and it’s clear to see Telltale Games are back on the right track.
This is a stunning game that deserves your attention and with Part 2 out now, you’d be mad not to check out one of the best titles to hit consoles in a long time.

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...

  • stuart miller

    on top of that it’s only 400msp with episode 2 rumoured to be coming out sometime during E3

  • Chris Averiss

    I tried the demo and it is quite a fun little point and click / reaction adventure. Well animated, but not for the little ones!

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