Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic books (and the TV show), The Walking Dead is an adventure game developed by Telltale Games and broken down into different episodes. This is the second episode of Season 2 where you continue the story by playing as Clementine, a little girl trying to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
There’s something about games broken down in multiple episodes… A sense of frustration. On one hand, frustration due to the fact that you’re going through an amazing game and you’ll need to wait a certain amount of months before advancing (and paying more cash?). On the other hand, frustration due to the fact the story is made longer, on purpose.
Unfortunately, The Walking Dead is an amazing game: if you like the comic or the show, it clearly adds on with a new storyline, but is it just us or it feels like those new episodes are getting shorter and easier? It literally took us one single hour to go through this one. Only one hour, at 25$ the episode, that’s 0.40c a minute!
Puzzles are too simple… movements are usually limited to single environments… We went from a really good point-and-click adventure game to an interactive story animation. Even the QTEs are predictable.
This Episode 2 started off with cool events – everything is now focused on Clementine and after everything she’s been through she’s become pretty bad ass. There was the deserted town, the survivors and how they treated weaker human beings…
With Episode 2, we can’t help but feeling Telltale Games is recycling the TV show. You meet a new group of survivors, with their respective stereotypical psyches: the tough father protecting his naive little girl, the military uncle giving a hard time to his adult-child nephew, the couple and their love problems… Some will give you their trust, some won’t. What really bothered us was the introduction of Carter, portrayed as the leader of a previous group who’s coming after the one you just met to “bring them back into the family”. The Governor, you say? Yep, clearly not that original.
Let’s stop ranting for a second. On the positive side, the game looks great in HD and it’s fast-paced. There’s also a heart warming moment where you meet an old friend. We won’t say more, even with our spoiler-safe button, that would really ruin the game for you.
It’s a tough one. The Walking Dead is one of our favourite comics, the TV show is quite good as well though uninspired lately. We enjoyed going through Clementine’s hard choices, we enjoyed bashing Zombies but it was over way too soon. We recommend it and know you’ll enjoy it though you might want to wait for the rest of the episodes to launch, so as to avoid that tingling feeling of frustration and save some cash as well.