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Video Game for PlayStation 3 / Suitable for 18 years and over / Published by Telltale Games

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      02.01.2014 18:56
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      You get to decide where the story goes but is it a good zombie story?

      My friend played the walking dead game and wanted to see what ending I would get. I don't care for zombie games but decided I'd give it a go anyway.

      The game is split into episodes (5 to be exact) and you can play on either standard or minimal. One option has more hints than the other. The game feels more like a film most of the time. You don't always get to move around much and rather than completing actions yourself you just press a button or move a cursor over an object/person and select what you wish to do.

      You do, however, get to choose your own storyline. Each decision you make affects what happens next in the story.

      Storyline:
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      The storyline is your usual zombie plot. Everyone dead is turning into the walking dead and they just want to eat whatever humans or animals they can get their hands on. It is based on a comic book series so for those who have read them you'll already have an idea what the game is about.

      You play as Lee, a guy who starts the game off in the back of a police car and shortly after finds himself fighting for his life against the undead. He finds his way to a nearby house where he meets a young girl called Clementine. The pair then meet others along the way in their fight for survival.

      The exact storyline after that depends on what you decide to do.

      Gameplay:
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      The gameplay is simple. You can move the character around with the left analogue stick and there is a cursor which you can move around with the right analogue stick. The cursor has four options on it, one for each of the controller buttons. When you move it around it will show a circle on anything that you can interactive with. For example, another character. It will then give you an option of what to do and depending on where this option is depends on what button you press. So if you can chat to someone it will show an icon on the left hand side of the cursor and you then press the square button on the PS3 controller.

      When you chat to people you are given different options on what you want to say so it's up to you what conversations you have with people or what your reply is. Actions are often timed though so sometimes you have to make a decision fast and you may not always get to read all options or it may not sink in and you have to click something before time runs out. This adds tension to the game but it can sometimes be annoying if options are more than a few words.

      The game plays more like a film and due to the fact you are making decisions that affect where the story goes it means that the game is constantly saving and trying to load the next part. This means that the gameplay isn't smooth.

      I also found that the game has some glitches/bugs and I noticed that the parts that were just video were badly put together in places. Once Lee picked up a weapon and it showed it from one angle, then the camera moved and showed it being picked up again from that angle. Another time Lee walked towards a door with another guy behind him and once he got to the door he suddenly jumped back to where the other guy was and started walking towards the door again.

      The glitches were even more annoying. The cursor sometimes moves too far or not enough. I died very earlier on as I moved the analogue stick a little and it moved the cursor quite far. I managed to just to get it back to where I wanted and pressed the button to kill the zombie attacking me and it just ignored the command and the zombie ate me. I managed to kill the zombie the second time but the cursor was still awkward to place exactly right in time.

      ***The next two paragraphs contain spoilers. You may also want to avoid it if you don't like disgusting zombie attacks.***

      At one point you are by a truck and trying to get to a car but there are zombies all around and one is leaning against the car. When standing by the window you can see a weapon inside. The obvious thing would be to try the door handle but I had to leave the truck and go back to it a few times before it gave me that option. When standing by the window it gave the option of down or left but each time the character squats down and moves to the left regardless of what you press. At one point it gave the option of up and to the right too but trying to go them ways didn't work. Thinking I was doing something wrong as I couldn't get the weapon I went back to a nearby wall but another character told me to go back to the truck and no other options appeared in either place when I moved the cursor all across the screen. It turns out there is something by the wall that I needed, but I'm sure it wasn't there the first time I was by the wall as I'd looked there and moved the cursor all around. This wasn't the only time when an option didn't show up when it should have done.

      This part of the gameplay is the reason why I stopped playing the game. This is a pretty big spoiler although I knew something would happen to this character anyway. At a house there are some people who kill the injured and eat them. One of the people Lee has been living with is injured and so these new people chop off his legs, but the guy is still alive. As if finding him wasn't bad enough with all the blood he then drags his body along while crying out for help while the new people and others you have been living with (kids included) have eaten or are about to eat his legs unknowingly. I feel this is just very un-needed and far too bloody and disgusting for me to wish to play the game any further. After having already chopped off a living persons leg to try and help him survive among other horrors I really didn't want to see anymore.

      ***For those who skipped the last two paragraphs you can continue reading from here.***

      I stopped playing the game due to many horrible events and knowing that it doesn't get any better. As my friend played the game I did see how their story ended and I have to say that it didn't look very impressive and the characters were still emotionless. It does tell you what has happened to each character though so you get to find out how things end for the others that you meet along the way which is nice, but you don't find out exactly what happens with the girl, Clementine (or at least, you didn't for that ending, it may be slightly different for other endings).

      I did spend hours playing the game so although I did not complete the game I feel I played more than far enough to know how the game is and give it a fair review.

      The storyline is basic and typical of zombie plots, the story is quite predictable, the characters showed no emotions (although their voices had some emotion in), the game was very glitchy, the animation was badly put together and the main character cannot seem to stay standing. There was nothing that made you want to keep Lee alive. If anything there were times when you just wanted to slap him for falling over so stupidly and allowing the undead to get to him. I didn't find the game challenging at all, it seemed quite obvious to me what I needed to do or what was going to happen. The only problem was the glitches that stopped me doing certain things at the right time.

      Despite having choices there are certain things that would have been good to have as a choice but that weren't there. There were also some choices where you had to decide between helping two people and really there was no reason why you couldn't save both. On one I chose to save a boy and I could easily have saved the other person, but instead Lee just stood there yet after it allowed me to give the excuse that I wanted to save both and couldn't. It seemed silly being able to say that and yet not have been allowed to follow that through and help both.

      There are a number of characters in the game and you can ask them all about their history and how they ended up where they are. Having said that, when episode 2 starts there are more people and no explanation of who they are or anything about them. One character who left in my story also came back and I've no idea why as all your actions and decisions carry on into the next episode and nothing was said about his reappearance.

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      I can't fault the audio. I'm sure there is music but I can't say I've really noticed that (I think I turned the music right down). However, sound effects are all realistic and the characters all sound as you'd expect them to.

      Graphics:
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      The graphics have an almost comic book look rather than realistic look. The graphics are rather detailed and overall not that bad, but what did annoy me was the lack of emotions and movements with the characters. They always have the same sort of looks on their faces throughout. As mentioned previously, the animation is very glitchy and there are times when it has been badly put together or they've just been lazy.

      I wouldn't say the graphics are impressive but it's interesting to see a different visual style.

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      You can buy this game for about £20 which in my opinion is very expensive, especially considering the game is only 5 episodes long.

      Overall:
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      I like the fact that you can choose which way the story will go but that's really about the only good thing I have to say about the game.

      Overall I certainly get why the game is an 18. However, the game could be much improved with less swearing, a better and less disgusting story and more emotional characters. It would have also been even better without the video always jumping and glitches. I didn't feel any sympathy for the characters situation or that ones that died, especially not the ones that appeared with little or no explanation as to who they were.

      If you really like zombies and horror or gore then you'll probably enjoy this game apart from all the glitches and bugs. For anyone else, I'd avoid this game.

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        02.09.2013 13:46

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        A story driven and emotive gaming experience.

        Point and click adventures have been revitalised with this impressive take on the genre. Story has always been an important factor in point and clicks and the rich 'Walking Dead' universe provides good material for the developers to use. The choices the player makes are actually meaningful and affect who lives and dies within your band of survivors. It's great to see a point and click adventure getting so much attention in the mainstream gaming press, and hopefully it will show that zombie games can be more than just endless hoards of enemies being taken out by headshot.

        The main issue with this game is probably its graphics. For a PS3 game, things look a bit rough at times, but a wise choice by the developers to use a comic book style pays off and helps to mask some of the limitations of the game engine. The central characters of Lee and Clem are very well designed, written and voiced, but some of the supporting cast are just stock characters with one dimensional personalities.

        All in all 'The Walking Dead' is a unique zombie apocalypse adventure and a must play for any fans of the 'Walking Dead' comics or series.

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        25.07.2013 06:51
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        Not that great unless you are a huge fan of the show

        Fans of the show will like this game, its got some of the well known characters in it and the look of the levels and the feel of the game, makes it feel allot like the TV series that is currently airing. But one cannot wonder, why oh why do production companies continue to do film/ TV to game versions and visa versa...christ street fighter was soo bad ! it never really works.

        The graphics are pretty average and frankyl I dont really think that it can compete in todays market, not when you have games like left for dead and dead island just ripping it up in every sense for gamers and settign the standard. Characters look rudimentary, enviroments look repititive and rushed and there is a distinct and obvious lack of detail even on HD that makes the game seem very bland at times.

        This game also has some issues with the game mechanics which can seem clunky and slow compared to other games of the same genre, for example, its hard to aim the weapons at times, especially the mealee weapons and they can also take a long time to kill the zombie.

        Also I know its walking dead and not resident evil, so its a little bit more 'real', but it is a bit boring when all you seem to do is kill zombie after zombie and there is no real variation in that other then the numbers of zombies that you are required to kill or get past.

        There are some good aspects, perhaps im being to harsh....I like the way you have to manage your inventory, and manage the task of the people who travel with you as you try to keep them alive...looking for petrol, food and ammo etc, plus you have to manage the way you use your petrol and ammo and what weopens you decide to give to certain people....in this way this is really thinking about how you would survive a zombie apocolypse and its a side aspect that I have not seen in any other game.

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          15.07.2013 21:51
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          Worth a buy

          So I am a fan of the TV show and saw the review online for this game which claimed that this game had won over 80 game of the year awards and I can't ignore statistics like that. So I bought this game really without knowing anything about the gameplay expecting a zombie shooting game like Resident Evil. I couldn't have been more wrong...

          So the gameplay is nothing at all like what I expected and initially this took me by surprise and I just didn't see the appeal. However by the end of the game I can safely say that for me it is one of the best made games of all time and I can see why it won so many game of the year awards.

          So your probably wondering what the big deal is? Well the game is a story mode. You play the part of Lee, a convict who escaped when the world started to become infested with walkers ( this is walking dead terminology for zombies). Soon after escaping he meets clementine. A sweet and innocent little girl that he becomes the unwritten father of due to her parents having been lost in this crisis.

          The gameplay takes you through a sequence of events and you meet different characters and converse with them. During this time you have to select from 4 options for most questions during the conversations. These can be small questions with one of the characters asking your opinion or someone or a big question asking which out of two characters you should kill or which path to take. The game differential here is that based on your decision, the game changes so you are effectively creating your own path.

          In terms of criticisms I get the feeling when answering the questions that it makes little different and eventually the two different possible paths will become one again. It has hard to explain unless you have played. Also the graphics aren't exactly amazing but this is a minor criticism.

          I think emotionally this is the first time I have ever really been attached to a game. Almost straight away you become very protective over Clementine and never want anyone to cause her any harm and of course you form bonds with different characters in the group. You can decide if you want Lee to be a hero or a douche or just indifferent to most scenarios.

          Overall I highly recommend this game. It isn't for everyone but then no games ever are. If you want to play something different and emotionally engaging then look no further than this game. Also please do not confuse this with the completely separate game released this year called The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. That game is based on the tv series, whilst this game is made by Tell Tale games and based as a prequel to the comics.

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