Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, Season One is a game which defined a genre and changed the stories that can be told in a video game. The Walking Dead PC is based on an award-winning comic book series under the same title created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. Prepare to make weighty choices to decide what course the story will take, in a faithful recreation of the source material's visual style.
Follow the story of Lee Everett, a convicted murderer who was being transported to prison when the zombie apocalypse broke out. Decision-based gameplay The Walking Dead defined and cemented the signature style of Telltale Games productions. Watch the events unfold in front of Lee Everett and help him make decisions on what needs to be done.
But beware, each decision carries consequences, and there are no good choices to be made. As the story progresses Everett and you will decide on who lives or dies and define the relationships with other people in your group of survivors. Many decisions have to be made under significant time pressure and making no decision is a decision of its own.
The Walking Dead makes sure the moment of choice is as interesting and engaging as the consequences haunting you in the future. Original story matching the tone of its source material The original The Walking Dead comic books did not shy away from tackling hard topics and brutal realities of life during an apocalypse. Telltale Games' production follows closely in its footsteps.
The Walking Dead, Season One tells an original story. See the early stages of the apocalypse through the eyes of Lee Everett. He is a former history professor and a convicted murderer forming a group of survivors starting with Clementine, a young girl with nobody else too look out for her.
Teach her to survive while maintaining her innocence in an impossible balancing act bringing at least some hope to a brutal world of The Walking Dead. See familiar locations and talk to familiar characters to see how they arrived where you met them in the comic book or the TV show. The writing is adequately grim, scary, touching and heartbreaking at all the right moments, since the start to the season finale in Episode 5.
Never put down your controller During the story there will be many prompts requiring a very quick reaction. Whether a sudden choice during a conversation, avoiding an attack or catching an object with a QTE or fending off a walker assault with a shooting reticle, the game may ask you to react at any time, often when you least expect it. The Walking Dead gameplay keeps you as involved and engaged in the narrative as possible at all times.
I'd rather stick with zombie alternatives like Left 4 Dead, just because I can because in co-op play against the undead.
A handful of interesting (although poorly developed) ideas are the only bright spots in a game that disappoints in almost every possible way. Sadly, Terminal Reality offers one of the ugliest survival horror games ever.
Though there are flashes of interesting ideas, none are fully realized and they are hidden behind a technically shoddy and boring shooter.
It's not zombies you need worry about in the painfully dull The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
None of its elements is done well enough. The combat system is primitive and slapdash, there’s practically just one enemy type with several skins and the level design based on simple greyish blocks is trivial. [CD-Action 06/2013, p.68]
What’s frustrating is that Terminal Reality, whether you believe it or not, had laid the foundations for an extraordinary game. WD:SI includes all the activities that a decent zombie survival game should have. [May 2013]
After the excellence of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, it’s clear that Survival Instinct is the weaker of this species.
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