We at WTFGamersOnly have decided to launch a new segment, we are calling it #TBTReviews. As the name implies, the reviews will be released on Thursdays, and it will be bi-weekly. The idea of #TBTReviews will be just that. Reviews of throwbacks.
To qualify, the title must be released further out than 60 days. The idea is, with the major console players finally adapting to the times and having seasonal and occasional flash sales similar to those Steam sales, sometimes we are left wondering. Even at 3 bucks or so, is it still worth it? But even beyond that. Whether a title that goes on sale regularly or maybe an older title with a sequel coming out, we are usually left wondering if we should go for it. That said, our inaugural title is actually a double whammy. The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2. With The Walking Dead A New Frontier staring me down every time I walk into a store that sells video games, I told myself that It was time to catch up. I had beat the 1st Season on the PlayStation 3 but never completed the second. As you will find out, to get that full experience you just gotta play the full thing on a single console. So, I had to get both seasons on the PlayStation 4.
The first season to kick off this whole shebang is a big one. The story sets you off as Lee Everett on his way to prison before all hell breaks through. He eventually comes across a little girl named Clementine who, throughout the entire season he becomes a father figure to. He takes her under his wing and protects her, teaching her how to survive in the zombie apocalypse. Meeting new people on the way to a conclusion that is by far one of the greatest stories ever told in gaming.
The bridge episode between the 2 seasons, 400 Days, focuses on 5 different characters. The 5 characters are experiencing the apocalypse at different times all coming to a close on that 400th day. Depending on the choices you make throughout the episode, you may or may not see or meet them in the episodes to follow.
This time around, Clementine is front and center. Following the events of the first season Clementine eventually finds herself with a small group that is being tracked by this season’s antagonist. Who can best be described as a lesser Negan, if you will. Prime example of the choices you make leaving an impact. There’s a nice warm feeling when you come across a major character from the 1st season. And even a few from the bridge episode depending on the choices that were made. This is a story that builds beautifully on the impact left in the 1st season and sets up for what I anticipate to be a thrilling 3rd season.
The Walking Dead is similar to a point and click game. The best way to describe it would be point and click meets QTE. Each level, or chapter is more of a “scene at a time” kind of game. Throughout each scene the player can walk around and explore different objects or speak with NPCs. There are some intense moments where as can be expected you may have to kill off an enemy whether it be another human or zombie. The heart and soul of The Walking Dead games comes with the interactions with NPCs. These are games built around choices. Saying the wrong thing can change the outcome of a chapter and can literally decide who lives or dies.
In more intense dialogue scenes you have just mere seconds before your choice is made for you. That’s the kind of quick thinking that makes me enjoy the hell out of these games. Because by the time you pick, it’s too late if you picked the wrong one. The best thing about the choices you make throughout each episode is the fact that they carry through. All the way from the first episode of season 1, to the conclusion of season 2. Making me more than happy to have multiple playthrough sessions just to experience how characters react to other choices. Just to answer that “what if?”.
The most noticeable thing about gameplay between the 2 games is that they’re identical. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, although it did make the experience feel as if it were just one long game. But as I said, not a bad thing. It makes it a much more approachable title that anyone can pick up and play. The Walking Dead Season 1 comes packed with the full 5 episodes and a subtle bridge episode titled “400 Days”. The 2nd season, however, is just the 5 episodes making it a total of 11 to play.
Both The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2 follow the art style of the comic book. The simple art style gives the titles the flexibility of being on just about every device. That’s not to say the titles aren’t good looking. Telltale Games did not sacrifice quality when it came to the overall design and they followed the art style in future games that followed. So, clearly something works, right? There is something endearing about the simple art style and I fell in love with the look and feel. Whether the scenery needs to be bright and colorful, or there’s a dark scene the look is conveyed in an almost flawless manner. My only gripe is the weird facial expressions the players make on occasion that don’t exactly match the scene or simply what they’re saying. But overall, they got it right.
The Walking Dead Seasons 1 & 2 are absolutely exceptional when it comes to pulling you into their world through storytelling. While the gameplay style is clearly geared toward a broader audience, there is still an amazing time to be had throughout the roughly 20 hours of gameplay. While the 1st season is the stronger of the 2, and what really put Telltale Games on the map when it comes to appealing to a large audience. They were able to take fans and continue to provide an all new alternate storyline. Upon completion of what has become one of my favorite stories in gaming, you’re left wanting more. Season 2 does not disappoint. Even during what can feel like a filler episode, Telltale has done a great job keeping the player engaged. As a fan of The Walking Dead show and comics, you know there’s something special here when you can get pulled into the same world all over again.
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