The Walking Dead: Season 1 (PC) (2012)

There is no real questioning that The Walking Dead game is just about one of the best games revolving around a zombie apocalypse.

There is no real questioning that The Walking Dead game is just about one of the best games revolving around a zombie apocalypse. Like the comic it is based on, it prefers human drama over headshots. Between that and comic book style graphics this remarkable game is a deep and immersive experience that sticks with you long after it is done.

The game takes place before the events of the comic series. You take control of Lee Everett who is on his way to prison when he has an encounter with the Walkers. The story is told with precision, moving from one surprising moment to another. Throughout the game you look after an eight year old named Clementine whose parents are missing. Along with several new characters Lee and Clementine try to stay safe, but that security is constantly undone by both the walkers and the survivors who have lost their way. Each of the five episodes is dark and dramatic and the ending of episode five may leave you in tears.

The gameplay is impressive and at the same time takes some getting used to. The movements feel really flimsy because of the controls. Sometimes when in a fight you basically have to aim for a specific spot to hit a zombie or whoever you are up against. This makes it feel tougher than necessary as you may need several attempts to get it right. The best part of the gameplay is the decision making that you have to do a lot of the time. The choices that you make in certain situations will affect how the story plays out and how the characters treat you. You want to be quick though because sometimes you have to make quick decisions in some of the more heated moments. This vaguely reminded me of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

The characters and voice acting are some of the best things about the game. The protagonist Lee Everett is voiced by Dave Fennoy. Lee is an excellent character and just as good as Rick Grimes. Clementine is voiced perfectly well by Melissa Hutchison and Kenny is another great character who is voiced brilliantly by Gavin Hammon. Carley the news reporter is voiced just fine by Nicole Vigil and Lilly is not exactly one of the most likeable characters, but Nikki Rapp voices her very well so there is an upside to her character I guess. There are too many characters to talk about which really says something about the game. Every character feels fleshed out and has plenty of depth which outranks some of the protagonists that you see wandering around in other zombie games or films.

While the gameplay is flawed and will remain that way, at least on PC, it really is just a matter of getting used to it. Everything else is brilliant. The voice acting is superb and the story is engaging because of its focus on the characters rather than action, though, there is enough of that to excite people who enjoy that sort of thing. This is an excellent game and if you are a fan of The Walking Dead then this is an essential purchase.

Review

9.5
Summary: With its deep story, strong characters, a tough decisions The Walking Dead: Season One is a game that fans of the series won't want to miss out on.
Necropunk review - 9.5

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The Walking Dead: Season 1 (PC) (2012) Ed With its deep story, strong characters, a tough decisions The Walking Dead: Season One is a game that fans of the series won't want to miss out on.

There is no real questioning that The Walking Dead game is just about one of the best games revolving around a zombie apocalypse.

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