Nick's Game Review--The Walking Dead (The Game)

Hey everyone!

Yes, yes, I know. I've been wildly absent, and there's no excuse for it (well, there are excuses, but I won't list them). HOWEVER, the important part is that I'm back, and I will ideally be writing more reviews for the site soon, but I needed to write something right now because...

...I just finished the first season of The Walking Dead. And no, I'm not talking about the TV show, you dunce (disclaimer: I don't think any of you are dunces; I am so sorry). I'm talking about the wildly emotional and insane roller coaster of a video game that can be downloaded from the Playstation Network or Microsoft Store thingy (I'm not at all biased toward one system or another, obviously).

Anyway, I just needed to gush about this for a brief review while trying not to reveal any spoilers at all. Basically, the whole thing is based on the world of the comic book series. You play as Lee Everett, a man convicted of murder on his way to jail when the infection initally begins. He befriends a little girl after escaping several zombies, and he takes her under his wing to protect her from that point on since her parents are absent.

The story itself is heart-wrenching and beautiful in every way. However, the things that really make this game series shine are the characters. You will meet so many other survivors through the first season alone, and you will love some of them immediately, and you'll hate others, but in the blink of the eye, your feelings on one could change, while another might slowly fade from your best friend to your worst enemy because you realize that what you initially thought was a strong personality trait is actually just annoying in certain situations. Maybe someone made a tough call early on that you agreed with, but then you learn later that the character is actually just an asshole, so making tough calls is easy.

The thing so humanizing about all of these characters is that I found myself surprised by all of them. I was disappointed in them all at certain moments. I was sad for them. I understood their plights. Sometimes, I wanted to punch their fucking faces in one second, but I wanted to hug them the next. It's how I feel about people in the real world every day (wow...am I crazy? Maybe. Oh well).

Oh, and the best part? Your decisions in this game actually affect the way the storyline goes. Sometimes, you have to make tough choices, and your fellow crew members will remember those choices. At the end of every episode, the game will tell you what percentage of other players have made similar choices as yours for 5 key decisions each episode. I found that although some decisions seem obvious to me at the time...I was in the minority when it came to the bigger picture of things, and that shocked me. Sometimes, I'd sit there, struggling with a decision, and other times, the time limit was so short, I panicked and rushed a decision, which I'm sure is very similar to how I'd react in a similar real-life crisis.

Moral of the story: Buy the first season. Probably buy the second season too when you can (only the first episode is out so far). Play it. Recommend it to others. Talk about your experiences. What did you do differently from your friends?

Also, if anyone wants to talk to me about this game, PLEASE DO. I'm bursting at the seems with opinions, but they're all spoilers. I'm going crazy with spoilers.

Anyway, for now, just try to survive, and remember...in the aftermath of it all, you need to know how to defend yourself.

-Nick-

on December 21, 2013

Nick is a mid-20s so-and-so who was foolishly given a platform on which to write. He enjoys video games, video games, and more video games.