[PSN Review] The Walking Dead: The Game Episode 1 – A New Day



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Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead is about a world devastated by an undead apocalypse and the horrifying choices you’re forced to make to survive.

The Walking Dead is a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.

The zombies are here! What can you do after the dead become the undead, and start eating everyone that still has a pulse? Well, if you’re Lee Everett you rescue a little girl that has been left all alone after her parents leave her with a babysitter that has gone missing. Oh, and you also try to save yourself. A dead Lee is of no use to little Clementine!

You must be very careful about what you say or how you react to any given situation, because everyone remembers how your choices and your verbal outbursts. This changes their dialog, as well as your dialog options and action choices. This is the main element of The Walking Dead game, and it is supossed to play a big part on how everything moves along during each episode, thus increasing replay value for subsequent full plays. How deep is the rabit hole? Telltale Games has this to say:

Is there anything unique about this game versus other Telltale games?

Yes. For the first time, the decisions that the player makes will drive a “tailored” game-play experience. A decision that you make or something that you say will have repercussions not only in the episode that you’re playing, but also in future episodes of the game. Decisions will range from relatively innocuous (do I lie here and if so, how should I lie?) though to world-changing (I can only save one person here, who will it be?). Furthermore, you’ll come under pressure to make decisions quickly. You won’t be able to stand around deciding which option to choose during a conversation. The undead won’t stand by and politely let you figure out your next move.

On top of that, you have to Keep track of all people the you meet. Be sure total to them, ask them questions about their life before the zombie outbreak, show them that you care, and definitely learn what makes them tick. You never know when you might need their help, and if they don’t trust you…

There aren’t many puzzles in A New Day, and the ones that are there won’t take you long to figure out. They help to move along the story, which is the star of the show, without being too intrusive or asking you to think outside of the box. Adventure games fans might think this is blasphemy, but for me the game finds a great balance between exploration, puzzles, character exposition and zombies, zombies, zombies.

As for the game itself, you can pick between two display styles (which can be changed again at any time from the Help and Options menu): Standard is what you would expect from a videogame since you get access to a help system that points you in the right direction, notifying you about the choices you’ve made and their immediate impact Choosing the Minimal display style will turn of all hints and choice notifications, making for a cleaner interface and a more “pure” experience.

Unlike previous PSN releases from Telltale Games, this Season includes a Platinum trophy AND all trophies are story based, which is great news for all trophy hunters! I was able to enjoy the game from start to finish without having to worry about a missable trophy, or for having to make a specific dialog choice in order to get all trophies. Sure, not all of you care about trophies, but for those of us that like to see that progress bar fill completely, it is indeed something to be happy about!

The Walking Dead Episode 1 – A New Day, brings us a great game that amalgamates all the best elements from all past Telltale Games releases while, at the same time, letting us see how much the company has improved over the years. If you’re a fan of the comic book, you have to buy this game right now because I definitely want a Season 2 to be approved ASAP.

Review

ProsCons
Very polished game
Runs parallel to the Comic Book
Episode ends right as things heat up
Rating
93%

Cost – $4.99 for a single Episode/$19.99 for the whole Season (you get an Episode for free)

Disclaimer

Total amount of time played: 3 hours.

This review is based on a PS3 copy of The Walking Dead provided by Telltale Games.


Written by: EdEN - PR / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Cheeto on April 28th, 2012 [ 29099 Points ]

    I’ve played the demo yesterday and I am seriously considering to purchase the whole season ticket. It is gripping, intense and in some moments terrifying. love it!
    Great review buddy. Heavy Rain fans will appreciate this series.

  2. #2 by premiersoupir on April 28th, 2012 [ 17020 Points ]

    Interesting — thanks for the review! Made me curious enough to check out the demo. Do you have any sense yet of how dialogue choices affect the experience? Is it pretty minimal impact, like just changing later dialogue options, or does it pretty dramatically affect factions, who lives and dies, etc. (a la Mass Effect)?

  3. #3 by EdEN on April 28th, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    @premiersoupir: Choices impact who lives, who dies, future dialog options and choices available, as well as who trusts you and who wants to feed you to the zombies. Will be more easy to see consequences in later episodes.

  4. #4 by Pai do mercado on April 28th, 2012 [ 2376 Points ]

    I’m a big fan of the THE WALKING DEAD tv show ad comics, was very anxious for this game.
    Perhaps the series deserves a retail BD game in 1080p, like R.E. gameplay series type
    I was expecting a review, to know that the game would note, before you buy … 93% WOW
    Excellent review Eden, I do not really like game point, but I saw the comment Cheeto, and he said the fans will like Heavy Rain, HR and I loved it.
    Well so I can say is … I am already downloading

  5. #5 by EdEN on April 28th, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    @Pai do mercado: Glad you liked the review! After the cliffganger in this episode, I can’t wait to play Episode 2 next month.

  6. #6 by Jason on April 28th, 2012 [ 27516 Points ]

    Game? Cant really be called a game. I thought it was absolutely horrible. Interactive story at best. Extremely boring imo Ill stick with left 4 dead and tension. This reminded me of the point and click adventures i liked when i was 5
    @pal do Its coming to BD as stated by the developer once all episodes are released.

  7. #7 by EdEN on April 28th, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    @Jason: Different genres. Just because it has zombies, it doesn’t mean it should be a shooter. Point and click games are definitely not for you.

  8. #8 by Pai do mercado on April 29th, 2012 [ 2376 Points ]

    @Jason, I said it could be released in BD or digital copy of a game like Resident Evil series in the third person, with much action and shooting with a lot of weapons, and not a just point and click game.
    This part may have to take decisions on who should live and die, as in the TV show and comics will be awesome.

  9. #9 by wolfkin on April 30th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    @beastxjason

    This reminded me of the point and click adventures i liked when i was 5

    But that’s the point basically isn’t it? That same argument could be made of Sam and Max Season 1-5, Back to the Future, Strongbad’s, Jurassic Park, Monkey Island, pretty much everything TellTale is doing these days. They make PAC games. It’s supposed to remind you of those old PAC games.. but better.

    I’ve only played some of BTTF, some Stongbad, and some Monkey Island and just the demo of this game is actually much more involved than any thing I’ve played previously not involving Legos. As Eden says this may piss off fans of the previous games but this game is probably the least like the old PAC games. With the decision timer and apparently branching pathways.

    I do think it’s awesome that @Eden was able to review Walking Dead based on a copy of Idiot Squad

    This review is based on a PS3copy of Idiot Squad provided by Hydravision.

  10. #10 by EdEN on April 30th, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    Ooooops hahaha. Fixed now. Thanks!

  11. #11 by chronorayven on April 30th, 2012 [ 21319 Points ]

    This game looks so sweet and it helps that I’m a fan of Robert Kirkman’s work. Only downside with episodic games is the waiting … so I’ll “wait” for all the episodes to be released then I’ll play them one after another .. problem solved. :P

  12. #12 by mowmow on May 1st, 2012 [ 11990 Points ]

    i still have to pick this up. debating on whether to just pick up the full pass or not atm. I too don’t really want to wait a month in between each episode but its walking dead………

  13. #13 by EdEN on May 1st, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    Just get the season pass. You save $5, and it would allow Telltale games to secure a Season 2 for this excellent take on the comic.

  14. #14 by pedrolabate on May 2nd, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    I’m glad you liked it, but ever since I found out this was another point and click game I got less interested in it. Honestly, I believe it’s too much waste of perfectly good content story wise.

  15. #15 by EdEN on May 3rd, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    @pedrolabate: You need to start to understand why Point and Click games are great. Step away from the Dark Souls!

  16. #16 by pedrolabate on May 3rd, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    I like point and click, but I don’t like it on the PS3. I loved Machinarium for example, great game.

  17. #17 by EdEN on May 3rd, 2012 [ 136065 Points ]

    PS3 controller works just fine in here, since you move with the analog and just click one button to search or start a conversation, and then hit Square, Triangle, Circle or X to pick a dialog option.

    Download the demo and take it from there.


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