[PSN Review] The Walking Dead: The Game Episode 1 – A New Day
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.
|Very polished game|
Runs parallel to the Comic Book
|Episode ends right as things heat up|
Cost – $4.99 for a single Episode/$19.99 for the whole Season (you get an Episode for free)
Total amount of time played: 3 hours.
This review is based on a PS3 copy of The Walking Dead provided by Telltale Games.