Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Walking Dead Game

     Growing up I remember watching and enjoying many of the popular zombie movies.  My parents did not have too many rules for me as a kid when it came to violent shows.  I seem to have turned out alright.  No murderous rampages yet.  I probably should not joke about that but I think you probably get my point.  The funny thing is, I don't let my own children watch violent shows.  Then again, they are both girls and get scared very easily.

     Not long ago I was watching The Walking Dead television series after the kids had gone to bed.  Now if you have ever watched the show you know that there is not a ton of gore every single episode.  Well, I was watching the first season and I believe it may have been one of the later episodes where the camp outside of Atlanta is over run by walkers.  My daughter woke up and came into the living room at the perfect time to catch the start of the attack.  The gore in that scene was pretty intense and the look on her face before I could hit the stop button made me feel like the worst parent in the world.  Hopefully she has forgotten about that.  Anyway, to the point.

     I recently finished season two on Netflix.  I admit I have not read any of the comics.  Am I missing out?  Given that I will be waiting a while for season three (I cut cable television and stream everything to save money) I decided to pick up The Walking Dead Game on Xbox 360.  The game is just 400 points per episode and as I understand it there will be five episodes.  This game is produced and developed by Telltale Games; the same company that produced and developed the Lego series video games.

     I have always been an adventure game fan.  Back on the PC I remember Space Quest, King's Quest and all the other Sierra adventure games.  A friend got me into the Monkey Island series when I was in college.  The Walking Dead game definitely falls into the adventure game category.  You interact with objects in the game world to solve puzzles and advance the story line.  Combat is usually a matter of moving your reticule over the enemy and pressing the appropriate button in the allotted amount of time.

     The game claims to promote choice and while I am very early on in my play through that definitely appears to be the case.  Choices you make seem to change the way the story plays out.  Almost as if it were a choose your own adventure.  Does anyone else remember those books?  If you choose to do this turn to page 101.  Anyway, I will update again as I explore more of this game.  Don't worry, I won't spoil anything.

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