Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Walking Dead Game (Update)

     Just thought I would post a quick update to my impressions of the game.  In case you missed my initial impressions you can find that blog post here.  I finally finished the first episode of The Walking Dead Game.  Here are some of my thoughts.

     The storytelling is very good.  The characters are interesting and the graphics are engaging.  Speaking of graphics, they look a lot like a 3D version of a comic book.  The audio is solid as well making good use of 5.1 Dolby Digital.  I found that the controls take a little getting used to and can be a tad frustrating when you need to do something quick.

     As I said in my previous post the developers wanted to emphasize choice and in that they have succeeded.  One of the things that makes the choices interesting is that you are often given very little time to give a response.  I never really felt like I did not have enough time to read all of my dialogue options but I did feel like I was not given much time to consider them.  This adds to the drama and the feeling that you have to make split second decisions.  It adds a sense of realism in a way as most of the time when interacting with others you do not have all day to consider how you should respond to a given situation.

     The game does utilize a rewind feature that lets you replay any segment over again.  These segments are basically checkpoints and typically consist of either an action scene or a dialogue scene.  This is very convenient when you accidentally choose the wrong dialogue response or regret a decision that you made earlier.

     I am definitely enjoying the game and am fairly confident that I will be picking up episode two very soon.  I highly recommend it for fans of classic adventure games or The Walking Dead series.

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