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SpecTech: Walking Dead video game keeps players thinking

Written by Steven Setser

 

Welcome back readers! It’s been a while since I have reviewed a video game, so it’s time to fix that.

 

Since “The Walking Dead” returned to television not too long ago, I decided that I would buy the video game.

 

Wait…..which game? There are so many. Well, this is the Telltale game which is released in five episodes digitally or in one boxed game.  How is it you ask?

 

First off, let me say that I have only watched “The Walking Dead” show since season two. I have not read any of the graphic novels, and I’ve only played two episodes of this game, but it’s already sucked me in.

 

The story is a prequel to the entire series. I am not sure if this is cannon or not, but it should be. You play as Lee Everett who is in a police car being taken to jail. You are speaking to the officer, and he tells you that he believes that you are innocent of your crime.

 

During the conversation, the occupied officer runs over a zombie in the middle of the highway. The car crashes and Lee is injured. Lee then finds that the officer has died and takes the keys to unlock his hand cuffs and calls for help.

 

Just then, the officer revives as a zombie and attacks. Lee is able to escape into a close neighborhood and meets a girl, Clementine. Her parents are on vacation in Savannah and her babysitter was killed.

 

Lee and Clementine leave to try to get to a safe place and make sure her parents are okay. You meet more characters and soon find yourself making friends and enemies.

 

Surprisingly, this is a point-and-click adventure game. Not many of these games are released anymore.

 

For the most part you control Lee– exploring the area you are in and either talking to characters to learn more about them, or looking for items to advance to plot.

 

In cut scenes, you are able to choose how Lee responds to characters and situations. This can lead to some quick thinking and tense scenes.

 

It may sound boring, but the gameplay and story intertwine so well that you truly feel like Lee—making it easier to either love or hate the characters. I will say that I have personally grown fond of Clementine. I will always have her back!

 

This game knows how to keep the player active and constantly thinking of their next move. The game has a nice blend of tension and down-time. Each episode can last about two to three hours. I highly recommend these games to anyone. I give Episode 1 and 2 of “The Walking Dead,”9 out of 10.

 

All episodes of “The Walking Dead” are available now on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS.

 

Season 2 of the game will be released in episodes in the fall.

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