Why Telltale's The Walking Dead is a Modern Adventure Masterpiece

Why Telltale's The Walking Dead is a Modern Adventure Masterpiece

Written Friday, November 23, 2012 By Richard Walker
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The Walking Dead is over, but it's really only just begun... And nothing has managed to grip us, and keep us so irrevocably compelled in a long, long time. The Walking Dead is an unbridled masterpiece, a lesson in storytelling and one of the finest experiences you'll find on XBLA. It'll make you smile, it'll make you gasp, and it might even make you cry. It'll have you hanging off the edge of your seat, clawing at your eyeballs, sticking a pencil in your ear and prodding your brain (don't try this at home, kids). It really is that good. Scratch that. It's not good; it's transcendent.

Some games treat story as a secondary concern, but in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, narrative is king. It's the blood that runs through The Walking Dead's veins and the stomach punch that hits you in just the right way, at the right time, pulling the carpet out from beneath your feet when you least expect it.

Before we get into it, let's just say that we've tried to avoid spoilers, but there might be some minor details we refer to, so you may want to come back once you've finished The Walking Dead series (why haven't you finished it yet?! Do you not like games? What's wrong with you!?) And you should. It's not just one of the best games you'll play this year, it's one of the best games you'll ever play. Hyperbole maybe, but it's entirely justified.

The Walking Dead is an episodic point-and-click adventure game, and a prequel story to the comic books. Playing as protagonist Lee Everett, you start out riding in the back of a cop car, a man with a somewhat dubious past who happily shoots the breeze with his police escort. Initially you're not quite sure about Lee, but you get the impression from the off that he's a genuine guy. In reality he is what you make him, your decisions shaping the kind of hero he develops into.

By the end of our game, Lee had come full circle, embroiled in an altogether different, but not entirely dissimilar situation. How the narrative gradually escalates, throwing cliffhangers, twists and shocks your way at every turn is masterful, but it's the decision-making that imbues The Walking Dead with its most heart-wrenching moments, as you march towards the tear-jerking conclusion.

As the protector of the estranged 8-year old girl Clementine, invariably every decision we made was with her best interests at heart, or with the rest of the group in mind. We wonder how a more selfish, aggressive approach would pan out. Would Clementine grow to resent Lee? What impact would that have on the ending? The story arc from the very first episode and the through-line you take to the final, inevitable denouement is almost entirely in your hands, but it's the sense that you can't entirely determine how certain events pan out that lends these occurrences real emotional heft. There's no way you can save some characters when they fall afoul of walkers, and you're powerless to stop the wilfully stubborn Lilly when she makes some rather awful decisions that threaten to splinter the group.

Hope comes and hope goes in The Walking Dead. You're right there with the group throughout each roadblock, wondering how you're going to find your way out of the next sticky situation, whether it's finding a functioning mode of transport to make good your escape, fixing machines, solving puzzles and problems or freeing a stranger from a bear trap in the most inadvisable way possible, your problem-managing nous is tested and stretched to the limit, as the timer inexorably melts away, forcing you to make your decisions quickly, lest you not make them at all.

Would you do the same if this were a real-life scenario? Could you do the same? Through Lee's eyes we live vicariously as the everyman who has to step up as a leader and as Clementine's guardian, putting himself in harm's way. The best way to play The Walking Dead is by making the decisions that you'd more than likely make yourself if you were put into Lee's shoes.

There are moments that will stick with you forever, like discovering the horrifying truth at the dairy farm, becoming Kenny's closest ally and confidante, finding out that Crawford isn't quite what you'd thought it would be, meeting other survivors and pockets of underground existence for the first time, giving Clementine her first shooting lesson, looking for clues with Kenny's son Duck, finding out who was giving supplies to the bandits at the Motor Inn, wrestling the babysitter when you first meet Clementine, picking sides at the pharmacy, deciding what to do with loose cannon Larry... Who would have thought that shovelling soil as an activity could be made quite so palpably melancholy? The list of great moments goes on.

It's the pitch-perfect characterisation and script, punctuated by instances of savage, unflinching violence that gives The Walking Dead its edge, and having to make hair-trigger choices that can shape the game are the very thick, delectable icing on the most gratifying cake you can possibly imagine.

Each and every juncture where escape looks like a viable option, you're left wondering where you're going to ultimately escape to. Is there a happy ending to be had? What's the best possible outcome that you can hope for? It's this creeping sense of constant uncertainty and dread, as well as the marriage of plot, character and story-shifting decisions that make The Walking Dead such a uniquely compelling package, and one of the most memorable gaming experiences you'll play this generation. Is it essential to have read the comic books? Nope. The comic books are fantastic, but Telltale's The Walking Dead stands up on its own merits as a standalone story.

Nothing in recent memory has packed the emotional impact and depth of character that The Walking Dead has, leaving us craving the second season, just like a great television show. Telltale Games' achievement is unparalleled, and although there are plenty of fantastic examples of adventure games out there, we can't think of an instance during our 20-odd year history of video gaming where we've had our heart strings tugged in such a way and our manly tear ducts so relentlessly prodded. The Walking Dead resonates long after the final post-script, and will have you questioning your choices for days, weeks, maybe even months. Truly, Telltale has crafted something genuinely special that we, as gamers should cherish. It's easily the best £20 you're likely to spend on an XBLA title, that's for sure. It's high time to embark upon that second playthrough... The Walking Dead is over, but it's really only just begun.

The Walking Dead episodes 1-5 are available to download on XBLA for 400 Microsoft Points each, or you can wait for the disc-based release on December 4th.


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Comment #1 by Crimson Ridley
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 06:46:33 PM
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Wonderful article! I'm deeply saddened that the season has come to a close, and as I stated on the forum; I've had emotional journeys with music, games and films, but this was one of the most emotional ones I've been on in a long time.

The writing was really fantastic. When I had to make certain choices, I was constantly questioning my actions, trying to convince myself that it was the best course of action to take. Sometimes, it was almost suffocating, as I was left thinking "should I have done that? Could I have done it differently?". I know I can go back and change my decisions, but in a way I don't want to. This game felt real, like I was actually there. I can't go back and change my decisions that I made in real life, so I don't think I could bring myself to go back and change them here. What I did, I did and I felt the joys, the heartbreak and the horror from every single one.

It's a truly remarkable game. But, is it just a game. It could quite easily stand on its own as an argument for the "are videogames art" debate. It could easily stand, and it could certainly win!

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Comment #2 by Delow317
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 10:36:15 PM
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@ 1

I totally agree. Also season 3 has been a fucking blast! So much happens in the first 2 episodes alone, it's all almost too hard to swallow! I have only played up till episode 3, but now that I've nabbed 3, 4, and 5, I'm going to start over with episode 1 and play through them all one right after the other! I hated waiting in between episodes and forgetting what happened previously... not anymore though! This weekend, I'm going to finish all 5 episodes of the walking dead!!!

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Comment #3 by I CR0W I
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 10:47:10 PM
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I have to respectfully disagree. Walking Dead is everything I hate about modern games: cutscenes, QTEs, fuck all gameplay and a focus on a badly written story.

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Comment #4 by The Last Myth
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:01:32 PM
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it was sad to see it end... hopefully the wait for season 2 will not be long

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Comment #5 by R Miller 69
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:08:16 PM
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I can't believe the series is over. One of my favorite games to date. My only thing I don't like is that I got the achievements for episode 2 early the day it came out and they never unlocked. The only way I can get them is by playing again. I admit that their is re playability but the decisions I make, I want to keep. Also with episode 2, their wasn't as big of decisions as their were in the 3 episodes following it.

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Comment #6 by SG1 Stelson
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 02:31:07 AM
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Here's hoping Telltale decide to release this in Australia when the R 18 rating is introduced because I want this game badly.

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Comment #7 by MoldyClay87
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 02:41:34 AM
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@#3 - I don't think you know what kind of game Walking Dead is...

It's a point-and-click, more commonly (and originally) just referred to as an "adventure game".

It has nothing to do with "modern games". Point-and-click adventures were like this in the early 90s, but the cutscenes were often just scrolling text.

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Comment #8 by Oultranator0731
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 03:17:16 AM
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I finished this a couple of days ago and couldn't stop thinking about the ending, a game that leaves you thinking after you've finished it is a rare and brilliant thing.

I just also want to say, how brilliantly voice acted it was and most particularly in the final scenes, if the actors who play Clem and Lee don't pull it off then it could've ruined the game but they absolutely nailed it.

*Man Tears were shed* :(

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Comment #9 by gazmaster1
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 06:14:45 AM
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I had problem after problem with saves so most of my decisions where reset in chapter 5 which slightly tarnished my experience. I also didn't like the sequel baiting ending which kinda seemed cheap after everything you go through in the game it has no real resolution. It is game of the year for me even with these slight niggles.

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Comment #10 by sabazius
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 07:43:01 AM
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Loved this game series, and felt genuinely bad after I made a couple of snap decisions (Belltower in Chapter 4 anyone??)

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Comment #11 by squid5580
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 08:30:35 AM
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Barring all the technical glitches (people talking to an empty chair where a person should be, playing through the first half of ep 3 3 bloody times because of glitches)
it was the redshirts from ep 2 that got me down. We should have gotten more from them instead of starting it up to hi I am new but I have been here for a while

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Comment #12 by the ferenczy
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 09:17:48 AM
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One of the best games I have ever played in my 30 years of gaming. But, it's not for everyone. It's a deep game and probably the closest thing to a dramatic movie as far as games go. Kind of like Heavy Rain. You either think it is amazing or that it sucks. The issue with saves was a bit annoying, too. Despite the save problem, it's a GOTY contender for sure. Also, the fact that you get all the achievements just for playing through the game is a plus for me and many other achievement hunters. I got to fully enjoy the game, not having to worry about collectibles or making a specific decision or trying for a certain ending.

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Comment #13 by Rums
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 10:50:48 AM
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@3: Art style is kinda cool though, right?

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Comment #14 by INSANE ASHBY 16
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 04:34:13 PM
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As much as I loved this game and would recommend it to those who haven't played it I feel that playing all in one go takes something from the game as you don't have the time to reveal in your choices though the game I realize I Will get a lot of hate for this opinion but the obviously excellent writing kept me thinking about the game and how my choices effected each the characters even between episodes I can not wait for season 2 questions need answers

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Comment #15 by Johnnyluh
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 04:53:36 PM
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As much as I did enjoy this game I will have to agree with Cr0w on what he is saying. The gameplay is simply lacking, you need more involvement instead of making a decision here and there and a QTE every now and then.
The story was great, some of the characters were great ( Kenny, Clem, Lee, Ben too for me I thought was a good representation of someone who may actually be a complete and total insufferable coward during the apocalypse ) but the way you are dragged along watching most times was kind of lame. I feel that the story was really really good, save for a few of the pointless deaths. As well the part with the woman in the tent confused the fuck out of me after I had finished the game...
Overall I think this is a great way for Walking Dead to expand their franchise and even reach out to gamers. For comic readers I believe this is simply a must. For movie goers and fans of the TV series I would say this is worth picking up, at least the story gets you involved enough and the characters are enjoyable and some are easy to get attached to. The graphics are no more than I would expect for an arcade game, however the way they applied the cell shaded style and blended with the looks of the comic are awesome.
The game is half price on Steam right now I'm pretty sure, so if you don't mind not getting gamerscore then obviously that's the way to go. And if you're a cheap son of a *****, well you can always watch episodes 1-5 recorded by people on Youtube.
Great work Telltale + Kirkman. This is a few steps away from perfect for me, but it was very enjoyable. They will be getting my money on whatever their next Walking Dead iteration is. 8/10

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Comment #16 by mjc0961
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 07:12:36 PM
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GOTY 2012 by far for me. Nothing else comes close. It's actually kind of pathetic for some of this year's big AAA titles that fell flat on their faces, failing to deliver on promises made. Meanwhile, here comes TellTale to show them all how it's done. It's not just every gamer that should play it, it's every developer. Before you go putting another shitty moral choice system that just equates to "good playthrough" and "bad playthrough" with blatantly obvious choices at different ends of the moral spectrum (Mass Effect, inFamous), play The Walking Dead and see how to make proper moral choices. Before you go trying to make us care about a character simply by putting them in a roll of someone we'd normally care about such as a wife or best friend without actually characterizing them properly (Command and Conquer 4, inFamous again because that game really sucks ass), play The Walking Dead and learn how to make characters people will actually care about.

Seriously, this game just does everything so well and is a shining example of its genre. To everyone saying "Oh it sucks because there's no gameplay just QTEs" and whatever nonsense, next time pay attention to the fucking genre before you buy it. The gameplay in The Walking Dead is standard for point and click adventure games, this type of game has been played this way since it was created. What are you dumb twats going to do next, buy Forza and claim that it's a bad game because all you do is drive around a track and there's no other gameplay? Stop being fucking retarded, learn what genres are, and learn not to play genres you don't like.

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Comment #17 by Shadowfan789
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 09:07:04 PM
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I simply adore this game, but at the same time @15 brings up some good points I was thinking about as well. The story is truly remarkable and definitely brings new evidence to the "video games as art" discussion, but this wasn't exactly a game as much as it was an interactive movie. Imagine the same art style and story, but instead of the incredibly easy puzzles or QTE, you just make decisions on what to say and do when choices need to be made. Dishonored had that interactive trailer to show off the choices you can make in the game and I can't help feeling it would have beenĀ betterĀ to handle this story that way as well.

The game comes from Telltale Games so obviously it is a point and click adventure, which I am fine with, in fact I still love and play their Sam and Max games. The difference that I see between The Walking Dead and other great point and click games, such as Sam and Max, is that with other games, the puzzles in between the story are hard to figure out and take quite a bit of trial and error until you figure out how to compete the obstacle at hand. The Walking Dead, other than the first (and possibly the second) episode were the only one(s) that I actually had to think about how to complete the puzzle and continue on with the game. This is (or should be) a game first and Telltale dropped the ball on that when they focused solely on the story. The story is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but those features that make great adventure games were not there.

Also, I just got finished with the last episode and the story in this entire episode is perfect, but did anyone feel like they paid 400 points for a 2 hour epilogue? All it did was tie up loose strings, (albeit the story for those 2 hours were supurb and the normal twists and turns were as jarring as ever) but where is the gameplay? Where is the normal 6-8 hour experience that I've come to expect from each episode thusfar? This is my strongist gripe against this season because for such a great first 4 episodes, this one abandons all gameplay mechanics and goes heart and soul into a very short conclusion to such a fantastic season. If you are going to request the same amount of money for this episode as you did for the first 4, then make it just as long.

For all these gripes and nitpicks, I have 100 praises for this game, but this ending has me on a sour note. (Also, i agree with @11 with the new people from episode 2. I was not as attached to them as I was with the other characters. He was just a plot device, nothing more.) I give this game a 7/10, but I would give it a perfect score if it was a interactive movie. I may be wrong, but that is my opinion.

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Comment #18 by Brrrrrradislava
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 11:33:20 PM
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@3 Did you play the 5 episodes??!?

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Comment #19 by chach7171
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 12:38:27 AM
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First game that made me misty at the end. That's amazing writing and compelling story arcs!

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Comment #20 by Johnnyluh
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 03:02:26 AM
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To the ignorant fucks who downvoted and were too lazy to read my comment and realize how much praise I actually gave this game. If you read all of the positives I have for this game. Only issue for me was the lack of involvement, I feel there should have been more. Next time listen to what someone has to say before knocking them. Didn't like the first 5 words I said, maybe if you weren't so "holier than thou" and quick to dismiss others opinions you would see what some people have to say is actually positive. Pompus pricks need to grow the fuck up. Fucking gaming community today is so full of shit.

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Comment #21 by InKtOiD
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 05:11:12 AM
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@20 Throwing a tantrum is truly the best course of action when you want to then call those that down voted your post immature. I down-voted your post. Wait! It wasn't me I think it was @19 or @7. Who knows you better punish us all with your impotent rage.

In closing what I am tell you is this in plain English:

Be quiet, grow folks are talking.

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Comment #22 by sabazius
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 06:42:51 AM
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@17 Maybe 3-4 hours play time per previous episode, if they took you 6-8 maybe I missed a whole lot of content. But yea, ep 5 was a bit short.

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Comment #23 by thenewpeter
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 08:44:12 AM
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The thing I loved about this game, well, one aspect, is that it's nothing like other games that are about at this time, the closest being witcher2 for the decision making I suppose.
It's refreshing to see a point and click game again, it's been so many years since my last point and click game, but this game is brilliant, I've not bought episode 4 and 5 yet, but if they're anything like 3, then I know I'll love them, if that's the right word with the events of episode 3.

I love the walkig dead series in it's entirety, I love the comics, the simple artstyle, it's nice to see a modern comic that only use's black ink, the amazing tv series adaptation, that season 3 has had me on the edge of my seat for (new episode tonight!), as well as the constant question, of will rick loose his hand?
I hope that the next game will be a good game, I think it'll be more generic, saddly, but can always hope otherwise.

The walking dead is a comic, tv, and maybe even game series that will be remembered for a long time to come :)

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Comment #24 by Shadowfan789
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 12:12:28 PM
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@22 Maybe it was only 3-4 hours, I cannot exactly remember since I was deeply involved in the game but after playing each episode, I felt satisfied with what I had purchased. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who thought that it was too short (although the last "chapter" in it was masterfully done.)

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Comment #25 by Zombiedrd
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 03:12:35 PM
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One of the few games where the main character is not white. Yay.

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Comment #26 by Johnnyluh
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 05:23:05 PM
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Lol@21. Seriously? You call that a tantrum? I'm not on here cursing and making spelling mistakes or being an ass and writing in all CAPS.... People read the first thing, which was me saying I agreed with Cr0W. Yet they didn't read which part I agreed with him on. Instead they see Cr0W's name, his first post, and say "Oh noez you didn't."....
If you're going to come on here and make retorts like that just to be an ass and get yourself laughing, then well, you're not being very "grow up" about it... Chances are you never actually read what I wrote either, instead you just wanted to make a saucy remark at someone else's expense.
Funny thing is those people who don't care, and all the other ass hats like them, would be the first to die in the apocalypse because everyone fucking hates them and their attitude towards others. Or they'd survive and be all alone because people would rather take their chances among the dead than to put up with someone like them.

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Comment #27 by THE DEADLY DOG
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 06:08:47 PM
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Here's to another amazing season in the making. Bravo TellTale.

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Comment #29 by ChinaPig
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 03:30:37 AM
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Most people in my country haven't even touched this game yet, lucky my Xbox doesn't know my European side-account isn't for a European.

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Comment #30 by Tomtam
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 09:04:29 AM
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I've yet to play this but I will get it. Heard so much positive stuff about it.

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Comment #31 by hibsta1992
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 07:19:32 PM
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Just finished it today, such a sad ending:( This is probably the best video game story line I've ever played before, and I can't wait for season 2. Hopefully it won't be as long a wait as this season was

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Comment #32 by crunchb3rry
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 10:14:55 PM
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Just hope they put the next "season" out in one shot, sust sell it on disc from the start for maybe $30-40. I'd pay an extra few bucks just to not have to have so much HDD space used up. The "episodes" format was a disaster. They couldn't even keep a consistent release schedule. If they had waited on this one and sold it as a traditional retail game, it probably would have sold more. They could have just released it a week before the show's premiere and made a killing.

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Comment #33 by RandyRelentless
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 03:53:44 AM
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I agree with selling the next season on disc even though i loved the episodic storytelling i think it would be better as a packaged release. I love this game so much and can't wait to see what's in store for next season. I just hope it comes soon!!

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Comment #34 by sxylou123
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 07:49:33 AM
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The Walking Dead was truly epic and touching & haters are gonna hate sadly Like mother said, if you dont have anything nice to say...

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Comment #35 by WEBHEAD 7
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 03:04:51 PM
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very well written and i wholeheartedly agree. i laughed, i cried, i died inside

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Comment #36 by matt schwindt
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 03:14:05 PM
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so when is the Walking Dead Lego game getting made? :)

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Comment #37 by sniper mantis
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 06:16:41 PM
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Although it was short but sweet, not since final fantasy 7 have I felt such emotion in a game....definitely my game of the year :D I'm making all my friends buy it too

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Comment #38 by XBOX ISAAC82
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 08:43:25 PM
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Was very near to purchasing Episode 1 on day 1 but thought I would wait for the whole series before I got them. That was pretty much because if the tv show was anything to go by I knew I couldn't wait too long without getting withdrawl symptoms like I have for Breaking Bad at the moment. Then I found out they were coming out on disc so I'm double happy that I waited.

BTW, I find it so depressing that everytime I click on a news item or something on here there's so many people raging or one person raging at everyone else. Seriously, chill people and show the love.

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Comment #39 by Darth Obnox
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 11:29:15 PM
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The Walking Dead might be one of those few, truly "mature" games that you can use as a standard to set others against in the future. Great stuff. Getting the disc version as well.

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Comment #40 by CrYpTiC JaMeSiE
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 01:08:13 AM
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It is such a great gaming series with a great story line, only problem though is that it all boils down to the same endings, eg the end of the game, kenny, lilly. No matter how you play the game the same things or similar events will happen. But still it is a fantastic series and I hope they release another.

Anyone who slates this game saying it is boring is an immature child, I know that is there opinion but it is probably the most interesting and fulfilling game I have ever played and i'm not alone on that idea.

This game is applicable to all gamers regardless of skill, hell even my mum played this and loved it.

For any who hasn't already, get this game!

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Comment #41 by TheGreyMan
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 04:36:53 AM
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"The 'episodes' format was a disaster", #32? There's just no pleasing some people.

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Comment #42 by sniper mantis
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 08:49:07 AM
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@32 "the episodes format was a disaster"??? for the walking dead it was amazing, i felt just like the tv show...u end with something dramatic or a cliff hanger and u wait excited for the next episode to come out...if u buy them all at once and play them all at once u loose some of the tension...i would check forums and websites religiously trying to find out when i would get the next episode and when i did it felt amazing (like a crack head, tweeking for his next hit or a kid at xmas)...while the game did have minor problems for a few people, it was still an amazing experience and anyone that says different is entitled to their opinion...even though your wrong!

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Comment #43 by thenewpeter
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 01:18:17 PM
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@40... god dammit, there's always one...

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Comment #45 by SteaL K1LL
Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 04:03:17 AM
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Game of the decade.

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Comment #47 by Kite87
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 06:12:46 AM
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@32 The second season could release on disc and make a lot of money, but I think the main reason the first season did so well is because each episode was 400 points. People are more willing to take a chance on something that could have been just a cash in, if it's not much more then a mobile/cellphone game.

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Comment #48 by DanielH
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 04:37:13 PM
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well at lest i waited to get the walking dead collectors and not 1 episdoe at a time. i played the demo, wow, i like it.

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Comment #49 by Timmsy
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 07:26:42 AM
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i loved it and i even had a quivering bottom lip telling myself to man up at the end sequence, a crazy ending that i never though was actually going to happen, proper amazing story!

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Comment #50 by Timmsy
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 07:28:31 AM
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loosing carly upset me though, i tried so many different ways of finding a wqay for her to survive but it never worked, she jsut had to be killed no matter what :(

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Comment #52 by Olley64
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 11:43:53 AM
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Back to the future plz teltale pretty plz......

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Comment #53 by mercyforme
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:58:04 PM
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I've never been hit so hard emotionally by a piece of media. I think the later interactions with Carly hit me most. The helplessness when you realize that even though you're playing a game, there are certain parts of life that just can't change no matter how hard you try. You might be the invincible "player," but the game brings you back down to earth as just another person living in a rapidly deteriorating world. You can be the best you can, but that isn't always enough.

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Comment #54 by FallenNow
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 08:55:21 PM
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@3 The Walking Dead is amazing. Honestly, could careless about your opinion of this wonderful masterpiece! But I guess everyone deserves their own creative opinion of Video Games. But I strongly suggest playing the game more, listen closely to the diaolog and watch each and every cutscene. And maybe, you'll change your opinion.

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Comment #55 by Tokejester420
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 10:27:56 PM
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play it 15 times and do every possible thing different....

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Comment #56 by I CR0W I
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 @ 07:30:43 AM
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I'm glad you care about my opinion but I hardly consider this a video game at all. I'm not interested in watching a film when I sign into Xbox Live.

Don't forget to thumb down.

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Comment #57 by Arcane Paradise
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:58:02 AM
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I dont tear up easily, but the scene in episode 3 with Duck, broke my heart.

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Comment #58 by Ninja Kaspyr 83
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 03:35:10 PM
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first of all! SPOILER ALERT!!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

i gotta say. i wasnt too keen on getting this game. i bought the first episode and have been hooked since. i LOOOOOOVEEEE the show and comics!

had my friend JJ over yesterday and he was askin about the game so i put it on and let him samplle midway into episode 3. after he beat it. he played the first 2 episodes. and is now interested in gettin the game.

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Comment #59 by Ninja Kaspyr 83
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 03:38:03 PM
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thats all that video games are. hence the foirst word...VIDEO. your basically watching a movie that you somewhat produce. i mean sorry this "movie" isnt over in a flash (like most CoD games...cough cough). you need to broaden your horizon on game bro. not everything can be solved with a camping quick scope.

gotta say i primarily play nothing but FPS. and i enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Comment #60 by pocket1
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 05:24:38 PM
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For me this has been my game of the year, in fact one of my most memorable games ever. It's such an atypical game, more an interactive experience. I'm a big fan of both the comic and tv series and this definitely holds its own.

Developers could definitely learn from the characterisation, story telling and moral choice. I'm thinking of games like fable, mass effect etc and the so called right or wrong decisions having an affect on the game.

This felt like the actions and decisions actually had a profound affect on the rest of the story, and it did feel quite a personal game, the decisions made coming with real consequences both good bad and shocking.

Cannot recommend this enough and here's hoping season 2 is as strong

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Comment #61 by Delow317
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 08:52:24 PM
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This was basically my first point and click adventure. While it does lack modern gameplay mechanics, it makes up for it with Raw and Gritty story, and characters that you actually care about!

I did have alot of problems with the game losing my game saves and had to start over 3 or 4 times because of it though. Hopefully this will be fixed when TT gives us season 2.

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Comment #63 by Lazy_FAQer
Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 10:42:58 AM
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Just finished off the last three episodes recently after dropping the ball on this. It just gets better & better & is easily a GOTY contender:)

My only gripe is that there only appears to be one ending?!?! It could have done with a touch more tailoring, but I would happily buy it on disc & use the achievements as an excuse to do it all again:)!

Bravo!Great work chaps, a real masterpiece:)

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Comment #64 by Luh Burger
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 09:29:53 PM
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I loved the game for the very same reasons as many of the above stated.

What I do find interesting is how similar this game is to Heavy Rain, yet Heavy Rain did not receive half the recognition that The Walking Dead. I'm not trolling as I love each game on their own, but interested in what others have to say.

I mean Heavy Rain was just as horrifying, emotional and deep as The Walking Dead, but yet fell under the radar almost. I'm talking about major themes in the game(gameplay, scenario's, story, structure) rather than specific and obvious storyline differences.

It's as if the name itself gained so much popularity from the television show>comic>game or whichever order pending on what media you first got a taste of The Walking Dead on is what's giving it an upper edge. The other reason is how TWD is multiplatform versus Sony's Heavy Rain.

I love this game don't get me wrong, but I also love Heavy Rain and both are extremely similar. For those who also enjoyed and TWD and have access to a Ps3 you should checkout Heavy Rain. When I owned my Ps3 before switching to Xbox I loved the game and still rank it as my favourite game of this gen solely for the same reason why you guys love TWD.

Food for thought that's all!

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Comment #65 by Cooljoe
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 04:38:11 PM
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I hope the retail will be as good as the arcade version. I hope they don't turn this series into a first or third person shooter. It would ruin the name because there are already so many of those that have already have come out or will come out.

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Comment #66 by Crimson Ridley
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 06:11:29 PM
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@65 - The other Walking Dead game isn't developed by the same company.

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Comment #67 by LAZORAZOR
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 05:33:12 AM
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This was fun even playing through the chapters twice because I stayed up those
nights to dwnld new episodes B4 list was updated. FUCKING HATED the ending tho and cannot belive people got sooo emotional & even CRIED over a video game?
and not because you were playing to long you eyes watered...Could not belive
goty not with that ending By Far best story telling ever in a game yes
murder,cannibalism,child exploitation,survival,forgot it was even a zombie game. would buy disc version just to back up harddrive. great replay,needs inverted control option but not for the faint of heart cant belive not all regions can play this thou, should be required criteria for all.

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Comment #68 by ROCKETCATS
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 05:57:24 AM
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One of the best games of all time in my books

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Comment #69 by ash356
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 08:14:21 PM
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For Christs sake, people like you are ruining gaming for everyone. He's entitled to his opinion, and it isn't exactly invalid. I love the game, but sometimes it's gameplay content is a bit on the... off, side.
Such as in Episode 5 when you're 'trapped' at the start. I was expecting a more complicated method of escape, like in the old point and clicks such as Monkey Island and the Indy games, but instead the game practically led you on.
I love the game for it's story, and how you can mould that through your interactions, namely in the speaking sections. But I can't help but notice the later episodes got progressively more lite on gameplay.
Broaden your arguments as well, the internet's insistance on insinuating someone is a CoD player because they don't enjoy a certain game is just getting sad.
OT: Agree with the article, it's a relatively must-buy if you love a good story. If you want gameplay, still consider it - maybe try the first episode when it's free on Christmas :)

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Comment #70 by ViNyLek
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 11:40:01 AM
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@#3 Even though I disagree, I can understand how you hate cut-scenes and QTE. But to say story was terribly written made me LOL. If this story did not saitsfy you (provided you play whole game) than I am afraid no story ever will.

OT: Glad to see game receive so much praise, I bought every single episode on day one and have beeaten them twice. I can honestly say, I am a good guy, because sometimes I had difficulty being a dick (on my other playthrough). Looking forward to season 2!!!!

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Comment #71 by AILDMisfits
Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 12:26:01 AM
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This was GOTY for me. Truly a masterpiece of a game.

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Telltale Games


US April 27, 2012

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