The Walking Dead video game, developed by Telltale Games, is an award-winning point-and-click adventure game and a spin-off from Robert Kirkman’s popular graphic novels.
I once attempted to play this, even though -admittedly – I’m not much of a gamer. Naturally, because the game has such a heavy emphasis on story and character development, I became way too emotionally invested in plot and character arcs that I abandoned the game altogether and opted for YouTube walkthrough videos. (I’m really impatient!)
However, trust me, this should not deter you from playing The Walking Dead. Despite my own lack of gaming-ness, this is an excellent game (award-winning) and you should definitely buy it, play it, replay it, etc.
The game mainly centers on two characters – former university professor Lee Everett (voiced by Dave Fennoy) and 8-year-old Clementine (voiced by Melissa Hutchison). It begins with Everett being taken to prison in a police car when suddenly a zombie appears in the middle of the road and the car veers off the side of the road. From there, Everett manages to escape. He later takes on the responsibility of looking after Clementine, whose parents went to Atlanta prior to the events in the game.
See, The Walking Dead is an adventure game, but it’s not the kind of adventure game you’ve come to expect. Sure, you’ll need to figure out how to get a radio working and how to distract walkers here and there, but the real draw here is a “choose your own adventure.”
As you play through the five episodes, the big moments come when you choose how Lee responds to situations and what he says in conversations with his fellow survivors. Choices and dialogue pop up on screen with timers, and you have seconds to pick exactly what you’re going to do or say. Whereas previous adventure games from developer Telltale Games would let you run through every possible line of dialogue, that isn’t the case here. In The Walking Dead, you choose, and the game moves on – adapting its story to each decision. [IGN]
The Walking Dead: 400 Days (see the trailer above) is downloadable content from the first game to tide people over as they anticipate the release of season 2 of The Walking Dead game. 400 Days, which takes place during the first 400 days of the zombie apocalypse, will introduce five new characters. Narrative-wise, the story will be told in the same manner as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
The game will be available for download for owners of The Walking Dead game through Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS platforms on the following dates:
- Tuesday, July 2nd – PlayStation Network (North America)
- Wednesday, July 3rd – PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
- Friday, July 5th – Xbox Live (Worldwide)
- Wednesday, July 10th – PlayStation Network (Europe)
- Thursday, July 11th – iOS (Worldwide)