So, games then. Righto, let’s start at a place I’d told myself I wouldn’t be. Telltale games: The Walking dead Season 2 – Episode 1. It’s pretty good, decent start to the series. What’s that? A more in depth review? Fine.
Me -“So, the new telltale walking dead comes out next week.”
My Friend -“Yeah looks really good. After season one it’s one of my higher priority games.”
Me- “Yeah… don’t get me wrong, I’m the same, but I’m going to power through and wait till the full season is out, so I don’t have to wait dying of suspense.”
So, naturally around one week and one steam download later I was ready to play episode one.
For those of you who haven’t played season one yet I suggest you do what the hell is wrong with you? Not that this will be spoiler heavy, it’s just, you know… I mean come on people. Go play it. Play it right now. Fantastic right? I know. That bit with in the hotel with the guy and his bag. Yeeeeeah that was a thing. Yup, I cried like a bitch too (no offence bitches). Now that we’re all on the same page, season 2 puts you in the shoes of Clementine, after a swift “last time on the walking dead” montage to tug on the old heart strings, presumably not too long after the events of season 1. You’re accompanied by the relative new comers Christa and Omid, who are now looking after you. The prologue is short and dramatic, but serves the purpose of throwing you back into the cruel world of the walking dead head first, before getting into the slower pace that we’re used to for the rest of the episode.
The pacing, of course, is a big part of what makes the walking dead games as good as they are. If you’re after an all action or jump scare filled zombie game based on your favourite zombie apocalypse universe then this is not for you. It builds itself up well, letting the world and characters build on you. Then, when it wants to, it jumps from peaceful if not depressing survival to HOLY CRAP WHY IS THIS HAPPENING in a split second. There’s a part early on with opening some beans which highlights this best. Oh, you’ll see.
This episode focuses mostly on the life weary (despite her age) Clementine, and her struggle for survival as a young girl alone in a zombie filled world. While she isn’t physically alone, her actions and the dialogue she uses suggest that she now feels alone, and will always be alone at some time. It has become an inevitability for her. It also serves to introduce some of the new characters we can expect to get to know, and lose, throughout the remainder of the series. A personal favourite of mine, possibly given my decisions, being Pete (white Lee).
Soooo yeah, not much else I can say, you guys know what to expect with telltale by now, it’s short but impactful and I await episode 2 with baited breath. I’ll likely also wait for the full season to be over and done with for a meatier review, unless you guys want episode by episode commentary. Let me know, I’ll be sure to possibly listen to your opinions…
Of course at time of writing I’ve been waiting almost 3 months for episode 2 of the wolf among us. So there’s that.