4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Telltale revives the story-driven adventure genre,
This review is from: The Walking Dead - Xbox 360 (Video Game)I'm not a fan of "The Walking Dead" TV show (only saw it once), of zombies (seen way too many of them over the past 15 years), or horror movies (they simply don't entertain me). Yet, this game is so well done, I rate it five stars- and this coming from a gamer who is fairly biased against its subject matter. Why? Because of the following:
The beauty of Telltale's episodic game is in its powerful narrative, its compelling use of emotion, and its unique (by modern standards) gameplay. In terms of the gameplay, it largely reminds me of the wonderful "point and click" adventures that I played on my computer as a child, where story was paramount. However, Telltale has refined the formula so that this "point and click" style works well even with console controllers, and there is a wonderful level of tension created at times, when you must quickly perform an action or choose how to respond to another character's inquiry.
The visual approach works wonders, creating a unique, comic book style that can quickly turn from colorful to frightening. Atmosphere is huge in this game, and the world is engrossing and it becomes "realistic" as you're drawn into the story and the perils that the characters face.
The story can at times have ludicrous elements (this is my lone criticism), such as when adults don't know how batteries work (or that portable radios run on them). But this is a minor gripe, and it is vastly overshadowed by a tremendous narrative that is coupled with moving music and some of the very best voice acting I've ever heard in a game. Rarely have I ever felt more connected to a character than the lovable Clementine, who even the coldest of gamers will grow affectionate of.
Combine this with many branches in storytelling that are available as a direct result of your decisions (oftentimes made under extreme duress with limited time), and episodes of perfect length (about two hours a piece for me), and "The Walking Dead" is a true winner- and a revival of the old PC adventure genre!