I’d like to take some time to review on of my favorite games of 2014. I think that Telltale is really one of the best storytellers in the video game industry. The Walking Dead Season 2 does a great job expanding on Season 1 and brings more hard choices, great dialogue, and an amazing story. And for anyone that hasn’t played Season 1 yet, there will be some minor spoilers.
The story is what makes this, and all of Telltale’s other games, amazing. All of your choices matter, and anything important you do will affect what happens later on in the story. If you choose to save one person rather than another, that could come back and make surviving a lot harder later. Or maybe the person you choose to save will come back and save your life later. There is no way to know what choice to make, besides getting to know everyone in the story. Or it could be something simple, like what tool you use to open a door. There will be some characters you like, and some you don’t. No matter what happens though, you will be drawn in to Clementine’s story and her relationships with all of the characters in the game.
This is a problem with a lot of Telltale’s games, but that doesn’t mean it’s important. At a lot of points, especially when something moves fast across the screen or the view changes its angle, there is a glitch in frame rate, but I got used to this back in the first season. The gameplay, or the graphics are not what define this game’s greatness. The Walking Dead, and most Telltale games, are all about story, with perfectly placed sequences of action that are very well made. But, what I always say about this game is that it is not a survival or horror game, it is a game about people in a horrible world where they are forced to survive.
The graphics, just like the gameplay, are bad, but it doesn’t matter for this type of game. It’s like reading a comic book. The pictures are drawings, not photographs. But this didn’t change how much I loved this game. It isn’t about next gen graphics and gameplay, it is about having a great story, which is something that many triple A games are starting to lose. Too many games now are aiming to have the best graphics or gameplay. I don’t think that is what really makes a game great. That is what separates Telltale from the rest of the industry.They understand that you don’t need the shiniest graphics to make a good story.
The Walking Dead games are some of the best games ever made. Season 1 was great, and Season 2 just took everything that made it so good and made it all better. For anyone that has played Season 1, I would definitely recommend buying Season 2. But if you haven’t played the first season, don’t skip right to the second. It would be like watching a tv show out of order. But you should definitely play both of the Walking Dead seasons.
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: December 17, 2013 (PC, OS X, PS3) December 18, 2013 (Xbox 360, iOS) April 22, 2014 (PS Vita)
ESRB Rating: M – Mature
Platforms: Xbox 360 (Reviewed), PC, OS X, PS3, iOS, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One, Ouya, Android