May 15, 2012
The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day is one of those games that I really was unsure about when it was first announced. The reason was because I didn’t know how I felt about yet another zombie game coming out. Our society is so obsessed with zombies, and they are everywhere in our media nowadays. It’s just a genre that has been done to death. So, when I heard that they were making a Walking Dead game my initial reaction was the obvious, “That makes sense based on the popularity of the show.” That was immediately followed by an eye roll. I fully expected a half-assed first person shooter that was based on the TV show, and not the comic. I was completely surprised by this episodic game. It is phenomenal.
The strength of the Walking Dead has always been the human drama. The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day is an interactive motion comic that is no exception. This is a prequel to the comics, with some cameos of established characters sprinkled in. The game puts you in control of Lee Everett. He is a man with a past and you begin the game in the back of a police car heading away from Atlanta. This game is all about the characters, and the choices you have to make along the way. What I liked about making decisions while you talk to people is that you have a limited time to respond, and if the situation is tense you will have less time to make a response. This gameplay mechanic helps with player emersion. As with any zombie game people will die, and in the Walking Dead you will have to make some tough choices on whom to save. As I was making choices I was already thinking about how I am going to play through this again making different choice to see how it plays out. Characters will remember your loyalty, and they will definitely remember when you choose to side against them.
The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day is a must pick up for any fans of the series. The cell shading, great voice acting, and realistic conversations all make this a fun experience. The situations that arise help create a real sense of urgency when having to make difficult decisions. This game is full of choices that help flesh out the characters backstory, and his relationships with the strangers along the way. There will be five episodes total, and this is a solid start to a fantastic episodic adventure.
RATING: 9 out of 10 – A must play
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