The Walking Dead; Season 1 is an action adventure game that is unique because your choices really do effect the outcome of the story. The game has 5 chapters each building on the other based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series and is developed by Telltale Games. This is an unforgettable tale that no one should miss!
Gameplay is pretty straight forward in this game as you play as the main character Lee Everett throughout the entire game who was a convicted murderer on his way to prison when the zombie apocalypse broke out. His life abruptly changes course and from the remainder of the game he will be trying to survive while protecting a little girl named Clementine he meets along the way. What makes the game neat is being able to choose how to go through the story based on the decisions you make throughout it. You may decide to play the game entirely different than I did and thus have to deal with different scenarios than me. At the end of each chapter those decisions are even tallied up so you can see what percentage of players chose the same or differently than you during crucial parts of the game. The story, characters, and voice acting are absolutely amazing and the game really plays with your emotions like few others on the current market can.
Graphics: This game is based on a comic series book so the graphics align with this by looking like it’s straight out of a comic. While I am personally not too fond with these types of graphics the story and voice acting were so good I totally believed it. Given the way they designed the game around the comic I feel the graphics ended up perfect but if you’re all about more realism with your graphic play then this may not be the game for you.
Audio: Voice acting was amazing and some background music really played with your adrenaline or emotion in some scenes.
Controls and Game Mechanics; This was my biggest gripe with game though I did learn to adapt and get used to it. Telltale decided to use a different movement/UI to control how players interact with the world. It works, but it sometimes comes off clunky and a bit frustrating in certain parts of the game. I will tell you up front that this is the reason I will be knocking .5 points off the review for but by no means is it a reason to not play the game.
Replayability: If you wanted to play it again to see the different outcomes then there’s some replayability in this title but the PS4 trophies, including the coveted platinum, are all gained easily by just completing the entire story so going back to play it again comes with no rewards.