The Walking Dead game is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s best-selling and beloved comic book series. Throughout the game’s five chapters you will experience zombie-infested Georgia, USA through the eyes of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal accidentally set free – literally. The game begins with a patrol car accident which kills the police officer driving Lee, thus allowing him to escape. And so begins Lee’s journey as he struggles to survive and make sense of all the chaos.
Soon after, Lee meets an 8-year-old girl named Clementine who was left to fend for herself and somehow managed to survive in a tree house. A bond between them is quickly formed, laying the foundation on which the game is built. Lee is no longer alone, and neither is Clementine. They have each other and they will both do everything they have to in order to stay alive.
Each chapter takes approximately two hours, give or take thirty minutes, to complete and is structured like a film. There’s an inciting incident, acts, plot twists and climaxes. In fact, the game feels very similar to watching the Walking Dead television series. The game’s writing is just as good, if not better (in certain parts) and the action is also on par with the series. They both compliment each other perfectly and fans of either will definitely like the other.
As the game progresses, you will meet various survivors who will join your party. Some are helpful, while others will prove a hindrance to your survival. One thing to remember is this: No one is safe. The streets are riddled with Walkers. It’s a living hell out there. Not everyone will survive. It’s not a question of whether the people in your party will die, it’s a question of when. Your new family comprised of strangers will break your heart, because just like your real family, they too will leave you.
What begins as an optimistic attempt at survival quickly deteriorates into a painful examination of human grief and sorrow. Throughout the game you’ll have to make difficult decisions and choices that affect how the story plays out. Many of these choices are heart-breaking; some stemming from anger and frustration while others are decided on for the sole purpose of keeping Clementine safe. Lee’s choices greatly affect the lives of those around him and carry with them an incredible weight of responsibility. Yet somehow Lee manages to power through. Does he do it for Clementine? For the memory of his family? For himself? As the chapters proceed we get to accompany a man on his quest for redemption – a journey of fulfillment powered by a desire to do the right thing, to somehow leave even the slightest indentation in another person’s heart, and thus live on forever.
The Walking Dead game is one of the year’s best and is highly recommended. You can download it now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, and iOS devices. An Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 retail version will arrive on store shelves December 4, 2012.
Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.