Telltale Games had an impressive title on their hands when they released
the game based on Robert Kirkman’s seminal comic book series “The Walking Dead.”
Originally published in 2012, the first season of the TWD game was set in the same universe as the comics and centered on main protagonist Lee Everett, a former university professor who is convicted for murder and narrowly escapes death after the onset of the zombie apocalypse.
Now Telltale Games picks things up again by continuing the story with the downloadable add-on “Season 2.”
If you haven’t played the first game, then all there is to know about the new season is that players now assume the role of Clementine, who serves as the new main character of the story.
The first episode, “All That Remains”, literally starts shortly after the end of season one.
Clementine regroups with her fellow survivors Christa and Omid, with the trio continuing their search for safe haven. Unfortunately, as with all things TWD, tragedy quickly strikes, and Clementine is soon forced to grow up fast and face the dangers of reality head on.
In the previous, first season players controlled Lee, Clementine's reluctant parental figure, through five grueling heart-pounding episodes, as he encounters different survivors and situations. However, any decision or action made by the player leads to several different outcomes that more or less affect the adventure. All remained consequential, but it is Lee’s fatherly relationship with eight-year old Clementine that becomes the backbone of the narrative which and dives into moral and emotional territory that bagged it the “Game of the Year” award for 2012.
Telltale Games has come a long way from that first game, and has new, improved response time and controls to make the newest season a faster-paced, more immersive experience that anyone can dive into.
As an episodic graphic adventure, the game will shift from onscreen exploration to quick-time button presses, with occasional action and shooting sequences interspersed for good effect. If players have played Season One and the supplemental “400 Days”, their decisions from those games carry over to Season Two, affecting much of how the story and adventure is played out.
That also goes for Clementine and the decisions the player makes in Episode I, which will affect the outcome of the upcoming episodes and their narrative. In the world of TWD, nothing is truly safe and every decision made leaves lasting consequences.
As the first in a series of five episodes that make up an entire season, “The Walking Dead: Season 2” is recommended for fans of the franchise, whether they read the comics, watch the AMC TV Series, or simply enjoyed the first game Telltale Games has released successfully.
If there’s anything the developer and Robert Kirkman have proven, this is a game that will lead players on an emotional rollercoaster ride of unpredictability and sadness. The zombie threat is just there to heighten the danger and tension already present. — KDM, GMA News
“The Walking Dead: Season 2” is now available as a Downloadable Game for the Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Quya.