Part 1 of 5
Reviewed By: Aaron Holmes
While the 1st part of this game series is fairly short, about 2-4 hours, depending on how quickly you progress, the first chapter shows a lot of great potential for the next 4 parts in the series. Telltale Games has done a great job drawing me into the game, and even into the characters. I feel badly every time I am forced to make a life or death situational choice for two characters, as I would love to be able to save everyone I come across.
More emphasis on the characters comes into play when you find characters that you really love, and characters that you can easily hate. It really comes in handy during the scenario where you must decide whom to save, or not. One of the characters that I chose to save was a woman at one point. My only reason for saving said cahracter was because of how well she wielded a gun and defended our group of survivors, not just once, but twice!
Overall Rating: 4.7/5
This game is a really wonderful innovation in games, for how simple it is. The game immerses the player into the world, allowing them to get to know the characters, to love them, hate them, and to watch in sadness as memorable characters die. Telltale Games has really created a diamond in the rough, and I can’t wait until Chapter 2 of this series is out, so that I can see how my own personal side of the story plays out. Especially since there seem to be so many different scenarios!
The graphics in this game are all cell-shaded, and due to this fact, the game can run smoothly on console, PC, and iOS. The detail that goes into each and every creature, vehicle, and person is very intricate and creates a remarkably deep environment for the playing experience.
The sound within the game is very well done. The voice acting is well-acted and the sounds of each gun fire, each swing of an axe, or other weapon, has been well thought out. My reduction in this area is due in part, primarily, to the intro sequence of the game, when the main character has been knocked out cold. Lee opens his eyes approximately three times, the first time while it’s still daylight out, and again when it’s evening, then again when the player has regained full control. During the first and second time of Lee opening his eyes, there are sounds of zombies killing individuals. This sound seems to repeat itself both times Lee’s eyes are opened.
The gameplay in this game is simply great! Being able to make numerous choices within the game that affect the overall story… collecting items that can be used to kill zombies, or even helping out other characters… and button- action events that require pressing buttons at the right time to save your life, all make this game very memorable.
My drop in score is only in regard to the aiming function. For the Xbox 360, the right control stick must be used in combination with buttons to perform several life-saving actions. This does, however, create a handicap for the player, as it takes their thumb away from the buttons simply to aim, and then one must quickly hit the corresponding button before time runs out.