Sometimes, a game comes along that is a special experience. The kind of game that you sit down to start and end up playing till 3 in the morning because you couldn’t possibly put it down for even a minute. For me, The Walking Dead by Telltale Game was one of those games, and at 75% off today (putting it at $6.24), it is well worth your money to sit down and experience an emotionally moving story:
The Walking Dead is a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.
Note that I did not say game. I’m not sure that I could call The Walking Dead a good game, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you are buying this game for the gameplay. It is a point-and-click adventure, full of beautiful, but scripted cut-scenes and dialog. There’ is no online play, no multiplier. You’re not going to play The Walking Dead for the gameplay; you’ll play it for the characters, the story and the moral choices that you are forced to make.
The Walking Dead is a one-time experience, but it is one that speaks to the ability of video games as an artistic medium. Like a good book, its not something you’re going to revisit time and time again, but it is a game that should have a place in your library.
Oh, and never let go of Clementine…never…