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  1. May 11, 2012
    It's about time interactive dramas make a stand in gaming. The walking Dead is a great title oozing with potential. Not only does the first episode delivers, it hypes up the following episodes.
  2. Jun 16, 2012
    First off, I just want to say that people should stop comparing this to Heavy Rain, they might be both interactive drama, but they are of a different genre. I'm very sure that Zombie Apocalypse and Serial Killer are two very different plots requiring a different approach to implementation. It's just not fair to the respective games and presents a bias. Now on to the game:

    This really is
    a masterpiece. It's the no nonsense "Walking Dead" suspense and drama that I've come to love from the TV series. Now, I haven't gone through the comics yet but based on the overall experience going through the game, given what I've seen from the TV series, I was simply blown away. The way conversations and decisions were made and implemented really does make you "feel" for the characters in their zombie apocalypse world. I believe the story was very well written and also intertwines with the comic books and the TV series, which the Walking Dead fan-boys will surely love. The graphics are unpretentious yet amazing, the characters come to life with their own quirks and expressions. The sound gets the job done and is very appropriate for a scene and really lifts the emotional context. The controls are simple and responsive. The replay value is very good, given you really want to see the consequences of your every response and actions. The price is also amazing, it gives people the option to just spend $5 to try the first episode or buy all episodes as a bundle for a discounted price of S20 and receive the content as soon as they hit the digital shelves. I give this game a perfect score as it takes the zombie apocalypse theme to a new perspective in such style and excellent presentation. We really need more of these games. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    As a huge fan of the show, but someone who's not familiar with the comic book (no comic book store in my area) I was dying to get the game and looked forward to finding out about the comics, but was a little worried, now that I've played it I'm dying for more episodes to come out, it's fantastic the story, characters, and moments are all epic, it's not action centered like other zombie games such as the Dead Rising series or Dead Island as it's more focused on story and characters, but you will get to some "Walkers", and the story changes based on your choices, I started a second play-through and I'm surprised to see how my choices affected how the story played out, it's like the game is part RPG which is fine with me because that is my favorite game genre, and even though it's the first episode your faced with some really tough decisions to make and to add to the tension you only have a few seconds to make them, I'm dying to see how my choices will affect the other episodes, it's a blast to play and if your a Walking dead fan whether the TV show or comic book you'll love this, even if your not familiar with either I highly recommend, it's outstanding, fantastic, and a must download especially at the low price of $5.00, so as you can tell I really recommend a purchase of this awesome downloadable game. Expand
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    I've played The Walking Dead: Episode 1 on Ps3, and I must say I'm pretty happy I did. I was sceptical at first because first, I don't like cellshaded games, second, it all looked really clunky (like previous Telltale games). But to my surprise, the second impression was really good, the cellshaded thing isn't even that obvious, and the animation... It feels more like a colourful, point & click Resident Evil game to be honest. There's not alot to complain about, the sound was great with awesome voice acting (the main guy, Lee, is very believable) and really nice music. Overall the game looks great too even though it has a few rough edges. So how about the point & click and speech system? They work well, what you say actually matters, and the "combat" works well. My only REAL complaint about the game is that sometimes the speech options went by so fast I barely saw what I chose, although I still got a fitting option so maybe this game is smarter than I thought... Anyway, I bought the season pass for 20 euros, which IMO is a great deal because not only do you basically get one free episode but you also get a really nice premium theme which is actually good. So as long as you are aware of the fact that this game is more about character interaction than bashing in zombie heads this is one game that's worth your money. Expand
  5. May 15, 2012
    I played the demo and was intrigued, so I just took a chance and purchased the episode pack for $20 (5 episodes, each $5, so in the end you save 5 by getting the pack vs individually).. and it might just be the best download only game i've ever purchased! I'm a fan of the L4D series, but this game takes elements from other genres and makes a very interesting game. The cell shading is done well and the characters are well developed. It plays out a little like Heavy Rain, your constantly making choices (and most of the time, for game changing decisions, you only get a few seconds to choose) that not only effect episode 1, but the entire series. It plays out around 5 hours or so, for me at least, cause I looked around and did everything I could. So you figure, the series will around 20 hours roughly, for the money, is defiantly worth it. Play the demo if your on edge, you'll get a taste of what the game contains. I can't possibly recommend this more. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2013
    When I heard they were making a Walking Dead game, I groaned because I assumed it was based on the TV show and that it was made by Telltale Games who made the Back to the Future video game which loathed and couldn't be bothered to finish playing.

    But this game has it all, episode one sets it all up perfectly. You get to know the characters in just the right amount of time, the
    introduction of how they become a working unit works brilliantly and the voice acting is superb. Expand
  7. May 12, 2012
    First: I have not seen any TV show. Nor read any book/comic strip of the "enterprise". But I kinda like zombies. (They USED to be people, too.) And I used to like adventure games, like "Day of the Tentacle". And Borderland's cartoonish style. Not to forget games where your decisions really made a difference. "The Walking Dead" got parts from all these game jewels. And making it episodes, makes the game very accessible and digestible, giving you a sufficient dose. Then you'll have to wait a while for the next episode arrives. I like it, and I'm glad I subscribed, rather than buying each episode. At least if the rest of the episodes are as good as the first..... Expand
  8. Oct 3, 2012
    To be honest I wasn't expecting much( I only downloaded it because I had a few points to spare ) but I enjoyed every second of it and the characters are so well written I felt genuinely attached to them. Highly recommended. 10/10.
  9. May 6, 2012
    As a fan of all The Walking Dead mediums I was very happy to here this game was on the horizon especially when I found out it was not a shooter. The Walking Dead is about the characters interaction with each other not just re-killing zombies. This game feels like the comic, looks like the comic (only in color) and has the same emotion as the comic. This is a very good game as long as you are looking for a good story vs. an action game. Expand
  10. May 18, 2012
    If you love the Walking Dead TV series then you should defiantly play the game. I have only played the first episode and I am already hooked. Unlike other zombie games like Dead Island the Walking Dead game, deals more with the people and how they interact with each other. The voice acting is superb by the way! You play as a new character named Lee and you will eventually meet up with other new characters. And some of the characters in the show and comics.

    I highly suggest any fans of the show or comics play it!
  11. May 24, 2012
    This game really does draw you in to the world of The Walking Dead. The decisions you make will affect what will happen later and how people will treat you later on as well. This is one of the best examples of an intereractive story I have played in a very long time. The characters are very interesting as well, you really feel and care for the people.
  12. Jun 8, 2012
    Even if you don't like (or have seen) the TV series, give the demo a try. It is based on the same story but you don't need to know the series. At first I was sceptic, but after playing the demo for 5 minutes I was already convinced this is a high quality product. It is amazing, the story, the graphics, the voice-acting, it all comes together. It is really fun playing and the suspense is awesome. I bought the season pass without any hesitation. Also the controls for this genre on a console are working great.

    LOVE IT!
  13. Jun 16, 2012
    Tell Tale Games hit it out of the park with this one. Decided to play the demo and I was hooked. The character immersion and the way the other characters interact, respond to, and learn from your character makes it very re-playable. If you are on the fence, try it out. I'm sure you will find it as fulling as I did and it's only $20 for the series.
  14. Jun 19, 2012
    Although I have never sat down and watched the series, the Walking Dead: Episode 1 provides excitement, believable characters and a much better story than I would have expected. The branching story of this game is brilliant, and it makes the player want to play to the very end. A must buy, and perhaps one of the best story-driven games that I have played, in my opinion.
  15. Aug 30, 2012
    Great game for a great price. A must have for any comic book fan, and better entertainment than the TV series. Now comparing with the episode two, choices made in this game are REALLY important!
  16. Aug 16, 2012
    Great game, great story, great cell shaded graphics. Seriously guys! What do you expect from a $5 game? Seriously people complaining about a $5 game have issues. Its awesome and the characters you can really adapt to.
  17. Oct 8, 2012
    When I found out about this game a was skeptical. But as more and more reviews came through it intrigued me enough to download the demo, which wowed me. So I bought the pass and I played through Episode one. I really enjoyed the whole feel and choice environment with this episode. Good controls and great story.
  18. Dec 11, 2012
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  19. Apr 27, 2012
    Pros: simple and effective graphics, easy and simple to pick up and play, good voice acting and sound, the story is very good

    Cons: some sound hiccups, a little on the short side, not convinced some of your choices make much difference and will carry forward through future episodes. playing/watching ratio is too high on the watching side

    I recommend you try the demo. If you like the demo
    you will love the game. Collapse

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    Well, this is The Walking Dead alright and as a game it's a lot better than Telltales' Jurassic Park. It's not perfect, though, as the lip-synch is often a bit off and the overall length of the game leaves you wanting more. A lot more.
  2. 90
    A New Day proves to be Telltale Games' best outing in the adventure genre in recent memory--if not, ever. This is episodic gaming done right, and just like The Walking Dead TV show, we can't wait for the next episode.
  3. A riveting cerebral experience. Has that 'one more episode hook'. [July 2012, p83]