The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - The Complete First Season Image
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  • Summary: A five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkmans award-winning series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story ofA five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkmans award-winning series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. A tailored game experience actions, choices and decisions affect how your story plays out across the entire series. The downloadable version of this game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish Expand
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  1. Nov 30, 2015
    10
    For what this game is, it is absolutely fantastic. I could dwell on the lack of "true" gameplay and missing a real video game feel but that'sFor what this game is, it is absolutely fantastic. I could dwell on the lack of "true" gameplay and missing a real video game feel but that's not what this game tries to be and I don't think it should be penalized for it. This game is basically a choose your own adventure movie. And it's awesome. I had so much fun investigating everything, learning about the people in my survival group, making important decisions made surprisingly difficult by the way I grew to like certain characters. This is due to the absolutely fantastic character development. I completely cared about what happened to some of these people and would bend over backwards to help them. Others grate on you and the disagreements between you have an impact on events further on down the road. The story here is the big seller. It's incredible. It really is a roller coaster of emotions and by the end you feel like you've been through so much.
    Moral of the story: this is a game with an obvious lack of depth in gameplay mechanics, skill, and strategy as it is more or less a point and click adventure. But it more than makes up for it with exceedingly well done character development (among the best I've ever seen) and an absolutely superb story.
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  2. Oct 26, 2014
    9
    Having waited to play The Walking Dead games, I can't say I'm disappointed. Telltale games have done a great job in portraying the comic booksHaving waited to play The Walking Dead games, I can't say I'm disappointed. Telltale games have done a great job in portraying the comic books in interactive form. By modern game standards, I guess you could argue that the control over the main protagonist is somewhat crude, and you'd be right. However that is not Telltale's strength, story telling and immersion are. No spoilers whatsoever, but there's some genuine chill here and some tough choices to make. The world, characters,dialogue, music and pacing all come together to provide the player with a sense investment that makes you quickly forget the not so great movement controls. Season 1 also comes with the excellent 400 days dlc, which bridges the gap between season 1 and 2. Highly recommended for anyone that likes storytelling, choices, zombies, interactive adventure games and of course fans of the comic book or tv show. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2014
    9
    I had not played these games until this version. I had heard that they had an excellent story. I have to agree the story for the game wasI had not played these games until this version. I had heard that they had an excellent story. I have to agree the story for the game was fantastic. I also enjoyed the graphic style of the game. I was generally surprised by the way the story characters responded to your actions and you can create different relationships with characters depending on how you treat them. The main story remains the same regardless of your choices but the details and relationships do not. Upon completion of the game, I found myself instantly wanting to go back in and play form beginning to end a second time making the exact opposite choices. I found this to be an excellent time and a great story and in the end I actually cared for a number of the characters. Expand
  4. Jul 31, 2016
    9
    The entire first season plus the special 400 Days episode are brought to what is now the current gen of consoles. There isn't really much toThe entire first season plus the special 400 Days episode are brought to what is now the current gen of consoles. There isn't really much to say that I haven't already said before when I reviewed this game on other consoles. It's the same incredible writing, difficult decision making, and the gameplay that helped revive the adventure game genre.

    While everyone is basically more or less going to get the same conclusion, the path to get there is made more personal based on the decisions you'll make. You shape who the playable character Lee becomes and form his relationships with the characters. You'll be put in moments of literal life and death decision making. Holding the tale together is the relationship you'll form with the character Clementine.

    It's the type of tale that really sticks with you. I can't praise the story and characters enough. Everything has so many layers and you feel like you are interacting with real, complex people. The events you'll witness and directly participate in are brutal and dark. This is a very mature game in every sense of the word and a perfect example of how interactive stories should be handled.

    The gameplay itself revolves around decision making, solving puzzles, and some quick-time combat sections. The puzzles themselves are usually very simplistic. The solutions are obvious, it's just a matter of finding the right item and using it in the right place. If you're looking for a real head-scratcher, this isn't it. However these puzzles are still enjoyable, and as the game progresses the combat takes on new forms to keep the action from getting stale.

    This is a game that should be experienced for the story alone. You don't need to be a Walking Dead fan to enjoy it. You can come into this with no familiarity with the show or comics at all. It tells it's own, original story set in the comic book universe. The majority of the characters were created just for this game. You'll miss out on some fanservice and references, but there's no prior reading required.

    The only difference between this Xbox One port and the other versions of the game is that this one has some more awkward facial animations. Dialog doesn't always sink up with the characters mouths and you'll notice things like Lee's new trait of sticking his bottom lip out when he's talking. Nothing too noticeable, so I won't let that detract from the score I've given the other ports.

    It's just a masterpiece of a game. At least in the storytelling department. It stands as one of my favorite games of all time, and this marks the fourth time I've played. The replay value is incredibly high. Seeing how different decisions effect the story can keep you coming back, and even as many times as I've played it I still picked up on little details that make the whole thing even more exciting. Telltale did excellent work here and I honestly consider this a must play.

    9.1/10
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  5. Jul 12, 2015
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Walking Dead is unquestionably well-written and polished, and if you are more interested in the story aspect of gaming then this could be for you, however there are a few reasons why I cannot score this any higher.

    Firstly, the “game” is essentially an interactive novel where you pick lines that ultimately do not have much bearing on the outcome of the story. All that happens is that a few of the characters lines will change slightly based on what you say and how you act. There are mini-puzzles throughout, though these are not very challenging.

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    Secondly, I get that the story is one of the collapse of mankind, but there is practically ZERO hope for the characters. I realise that some people will like how bleak this game is, but I cannot help but feel that the writing is poor in this respect. It is not a rollercoaster as such, more a continuing downward spiral of despair, and I would urge anybody with any sort of mood disorder to think twice about playing this game (seriously.) As good as this game was, I have no inclination to play the second season based on how utterly depressing this was.

    Thirdly, if you have to switch the game off, be prepared to play through a ton of stuff that you have already dealt with as it appears that saves are based on checkpoints in the story. There is also no way to skip dialogue, which is very frustrating, particularly if you end up with the nurse’s room glitch in episode 4.

    Overall, I kind of enjoyed this game, though in a very strange way and I don’t really think that I would recommend it to your average gamer.
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